Hello brave fellow Aeros users! I have purchased the looper several months back shortly after it’s immediate release and have been overall happy with the slow-going changes that are starting to happen. I personally do not use a beat –buddy or midi control, though I know many do and that has been a high priority for Singular Sound to iron out so I understand the slow pace of other issues.
But with other features such as manual saving and the freeform mode (sync mode almost there, you can do it!) I am slowly becoming faithful that they will have THE best looper in the current market once a few more things become available (SD card storage, renaming songs, etc…).
Anyways, here’s my point of this message: In deciding to purchase the Aeros I was weighing the two most recent high end loop pedals: Aeros & Headrush Looperboard. I have used loopers for years and currently own a Boss RC-3, Boss RC-50, Digitech Trio +, & Boss Rc-10R. When I use loopers for live gigs I don’t quite use them in the usual fashion of live building for the most part, though occasionally. Instead, I have been using the Trio + to prerecord backing track song parts at home and trigger the song sections to play on top of. I keep the RC-50 to do the traditional live loop building.
So during my weighing of Headrush vs. Looperboard when making the decision I stopped in to Guitar Center where a friend of mine works and he set me up with a Looperboard in the back room for about 2 hours to just mess with and get familiar with all the ins and outs of it. Obviously there is a lot of features included with the Headrush that the Aeros lacks such as more ins and outs, built in effects and drum beats… but the main thing (even though it’s such a small factor) that really stuck out to me was the way you could Label the Tracks by double clicking the track icon. Such a simple thing but this would make life sooo much easier for me. As I mentioned I primarily use the Trio + for solo gigs and after building many songs I have to have a separate notebook where I keep all my scribbles as far as song sections and orders. It’s quite the hassle but I suppose manageable. This idea of being able to label the parts on the Headrush seemed like it would solve a lot of my headache when trying to keep everything organized.
Here’s the bigger thing: Headrush is only 4 tracks per song. Aeros could be up to 36 (potentially)! So imagine after having constructed 30+ songs and then after loading one trying to keep organized about which track is the bass? Which one was the drums? Which part did I record the chorus on? Every time I load a new song (unless I write down on a separate paper to keep organized) it seems the only way to recall what is what is by muting things until you find what you are looking for. Having some form of PART & TRACK LABELING system would solve all of this and keep all the songs organized and easy to find things.
I had sent a message to Singular Sound several months back regarding this and received a message from Jay as well as David. They both seemed intrigued by the idea and Jay even stated he “loves the idea” and would discuss it with David. I did hear back a response from David a while back and he mentioned he really liked some of my ideas, but was concerned the programming may be difficult. Though he did say he would look further into implementing something once bigger things become functional (such as freeform sync).
My current thought in order to easily achieve the labeling is to allow us to click the dot on the far left side indicating track part and replace the dot with a single letter (example: I-intro V-verse C-chorus B-bridge T-transition O-outro). This would solve the problem of Part Labeling. Then inside the mixer menu either shortening (or even removing and replacing) the Mute button icon with an empty box we can click to label perhaps a 4 letter abbreviation of what instrument or track we would like to label it as. The mute button icon in my opinion is not useful as the switch at the bottom achieves the same function.
My point in sending this message to you all is to see if you agree if having labels on the Aeros would be a priority to you. As I mentioned I don’t use a beat buddy or midi, so once the free-form sync mode and sd card storage become active, it practically will be as good as I need it (aside from the labels).
I have attached a sample picture of what I described above so you can get a sense of what I had in mind. Please let me know your thoughts or perhaps you have better suggestions. If you all think this is perhaps a good idea, maybe if we all make enough noise they will hear us.
-Jason (Dayton, OH)