One of the most engaging, fun, and potentially hypnotizing features that Volante has to offer is the way it allows you to effortlessly create dynamic loops that degrade and evolve. Depending on how you set Volante’s sound sculpting controls, pretty soon after you start looping, what may have begun as a few simple notes on a guitar or keyboard will naturally morph into an ambient soundscape, perhaps bearing little obvious relationship to the original input signal! It’s kind of like starting off on a walk down your own street and a few steps later finding yourself floating through the Horsehead Nebula.
In Volante’s Sound on Sound mode, you can change the loop direction at the touch of a footswitch, press and hold PAUSE for a mechanical tape stop effect, or change the speed of your loop while simultaneously changing the pitch in octave increments. You can find an inspiring sound while in Echo mode, and all your echoes will remain intact when you engage Sound on Sound. The loop degrades and evolves naturally (as sound-on-sound tape loops do). When you feel that your loop has reached the perfect state of mutation, you can engage Infinite mode to stop further loop degradation, creating an infinite loop while disengaging the loop record head. Then you can play over the loop without any further overdubbing (without your new input adding to the loop). Check out the video below to hear Volante’s Sound on Sound mode in action, and see how it works!
Playing with this pedal makes me want to listen to Evening Star by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno! What kind of music does it make you think of? What kind of music does it make you feel like creating?