Live looping is the recording and playback of a piece of music in real-time  using either dedicated hardware devices, called loopers or phrase samplers, or software running on a computer with an audio interface. In the early days of looping, before hardware loopers were available, musicians would create loops with tape recorders.
In a 2012-13 poll of 1000 singers, 11% stated that they used live looping while 51% did not know what live looping was. Artists known for their use or advocacy of the technique include Jacob Moon Amy X Neuburg Beardyman Kimbra, KT Tunstall, Kid Beyond and David Torn.
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