Many people haven’t heard of loopers, but in our musical society, they are used more often than we realize. But just what is a looper? And how is it going to help with music? There are many YouTube videos that show people creating their music with back tracks and beats using only themselves; this is a form of looping. Looping is where the sound that has been recorded is being constantly cycled in order to create a rhythm, beat or backing track for when the actual song is sung.
Loopers used to be a very limited technology, meaning only recording studios could really use and perform with them. In the light of today’s technology, our phones can now perform this activity. There is an application called ‘Looper’ in the app store which can take up to six recordings and time them all together to make an essential back track for any song. A good clip of this is from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he uses the looper with Billy Joel which can be found here.
In music, there are many videos which are being created with the use of loopers and this is becoming the true trend of amateur music. You can quite easily try it yourself by simply getting on the app store and checking it out. I personally downloaded it and had a lot of fun with my fiancé making intricate music and rhythmic beats to sing to and have a laugh with.
There are different kinds of looping used in music, these are:
This style of looping is typically used by beat boxers. The beat boxer will sound out a beat and then record that beat to have it on a continuous cycle while implementing other beats and rhythms. This is called melodic layering where they will implement this with their live performance.
This is usually performed in a recording studio where an artist will record a portion of their music. This sample will be taken and reused as a part of the music. A solo artist could record themselves playing multiple instruments and then implement them all into one song where they sing the vocals as well. This is done using the sampled recordings to play each of the parts in the final piece. Essentially, all music we listen to is recorded to a track but this is implementing multiple tracks to create a single piece of music. The sampling method just takes it to a new level where each track is a part of one song.
There are many different pieces of software which implement looping in order to make songs easily. Some of these different types of software require payment while others are free. Some examples of this software are:
LoopStation(free), Beatbox Looper (free), loopy(paid), loop recorder(free), voice loop(paid), MusicLoop Lite(free)
ACID and Sound Forge, Cakewalk Sonar,ReCycle, GarageBand, FL Studio (formerly Fruity Loops), Propellerhead’s Reason, Ableton Live, and REAPER.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and will find it helpful to create some music of your own.