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Using a looper to adjust your pedal board...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Addison, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager - Zon Guitars
    I recently watched one of Juan Aldrete's vids (pedalsandeffects.com for those of you who are totally missing out) and in it I could hear his bass playing and I was watching both of his hands tweaking one of his pedals while he was talking.

    For a second I was like... uhhh... is someone else playing bass while he tweaks the knobs?


    Now, I am admittedly a little slow lately because of a lack of sleep, but it all came together when he said something like "Using a looper is a great way to try out different settings on your pedals."

    I had one of those, "Why the hell didn't I think of that?" moments and raced home to try it.

    WOW! What a time saver and a FANTASTIC way to set up your pedal board! I feel like a frikkin' idiot for not having thought of this before.

    I looped a few sample phrases through my Boomerang, made sure the levels matched my bass, and dialed in all of my pedals in a matter of a few minutes. It was WAAAAY better than playing, tweaking, playing, tweaking, playing, tweaking...

    After I was done, I stopped the looper, did a few final checks, made a couple of minor tweaks, and I was done.

    Anyway... for those of you with loopers that are slow like me... I highly recommend doing this for a "quick and easy" tweak session.

  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Loopers are fantastic, just wait until you have a gig with no sound guy... run a loop and tweak yourself from all angles of the room!
  3. amfmsb


    Dec 16, 2007
    I have done this on the past- it is a great way to separate the physicality of playing from your perception of the actual sound coming out of the pedals, which is good for getting a more honest look at what your effects sound like.

    And it's fun.
  4. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    I used my M9 to loop myself in rehearsals once, then started playing organ. Took the other guys in the band a little while to work out what was going on. :)
  5. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    This is all great stuff guys, many thanks!!

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