You are here because you fear that we’ve made the same pedal twice.
That we’ve lost it. Well let’s see.
MOOD is about play. About interaction. MOOD is like a little musical chemistry set, giving you two channels of immediate, open-ended algorithms. Combine them, pass sound back and forth, get lost. It excels at texture and ambience. For the purposes of this document, we will henceforth be referring to the channel that Old Blood Noise Endeavors designed as the “wet channel” and we will refer to the channel that Drolo designed as the “loop channel.”
BUT, while the loop channel of MOOD does record loops, it’s an always-listening looper. Kind of its own thing. You don’t set an in-point and an out-point like a typical looper. Instead the clock knob sets the length of the loop, like the time knob on a delay. The channel is continuously recording until you turn it on, and then you kind of see what you got. It’s a bit like fishing for music. Fishing for MOOD. It’s a fun method for capturing surprising and slightly odd loops. There is also no overdubbing – recording over an existing loop will replace that slice of audio (which can have its benefits). The algorithms are tuned to highlight the pleasures of this type of looping (described at the bottom of this post if you want to get into that).
But of course that’s only half the MOOD. The wet channel is a collection of real-time algorithms that can transform these loops, your input, or both. And the effects of this channel can be recorded into the loop channel. We can go through the wet channel effects one-by-one, recording a loop that has bits of them all. Or use wet channel’s looping delay to re-record a loop from the loop side, allowing us to switch over to another loop side algorithm or manipulate the existing loop. The two sides are aware of each other, and how you choose to combine them is what MOOD is all about.
And at the heart of it all is the clock knob. It adjusts the speed of both sides in harmonic steps. Instantly half-speed a loop AND the reverb it’s being processed by. Or rotate down into clock noise because we left some pretty extreme settings in there. In general, the loop time on MOOD is short (.5s to 16s dependent on clock time)
Okay enough explaining. Here’s the thing: it feels really, really different to use, and makes really, really different sounds. There.
Blooper…is serious shit. Not really. But it is kind of. The foundation of Blooper is a high-quality looper with practical, handy features: saving, syncing, multiple levels of undo / redo, MIDI control, etc. It will do everything you expect from a performance looper, plus a little more. And then – THEN – we get to the point of it: being able to take this high-quality loop and go absolutely anywhere you want. Give it an analog feel, scramble it into a pattern, crossfade two different loops together. It is a collection of parts that you can adapt to your looping needs. And the core of Blooper, the tape machine itself, is aware of these changes and able to record them. With Blooper you get over 30 seconds of high-quality loop time with 7 undo / redo layers. That is not a trivial thing.
It is a looping vehicle. If you want to wildly apply modifiers and record them and just see what happens, good. You will get very strange sounds. And if you want to have a loop that evolves over time, disintegrating and getting older, good. If you’re simply interested in a looper with some more flexible editing tools, like filtering and trimming, good. GOOD. It’s about having a rewarding, creative looping experience that suits your needs.
Okay maybe we’ll stop there for now. Blooper will have its day. Today is MOOD’s day. A time for MOOD.
REAL BRIEF SUMMARY:
Blooper is about flexible, open-ended looping, MOOD is about play and discovery.
Frankly, we’re all surprised by how much MOOD can do. We really are. Drolo and Old Blood Noise Endeavors brought the fire and crafted some algorithms that just feel good together. They take you places. It’s a fun, engrossing pedal that celebrates collaboration. It’s the collaboration pedal. It’s surprised us and hopefully it will surprise you.
Thank you for caring. MOOD.
MOOD’s looping modes:
TAPE is a straight-forward looper with adjustable speed and direction. The length knob will break the tape up into little pieces, for a stuttering loop or something more granular.
STRETCH is kind of like expanding a loop until it becomes a slow-moving freeze. It also allows you to soften your loop into something swelling and sponge-like, or break it into pitch-shifted grains,
ENV allows you to interrupt your loop with your playing, turning it into a shorter micro-loop, or stutter, or a freeze, or a drone. As you wish. When you stop playing, it snaps back to looping.