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Looper pedals are a fantastic way to get those creative juices flowing for songwriting, and a perfect choice for practicing your riffs and solos. Not only that, but they can really add some nice sonic textures to your solo act, allowing your audience to experience multiple musical layers as if you were playing on stage with other musicians. Whether you're a guitar player, bass player, keyboard player, or even a vocalist, a looper pedal is really a must-have tool for any musician's rig.
So, if you're not familiar with looping, you're probably wondering, "what exactly does a looper actually do?" Well, we'll tell you. In general, no matter how basic or complex, a looper or loop pedal will allow you to record a section of music on your instrument and then replay it nonstop until it's prompted by the user to stop "looping" or playing. Most looper pedals also allow you to record multiple (or sometimes even infinite) musical layers on top of your original layer, which can really take your live or studio sound up a notch by adding incredible tonal textures.
Looper Pedals: Best Applications
As we mentioned before, loop pedals or loop stations can be used for a variety of applications, which is why here at Sam Ash, we believe that all musicians should incorporate a looper into their rig.
Using Loop Pedals for Songwriting and Practicing
Songwriters will especially find a loop pedal or loop station to be an incredibly useful creative tool for many reasons. Loopers will give songwriters the ability lay down and record their rhythm tracks, and then let them play or record over the track to see which leads or solos work and which ones don't. Since a majority of loopers allow you to record more than one layer, they are also perfect for when you're trying to come up with vocal melodies or if you're just looking to add multiple layers to give your track a distinctive sound.
For beginners and pros alike, loop pedals are a great tool for nailing those leads and solos you've been working on. You can record your rhythm section, and then play your leads or solos over them endlessly until you get them down pat.
Using Loop Pedals for Recording and Performing
Some of the more advanced loop pedals or looping stations were designed with the professional stage and studio musician in mind, allowing players to incorporate a variety of instruments while offering additional pro-quality inputs and outputs such as XLR Mic inputs, mono and stereo ins and outs, USB, Aux inputs, and more! If you're a one-man-band or solo artist, a looper can really help add depth, complexity, and unique sonic textures to your sound that is sure to impress any audience. On the other hand, let's say you're the only a guitar player in your band and you want to take a solo mid performance. This amazing tool will let you record your rhythm and play over it for as long as you desire. Even if you're a player in a band with multiple guitarists, a looper can really take your sound to the next level.
Here at Sam Ash, we carry a wide range of looper pedals from the leading brands in looping such as BOSS, DigiTech, Electro-Harmonix, and TC Electronic, just to name a few! Whether you're looking to add a looper pedal to your rig for the first time or trying to upgrade to a more advanced loop pedal, our specialists here at Sam Ash will help you find the perfect looper to fit your needs.
Want to learn more about the loopers we carry? Be sure to check out out our extensive looper pedal buyers guide!
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With over 90 years of serving musicians, Sam Ash is proud to be part of your musical journey! If you have any questions about the products we sell, our staff of professional musicians have the answers. Just give them a call at 800-472-6274 and they will be glad to help you select the right piece of gear to suit your needs and budget. Speaking of budgets, be sure to ask about our special financing and leasing options.