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Loops

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BandMaster features several loop options. Foremost there is the form loop which takes a range of measures and loops them. A form loop as seen above can be a very useful feature for practicing turnarounds, difficult passages etc. Another form of loop is the chorus loop. A chorus loop is in its nature infinite and loops the choruses between playback delimiters. This can be very useful for practicing transitions that occur between choruses like double-time for example. Form loops and chorus loops are mutually exclusive. Enabling one in the control box or via menu command will automatically disable the other.

 

Form Loop

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To set up a form loop click the third button from the left in the control box. It should turn red. The form loop symbol (s.a.) also appears in the very top left corner of the counter section of the control box. Placing the loop takes place using the controls in the right section of BandMaster's control strip (s.b.).

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The top form loop stepper controls the start of the loop and the stepper control below it controls the length. Please note that highlights are only shown when the form loop is enabled.

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BandMaster's grid views as well as the page view outline the boundaries of a form loop by color highlight (above) and loop arrows (below). The form loop highlight color can be customized in BandMaster's Preferences.

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Chorus Loop

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To set up a chorus loop click the second button from the left in the control box. It should turn red. The chorus loop symbol (s.a.) also appears in the very top left corner of the counter section of the control box. A chorus loop infinitely repeats the choruses enclosed by playback delimiters and can thus be adjusted by moving them.

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The image above illustrates the use of a chorus loop to practice a transition in tonality that occurs between the last two choruses of the piece (note the transpose section with a parameter of 1 semitone).

 

Practicing With Loops

When practicing there may be times when a song should just repeat until stopped. This is best accomplished by selecting a group of choruses and enabling a chorus loop as BandMaster's choruses setting is limited to 32 for memory and performance reasons (32 choruses of a 32 measure standard in 4/4 will generate 4106 beats. Playing back 4106 beats at bpm 90 will take longer than 45 minutes).

 

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