October 2, 2016

How to Use Red Panda Lab Particle 2 as a Microlooper

Of all the amazing things the Red Panda Particle 2 does out of the box, creating a fixed loop underneath your playing isn’t one of them. Why would you need this? To set up a beat loop or driverse pad that plays underneath your solo. This article shows you how to use the Particle 2’s web editor to create two different microloop effects, both up to 2.5 seconds long. I have both set up on my Particle 2, since one is a repeating microlooper and the other is a decaying microlooper that can be used together.

Setting up the microloopers

Unfortunately you can’t set these up just with the pedal. You need to use Red Panda’s Web Editor in Chrome on your Mac or PC desktop. (I’ve tried it in iPad: No dice.)

  1. Power up your Particle.
  2. Connect your Particle to your computer with a USB Cable (USB Mini to USB 2).
  3. Open the Web Editor on your desktop in the Chrome browser.
  4. Verify that the the Status is Connected.
  5. Set the Freeze Mode to Delay and turn Trails mode on.
  6. Unplug USB and power on the pedal.
  7. Plug power back in.

How to use the Repeating Microlooper

The default mode freezes only a grain of the delay. This mod freezes the entire buffer.

  1. Set the loop length with the Delay/Pitch knob. Particle is functioning as a normal delay.
  2. To freeze the current buffer, hold the Tap footswitch. To lock it, crank the Chop knob to 5p before releasing the footswitch. This will lock the input so no new audio will be added. You can now play over the loop.
  3. To reset the loop, set the Chop knob before 12 noon.

When the Feedback knob is set high you can layer sounds before locking down the loop. Once the loop is locked you can use the Param knob to affect and you can jump between any of the Delay modes. The Delay/Pitch knob now becomes destructive to the loop with pitch changes.

How to use the Decaying Microlooper

This differs from a normal delay in that once engaged, no more audio enters the loop and the current loop slowly fades.

  1. Set the loop length with the Delay/Pitch knob. Particle is functioning as a normal delay.
  2. To freeze and fade the current buffer, tap the On footswitch to disengage the pedal. As the repeats fade no new audio is added. The fade of the trails is controlled by the Feedback knob. Note that repeats never get to the point they self oscillate, so this method will fade even with Feedback set at 5p. A cool function of trails is that you can punch in new audio at any time by momentarily holding the On footswitch.

Both can be used together so you can add fades to frozen loops or freeze the current status of a fade by tapping the On footswitch.

The process may be slightly different with Mac and PC so I’ll run you through the workflow with links to Red Panda’s help articles for the specifics.

Repeating microlooper

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