Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Loopers are fun

WE JUST GOT a bunch of the brand new Boss RC-1  Loop Station pedals at Second String Music. We've had the RC-3 looper for a long time and they sell very well, and cost about $180.

The RC-1 is only $99. It doesn't have drum tracks, nor near as much memory or places to store recordings, or a USB input to connect to a computer.  But it does have 12 minutes of looping capability and it is easier to use.

Basically what you do is hit the foot pedal for record, play a little riff or chord progression, then hit the pedal again to stop the recording. It will play back continuously. Then you can layer stuff over it. Sounds simple, right? Well, it's an art and it takes a lot of practice to get better, because it's all about timing and hitting it just right.

There are a couple of guys around here who use them. Cheeks McGee (Ryan Christian of Electric Fountain Brewing) is the best I've seen locally. Ed Sheeran has made them famous. They are a blast to play with, and if you are thinking about a looping pedal, this is the one to get you going.

Boss has made them special for this year and at the special price, so I don't think they will last long. I'm thinking of getting one since they are so popular, and doing shows with Paul Lester and Cori Lyssy (HartLyss) makes me think they could be very cool. Come see us at Fifth and Maine and we'll start looping around the loop and having more fun than we should possibly have!

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