sketchbook: sooperlooping the rhodes

I’m starting the new year the right way this year — with a sketch! It’s just a rough, simple, improvised jam, captured using SooperLooper, but I love the mood that the sound of the Rhodes imparts, especially as more note sustain over the top of each other and intermingle. I put the Rhodes sound through a rotary speaker emulation (Calf’s, in this case), and the melody part went my VM1 delay pedal, but it’s otherwise free of processing. It doesn’t really need much, anyway — those high notes sustaining that are left at the end are just magic.

SooperLooper is great for capturing new track ideas, especially for the kind of music I make, which is often driven by repeating patterns. In the past I’ve started with a drum beat and recorded loops on top of that, but this time I went freestyle. The nanoKONTROL is great for controlling it — I was able to add a bunch of empty loops, and map a separate fader and record button to each of them, making it easy to both record your loops and control their playback afterward. Once I had some appropriate loops I just played them all at the same time, using the faders to control their relative volumes while recording the output straight in to JACK Timemachine.

I don’t know if this sketch will go any further than this, but with some glitchy drums, some additional synth parts, and a bit more complexity (like, more than two chords), I think it could work as a track.

mp3 | vorbis | 2:51

3 thoughts on “sketchbook: sooperlooping the rhodes

  1. I really enjoyed that. I don’t know that adding to it is a necessity…maybe just clean up some of the rougher spots.

    Of course, I can totally hear what you’re saying about adding to it, as well. I think you could have two very different moods from the same start.

  2. I like using a USB foot controller to control SooperLooper, myself, as it allows for easier 2-handed playing. I use one of these little 3-button ones (which are like $70 US), with an add-on expression pedal:

    …and generally map the buttons to Record, Overdub, and Undo, with the expression pedal mapped to output volume.

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