Magnetic dance touch hold

Hey Jaak, for the magnetic dance, is it possible to have the touch act momentary when the mode is on? For example I’ll have it set to an interval, frozen, and then if I want to play a different note and re-freeze, at the moment I have to press touch off and then back on rather than press and hold and let go to capture the new freeze.

Also it would be amazing if the old freeze could stay until you then let go of touch and introduce the new note chord freeze.


I think I understand what you’re getting at.

So if touch is latched, you’d like to be able to hold down the touch footswitch again to trigger the sampling of new audio and then when you release it will quickly fade out the old audio and fade in the new audio.

I’ll have to think about it. I agree that the process to get new audio into the buffer is not as smooth / elegant as it could be. I’m currently swamped at the moment but I really like this idea and can look into it sometime in the near future. It’s possible it could be incorporated into an update down the line.


Yes that’s exactly it! I had the reverb on and the freeze chord from one note and wanted to go to the next freeze chord and effectively keep playing like that so to be able to latch off and re-freeze would be amazing.

The great thing about ribbons is that I keep finding ways of using it because it’s so flexible.

That sounds a lot like the Electroharmonix Freeze pedal, have you used one?
It’s only function is pretty much what you are describing, if ribbons was able to do this it would free up some space on my board, the ehx freeze does have a great way of capturing and looping the sample tone, it is always quite musical and has a somewhat ‘organ’ feel.

I haven’t used it but it would be super useful to have and I think Jaak is up for implementing it :raised_hands::raised_hands:

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That would be fantastic! Thanks for suggesting that.
I have a Freeze and a looper pedal, I use the freeze a lot more than expected, it works in live jam settings and has less constraints than looping, but provides similar advantages.

I’ve been wondering about where to place ribbons on a pedal board, can it handle high input volumes? What’s been working for you?

Oh I use it exclusively with keyboards and it works perfectly, no problems with gain. I used it as a first pedal (for tape stuff) or last (touch effects).
It’s got so many different uses, I love it

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Ribbons can handle up to +2dBU, which is just a little lower than line level. That’s about 10x the level produced by most guitars, so there is a decent amount of headroom there. I have an MXR uni-vibe here on my desk and it clips at the same input level that Ribbons does.

Some pedals with extreme amounts of gain and high power rails (like a Klon) are probably capable of overdriving Ribbons input stage but I don’t know why you’d crank the volume that high anyway. It would be soo much louder than your guitar with no effects engaged.

It has a slightly higher output impedance than most DSP pedals, so a fuzz pedal can sound ok after it (No promises though. Depends on the fuzz. Some tone benders seem to play OK with it. Fuzz Factory…? Mmmmm …no way.).

The compression and filtering can be a great way to sculpt your sound before you run it into other pedals (beginning of chain) or it can be a great way of gluing all your sounds together (end of chain).

So yeah I would agree with @niko and try beginning or end of chain.

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