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Good looper?

jamon

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I'm a fan of Keller Williams and am in search of a fine looper. I had owned a Boss rc-20xl, and I was not impressed. I sold it, and am ready to find a more suitable looper. I am looking at the Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro (though I cannot find any) and the Boomerang 3 looper. I am more interested in live looping, and making loops on the fly. I would probably be using a super reverb amp, and I am not sure if it has an effects loop. That being said, would saving up for the Echoplex be a wiser thing to do, or do you need an effects loop for it? In that case, is the rang three worth the price? So many questions... :cry:
 

splatt

david torn / splattercell
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this is what ya get when ya search on the word "looper",
in the pedals & effects forum,
in "thread-titles".


searching is pretty easy to do, & it might help answer some of yer questions.
as well,
the loopers' delight website & forum has been going for a very, very long time;
you may find some very good info, there, and quickly,
and you'll be engaging w/some folks, there, who've been looping for a waaaaaay long time:
good stuff!

i tend to think of keller williams' looping as phrase-sampling,
or performance-multi-track recording.

you might wanna focus on loopers that provide what you need.
what does keller williams use?
an EDP w/LoopIV, i think.

anyways:
there are way lots of loopers available.

EDP, Looperlative, Boomerang, used Repeaters, the many, many Boss loopers,
the Jamman, Akai Headrush, at least 3 Line6 units that feature looping,
etc etc etc.

any of them that are fast enough/rhythmically-oriented enough for "timed phrase-sampling" might do ya well, to start;
i prefer the EDP w/LoopIV.
i play it in combination w/an old Repeater & an older modified Lexicon PCM42,
but not so much for that kinda phrase-sampling.

the EDP w/LoopIV is particularly capable of phrase-sampling & real-time editing,
among other things,
but requires a wee bit more learning than other units might do.
personally, i think the "8-track" Looperlative features the highest-quality sound,
but i don't have one.

note that, like any other instrument, looping well takes practise, thought & concentration,
once you've got the instrument in hand.

enjoy it!
it's a fantastic instrument, looping is.

dt / spltrcl
 

sahhas

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you might want to look at this thread:

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/647870

or check out:
www.loopers-delight.com

as stated, lots of info there, you can search the archives.

i'm not all that familiar w/ keller w., but from the bit i've gathered, i would think the boss rc20 would cover his stuff ok. i have an original rc20 (the 5 min one) and i think that would be fine for doing the one-person-band-song thing,i think, the xl had 18 min of record time...
i remember seeing kaki king's live rig pic awhile back and she had a boss rc20 unit on it (wasn't sure if it was original or xl), i think john scofield uses one also (or did). i think when you're talking the build a song thing, it's all about timing and getting to know your looping tool (which i'm horrible at!). i know on the L-P.com site a # of folks like the boss rc50 thing-has option for 3 independant loops...
good luck,
s---
www.myspace.com/scotthansen
 

jamon

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I had the rc-20xl and did not like it. I thought it made me sound too digital, and was not a professional status looper. I can loop alright, and learning more would not be an issue. The looperlative is 900$ and I am not spending that much. I dont have an effects loop, and am sure that the EDP requires one. Is the rang III andy good? Someone help me, I want a looper for live use.
 

splatt

david torn / splattercell
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I had the rc-20xl and did not like it. I thought it made me sound too digital, and was not a professional status looper. I can loop alright, and learning more would not be an issue. The looperlative is 900$ and I am not spending that much. I dont have an effects loop, and am sure that the EDP requires one. Is the rang III andy good? Someone help me, I want a looper for live use.
fwiw:
some folks use the EDP without an effects loop;
most of theme do not use high-gain preamps, though.
there is a mix control on the front panel, & i believe that
the "mix" can also be controlled via midi.
(not sure about that, though).

but..... are there EDP's w/footpedals available for less than < $900.?
i dunno, but i don't believe so.

maybem though, you could tell us your price-range,
which amplifier(s) you play,
what other gear will be involved in your soon-to-be looping.
could be helpful, to you..... as it may make it easier for others to offer suitable suggestions.


this is what i get when search, here, on the word "boomerang";
much info, & plenty of friendly people chatting about your interests.
plenty of folks seem to love their 'rang III's.

and, again:
if you want a few more friendly, experienced opinions than are generally present on TGP,
re: looping,
there's the loopers' delight mailing list & archive.
take advantage of it! it's a good thing, somehow.

dt / spltrcl
 

jamon

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I would be using an old super reverb, with a strat and some pedals (comp, od, etc.) My price range is no higher than $650 because I don't know how long I will be into looping and do not want to make a huge investment just yet.
 

hangten

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but..... are there EDP's w/footpedals available for less than < $900.?
i dunno, but i don't believe so.

dt / spltrcl
I guess I was lucky - paid $600 for mine with footswitch and minty...

also - FWIW I am running it straight into my amp(s) which don't have effect loops - works well for me so far...

and
it DOES take a wee bit 'o learnin' , but the EDP is pretty amazing and I look forward to the time when I am able to use it without having to think quite so much...
 

Jumbo Fuzz

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PM if you are still looking for Gibson Echoplex with the latest software (Loop IV 1.1) and the foot controller.

As soon I can find out the shipping weight and ect., I was planning on listing mine on here and Ebay.

It is almost NOS. I ended up not building the rack setup I thought I would, so it was never racked.

EDIT: Sorry. I didn't see you couldn't spend above $650. My apologizes.
 

splatt

david torn / splattercell
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I would be using an old super reverb, with a strat and some pedals (comp, od, etc.) My price range is no higher than $650 because I don't know how long I will be into looping and do not want to make a huge investment just yet.
i guess it is possible to get an EDP for less than $900!
see hangten's post:

I guess I was lucky - paid $600 for mine with footswitch and minty...
wow!
pretty amazing, & coolo.
is that an full-on EDP, w/LoopIV?

dt / spltrcl
 

Jumbo Fuzz

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While we are on the subject, does Looper's Delight have a classifieds section?

I learned alot from that site, and I bet someone in that community would be looking for an Echoplex. I'd rather make someone's day there than some Ebay stranger.
 

hangten

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i guess it is possible to get an EDP for less than $900!
see hangten's post:


wow!
pretty amazing, & coolo.
is that an full-on EDP, w/LoopIV?

dt / spltrcl
It wasn't advertised as such, but when I turn it on the words "LOOP 4" slide back and forth on the display...

then it says 1.1

is there another way to tell which version of the software/firmware it is running?

Someone sold one on Ebay 2-3 weeks ago for $966.
I actually got mine here. in the emporium...
 

seiko

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I'm a fan of Keller Williams and am in search of a fine looper. I had owned a Boss rc-20xl, and I was not impressed. I sold it, and am ready to find a more suitable looper. I am looking at the Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro (though I cannot find any) and the Boomerang 3 looper. I am more interested in live looping, and making loops on the fly. I would probably be using a super reverb amp, and I am not sure if it has an effects loop. That being said, would saving up for the Echoplex be a wiser thing to do, or do you need an effects loop for it? In that case, is the rang three worth the price? So many questions... :cry:
The Rang III certainly seems fully featured. They just arrived in stores in NYC and I haven't tried one yet but it *appears* that it would be good for song-type looping from the feature set and layout.

Whether you use a looper in an effects loop or in front of the amp you generally want a booster or a compressor in front for playing over the loops. Obviously the available headroom gets cut when you play loops through the amp your main guitar goes through. A compressor or booster can help that, to a degree at least.
 

splatt

david torn / splattercell
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i prefer the boomerang...its easy to us, versatile and trey uses one too......
the last time i spoke w/trey gunn,
he def did not have a boomerang.
pablo has one, though, & so do clint & moshe.

on a somewhat less funny note:
which loopers have ye played?

dt / spltrcl
 

splatt

david torn / splattercell
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It wasn't advertised as such, but when I turn it on the words "LOOP 4" slide back and forth on the display...

then it says 1.1

is there another way to tell which version of the software/firmware it is running?
no, that's the way to determine --- as j.fuzz already said.
dt / spltrcl
 




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