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Easy to use Loopers

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by Robert1950, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Robert1950

    Robert1950 Gold Member

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    What is the easiest to use looper that can record three tracks, let's say a rhythm, a bass and a beat track. Thanks
     
  2. 1SweetRide

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    Ditto perhaps. If you need to keep the tracks then the Boss RC-30s are easy to use yet very flexible. Myself, I use a Digitech JamMan XT.
     
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  3. Mooh

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    The smaller Ditto is likely the ticket. It's pretty much idiot proof. I switched from the Boss RC to the Ditto and don't miss the Boss.
     
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  4. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    Ditto mini
     
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  5. Tone Chaser

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    I did not like the quality of the sound reproduction of the Ditto looper I had.

    In contrast, both my Jam Man Express XT have impeccable sound reproduction capability, and is far easier to be comfortable with. The straightforward led coloured lights let you know exactly what you are doing.

    Also you can gang several of these units together if working with someone else, or getting more involved with what you want to do with multiple loopers.

    They also use batteries if you feel the need to be free of one more cord.
     
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  6. CathodeRay

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    Instructions printed right on the XT Solo's top face, gotta love it.
     
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  7. guitarman2

    guitarman2 Gold Member

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    Sorry for the hijack. I've got an interest in this thread also. I gave up gigging for the most part but like to jam at home so have been thinking of getting in to loopers. I'd like something with drums and at least 2 tracks.
    I was watching a demo video that Andertons did of the Boss RC10. Anyone have a comment on that.
    I'd spend a max of $500 to get something decent. Are their any units where its possible to patch the drums in to a stereo and the rest to the guitar amp?
    For me dead simple is paramount.
     
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  8. 1SweetRide

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    A lot of them come with drum tracks that sync to your playing. Boss for sure and I think my JamMan XT does that too.
     
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  9. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

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    I use the Ditto and a beat buddy for drums. That's the simplest setup that I have found.
     
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  10. mhammer

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    I recently picked up an Amoon Stereo Looper, dirt cheap. It's essentially a cheaper version of the EHX 720, but with a smidgen less sample time (10 vs 12 minutes) I wish my foot timing was as good as my hand timing.
     
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  11. Robert1950

    Robert1950 Gold Member

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    I have a Digitech JamMan Solo XT and have never been able to get to work right, despite the rather good YouTube videos I have watched
     
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  12. tonewoody

    tonewoody Gold Member

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    Boss RC-50 is fairly straightforward. Tracks are synced and quantized.

    Depending on your expectations and abilities, the RC-50 can provide three tracks plus drums. Hook up a computer and you can move files back and forth, save backups, import drum loops etc.
     
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  13. Greg Ellis

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    It depends very much on how you intend to use it, in my experience.

    I tried to like the Ditto, but tap dancing on a footswitch to access all the different functions really wasn't working for me. The Ditto doesn't have any way to kill the "thru" signal either and that feature was important to me.

    I switched to an old used Boomerang+ a few years back, and it's vastly simpler to use, for me. Separate foot switches for record, play/stop, A loop/B loop, stack (overdub). It's a very well thought-out product that works great for live applications. It's also got a switch that kills the "thru" signal too, which is a rare feature and a very handy one depending on how you intend to use the looper. I feed mine a sub-mix from the mixer and bring the output back to a spare channel, so I can loop vocals (sing harmonies with myself) and well as guitars.

    It's limited in some other ways. There's no library of saved loops. The idea is to play each part live and then recycle it while you play other parts over top. There's no way to remove a layer, or synchronize different loops so you can bring parts in and out. It's two simple loops (used for verse/chorus usually) and anything you stack on top is permanent until you wipe out the loop entirely.

    TLDR - think about how you're going to use it and buy something that covers ALL those functions
     
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  14. High/Deaf

    High/Deaf Gold Member

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    My L6 M9 and KPA have loopers built in. Fancy multi-button loopers --- way overkill for what I need. My Jamman Solo is just about perfect for the simple applications I have.
     
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  15. Lord-Humongous

    Lord-Humongous Gold Member

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    I picked up a Boss Rc1 at L&M after Christmas and it’s become a big part of my playing. It’s easy to use and your imagination is the limit. I’m pretty sure any of the single pedal loopers will work similarly.
     
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