Loop (music)  

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"Before the rise of sampling, DJs had used turntables to loop breaks from records, which MCs would rap over. Compilation albums such as Ultimate Breaks and Beats and Strictly Breaks comprised tracks with drum breaks and solos intended for sampling, and were aimed at DJs and hip hop producers."--Sholem Stein

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In electroacoustic music, a loop is a repeating section of sound material. Short sections of material can be repeated to create ostinato patterns. A loop can be created using a wide range of music technologies including digital samplers, synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines, tape machines, delay units, or they can be programmed using computer music software.

See also

  • Break (music), break beats are drum loops
  • Phasing
  • Live looping, the melodic layering of just-recorded musical loops (usually beatboxing) as live performance.
  • Sampling (music), the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.

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