Any Bass Looping Tips and Techniques?

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  1. Any Bass Looping Tips and Techniques for a great sounding loop?
  2. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Jaco quoting Hendrix (Third Stone From The Sun). Most excellent!
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  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    It’s usually best to have your initial loop be set at a slightly lower volume so that any solos you play over it aren’t competing. Similarly it helps to use a different tone for each loop. The same bass tone and volume stacked over and over gets monotonous very quickly.
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  5. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    No looping involved but a BA bass & drums solo by Scot Sutherland, quoting Jaco quoting Hendrix. :bassist: (and '70s Miles replete with bass-wah)

  6. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Agreed. The looper placement in the signal chain is key.

    Looper first - Any and all effects after it will change the tone of the loop.

    Looper after dirt/EQ/filter - Allows you to create layers with varying textures.

    Looper before time based effects (reverb/delay) - All elements of the loop will get the effect treatment.

    Looper after time based effects (reverb/delay) - You can create a textural pad to loop, and then turn off the time effects and play a lead line over it without some/all of the effects. Be careful about how you close the loop so there isn't an obvious start/stop point, unless that is what you want. My Pigtronix Infinity 2 always seems to have an obvious start/stop click if I try to create a sustained pad across the loop (there are settings to minimize this, but they haven't worked for me).

    MIDI sync loopers are nice for keeping your loop in time with a click.

    Something like the Boredbrain Terminal will allow you to create a signal path with multiple FX Send/Return inserts.
    Terminal - Boredbrain Music
    You can use this to configure where your looper is in the chain without reordering your whole board.
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