Boss recently held the U.S. National Finals for the Loop Station World Championship 2, its annual international competition for loop-based musicians.
From a field of six talented finalists, loop artist Angela Sheik of Wilmington, Delaware, was crowned U.S. Champion for 2011. With her victory, she will go on to represent the United States at the world finals in March 2012.
The six U.S. looping finalists came to perform before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges including noted session guitarist and Toto founder Steve Lukather; veteran record producer Michael Lloyd; Snoop Dogg bassist Robert “Bubby” Lewis; GIT Director Jude Gold; and BOSS U.S. Vice President Paul Youngblood at the renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood.
Loop-based music making is a leading form of musical expression today, and BOSS’ innovative Loop Station products have played a major role in the rise of this art form. Now in its second year, the BOSS Loop Station World Championship provides an opportunity for BOSS loopers from around the globe to compete and showcase their unique musical talents on the world stage.
The six were chosen from hundreds of video submissions received by BOSS during the summer. Each finalist performed an original composition by playing various instruments and creating live loops with a BOSS RC-series Loop Station product. Four of the six also incorporated vocals in their looping presentations. Before the winners were announced, the audience was treated to a set by The Iron Maidens, the world’s only female tribute to Iron Maiden.
(Photo) All the finalists dazzled the audience and judges with heartfelt performances and excellent musicianship. Most impressive was their use of BOSS Loop Stations to support their compositions, layering multiple musical parts together to create exciting and engaging full-ensemble sounds in real time.
In addition to earning the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the world championship in Frankfurt, Germany, during the 2012 Musikmesse music fair, Ms. Sheik received $3000.00 worth of BOSS and Roland gear for her First Place finish.
Second Place went to Chance Gallagher of Boulder, Colorado, while Third Place went to Danny O’Ryan of Clearwater, Florida. The other finalists included Richie Kihlken of Santa Monica, California; Nicholas Stott of Greensboro, NC; and Nate Stein of Berkeley, California.
“The loopers came, and they played their hearts out,” said Paul Youngblood, summing up the judges’ feelings about the six finalists at the end of the evening. “Frankly speaking, there’s no such thing as a winner or loser to me. They’re all are winners. They were great!”
To watch videos of the winning performances and to find info about the upcoming international finals, please visit www.BossUS.com/LoopStation.
Loomer has updated Sequent, a multi effects plug-in for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Sequent is a step-sequenced multi-effect processor with a flexible modular effects routing system, an incredibly powerful beat looper, twenty-three parameter sequencers, and a wealth of randomization options. Sequent is the ideal tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio.
Changes in Sequent v1.3.0
Native 64-bit VST plug-in for Mac OS X (64-bit VST support requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater; 64-bit Audio Unit requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater; all other formats require Mac OS X 10.4 or greater. )
Bitcrusher effect added to distortion module.
Massively improved speed and responsiveness of all UI controls.
Improved CPU usage when wiring effects in the modular view.
Improved CPU usage when tweaking parameters from a hardware controller.
Improved CPU usage when rapidly switching patterns.
Sequence syncing is now more reliable for hosts which provide only periodic PPQ positional information.
Rotary controls for Looper mode and Filter types are now replaced by combo controls.
For the Windows VST plug-in, when using a relative path for the presets folder, the path is now relative to the DLL, not the host.
Standalone versions now support multiple simultaneous hardware controllers.
MIDI Program Changes are now multi-threaded, and so will no longer potentially stall the audio synthesis.
Fix for GUI freeze that could occur in certain Mac OS X VST hosts.
Preset searches are now multi-threaded. Preset browser can now immediately respond to user interaction, even whilst searching a massive preset library, or when browsing a folder containing a large number of presets.
Added soft notching for volume and crossfade controls, making unity volume and 50% crossfade mix easier to dial in.
Fixed extremely rare crash that could occur on a minority of Windows 32-bit systems when opening the UI.
Preset meta data (ie, author name, notes, tags) is now correctly displayed after loading an .FXP based preset or restoring a saved project.
Standalone application tempo can now be set to within two decimal places of accuracy.
Sequent is available to purchase for £49 GBP excl. VAT.
Roland has announced the RC-300 Loop Station, the new flagship model in its industry-leading lineup of real-time phrase loopers.
Equipped with multitrack loop phrases, three hours of stereo recording time, built-in effects, enhanced real-time control options, USB, and much more, the RC-300 is a dream machine for the growing legions of instrumentalists and vocalists that incorporate live looping in their musical performances.
The RC-300 replaces the popular RC-50, improving on its powerful predecessor in nearly every way. Like the RC-50, it’s housed in an ultra-durable metal chassis that’s built to last, and offers 99 different memory locations, each with three independent stereo or mono loop phrases. But, the RC-300 ups the ante big time with three hours of recording and loop storage, more than seven times the amount available in the RC-50. The RC-300 also provides newly enhanced options for controlling loop phrases, including dedicated REC/DUB/PLAY and STOP footswitches for each phrase, an ALL START/STOP footswitch, and an expression pedal for real-time effects control.
Three stereo tracks with dedicated footswitches and controls for each.
Dedicated fader per track.
Expression pedal for effects control in real time.
Up to three hours of internal recording and 99 onboard memories.
16 onboard effects optimized for looping.
XLR Microphone input with phantom power.
USB storage; import/export WAV files.
The RC-300 is expected to ship in November with an MSRP of $768.50 USD.
Sugar Bytes has updated Turnado, a multi-fx plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Turnado is a revolutionary multi-effect tool, crafted especially for massive real-time audio manipulation. It combines unique and dynamic effects with the most intuitive and immediate control you can imagine. Just turn it on and crank it up.
The brandnew Turnado update is now online! RTAS is now directly supported, so Turnado now runs in ProTools without the need of a wrapper. The new Undo/Redo feature allows you to go back in history whenever you like.
Changes in Turnado v1.1
Native RTAS Version.
Sync X Option for Looper.
Bypass Lock Option.
Midi-Key Learn for Dictator.
Continous Record Mode for Slicearranger.
Randomize fixed and improved.
Remember GUI Setup on close/open.
Synced Mode for Filterpattern Sweep Parameter.
Improved Looper Sync.
Improved Modulation Accuracy.
Turnado for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 139 EUR / $179 USD.
Expert Sleepers has announced an update for the Crossfade Loop Synth plugins for Windows and Mac.
From version 3, Crossfade Loop Synth is actually two plug-ins: Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect. The effect version takes the power of Crossfade Loop Synth and turns it into a live sampler, a looper and a very unusual and powerful delay effect.
Changes in Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.0
The Mac OS X AU & VST versions now support 64 bit operation.
The timing of note playback is much improved in the synth versions of the plug-in (now sample accurate).
Fixes a minor bug which would cause the plug-in to attempt to load an empty filename when loading a song in Plogue Bidule.
Crossfade Loop Synth for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $49 USD excl. VAT (if applicable).