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Boomerang III Phrase Sampler
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      Boomerang III Phrase Sampler (152266)
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An incredibly versatile looper that'll give you hours and hours of inspiration.

Since 1995, the Boomerang has been one of the more popular loopers out on the market, road- and studio-tested by such respected guitarists such as Andrew Belew and Daniel Lanois, as well as plenty of bedroom experimenters all over. Mike Nelson and Lee Hardesty of Boomerang Musical Products have taken their original creation to a much higher level with the III Phase Sampler.

First off, the Phase III Sampler now offers you 4 different play styles, each with its own benefit to your creativity side. The Serial Play Style allows you to create one loop after the other, while the Serial Master Play Style is for serial style loopers who like to lay down rhythmic backgrounds behind their melodic loops, perfect for creating verse, chorus, and bridge parts while maintaining a consistent rhythm under all three looped parts. You can even stack on each of the different initial loops for truly intricate soundscapes. Sync Play Style plays all loops simultaneously and in sync while Free Play Style plays all loops simultaneously but not in sync, ideal for those who like to experiment with no boundaries. The Phase III Looper even lets you stutter your start loops for a DJ-scratch like effect or stack loops at half speeds.

There are six knobs to let you control Decay, Volume, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, and Fade Time, the final 4 being available with a simple tap or hold of one of the two Bonus footswitches. The Bonus footswitches also open up your ability to unlock a plethora of options, including stacking unlimited loops; undo/redo; erasing loops one at a time or all at once; copying a complete loop; Copy Live to enable resampling so the pedal's output is routed to a new loop; Octave for playing a loop at half speed and octave lower; Reverse for playing a loop backwards, Once to play a loop one time through, or if it's already playing, stop it at its end; Stutter gives you a record scratching like effect by repeatedly starting a loop over before it plays all the way through; Fade to fade a loop in or out from 3 to 43 seconds; Reverse Solo enabling you to create reverse leads live; and even a panic button which will stop all recording, stacking & playback, and will cancel all active functions without erasing or altering your loops. An expression pedal jack gives you the option of connecting an expression pedal for foot control of overall playback volume or Decay Rate.

The Phase III Sampler offers two sample rates: 48kHz or 24kHz (both use 20-bit samples; through signal is always 48kHz/24-bit), so you will never have to worry about losing tone or signal loss no matter how intricate your stacking gets. At that sampling rate, you get up over 8 minutes of recording time in mono or 4 minutes-plus in stereo, or drop it down to 24kHz but recording and plying at half speed (12kHz) and you can get a whopping 35 minutes of recording in mono and over 17 minutes in stereo.

Before you mess around with the ready-to-use-out-of-the-box Phase III Sampler, be sure to read the manual to get the most out of this versatile looping machine, and for some great one liners from the Boomerang team.

Boomerang III Phrase Sampler Features:

  • 4 Play Styles:
    Serial Play Style for looping one after the other
    Serial Master Play Style for serial style loopers who like rhythmic backgrounds behind melodic loops
    Sync Play Style for playing all loops simultaneously and in sync
    Free Play Style for playing all loops simultaneously but not in sync

    Plays 3 or 4 loops
    Unlimited stacking
    Undo/Redo
    Erase loops one at a time while others play, or all at once
    Copy Loop for a complete loop whether it is playing or not
    Copy Live enables resampling so pedal's output is routed to a new loop
    Octave plays loop at half speed and octave lower
    Reverse plays loop backwards
    Once plays loop one time through then stops or if already playing, it stops at its end
    Stutter enables repeatedly starting a loop over before it plays all the way through, sort of like record scratching
    Fade button cause loop(s) to fade in or out from 3 to 43 seconds
    Reverse Solo enables you to create reverse leads live
    Two Sample Rates: 48KHz or 24KHz (both use 20-bit samples; through signal is always 48KHz / 24 bits)
    Thru Mute Function turns off through signal
    Expression Pedal Jack connect an expression pedal for foot control of overall playback volume or Decay Rate

    Maximum Record Time:
    Sampling Rate: 48kHz - (Mono) 8m, 47s (Stereo) 4m, 23s
    Sampling Rate: 48kHz but recording and playing at half speed (24kHz) - (Mono) 17m, 32s (Stereo) 8m, 46s
    Sampling Rate: 24kHz - (Mono) 17m, 32s (Stereo) 8m, 46s
    Sampling Rate: 24kHz but recording and playing at half speed (12kHz) - 35m, 4s (Stereo) 17m, 32s

    Volume Knobs
    Serial & Serial-Sync Play Styles
    Volume controls playback level
    Sync & Free Play Styles
    Volume controls playback level of loop 1
    Vol 2 controls playback level of loop 2
    Vol 3 controls playback level of loop 3
    Vol 4 controls playback level of loop 4

    Decay Rate Knob sets the rate at which earlier parts fade when new ones are added; continuously variable from 0-100%
    Stereo or Mono recording and playback will be stereo or mono depending on which of the Smart Jacks you use
    Smart Jacks sense which jacks are being used and provides different signal routing options


Boomerang III Phrase Sampler Specifications:

  • Max input signal: ยต 2V (peak), 4V (p-p)
    Input Impedance: approx. 1Mohm (mono), approx. 2Mohm (stereo, each input)
    Output Impedance: approx. 600 ohm (each output)
    Noise Level: approx. -104dB (20Hz-20KHz) unweighted
    Dynamic Range: approx. 107dB (20Hz-20KHz) unweighted
    Sample Rate: 48 or 24KHz
    Sample Width: 20-bit
    Power: 9V, AC or DC, positive or negative tip, 600mA or greater
    Power connector: OD = 5.5mm, ID = 2.5mm, length = 9.0mm

    Dimensions:
    9" wide x 6" deep x 2" high


Boomerang III Phrase Sampler

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  • It does what it claims!

    As reviewed by BasicSituation on 6/7/2010

    It's smaller foot print than the original is a plus, but still big pedal. I like the ability to create loops that can be independent of each other, as well as set a loop as a original and then loop 2x4x the length of that track. normally if you want all the loops in time the first on limits the length of record time. It's amazing for me and I'm a bassist. If I could add one thing it would be the ability to sample and save, and or record samples into it and bank them for future use. It does what it claims well and built well.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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  • boomIII vs. rc50

    As reviewed by mike on 6/1/2010

    the boomerang III is pretty good for live looping. The button programs/programming can be confusing (i.e. the Bonus buttons) I found i couldnt set it up very ergonomically due to its compact size. You have to read te manual to decifer the light functions (dim, brighter, slow blink, quick blimk,yellow, green) and then assign functions (with caveats!) to the green and yellow bonus buttons and then, since it doesnt ship with the unison trk playing function (mine didnt as of 5/24/10), you will have to down load and install that. The decay function is nice as is the ability to undo/redo ad infinitum an overdub to a phrase(acts like an insert). Needs more dedicated in/outs! I thoght the sound quality was fine. It is a nice,almost- too-compact, unit that rivals the rc-50. I like the layout of the rc50(peds,buttons,i/o's)and wish the goodness of both were combined into one unit.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great tool...Plenty of fun.

    As reviewed by Captain on 1/18/2011

    This thing is great! Had it for a couple weeks. Does what it's supposed to and does it well. It's built well, right in the good ole U.S.A. Looks and feels like it will stand up to some serious kicking around. As I've expanded my musical gadgets, I've found myself spending more time with software and computers then actually playing music. That's not the case with the RANG III. It must have some brilliant technology in it, but I don't have to get under the hood to use it. I just go with the music. Easy looping right out of the box and more options with a quick read of the manual (included in the box). I believe one of smartest elements of this box is the "light tap" pedals. Just a touch of the toe and you're groov'n with a loop. I play it though a very nice Goodsell amp and can't detect any tone loss. Don't buy this if your music comes out of a computer. Do buy this if your music comes from you.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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