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This loop-based recording system is finally available with a new Version 1. After just weeks of using Repeater, it has become my favorite new toy It’s definitely a musical instrument, because it’s a real-time, live performance-oriented tool for performing DJs, dance music producers, or anyone interested in immediate artistic control over musical loops and phrases.

As part of a pop music pastiche, looping is a fun production style, and this stand-alone, loop-based, music-making system easily integrates manuak existing DJ rigs and MIDI music systems– whether centered around turntables and CD players or computers and synths.

I like Repeater because it operates simply and so differently from menu-driven units or computer-based loop programs such as Sonic Foundry’s Acid or even Ableton’s more advanced Live 1. Repeater is designed to enable music creation without much cerebral pondering or forethought. The front panel has the familiar “tape deck” transport with Stop, Play, Record and Reverse instant backward playback buttons. A large LED shows what’s going on at all times, and there are rotary Loop and Tempo controllers for selecting loops and editing parameters.

There is a front instrument jack for plugging in guitars or synths and a headphone monitor out. Maximum contiguous loop time is eight minutes, and total possible record time is 51 minutes. CFCs are the only way to store audio, because after powering down, anything in internal RAM goes to digital heaven. A power-saving Sleep mode retains all data, as long as the unit is plugged in.


One thing that makes Repeater so much fun is that the often tedious and analytical trench work involved with making one loop play in sync and pitch! Any changes you make are immediately saved every time without bothering to ask you. You can return to the original or native tempo of a loop with a button push.

The pitch change range without changing tempo is two octaves down to one octave up.


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You can pick other looping points and reoeater loops via the extensive editing functions. Trimming saves memory space after the unused bits are dumped. Once loop points are determined, you can use the Multiply function to copy a loop as many times as you need to complete a song section.

For example, record a 1-bar drum loop and multiply it four times for a 4-bar drum loop. This saves memory space repeateer you are not recording any new information, just adding more looping points. The drum loop still only takes up one bar’s worth of memory. You now have a 4-bar track.

I found this important because subsequent overdubs can only last elwctrix long as the initial loop’s length and available memory. Once the end of the loop is reached, Repeater always repeats it along with any overdubbed parts. Each Repeater loop is actually made up of a 4-track recording. On the front panel, maunal is a 4-channel stereo mixer with faders, LED level indicators, and separate track selection buttons for record, pan, slip changing the time relationship of one track to anotherpitch and effect sends.

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Recording is like any other 4-track tape recorder, with the ability to use two tracks together for stereo sounds. Another similarity to 4-track recording is the resampling or bouncing feature. Users simply build a mix of tracks with panning, effect inserts, etc. Highly useful was the digital Copy function where I copied each successive iteration of my loop productions to new memory space so I could go back and get separate bits for reuse.

Copy also is great when you want to experiment and still be able to get back your whole mix. You can revert to all original panning, pitch and slip values of individual tracks by holding down the respective Pan, Pitch and Slip buttons.

There are three sync modes: User electrux takes the speed from the Tempo knob or Tap Tempo.

MIDI clocking syncs Repeater to an external sequencer another no-brainerand Beat Detection offers a way to have already-recorded loops in Repeater “follow” a live drummer or sync to music from any CD or turntable. Beat Detection also identifies the tempo of your incoming audio and synchronizes the internal clock so that loop points are quantized.

Beat Detection conforms already-recorded drum loops automatically to whatever audio you want to add.

This makes Repeater a remixer’s dream. I used Tap Tempo to help Repeater figure out tempos of rspeater that lack hard transients, such as loops without drums or percussion.


One very important feature is the ability to change between kanual loops in memory with MIDI. You could have eldctrix songs in Repeater i. DJs can do this without MIDI right on the front panel by putting a loop in play and then selecting the next loop in ellectrix. Once the first loop finishes, the next loop seamlessly hooks up to it. Repeater can store up to different loops on CFC or 16 loops internally.

Recording is immediate and easy: Select an open memory location on the display, arm a track and push Record. I wished there was more internal memory for temporary storage, so, instead, I just bought another CFC! The sound re;eater is great– better than I am used to with loopers costing more.

Good quality becomes very important when bouncing down tracks or stretching tempos and pitch a lot. I like the “grungy” sound you pick up when changing tempos. Extreme pitch changes start to sound otherworldly, providing some great elements for song productions.

The Slip function works well for sliding elements around; because it’s real time, there is no waiting for a computer to render it every time you make a change.

You can overdub where additional parts are added or mixed in with audio already recorded on a track. Called Feedback Level, you can change this to any amount you’d like for any overdub. Overdubbing with automatic level repeaterr is clever– again, no brain power or extra work mixing together subsequent layers. Repeater is a new kind of music gear: Eletrix was conceptually simple and intuitive, but I had to develop a few “chops” and learn its operational quirks and secrets, such as what I could get away with and how fast or slow I could play and manipulate loops.

All great fun with serious power and control over loops or chunks of audio. Production-wise, it’s not just manuak dance and trance: Repeater would also be equally at home in jingle houses or radio stations. SYNC There are three sync modes: Barry Rudolph is an L. Visit his Web site at: Back To Home Page. Back Up To The Top.