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I'm picky about loopers but want another one

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by Digital Larry, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Digital Larry

    Digital Larry Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I am currently using a Pigtronix Infinity. It has a few features which to me are great and set it apart. At the same time there's a couple things not to like.
    - $499 list (!) glad I got mine for 299 used.
    - locks up at least once a day requiring me to yank the AC adapter. Apparently this is a "feature" as their support told me not to leave it powered on for too long.

    Here's what I really like about it.
    - Allows me to use the two loops either as two completely separate layers to play back at the same time, or to make a two-part tune to practice over.
    - Individual loop volume knobs
    - Holds 50 pairs of loops
    - Built in application (it's stored with the firmware, so you just launch it after you connect USB)

    Things I don't like about this looper:
    - aforementioned lockup
    - has a setting for # of loop storage slots vs. max loop length. Every now and then I record something that exceeds the loop length and it just stops recording and plays back immediately at that point.
    - When you unplug USB after transferring loops to the DAW, you have to power cycle it to return to normal operation

    Things I haven't tried yet:
    - using loop aging
    - using varispeed

    Things about this and other loopers that I don't care about one way or the other.
    - Dual/half speed and octave silliness
    - Reverse
    - MIDI sync - I thought I would care, but I've just gotten better at making loops correctly the first time
    - rhythm tracks - I'm generally capturing ideas from the guitar. I can use the DAW if I want to sync to a canned rhythm track
    - doing a lot of overdubs on a single loop. I do it sometimes, but if it turns out to be something I like and want to work on in the DAW, I tend to redo it all.
    - Stereo - although I did use that to good effect once with a synth pedal on one side

    Pigtronix now makes a trimmed down version which only seems to support the two-part mode (not the individual layering mode) and only holds one pair of loops at a time.

    I had a couple Digitech Jammans, got rid of both of them, and they would let you select a different loop which would start when the current one was done playing. Main thing I didn't like about those was the Windows app to transfer loops to the PC was beyond confusing.
     
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  2. Norris Vulcan

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    The Boomerang III does some of that:
    Up to 4 loops, in sync or free.
    Individual loop volumes.
    Great sound quality (stereo).

    But it has no memory and no software.
     
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    I'm not super into loopers but my favorite one i have used so far was the looper on the dl4.

    Never felt the need for long loop times. Might as well play to a pre recorded track.

    Thats just like my opinion or whatever, man
     
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  5. Digital Larry

    Digital Larry Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Yep, I think I agree. That's more of a laptop at your feet than a stompbox.
     
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    Funny I bid on a Pigfinity and didn't know they had "issues".
    Wanted it for the midi as I just bought a beatbuddy and would like to link them, not a lot of affordable easy to use midi loopers.

    Boss seems to generally not market products that don't work properly!
    Try those?
     
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    The new Boss RC5 and TC Ditto Plus both look promising
     
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    Well, I'm looking for that series/parallel mode or the ability to go up/down to another loop, to happen at the end of the currently playing loop. Haven't figured out if any of the Boss loopers do that.
     
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