The Boomerang 4MB Phrase Sampler Plus is a realtime tool for loopers! Creates 2 independent loops up to 4 minutes long and lets you transition between them in several modes. It lets you layer addition... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Boomerang 4MB Phrase Sampler Plus is a realtime tool for loopers! Creates 2 independent loops up to 4 minutes long and lets you transition between them in several modes. It lets you layer additional parts in forward or reverse. Even lets you play reverse leads live! Adjustable input level. Unique footroller volume controller. A higher processing rate of 24kHz has been added, giving you a choice of it or the former 16kHz. The stack button can be programmed to be either latching or momentary. It also features 7 selectable decay rates. The half-speed capability has been expanded to give you a choice of 5 speeds: down a 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, or an octave.
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I've been looping live for about 5 years now and had used the RC-20 for a long time and thought the specs on the boomerang looked cool. I use it to loop guitar (both electric and acoustic) and vocals. Features If you?ve used a looper before then it?s easy enough to use, record, play, stop, overdub, all that stuff. Unlike the RC-20 you can?t store loops, it?s designed for live loop creation. The boomerang has a few more tricks (and buttons) than the RC-20, the most significant (for me) being the A/B pattern. You can play a verse and a chorus pattern into it and switch between the two loops with the push of a button. Another important feature is the thru signal mute. When this is on only the loop plays thru the output, the input signal is muted from the output and is great for using it in an FX loop. When playing with my band I have my electric guitar signal (after the amp) and my acoustic guitar going into a small mixer. I send the Boomerang a signal from my mixer?s aux send and have it return to its own channel. I can then control the loop level in the main mix, the monitor mix and send a loop only feed to my drummer. The Boomerang has an input level switch, a gain control and a big output control. I love the output control, it's big and easy to move with your foot and can be used to do a fade out. The input level switch and gain control take some tweaking to get a good level without clipping or noise. It also has reverse and slow functions. I have yet to find a reason for the existence of the slow function. The Boomerang guys say you can record a bass line to play along with. That would be great but not only does the slow setting change the pitch it changes the time making it impossible to use with a drummer. An octave pedal produces much better results. Unlike some other units this unit requires power so you'll need an AC outlet handy. No battery operation and the output from the power supply is AC so you have to use the included power supply. There are tons of options you can set by holding certain button combinations, you will want to keep the manual handy as there is no display to tell you what you?re changing when you?re in the setting modes. I wrote the factory reset instructions on the base of mine with a sharpie. Durability It's very sturdy, I don't have the gig bag for it, I just throw it in the back of my car with my other gear and it's doing fine. I did pop one of the buttons off one night but it popped right back on. Despite some serious abuse the jacks and controls are still in great condition, it?s built like a tank. The buttons are small and don?t have a lot of travel, if you're coming from the RC-20 or the Line 6 thing you may find that it hard to get a good loop when you first use it. You only need to tap it with your foot rather than stomp on it. Sound Quality Here's my only real beef with the boomerang. I don't think the loop has the same quality as the RC-20. Without getting into sample rates and all that junk, I think it sounds thinner. I talked to the boomerang guys about it (their customer service is awesome, fast and helpful) but they concluded I was "a freak like Eric Johnson who can tell what kind of batteries are in his pedals". I can hear a slight degradation in quality especially when I have several layers on a loop. Other people (including my drummer who has a dedicated monitor for just the loop) say it sounds the same. Overall In 2 years of performing with it I have never had any problems with it. It is bigger than most other loopers and can take up a lot of space on a small stage, I would recommend angled jacks for the in and out as drunk people like to step on it. I miss the simplicity of my RC-20 but I couldn?t live without the ability to switch between 2 loops and the thru mute. If you're new to looping it may not be for you. If you have a looper and are looking for more features then this may be the one for you. Definitely try before you buy.
I've been using this looper for the last 6 years out gigin solo at an average of 2 to 4 nights a week. I wanted to up-grade my loops so I bought the rc-50. The boomerang remains my choice to gig with. It's built like a tank and is really simple to work with. I like the stomp buttons better too. So I'm ordering another since I've started hearing a rattle in my old one. I feel it's paid for itself and at least two more. But... If your looking for a looper to sit at home and have fun with, I'd suggest the rc-50.
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