Lo-Fi Loop Junky
Demo Video(flash) Demo Video(quicktime) Sound Samples
it does and features it has:
up to 20 seconds of your performance.
it does NOT do:
1] No sound-on-sound.
No multiple layers, no overdubbing, just one simple loop.
made something. You'll have to decide if it's worth it. It took me years
of goofing around with this strange analog recorder but I think it's finally
finished. I've put my best foot forward to make your guitar sound really
special this time. The recorded version of your performance may never sound
the same as the original, but sounding the same isnt always the most
important part of what effects do.
This is the Lo-Fi Loop Junky. Its really low fidelity the recording of your guitar is filled with hiss, moan, distortion and warped-record strangeness, but everyone will be able to tell the loop from your real guitar. Because the processing of your direct guitar is done with my new bootstrap circuit, with the very highest impedance circuit Ive ever developed (even higher than the super hard-on circuit) your direct guitar will have detail incomparable with anything youve ever heard. The juxtaposition of your direct guitar against the smashed, distorted, shimmering/warbling recording of the loop mechanism will make it clear once and for all who is the guitarist and what is the machinery.
Ive always been bothered by digital loopers. Who knows who is you and what is the device? Enter the Lo-Fi Loop Junky. No one will ever question who is who and what is what again.
There are distinct advantages and disadvantages to my new, tiny, battery-saving device. You may only record one loop. There is no sound-on-sound available with this technology for now. But, if you unplug your cables, take out the battery, and bury it for a hundred years, the last loop you recorded will still be there when you drag yourself out of the grave and plug it in for the centennial resurrection gig. Thats because it uses really bizarre technology that literally crams analog signals into static digital storage cells without a-to-d conversion. Thats right THERE IS NO ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERSION. Its pure analog storage, just like the old bucket-brigade technology, for 20 seconds straight. It would take 25 800ms analog delay pedals to hold the loop that this thing can play. For those of you who know how an a-to-d converter works, I offer this brief explanation: Inside the big fat chip, the voltage of the analog signal is sampled thousands of times per second and stored in sample-and-hold cells. The voltages of these individual cells are transferred using a horrifying silicon machine that squirts charge (something like a caulk-gun) into digital storage cells normally designed to hold ones and zeros. When the circuitry decides that the voltage in the cell is close enough to the sampled voltage (who can predict?) it moves on to do it again. Its like some kind of electronic Russian roulette, where the recording may or may not be accurate when compared with the original, but at least no computer ever puts its paws on the signal. Dig? There are no computers and no a-to-d conversion chips in this pedal!
How does it sound? Some people compare it to a warped, damaged 45-rpm record. Some say that the compression is immaculate, while some say it destroys any concept of the original dynamic. Some say that the noise is intolerable some say its as precious as snow in the middle of nowhere. Some people have no taste. Lucky for me, taste is not the issue. I can promise one thing your direct guitar will sound impeccable. I cant promise that the loop will sound good youll have to make some adjustments to your concept of good to be sure of that. I can promise that the loop will be different from any sampler youve heard.
loop volume. Gets really loud if you need it.
Tone: cuts noise and distortion. Makes the final sound of the loop rolled off and organ-like if necessary.
Rec: record volume. You can decide how loud to drive the recorder to overdrive if you like.
Depth: vibrato depth. Adjust for the level of pitch twisting that makes you happy.
Speed: vibrato speed. Adjust for the speed that spins the sound around in a way that fits the music.
the left: bypass. When you kick this in, the loop starts playing. When
you kick it out, you have true-bypass, pure silence, just like all other
On the right: the record switch. Hit this just as you start recording a new loop. Switch it off on the exact same beat when you finish recording your loop. If youve made a mistake, quickly hit it twice so you can hear the gentle hiss of nothingness instead of your bad loop. You can defeat this switch with the safety switch located between the two vibrato knobs. You will record silence if you hit the record button while the pedal is true-bypassed.
top right: the safety switch. This tiny switch lets you save a favorite
loop so you wont accidentally erase it, no matter what condition
you might be in while stumbling over your pedal. Woo-hoo! Yee-haw!
|When using a loud guitar, such as a Les Paul with PAFs, turn the record level down a bit. Youll hardly be able to hit a chord or strike a string without overloading the delicate analog recorder otherwise. Dont use the record volume at the highest setting unless you dont mind a faint pop! at the start of each loop (which can be handy, actually). Dont use the vibrato depth turned way up while recording a quiet, precious sample, or you may hear a slight whoosh in the background as the sample starts. On normal volume samples, you never hear this. Record using a strident tone (lead pickup) if you need to hear the sample easily. Because of the excessive compression you get from bass-heavy pickups, you may not hear as much note detail as you like otherwise. Set the record level at the optimum position for your playing style if you plan to record loops on the fly, or you may be disappointed with either the level of hiss (set too low) or level of distortion (set too high). Experiment until you know what record level is best for you.|
|To give better separation between your playing and the samples playback tone, use different pickups for each. To tighten up the loop length, discipline your record-switch stomping so that you hit the switch simultaneously with the beginning of your pick movement on 1 (or whatever beat you wish to start on) and stomp the record switch off exactly at the moment you wish to hear the loop begin playing back. There is a very slight delay as the internal electronics finish housekeeping (making notes on the loops end point and processing the last few samples into memory) on the very first playback after the record button is struck off, but after that, the loop becomes exactly as tight as you recorded it. Most of the time, youll never notice that theres any delay before it kicks in after recording. The tone control can be used to reduce hiss or distortion if you get a great take but the level was wrong. Check the playback volume carefully to make it fit with your direct guitar, so that the loop doesnt drown you out if you get quieter remember that the loop is very compressed so its always louder than you normally play, and it doesnt need to be very loud to be quite present.|
Theres a tick! or pop! at the beginning of
A: Turn the record volume down a bit.
a whoomp! sound on my loops.
my loop plays too short, or seems to skip.
a squealing/humming noise in my gear during record mode.
Q: My television
gets snowy while I am using my Lo-fi Loop Junky.
Q: I cant
hear the detail of my fuzz when I record it with my Lo-fi!
Q: The beginning
of my samples sound like the pitch is swooping in slightly when I turn
down the vibrato depth control.
Q: When I
adjust the depth knob, the speed seems to change.
Q: Why is
there a high-frequency whine when I click on the record button?
7:40 a.m. 3.17.02
ZACHARY VEX EFFECTS
Mpls, MN 55416