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…
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