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Looping Tips and Techniques

Looping Tips and Techniques - illustration by Ethan Tufts

I recently had the opportunity to contribute an article for the December 2013 issue of Premier Guitar magazine. The topic? Something very dear to my heart—looping tips and techniques!

“If you want to take your looping from four-bar bedroom jams to a performance environment, start thinking of your looper as an instrument, not an effect. Creating engaging loop performances can require the same type of effort that you put into learning guitar. Really get to know your looper until using it becomes second nature.”

Head on over to the Premier Guitar site to read the whole article:

Read the article

And if you’re interested in seeing some of these techniques in practice, please feel free to check out a couple of my recent looping vids on YouTube. 🙂

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13 Responses

  1. Incredible stuff, Ethan! I’m interested in looping but have NEVER done it. (I’m just your old school guitar and keyboard player.) Would love to hear about some of the equipment you used here. If that’s mentioned somewhere I missed it. Any info or links you might supply?


  2. @Andy – thanks very much! 🙂 🙂 In those videos I’m actually running Circular Labs looping software on my MacBook. I love it— it’s very powerful but it does have a steep learning curve. I’m running my Wurlitzer, guitar, and vocals through quite a few effects pedals. Audio is routed into a Presonus audio interface into my Mac. Using an inexpensive Behringer midi foot controller to control the looper.

    If you’re looking to get into looping, I wouldn’t recommend my setup, but there are quite a few good entry-level looping pedals out there that you can get started on. TC Ditto, Boss RC-3, Digitech Jamman. And of course our own TimeLine delay has a built-in easy to use looper. 🙂

    Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Javier, I presume you know that the Timeline has an looper built in. Or are you hoping for a more flexible and better featured standalone system?

  4. Thanks for the excellent videos! Would love to hear how you are using Mobius in your setup. You mentioned iZotope’s Stutter Edit, are you using these two within a host program/DAW? (i.e. Ableton Live) Any more details are greatly appreciated. I just got Mobius working (and you are correct it is a STEEP learning curve) and would love to get any examples of signal flow, solid setup for live performance, etc. I modeled my setup after the Boss RC300 with some extra features Mobius allows…but it is easy to get lost in it’s rabbit hole and lose site of the forest for the trees. Thanks again for your help and openness!

    1. @pandeiroman – No problem, glad you liked the vids. So I’m assuming you’re referring to Circular Labs Mobius looper, not our Mobius modulation pedal. Yes the learning curve for Circular Labs Mobius looper is quite steep (but Strymon Mobius is pretty simple to operate)! I am using the looper as a plug-in within Ableton Live. It’s a bit too complicated to outline everything in a blog comment, but feel free to shoot me an message – and I can point you in the right direction.

  5. @Ethan, Thanks for the reply. I went to your site and sent you a couple messages now since September to follow up but haven’t heard anything back. Not sure if the messages are getting lost, but thought I would reach out one more time here. Hope to hear from you and thanks again for your help.

  6. @panderioman I did recently send you an email reply, please let me know if you did not receive it! Hopefully there is some useful information there 🙂

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