The Pigtronix Infinity Loop Pedal is one of the most versatile and powerful loop pedals on the market today. The MIDI onboard the Infinity has earned a reputation as one of the best in the game and today’s article will throw a light on how to get your Pigtronix Infinity Looper MIDI Sync’d to a effects pedal that will act as a MASTER.
MIDI Syncing allows your live looping set-up the ability to have all of your effects in time. Meaning your delays, slicing effects, etc . are in time with the track you have established on your loop pedal. After getting your effects and loop pedal(s) MIDI Sync’d, gone are the days of having to guess where a certain delay is falling or having a certain effect fall out of time.
Before we get to it, there are a few terms you should now. The first one is MASTER. The MASTER is going to be the piece on your rig that is setting the tempo. In some cases, it is the loop pedal. On some loop pedals, they are made to be MIDI MASTERS. Simply put, the loop pedal sets the tempo for the effects to follow. Sometimes you will hear a MASTER also called a MIDI CLOCK.
The second term is SLAVE. The SLAVE is the piece of gear that is getting told what the tempo is. Lets say your loop pedal puts out a signal via MIDI that says “This song is 109 BPM.” The SLAVE will take that information and make adjustments accordingly and now your effects will be in time! Pretty cool huh?
Make sure you have a 5 pin MIDI cable as well, now lets begin…
Pigtronix Echolution 2 (MASTER) to Pigtronix Infinity (SLAVE)
Pigtronix has a fantastic video showcasing the MIDI capabilities of the Infinity Looper. It can be viewed here. Read ahead for the 4-1-1 on how to have your two Pigtronix devices “talk to each other” through MIDI.
1) Plug in MIDI cable into MIDI OUT on the Echolution 2
2) Plug other end of the MIDI cable into MIDI IN on the Infinity Looper
3) You’re done
This is by no means an all encompassing list of how to use MIDI nor all of the devices that showcase MIDI, but a quick look at having MIDI connect two Pigtronix devices. A MASTER MIDI signal can also be sent from a DAW and Drum Machine as well. Vocal looper/Beatboxer Shlomo has a video where he addresses how he MIDI Sync’s his rig (6:40). It is a fun watch.
Have fun in your first steps into the MIDI world…
Las Vegas, NV, USA
One week ago, I took full advantage of an opportunity that was presented to me by the perfect storm of personal perseverance and the professional relationships I have cultivated coast to coast and on two sides of the Atlantic. I was tasked by a number of leading manufactures and arguably the largest chain of family owned music stores in the country to host a live looping workshop at the Sam Ash Music Store location in Las Vegas. The groundwork for the workshop was initially laid two months prior as a vague outline of a looping event to take place at roughly the halfway point of summer. It would take every bit of that two months to gather vendors and corporate partners to make this one of the biggest events I have ever put together.
Finding a venue to host a show, concert, film fest, etc is sometimes the hardest part of any idea. It’s always the idea that is easy, but the execution is the difficulty. The team at Sam Ash was very excited to host the looping workshop and after a date was tied down, it was my own choice to get other vendors involved. Emails, phone calls, meetings and more solidified the support needed to make a note-worthy event. Once vendor support, and an idea of what I wanted to present took form, I took a look at my own calendar and saw the 18th of July fast approaching.
An earlier blog here on my site talked about the who’s and how’s of my teaching approach to workshops as a whole. This time around I was faced with a question with no clear answer, “How do I present a workshop with an array of gear to an audience….with an array of experience?” The choice was then made to give everybody the tools they could utilize that night after walking out with a new loop pedal from Pigtronix, a new mic from Electro Voice, new in-ear monitors from Westone or brand new cables from my friends in Tennessee at George L’s Cables. Learn today, put into action tonight. That was my mantra.
The drive to Sam Ash that afternoon was a windy, gloomy, cloudy and wet affair as an early monsoon made it’s way across the desert floor to unleash all sorts of trouble in Las Vegas. Pulling into Sam Ash I soon discovered they (Sam ash) were ready for the event, ready to receive the dozens of people that had made plans to be there and ready to make this event shine……If only the power wasn’t knocked out.
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