We took over BABELAND’s B4B3L4B art space and this happened. I was going for more of a pump vibe since we were drawing people down from the art floor to the party floor.
I’m still working on a way for people to see what I’m doing with the iPads while I’m performing because that’s part of the fun of live looping: seeing the process of how a song is made as you experience it. With the help of some friends I finally have a setup that seems to work:
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920: It’s quite expensive at $100, but other people have confirmed that if you want HD 1080p output at 30 fps this is the camera to get. It autofocuses and has a camera tripod mount. (Cheaper webcams can’t deliver 1080p at this frame rate.)
- A solid Macbook or Mac Pro: You’re going to be pushing a lot of pixels and you’ll need to be hooked up to power anyways, so get a fast computer.
- Logitech Camera Settings desktop app: Controls autofocusing, brightness/contrast, color.
- CamTwist Studio: This is the best thing out there for this use.
If you just do the first point above, you’ll be OK. But Photo Booth flips the image horizontally, iGlasses is expensive, and other options not great. CamTwist does exactly what you need, and more:
- Start up the program
- Go to Preferences
- Click General
- Change the video size to 1280×720 (or set 1920×1080)
- Quit CamTwist
- Restart the program
- Choose “Webcam” from Step 1, click the Select button
- Click Webcam in Step 3, then choose the “HD Pro Webcam C920” from the dropdown
- Click on the Tools menu, then Preview
Now, what you can also do is add an image overlay like your artist name! Also, you can have more than one camera source if someone is manning your computer: CamTwist is actually more of a live video studio app. You can also do things like flip the video left-to-right or upside down if you need to.
I had the chance to put the new Miselu C.24 keyboards through their paces. Not just 1, but 2 of these Bluetooth-enabled battery-powered control surfaces! That means I got 4 octaves of keys to hammer on and do all sorts of runs and tricks on them. Enjoy!
This isn’t looping, but was done for a challenge on the iOS Musician Facebook group. The rules were you could only use 2 synthesizers and they had to be monophonic. Also, they needed to make use of arpeggiation.
Taken at the Y2K International Live Looping Festival at Treasures Roadhouse in Corralitos, CA! As always, it is 100% improvised looping with no pre-made loops or beats.
The new trick on this performance is call-and-response melody lines. This was made possible with two iPads running NanoStudio each. No, they are not synced—that would be awesome. The left hand is looping while the right is doing leads and pads.
Here’s video of my performance in Portland, OR at the great Analog Cafe & Theater. The venue was great and food pretty good too!