When I'm playing live, I begin with an empty phrase. The looper seems to assume that you are starting with a pre-recorded phrase, and that's not how I'm doing it. I'm starting from scratch. Recording the initial phrase is just as tedious as it possibly could be (or do I not understand this thing?). Here's how I've been doing it. Start out just plain playing bass with the band. after a bit I'll start tapping in my tempo. Then I tap the record pedal to get the tempo going. If we're in 4/4 time I'll tap the tempo from 2 til 3, and press record on the 4 so that is actually begins recording on the next 1. In other words, there is a one measure delay from the time I hit record and when the unit starts recording when starting from a blank patch. THEN I have to bend over and press "SAVE/WRITE" in order to keep using it. Now, this does not seem right at all, but I just can't figure out how to get it to let me use this live, from a blank phrase, tap my tempo in, then press record and have the thing start recording when I hit the record switch. The only thing I've been able to do to get around this is to pre-record each phrase empty. But then I'm left with a pre-determined phrase length. I can't believe that I can't get this to do what seems to be the simplest thing a looping pedal with a tap tempo feature should be able to do: program a tempo and start looping on the fly. does the unit lack this functionality or am I missing something?