How do I use the Sound-on-Sound Looper in Volante?

With Volante’s Sound-on-Sound (SOS) looper, you can record audio loops of up to 64 seconds depending on the setting of the SPEED switch. Higher SPEED settings result in higher fidelity recordings, while lower SPEED settings yield lower fidelity recordings.  All audio received at the input(s) along with any delay repeats in the audio buffer can be recorded to Volante’s looper.

SOS Recording Time

  • half speed – 64 seconds
  • normal speed – 32 seconds
  • double speed – 16 seconds

Recording a Loop in SOS Mode

To start using the SOS looper, you must first put Volante into SOS looper mode.

  • Press and hold down the TAP footswitch to enter SOS looper mode (TAP LED OFF).

Recording a Loop

  • Press TAP at the same time you start your playing to start your recording, setting the ‘In’ splice. (TAP LED blinks AMBER)
  • Press TAP again at the end of playing your loop to set the ‘Out’ splice and immediately start playing back from the IN splice. (TAP LED lit solid AMBER)
  • Press TAP once more to erase the recorded loop (TAP LED OFF).
  • (Optional) Press and hold the ON footswitch for 1 second to engage the Infinite Hold to disable overdubs and prevent the loop from degrading with each pass. (ON LED will blink continuously)

Additional SOS Looper Functions

Infinite Hold – Disables the Record head and continuously plays the loop length audio without overdubs or audio degradation.

  • Press and hold the ON footswitch for 1 second to engage the Infinite Hold. (ON LED will blink continuously)
    • Or, when using an optional MultiSwitch+ connected to Volante’s EXP jack set to Transport Mode, press the C footswitch to engage the Infinite Hold.

Once you have spliced out, your loop will immediately play back from the ‘In’ splice point.  The record head will still be active so anything you play at this point will also overdub on top of the loop playing back.  Also, the audio of the loop will degrade with each full pass.  You can engage the Infinite Hold to disable overdubs and prevent the loop from degrading.

 

REVERSE – Reverses the playback direction of the recorded loop from the moment the function is engaged.

  • Momentarily press the ON footswitch to engage the REVERSE function. (ON LED RED)
    • Or, when using an optional MultiSwitch+ connected to Volante’s EXP jack set to Transport Mode, press the A footswitch to engage the REVERSE function.

 

PAUSE – Stops/Starts the playback of the recorded loop.

  • Momentarily press the FAVORITE footswitch to stop/start the playback of the loop.  (FAVORITE LED AMBER)
  • Press and hold down the FAVORITE footswitch to stop/start the playback of the loop with a mechanical slowdown/startup effect.  (FAVORITE LED AMBER)
    • The playback of the loop will start back up with a mechanical effect as soon as you release the FAVORITE footswitch.
    • The speed of the slowdown/startup effect can be adjusted by pressing and holding down FEEDBACK buttons 1 and 4 and turning the MECHANICS knob.  (LEFT = slower, RIGHT = faster)
      • Or, when using an optional MultiSwitch+ connected to Volante’s EXP jack set to Transport Mode, press the B footswitch to engage the latching mechanical PAUSE.