Digitech's Jamman Stereo is the most popular looper pedal reviewed on this web site, and attracts far more readers than the Boomerang III . To give you an idea, this month 571 people have read the Jamman Stereo review on this site, and only 244 have read the Boomerang III review. Granted, the Jamman is a newer pedal (released 2010), but newer isn't always better. As discussed below, there are other issues to consider such as tone, recording time, ease-of-use, and even the design of the buttons.
A lot of people experience a problem using Jam Tracks with the Boss RC-50 because the built-in metronome (the "Guide") automatically starts playing at the same time as the jam track. The result is a lot of noise until you manually turn off the GUIDE. Fortunately, there's a fix.
With so many looper pedals on the market, it’s hard to know exactly what they can do and how or when you might need some of the more advanced features. The first step in choosing a looper pedal is to decide how you will use it. If you are going to use it for practicing at home, you won’t need all the bells and whistles of the bigger pedals. A smaller pedal may even be preferable because it takes up less space and lets get right down to practicing your licks. Then again, if you want to incorporate loops into your live or recorded performances, you may want to pay attention to the following features...
Dub FX uses a Boss RC-50 along with a GT-10 effects pedal to create vocal-only beats, and then raps over the top. His music in infused with drum and bass, hip-hop and dub step influences, and he has being turning heads across the world with his street performances. After having built up a solid fan-base, he has released several records, including a solo album, Everythinks a Ripple, and many collaborative works. He still travels the world, and seems set to bring looper pedals some much deserved attention from across the genres. We caught up with him to find out a little more about his music and his use of the RC-50.
If you want to be an excellent guitarist, practicing with a looper pedal is essential. There is also an unrivalled pleasure in layering chord progressions, bass lines, notes and rhythms to build a multi-layered, full performance with only your guitar and a looper pedal.