Since the introduction of its first JamMan, HARMAN’s DigiTech has set the standard in looping pedals. With the introduction of JamMan Express XT Compact Stereo Looper/Phrase Sampler, DigiTech makes high-quality looping more affordable than ever. Though it’s the size of a standard stompbox, JamMan Express XT offers a host of capabilities including up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time and DigiTech’s exclusive JamSync feature for synchronizing multiple JamMan pedals.
The Electro-Harmonix 2880 was a breath of fresh air for many loopers. Its multi-track recorder like design made the entire thing very intuitive, and that same thread of user-friendly design has survived with the updated model. The new looper, the 45000, looks very similar to the older incarnation, but does it have more to offer? With multi-track looping, a stereo Mix Down track and an included 4GB memory card (good for over two hours of recording), the 45000 could be the next big thing in looping.
Digitech’s JamMan range is legendary in the world of loopers, with the gargantuan Delay being one of the most feature-heavy options on the market. The Solo XT builds on the ground-work laid by the Solo, offering the features and functionality you expect from the JamMan series in a small, stompbox like package.
When you’re shopping around for loopers, you’ll become accustomed to seeing models with as many dials as the interior of a space shuttle and more pedals than Rick Allen’s drum kit. In that respect, the TC Electronic Ditto is a breath of fresh air. It features only one dial and one footswitch, stripping down the overly techy looper layout to its bare minimum functions.
Pigtronix didn’t pull any punches with the marketing of the Infinity Looper. Promising revolutionary new features for live musicians and a looper which doesn’t interfere with your tone, it generated much anticipation from the looping community. Although most guitarists assume these claims are about as reliable as political promises on the run-up to an election, the Infinity might actually be able to back it up. It was finally released in November 2012, and it just might give the bigger manufacturers like Boss and Digitech a run for their money.
The Akai E2 Headrush Delay/Looper pedal promised to take off where it’s fairly successful predecessor (E1) had left. With the E2 Headrush, users were promised better headroom, more looping time and a solution to the noise problems with the E1. The result is a relatively inexpensive and robust looper that works well for both live performances and home use, but also lacks many of the bells and whistles of the newer loopers on the market today.
Vox's entry into the looper market in 2012 is a welcome change from the ongoing battle between Boss and Digitech. The Vox Looper steps in a different direction by dispensing with unneeded hours of recording time, keeping their loops at a maximum of 90 seconds, and instead building multi-effects options into their new loopers. The Vox Lil' Looper allows you to continuously loop a piece of music, while adding variations in the sound using different effects that would otherwise have to be purchased as separate effects pedals. The Vox Lil' Looper is one of the most compact loopers to offer this type of technology, which is great for when you are travelling light or don't have a lot of space.