Sample/Loop pedals S/D

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I am looking for any recommendations on a loop/sample pedal. A friend used to have a digitech? loop pedal that allowe done to record a guitar part (i think 8-10 seconds long) & then it would play back on a loop while one plays live guitar. The fellow at the store gave me funny faces when i asked him abotu it, What are good sample/loop pedals in the $100-$200.00 range. Are there any that can sample longer than 8-1o seconds.

kephm, Monday, 23 June 2003 12:17 (seventeen years ago) link

& ive been to harmony & a million other webpages. I am looking for ilx peeps insight.

kephm, Monday, 23 June 2003 12:19 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm looking in to this too.

looks very tasty!

Jon Williams (ex machina), Monday, 23 June 2003 12:20 (seventeen years ago) link

They are ace. But you are not going to get one in that price range. The cheapest in the Boss range (the DD-5) is about £200, I can't imagine it's any cheaper in the States. In my experience, 10 seconds or so isn't really long enough a sample to do much more than very simple loops. It's fun, but you really should hold out for one of these:

kate (kate), Monday, 23 June 2003 12:20 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm looking into using a small linux pc w/ a gamepad as a looper

Jon Williams (ex machina), Monday, 23 June 2003 12:22 (seventeen years ago) link

For more advanced loops, the EBA have moved on to a laptop and use Recycle to clean up sample loops and then Reason to play them all back in sequence.

(We broke HSA's brain with Reason!)

kate (kate), Monday, 23 June 2003 12:22 (seventeen years ago) link

akai headrush:

about US$200. extremely easy to use when playing live, and you can record multiple loops on top of each other, plus it doubles as an analog 4-head tape delay. i never use the delay function 'cause i'm always in loop mode, but i've got friends who are pretty happy with it just for the delay stuff.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 23 June 2003 12:32 (seventeen years ago) link

that boss pedal for $259.00 is looking like the one. UP TO A 5 MINUTE LOOP!

the akai seems solid, but only has 23 seconds of a loop.

kephm, Monday, 23 June 2003 12:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, I've seen that Boss pedal in action and it's phenomenal. I want one, I want one!

kate (kate), Monday, 23 June 2003 12:45 (seventeen years ago) link

If I could sell Linux machines to musicians that do the same thing for like $100, would people buy it?

Jon Williams (ex machina), Monday, 23 June 2003 12:46 (seventeen years ago) link

jon, perhaps~it has to be able to take a kicking.

where can i find $60.00!!!

kephm, Monday, 23 June 2003 12:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I think I could seriously build a solution for this kinda thing using embedded Linux and some stuff. I should buy real hardware for this and make a prototype.

Jon Williams (ex machina), Monday, 23 June 2003 12:53 (seventeen years ago) link

A little out of that price range, but it really does not get any better than the Boomerang. See

Rokovoko, Monday, 23 June 2003 15:01 (seventeen years ago) link

I'd go with Akai Headrush too - I've always pushed that on people everytime they mention loop pedals.

N. Ron, Monday, 23 June 2003 15:05 (seventeen years ago) link


The VTech Helio ( which costs about 50 quid can run Linux (

If you manage to turn it into an FX machine, I'd be very interested.

phil jones (interstar), Monday, 23 June 2003 15:26 (seventeen years ago) link

pj: i don't need anything that fancy... i was doing realtime audio effects stuff on a 100mhz junker pc. a nice embedded linux setup with a soundcard is enough

Jon Williams (ex machina), Monday, 23 June 2003 15:28 (seventeen years ago) link

people i've seen use the headrush to very excellent results:

stormandstress (two headrush)
don caballero (three headrush)
laddio bolocko (one headrush)

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 23 June 2003 15:29 (seventeen years ago) link

this is what you're talkin' about.
a fine machine. Lee Ranaldo uses it a lot. I have one but it's broken. know any fixers?

oberheim echoplex is the best, they say. boomerang is also pretty rad, but also expensive. I love the 2-second digitech delay myself.

autovac (autovac), Monday, 23 June 2003 17:46 (seventeen years ago) link

forget loops
what bout a well built hardware version of GRM's freeze
tool or any other granular plug in.

a footswitch (grain grab)
and a wah wheel ( grain size move )

Jon, do you really know enough to prototype
something based on Embedded Linux? This could be really
fun to play with.

dz, Monday, 23 June 2003 18:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, I do!

Jon Williams (ex machina), Monday, 23 June 2003 18:26 (seventeen years ago) link

i picked up the boss rc 20 last night. i like it so far. its basically a sample/loop hybrid. very easy to use & no unwanted signal noise.i think $300.00 is a bit much, but everyone seems to think it is a good price for the amount of sampling time. none of the other pedals on this thread have the ability to save after power off, this is why i took the boss home. part of me just wants to sell off some things to get a full, "proper" digital multi tracker. but so far the rc-20 seems to do the trick.
thanks for the advice peeps.

kephm, Wednesday, 25 June 2003 16:33 (seventeen years ago) link

the boss is good

the line6 dl4 has a loop sampler, but this pedal is super touchy; I don't know anyone who's had one that hasn't had a mechanical problem with it within a year (mine was completely screwed up but then suddenly mysteriously stopped fucking up and now works fine).

the thing to hunt down is an electrix repeater, which is a rack based effect and is amazing, but the company got bought out by some karaoke machine company and it's been discontinued so now goes on ebay for over twice what it cost new last year.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Wednesday, 25 June 2003 16:53 (seventeen years ago) link

++this is what you're talkin' about.
a fine machine. Lee Ranaldo uses it a lot. I have one but it's broken. know any fixers?

it sold for 252.00 Damn

kephm, Wednesday, 2 July 2003 01:01 (seventeen years ago) link

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