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the haunting, by dave stafford

8 track album
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Here is an example of what I would call 'old-style' looping, using just the energy bow and a reverb unit, and nothing else. The title track was an existing loop I'd created for a live show here in Stirling, the rest of the tracks were all performed during one day of video recording. This is my greatest pleasure as a guitarist, looping with the energy bow, and 'the haunting' is a good solid example of the process and the style of it.
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dave stafford - bela teguese (HD)

this is a live guitar synthesizer loop improvisation. an improvised piece utilising the digitech time bender delay pedal and the roland RC-50 looper, "bela t...
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Here is an example of live looping, using the Roland RC-50 Loop Station, and the Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer set to a 'strings' setting, the looper allows the user to layer many different layers of sound, so you are able to create very lush musical soundscapes indeed, with the sounds of many, many instruments blending beautifully with each other. Looping is a joy, there is no other experience quite like it...see for yourself :-)
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RC-300: Loop Station

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The Triple-Stereo Mega Looper!
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This is my current dream looper, 'the stereo mega looper' is the next generation after my current device, the RC-50, which seems quite simple when compared to the very capable RC-300. This looper does everything except wash the dishes...and I want one. I know that there are newer models from Roland and others, but the RC-300 is the RC-50's big brother, and I do love the ease of use and functionality of the RC-50, so the RC-300 seems like an even better version of the RC-50.
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BOSS U.S. - RC-20: Loop Station

RC-20: Loop Station
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Then, as time went on, more loop time, more features, and the very compact and capable RC-20 was one of my first modern loopers, it can do five and a half minutes of loop, you can store loops in it (which you cannot do in the Oberheim Echoplex Pro for example) and it's in a very compact form, a great little looper...
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Digitech RDS 8000

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The Digitech RDS-8000 was my 'dream looper' back in the mid 90s, I needed something better than the Boss DD-2, something with a decent amount f loop time....and the RDS-8000 fit the bill perfectly. Eight seconds, and it was a great chorus and flanger, too... Strangely, when I went to look up a URL for this scoop....what I found at the Looper's Delight site,was a write up of the device I'd posted in November, 1997!! So I will point you to my 39 year old self, talking here about what a great looper this is...and it is.
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The Amazing EBow :: Home

The Amazing EBow :: Home | Looping | Scoop.it
See and hear the amazing EBow - a hand-held, battery-powered, electronic bow for guitar featuring Direct String Synthesis. Infinite sustain and electronic bowing effects.
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I've been using the ebow (or energy bow) since it was first introduced, as an alternative to using a pick or plectrum, the ebow provides an infinite, beautiful sustained sound, and I just fell in love with the sound, for many years I pretty much did not use a pick or plectrum, instead, the ebow became my main instrument/sound. When combined with a good quality looping device, and some atmosphere provided by a digital reverb, the ebow delivers an undeniably beautiful tone and works beautifully in the context of looping, it is eminently suited, and it has a wonderful sound that I cannot get enough of. Guitar + ebow + looper + reverb = heavenly sounds.
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dave stafford - drifting in space I (HD)

"drifting in space I" is the first of several tracks made on the day, involving a loop created with the "scape" application, plus live and looped energy bow ...
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Here is a more recent example of live looping, this time, use energy bow (ebow) guitar instead of guitar synth, to create short loops of long notes. This allows me to build up several ebow parts and create harmony on the fly. Looping with the ebow is my passion, I love this process more than almost any other. In this video, I am performing a duet with a 'scape' that I had created previously, so I am adding looped and live ebow guitar to Eno' and Chilvers' beautiful samples...ambient bliss.
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Loopy, the live looper app for iPhone and iPad

Loopy, the live looper app for iPhone and iPad | Looping | Scoop.it
Loopy, the sophisticated, tactile live looper app that reinvents iPhone and iPad music making. Layer up to 12 loops with overdub, stereo, count-in, variable tempo, import/export, and full MIDI clock and control support.
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I've only presented a very, very few looping devices, mostly those that I have used during my career as an ambient looping guitarist (and apologies to JamMan and all the other looping devices I haven't mentioned) - but nowadays, looping has moved easily and naturally to tablet devices, so now tools like LoopyHD on iOS, on the iPad, have become a big part of my looping tools, and looping on the ipad is the latest and most intriguing of platforms, which, if you had told me in 1992, me with my Boss DD-2 one second digital delay, that I would be able to loop on a tablet computer, in fact, with LoopyHD, you can run 12 loops in one session, and manipulate them on the fly...so LoopyHD is a serious looping tool in it's own right...I would have never, ever have believed it. A remarkable achievement, LoopyHD is a powerful and easy to use looping application for iOS...fantastic!!
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RC-50: Loop Station

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The Industry-Leading Looper
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And now we get to some of the newer, much more modern loopers, and for me, the RC-50 is a great little loop device, which actually lets you record and run three loops in one session, and this unit is still my main looper to this day...mainly because I can't afford the amazing RC-300!! But the RC-50 is really well designed, it's very easy to use, and it was devices like these that have pushed Roland to the forefront of loop pedal designers...they are simply the best!
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Oberheim Echoplex Digital Pro | Vintage Synth Explorer

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The lovely RDS-8000 had to give way to a new generation of loopers, and the Echoplex Pro is exactly that. If you could afford the additional memory, you would then have a luxurious 196 seconds of loop tine...unheard of! Three minutes of loop...that is true luxury. Not to mention being able to multiply, split, quantize, and so on to your heart's content, this incredibly capable device is a classic looper...which is still in my rack mount still working today!
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Boss DD2 Digital Delay Guitar Pedal

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The Boss DD2 is a little bit hard to find and is
quite similar to the Boss DD3. Indeed,
it has pretty much the same features, knobs that allow control over delay time, repeat time, and effect level, and creates a similar shimmery digital delay...
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I will begin at the beginning, the Boss DD-2 Digital Delay pedal was the first stompbox digital delay, and it was also, technically, my first looper. That it could only loop one second didn't stop me, and I actually use this pedal on my first album, as a looper, from 1992, 'voices from the desert'. Since replaced with upgraded versions, this is a classic delay, but maybe not truly a looper with just one second of loop time...it was all we had back then!!
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pureambient...the ambient music page. quiet, peaceful, relaxing ambient music...pureambient index

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The official web site of ambient loop guitarist Dave Stafford, twenty years plus of albums that are mostly loops or contain loops, also featuring many loops made with the energy bow, a handheld electronic bow used to produce long, sustained notes on the guitar, which when coupled with the act of looping, creates a fantastically atmospheric sound.
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