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Another Looper Project

April 25th, 2008

I can’t get shit off my mind tonight. I entered that place in my head where I just start navigating the same paths over and over again, getting nowhere. I decided to start soldering. I found the project here. It’s a looper that uses these little voice recorder toys. You take them apart and wire them up to a simple mixer circuit and 5v power supply. I’m building a case out of a piece of aluminum 2×4 stud.

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Here’s the board I made tonight, making up the power supply and mixer circuits. A 9v battery powers the mixer and a 5v regulator, which powers the toys. There will be all kinds of offboard wiring going from this board to the toys and all the pots and switches. I built the mixer on a breadboard this morning, and it works. I have some other ideas I want to try with it. One of them involved housing my old DOD distortion pedal in a new case along with a feedback loop device I built, and I could add the mixer circuit to it to blend in the dry signal.

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This is one of the toys still in the packaging. They’re fun. Get them at Target for 6.99, even if you don’t circuit-bend. You can warp the speed of whatever you record. Currently this one makes a high squealy cat noise I made in the car after buying these.

3 Responses to “Another Looper Project”

  1. Will Says:

    Have you ever gotten in touch with Doctor Popular? Better known as Doc? He hung around the old house a few times, even had a piece in one of the shows. He makes instruments too…looped circuits and things. You could share music tech tips. I think he’s in San Fran these days.

  2. admin Says:

    Yeah I remember he told me he wired his fourtrack to sound like a theremin, something I just figured out how to do. He was around Stevens after you left, and now I think he is in SF. I got two records of his–DRT and Bentstrumentals. They’re really good.

    Speaking of DIY records, Pablo is on my Myspace friends. Bitches and Machines is another good disc from back then. And speaking of that house, Alex Goldfarb friended me too. He’s a musician.

  3. Will Says:

    Ah, good old Pablo. Yes, Bitches and Machines. I still crack that open from time to time. And Alex…he was nice.

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