JJOS I love you!!!
This little adventure started with me watching Stewart Copeland’s Adventures in Music – and in particular the segment with Steve Reich talking about early experiments with tape. I got to thinking I could try this with my MPC, and sure enough I could although initial experiments involved me holding down two of the pads continuously.
This led to me trying the tied and tested masking tape holding down the keys of a MIDI keyboard technique. This works fine but did involve adding a keyboard to the setup. I then started thinking of switches on wires connected to the footswitch-in jacks.
Luckily before I turned on the soldering iron I decided to have a poke round in the program settings on the MPC. There to my delight was an additional Play Mode Loop&Hold I’d never explored before. It does exactly what I wanted with no extra bits and bobs plugged into the MPC. It literally just toggles a sample on and off, looping it when on. Additionally envelopes can be applied to the looping so it will fade in and out when turned off again.
It’s likely this function has been there some time. I’ve just had no cause to look for it before. And that’s why I love JJOS! It takes the MPC which I love because it just works and adds things you never knew you needed till you needed them!