Audiobus: Use your music apps together.
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Can Loopy Pro be set up like this..
..I'd like an Ed Sheeran-esque layout, and I have a Nektar Pacer and a BOSS RC-600 (the 600 is a formidable MIDI controller!).
I can get close with the BOSS RC-600, and I've got close with Ableton Live.
Neither is perfect but that's probably just on me.
It would be nice to also have the option of doing this with Loopy Pro, before I spend time diving in and really trying to make it happen, I want to outline a few things that tend to pop up as issues that I always have to find workarounds for..
First is the way I want to actually record tracks, I love a "record" mode and a "play" mode - the Pacer handles this easily with preset changing, and the BOSS RC-600 can handle it multiple ways - either changing pedal modes, or changing memory.
In "record" mode, I like to have it so I just press one button - this button acts as both rec/play but in record mode, it's just record.
Pressing that button records to the track I have selected.
What I want, is to have 4x buttons on the controller, that "change tracks" - they're just track selection buttons. Ableton and the 600 can both do this.
Can Loopy Pro? I don't want it to record to these tracks, unless I have pressed "record".
IF it can, then I want that "record" button to basically remain on, even when I switch what track I have selected. The BOSS RC-600 has problems here and requires a workaround, as it won't record to new tracks when you change track.
Ableton Live requires me to basically.. have everything recording at the same time, and I use a gate to enable/disable audio from going into the loops. This works pretty well, to be fair - would this be the same with Loopy Pro, or is there a better way?
Summary/live-use of the above - I want to select a track to loop to with a MIDI controller, and when I hit a separate REC button, it records. I hit it again, it ends the loop and goes to overdub mode - here, while it's recording, I want to be able to SWAP TRACKS and have it loop into those new tracks, without me stopping/starting the loops one-by-one.
In my head, this would be similar to how I do it in Ableton Live - where the loops are actually always recording, and "selecting tracks" is pretty much me muting/unmuting audio from entering the loop.
In practice this lets me basically lay down a whole song without ending loops and having to sit there waiting for the next measure or rotation etc, it drastically reduces loop-build time for me as I lay everything down, in overdub mode, to the right tracks. No need to end loop, pick new track, start loop, end loop, pick new track, start loop, end loop etc.. that method completely sucks for me, hate it.
I'm sure Loopy Pro can do what I want it to, but I'd love a little guidance on how to make it work the way I've set out.
- how would Loopy Pro work with changing "modes" - ie, changing from RECORD mode to PLAY mode, on the Pacer this is just a preset change. On the 600 it's a pedal mode or memory change. But how is there a way to actually have these changes impact Loopy Pro, so when I swap "modes", Loopy Pro knows I'm in Play mode, and I can have the same physical buttons on my controller mapped to different MIDI CCs, depending on the mode?
ie the REC button in record mode, is also the "play selected tracks" button in PLAY mode.
- can Loopy Pro be set to "play selected tracks" as opposed to a "play ALL" button - the 600 can't do this. There's no way for me to mute/stop specific tracks, and then when I hit "stop" or "play", it only affects the tracks I have selected. It only does it either one at a time (currently selected track), OR all.. can Loopy Pro let me SELECT tracks, and then assign a button to MUTE, STOP or PLAY only the selected tracks, as opposed to all tracks at once?
Happy to answer any questions or provide more info - would love to add Loopy Pro to my gigging arsenal, as I don't love how the 600 works as a looper (lots of limitations for the way I like to loop), and I don't want to always bring my MacBook.. the iPad can be attached to a stand, easy.
Final question - can Loopy Pro be used even in the background, ie I have a setlist up on the app, or the app for my mixer/speaker, but still control Loopy Pro with MIDI controller, despite it not currently being on the screen (not a deal-breaker by any means).