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  1. So …one question comes up ….(excellent video instructions first of all!) ….can you record a loop …then overdub on that same loop ….or do you have to have a different loop to record over the perviously recorded loop? Trying to figure out why the need for mutiple loopbacks. Thx!

    • Multiple loopers let you build separate loops that you can mute, clear out, effect or reverse, without having an effect on your other loops. You can just use one loop and overdub on it – but if you want to add this next level of complexity, it is there. Thanks for the comment.

  2. This video is great, but one question, since you’re using a nano pad I believe, how can i do all this with a Yamaha MO8?..is it possible, thank you!

    • Abner,
      I’m not going to crack the manual for the M08, but most big keyboards/workstations like it will send midi messages to your computer if you connect them with a USB or MIDI cable to your computer. Sometimes you need to set a keyboard to ‘MIDI control mode’, or something similar, where the keyboard can be set up to send whatever midi messages you choose, letting your customize it for whatever your application is.

  3. Hi, I am having a terrible time trying to get my custom loopback to work. Whenever I hit the play/stop button, nothing happens. The second time I hit the button, it stops the loop completely, rather than restarting at the beginning of the loop. Same thing with the record button on the second time, it doesn’t allow me to play, press a button, then continue to play seamlessly. Tips please?

    • I would recommend starting over with your setup. Past that, I’d look at what signals your controller is actually sending and make sure the main stage controls are set up to react properly.

  4. Fantastic Video. I learned so much, especially being new to MS. If I create a second looper, say for guitar, how do I switch from one looper, to the second looper? Thanks again for posting this video. 5 Stars!!

    • There is no switching. You’ll need to Map the looper to another set of controls and possibly switch with your controller to another bank which would send those controls.

  5. Hi Sam, i love these mainstage videos, well done! they are packed full of goodness*** i have a query similar to the last. i’ve made myself a couple of loop modules and have inserted them as bus/auxiliaries, as per your instructions, one for each of two patches in a concert. though the units are identical, and to differentiate their activation by two separate instruments, i have made a whole new set of controller mappings for the second module/patch. when i attempt to layer up a couple of loops, the first set of controller mappings overrides the second and i am not able to record a loop for my second instrument. i’m somewhat stumped as to how you ‘change banks’ to trigger off different loopbacks – though, i am only utilizing a Korg microKontrol! Sam, i was just just wondering if you would be able to articulate the loop/patch layering in a little more detail? thanx 😉

    • Looks like on the microkontrol a scene could be similar to a bank. However, you’ve got 16 pads on the keyboard. If you just need 2 loopers seems like you might be able to get by on 8 pads per unit? Maybe I’m not understanding. You mention a looper for eatch patch – you need to create the loopers at the concert level, not the patch level.

  6. Sam, Great work on these. I am using MainStage 3 and this video is still very relevant. I was able to follow all of your instructions and map everything needed to record etc. I am using an Apogee GIO (foot controller) which if you are familiar with it has a row of square buttons across the top that have play, record, rewind,fast forward and stop. I used these for the Record, Play/Stop, Undo, Clear, Reverse as you did in the video. They all work great! I have a second row of generic buttons that I thought would make great bank switchers to go from one Looper to another. The thing I found myself saying at the end of the video when you asked if there was anything else was “wait! how do I map the banks to switch from loop to loop!!” You say that you do it but not how.

    Thanks Eric

    • Eric,
      Glad you’re enjoying them.

      I think the best you can do is to map another looper to those buttons.

      The FCB1010 has banks select buttons that let the operator change the values the buttons output. I would switch to bank #2 on the pedal and then map those buttons to looper #2. Unless the Gio has some similar mode, you’re stuck with only 10 buttons. Apple could add some kind of functionality that would address this, but I would think it’s unlikely.

  7. These are great videos. I have a set up with about 6 loopbacks running at the same time. I set the temp with tap and currently use an 8 bar loop across the board. I have an audio channel for guitar, an audio channel for voice and four instrument channels for software synths. I don’t use a foot pedal. I control all by hand on my macbook.

    But sometimes the bar length of one or two of the loopbavks seems to change w/o me doing anything.
    Any thoughts on why that might happen?

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