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Getting Loopy: Performance Loopers For Linux Musicians

Mar 04, 2010, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"Linux Loopers

"Each of the loopers profiled here includes the basic set of features noted above and each adds some unique appeal of its own. They are all licensed under the GPL and are completely free and open-source software. Freewheeling

"J.P. Mercury's FreeWheeling is designed for the greatest ease of use in live performance. The program supports some keyboard controls, but only a few mouse actions are supported. For best results, Freewheeling wants an external control surface of some sort. The author of the program uses a Behringer BCF-2000, a MIDI-enabled mixer with assignable buttons and sliders, but any Linux-aware MIDI control surface should work with Freewheeling.

"You can peruse the list of features that make Freewheeling unique among performance loopers. Some of its attractions include an integrated version of the FluidSynth soundfont synthesizer, support for multiple inputs for group jams, and the ability to capture and trigger multiple assymetric loops. In addition to its internal features, Freewheeling is a JACK-based application, ready for connection to a digital signal processor (DSP) unit, a hard-disk recorder, or some other JACK client."

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