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  • #1006803
    Phil Morse
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    So do you think loops get overdone or under-used by digital DJs? Do you sigh when you hear the cliched loop roll used? What’s your favourite use of loops?

    (Mine is to extend the end of a tune when I’m running out of time, got to be honest – although I try to do it as little as possible…)

    #1006804
    squeeam
    Participant

    As a beginner (can’t wait to not have to use that phrase) I’m always using loops as a way of mixing one track into another and it helps me to beat match. I tend to find it works/sounds better if it’s just a simple drum beat with no other instruments or vocals and seems to be more seamless. Although listening back to some of the car crashes on the mix I did last night I’m not so sure 😉

    #1006807
    Terry_42
    Keymaster

    I am using loops mostly when I do a live remix of a song, so I know it won’t breakdown on me etc.
    But for this I need the instrumental track prepared with cue points to jump the loop and I need the accapella with cue points to mix in and the right samples prepared…

    Sometimes I also try to extend the “go mental” part of some songs before a break with a loop to tip the dancefloor towards exhaustion, so they are thankful for the break in the song hehe
    And loops are very very useful for the loop cutdown blend, when you blend a high BPM song into a slow one. I think there is a youtube tutorial for that, I do it almost the same way (I add less effects).

    #1006808
    Maxwell Rogers
    Participant

    For Hip Hop and R&B I love to lay the hook over a song to the looped beat of my next track. Given the pitch and vocals match up it sounds cool and provides a nice way to transition. I definitely prefer this than just to backspin or slam the next track in.

    #1006809

    I use some loops during hip-hop songs that do not have a strong intro, but have an instrumental break halfway through the song. I’ll loop that, then mix that in with the previous song, then mix in the beginning of the track of my song that is being looped.

    I also use loops to keep the energy going for a song I know does not have a strong beginning. (I judge this using waveforms), or I can create somewhat of a mashup by messing with the levels and having the vox of track A play over the looped instrumental of track B.

    I think loop rolls are becoming a bit cliche, but they work. I personally have been experimenting a lot with running two loops at once, just for a cool effect. I’ll set track A to loop at 8 beats, and track B to loop at 4. This can create some cool effects to mix in while you are blending songs.

    #22649
    Arthur Kokanov
    Participant

    I love using loops to mix two tracks. I find that intros and outros are kinda redundant since I usually look for a nice place to loop a beat in the upcoming song and just add that in when its apropriate. then i shut off the bass to the song that I am already playing. I usually loop right next to a change to a beat or right next to vocals so that I can just shut off the loop and it will kick into vocals right away. I don’t like looping vocals though, sometimes I do it but rarely.

    #1006818
    longmover
    Member

    loops are a life saver for tracks that end abruptly or just fade out, the extended loop suits my style of mixing

    #1006820
    jorn
    Member

    “…or I just had a couple of drinks and I wanna press a button…” That cracked me up. 🙂

    #1006822
    Steelo
    Participant

    Loop an acapella and add a few effects and people go crazy

    #1006829
    NewportDJ Drew
    Participant

    I always use loops and FX. variety in a mix is the spice of life. Gives the punters a unique experience as well.

    #1006844
    Todd Oddity
    Participant

    Max Rogers, post: 22793, member: 889 wrote: For Hip Hop and R&B I love to lay the hook over a song to the looped beat of my next track. Given the pitch and vocals match up it sounds cool and provides a nice way to transition. I definitely prefer this than just to backspin or slam the next track in.

    I do this all the time for my old school sets. It’s a fantastic way to mix hip-hop. Before CDJ’s commonly had loops available I’d fake it by letting the “loop” track do it’s 1-2-3, then hit cue, pumping up the bass on the original track’s 4 beat. Crowds ate it up. So when the loop buttons started showing up I was all over that like fat kids on chocolate…

    #1006846
    synthet1c
    Member

    don’t really use loops accept for when running out of time to mix or fixing up the positioning of a track if I started it in the wrong spot… Although there is nothing better than breaking out the EFX-1000 for a feedback loop when mixing minimal or progressive.

    #1006875
    dj flyer
    Member

    The worst way to use a loop is to extend a tune. The crowd can almost always hear it. If you cant find a new tune and line it up in 3-5 minutes you better stick to chop-mixing 😉
    I use it the other way around, I loop the incoming track so its perfect in sync when the outgoing track comes to a stick or breakdown, and if you´re mixing in key, you can start fading in the new track long before the real mix.
    The loop is also useful for mashup mixing when U need to extend a overlay track.
    What ever you do, don´t loop the outgoing tune because you´re not ready, that´s just embarrassing….

    #1006876
    gullum
    Participant

    I’m also one to set a loop for use in top40 long boring breaks. I just got 2 F1 so I’m going to be a bit loop crazy for some time I’m sure. I used to use cue points when making live mashups but now I just caputure them into the remix decks and trigger them from there instead. I hope to get some not to crowded night so I can play around with just a few people on the floor 😀 getting ready to drop some insane mashups and remixes to an already warmed up crowd later.

    #1006897
    Steelo
    Participant

    dj flyer, post: 22862, member: 329 wrote: The worst way to use a loop is to extend a tune. The crowd can almost always hear it. If you cant find a new tune and line it up in 3-5 minutes you better stick to chop-mixing 😉
    I use it the other way around, I loop the incoming track so its perfect in sync when the outgoing track comes to a stick or breakdown, and if you´re mixing in key, you can start fading in the new track long before the real mix.
    The loop is also useful for mashup mixing when U need to extend a overlay track.
    What ever you do, don´t loop the outgoing tune because you´re not ready, that´s just embarrassing….

    Better than the music stopping, trainwrecking or just being completely out of time. You can also makes some nice longer blends and stuff like that.

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