This is the text from the email I sent to Pigtronics:
I just bought an Infinity Looper to sync with my Beat Buddy for playing live. I have been using Boomerang 3 for the past few months, but wanted something smaller and maybe simpler to use but still midi sync-able.
I use it for one thing and one thing only. In the middle of a song, I record the verse or chorus chord progression, and then solo over it. I probably will never use the rest of the features, as amazing as they are, but I love the size, sound quality and the fact that there are only 3 buttons.
I’ve had it for a few days and am learning how to use it. I have run into a problem that the solution might be “just deal with it”. But… I am going to ask anyway as I might be unaware of a “built in” solution.
PROBLEM: I want to be able to step on the record button and have it start recording immediately. While synced to the Beatbuddy, if you hit the record button BEFORE the beginning of the measure, the led blinks red and opens the loop on “the one” beat of the first measure.
If you hit the record button even a millisecond AFTER the beginning of the measure, the led blinks red for the whole Beatbuddy pattern and then opens the loop on “the one” of the following measure.
I seems like you have to be perfect with the timing of your “recording press” to hit that sweet spot of not “too early” or not “too late”. I want to find out long that window is and how I can change that peramiter.
I realize the simple answer might be, “get better at starting the loop in time”, but I am pretty good at it from months of playing 4-5 hour gigs with the Boomerang. Maybe the difference is the the 'Rang does not have to be “armed” before it can begin to record? You just press the button and the Rang begins to record in sync with the BB.
Digging around for a solution, I found this in the online interactive manual:
The MIDI actions of the Infinity are quantized to the measure when MIDI is running, by default in 4/4 time. Any action that is meant to obey MIDI clock will be applied at the beginning of the next measure (not necessarily the end of the loop cycle). So it’s best to cue the MIDI command within the bar/measure before you want it to occur, not right on the downbeat.
This just seems so counterintuitive to me! Is there a way around this? Can the quantization somehow be adjusted or start the midi sync on the second best of the first measure thereby “widening” the window of opening the loop?
[I]This is their reply:
Hello James, this can’t be changed. Due to technical limitations, The Infinity can ONLY delay actions and thus to start recording users must hit record BEFORE the beginning of the measure. Trying to start a recording exactly on the downbeat will result in inconsistently delayed records.
Absara Audio LLC[/I]