Vox Lil’ Looper Pedal

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Everyone’s seen a guitarist play a solo and thought to themselves, surely someone else is playing along with them. There’s no way all of those notes are coming from one musician. Thanks to the introduction of looping technology, musicians are capable of playing a single phrase of music, having it loop a couple of times, and each time build on the previous phrase.

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Previously, looped phrases were prerecorded or found only in studio recordings, but with the advent of looper pedals, musicians now frequently use looping in live shows. 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.

Looper Functions

Another feature which sets the VOX Lil’ Looper apart from other compact looper pedals, is its overdubbing features. This feature uses what is known as recording through sound-on-sound capability, and allows a musician the ability to record countless layers of music while maintaining the original sound quality of each layer. For all the perfectionists out there, the Vox Looper also allows your to easily “Undo” the layer you just added, if you change your mind or made a mistake. The reverse is also the case. If you decided you didn’t want to delete the layer after all, you can use the “Redo” feature to add it back into the phrase.

Timing and Quantization

The Vox Looper also offers the power of Loop Quantize, which solves the problem of making sure your phrases are perfectly on beat. The Loop Quantize feature helps musicians to take independent phrases and to loop them, so they’re automatically on beat. By synchronizing these phrases so they’re set at the same tempo, you won’t have to continually record your phrases over and over if they happen to be slightly different tempos.

Built-in Multi-Effects Processor

If you want an all-in-one looper pedal and multi-effects processor, the Vox Looper is a great option. Instead of having to carry multiple pedals, the VOX Lil’ Looper gives you 12 effects options. It includes 4 pedal effects, 4 simulation effects, and 4 modulation effects.

Vox Looper Effects - Lil Looper ReviewPedal effects include: Comp, Distortion, Crunch, and Overdrive. Simulation effects include: acoustic, Pitch, Bass, and Radio. Modulation effects include: Chorus, Stutter, Phaser, and Mod Delay. Like all VOX effects pedals, the Lil’ Looper offers only the best effects available.

Unlike the full-sized looper pedals, the Vox Looper compacts everything into a small powerhouse package. This makes it an ideal pedal for carrying along from one gig to another. Additionally, the Lil’ Looper offers you the option to use either an AC power adapter or battery power with 6 AA batteries. This helps to reduce the number of power cords needed, but unfortunately, it also means having to change out batteries regularly and to remember to always have a backup supply on hand.

While the size of the Vox Looper makes it ideal for transportation, its other features make it ideal for practicing at home. For instance, there’s a built in metronome that helps you stay in time and become familiar with the rhythm needed for a particular piece of music. The metronome can also be used with the built-in headphone output feature, so you can hear the metronome without the sound going out through your Main Out.

Because you can easily switch from the guitar to the mic input, the Vox Looper is also beneficial for any mic’d musician, including a vocalist. Many of the Vox Looper’s effects are fun to experiment with when you mic different instruments and/or vocals through the looper. This allows a variety of musicians to use the looping and effects available with the VOX Lil’ Looper. For inspiration of what some people do with loopers and effects, check out the artist DubFX.

Optional Extra Footswitches

Vox Looper - Optional VFS2 FootswitchOne of the optional features available on the VOX Lil’ Looper is the VFS2 footswitch, which is specifically designed for use with Vox loopers like the Lil’ looper and the larger Dynamic Looper. With the VOX Lil’ Looper, the VFS2 footswitch can be used to turn effects on or off, control loops, and even erase phrases. It essentially allows you to have completely hands-free control of VOX Looper and its features.

Conclusion

The manufactures suggested retail price for the VOX Lil’ Looper is about $219. If you shop around, you can find this pedal for around $160 though. Even at the reduced price, there are other looper and effects pedals which cost less. With all the built-in effects you get with the Vox Looper, however, the VOX Lil’ Looper is a pretty good option for musicians who like to travel light, and who don’t want to collect or carry individual effects pedals along with their looper.

Summary

  • Pros: The VOX Lil’ Looper is a dual-pedal looper with multi-effects that are not available in similar compact loopers.
  • Cons: Despite its small size, the price tag is on the higher side when compared with other compact loopers.
  • Overall: The VOX Lil’ Looper is an easy-to-use looper and multi-effects pedal. It has many of the same features as its big brother the Vox VDL1 Dynamic Looper, but at a fraction of the cost and size.

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Vox Looper Video – Lil’ Looper Demo

Vox Lil’ Looper Pedal4Peter2015-04-07 09:45:24Vox’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.

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  1. GREAT UNIT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BUYING THIS VOX LIL LOOPER I JUST BOUGHT ONE AND IM NOW A ONE MAN BAND WITH AMAZING SOUND QUALITY SO GET THIS ITS WORTH IT MUCH LOVE AND BLESSING TO ALL NAMASTE…..CHRISTOPHER NAMASTE VILLANO TYPE IN THIS NAME ON FACEBOOK TO FIND ME AND ASK ME QUESTIONS.

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  2. Nice looper, gonna check them out.

    Does anyone know about that little drum machine pad? That’s
    a handy little item – anyone know what they’re called? Who makes them?
    Want to check those out too!
    Thanks

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  3. I had one of these for 10 minutes and the plastic tang on the footswitch cover broke. Took it apart to find plastic switches soldered straight to the board. Shafts less than 1/8 inch thick. Fairly useless as a stomp box even under gentle use. Really couldn’t believe the switches were that cheap. That said, you can convert the switches by using an inner and outer shaft (tubing) and a big head screw for a button to a decent 2 button push button looper. That worked out great but I would not recommend this pedal for floor board use.

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  4. Is this compatible with non vox brand amps? In addition to that is the Vfs2 also compatible with non vox amps? I can’t find this out. If someone could tell me you would be SAVING MY LIFE. It’s that serious. Thanks!

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  5. Hello,
    I wonder if anyone can help me, I am looking to get a pedal as a gift to a singer/songwriter. They are unfamiliar with loop pedals and not a fan of complexity so was thinking the Ditto X2, but it occurs to me that they would possibly want to loop vocals as well as guitar, which led me to this pedal.
    Am I right in thinking that these are my two best options? As it is going to be a starter loop pedal and I haven’t exactly got a massive budget, it needs to be on the cheap side.
    Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks for an already incredibly informative site.
    Ta

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    • If you’re looking for an inexpensive looper that will loop both guitar and vocals, then the Lil’ Looper fits the bill pretty well. If I was buying a looper for both guitar and vocals, I would opt for the Boss RC-30 which isn’t so plastic, although its a bit more expensive. Both pedals have built-in effects which a serious guitarist probably won’t use much, though they could be useful for sketching out ideas.

      The Ditto X2 is a much different animal. It’s very stripped down in terms of features and only stores one loop at a time, so your friend wouldn’t be able to loop guitar and vocals. The X2 has superior sound quality compared to both the Lil’ Looper and the RC-30 though. If your friend is a real audiophile and/or wants to use the pedal for recording, the Ditto X2 would be a good choice. Good luck!

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  6. Hi there:

    I´ve this and now, I don´t know what´s happened but it works like the distortion effect constantly. and feedback. I cannot up the level more tan nothing.
    Have you any idea? Thanks.

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  7. I recently bought one of these for looping guitar and vocals even though I knew it would be annoying pressing the switch between mic and vocals it was all I could afford at the time.the guitar looping works fine but whenever I switch to mic (dynamic cardoid) there is so much feed back from the amp it is IMPOSSIBLE to use! Even when recorded with earphones the vocal track isWAY louder than guitar! Is my unit broken? Anyone got any ideas pls bcos its just unusable at the minute tha nks

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  8. Don’t buy this junk!. Used it less than 20 times and the plastic switches got stuck under the metal frame. Also the looping pedals will quick working. But considering the other two items I bought from VOX also had problems quickly after buying them-why was I surprised? Spend the money and get something with a decent track record. The Lil’Looper ain’t it.

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