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Creative Looping Techniques

As a desktop musician, you've undoubtedly amassed a collection of audio files packed with loops of all types. The trouble is, unless you created them yourself, everyone else has the same loops. If you've used a particular loop in a piece of music, then heard it pop up somewhere else, you know the problem. Of course, not overusing canned audio files of any kind is the real solution, but you can also do quite a bit to spice up the loops and other audio files in your collection.

Get the most out of Soft Synths

The time has arrived. With a reasonably powerful laptop computer and an affordable collection of software instruments, you can easily take your studio on the road. And with suitable MIDI controllers and an audio interface, you can even take your portable (or desktop) studio onstage.

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Software synthesizers come in a confusing array of formats, but they have a lot in common under the hood. Here are a couple of topics to keep in mind as you assemble your system.

Tips & Tricks You Might Have Missed

By the Slice - Beat Slicing
Electronic Musici Oct 1, 2003
You rummage around in your sample library and find a fantastic drum loop to go with that tasty bass groove your buddy laid down just before he moved to Australia. Trouble is, the drum loop is at 112 bpm and the bass is at 96. You've got a problem. MORE...

Making Better Sliced Loops
Electronic Musician, Apr 1, 2003
If you're creating loops from your own audio source material, you'll need to edit the sound files to produce smooth and consistent results. Here are some things to bear in mind when editing loops. MORE...