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 ... Read More
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.
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This pedal is incredible. Huge range of possibilities and does not kill your tone. Most loop pedals lose the tone, drive, or what have you but this one is the best i've heard. Made in the USA which is a plus. Super sturdy.
Right out of the box, I have spent 5 hours of non stop looping experimentation. Works great for me so far. I hope to hold a performance with the Boomerang soon. After a few more sessions, I should be able to use all of the features smoothly. Read the manual. I find myself daydreaming of what I could do next. If the Rang would leave me, I would buy another.
Let me first say I've been eyeballing this looper ever since it came out.I owned the boss rc 20 xl for five years and will be the first to give credit where credit is due that it made me the player I am today.But unfortunately it's only a practice tool and isn't really good for someone that wants to loop live hence the rang iii review begins.I researched extensively all the loopers out there.If you want something with built in effects and to be able save phrases then buy the competitors product.But if your a fan of such players like keller williams or martin sexton this is as close to an echoplex which are about a grand with the midi pedals.I know most think this price is expensive but the rang iii is a poor mans echoplex.Right out of the gate the rang is pretty idiot friendly.No annoying digital displays you can't read just a bunch of knobs and lights.The direction are clear concise and even humorous.Within four hours I think I've mastered the rang iii that I would play live.My only knock on the boomerang is that if you want to use this to it's fullest potential you have to purchase a sidecar pedal which is quite expensive and they also have a roller expession pedal on the way.When all this is purchased you're not much cheaper than the echoplex.The thing that makes the boomerang more enticing is the echoplex isn't being made anymore so imo I would rather be using something that is being manufactured in the usa even.Bottom line if you want to be a one man band and create things on the fly easily buy this product you will be very happy with it.
What I love most is that it was made in the USA. I was happy to pay more for that. I also like that if I have a problem I know I can talk to someone who knows the person who designed it if not the person him/herself. My first looper was the repeater which was the top of the heap at the time but had bugs and was noisy. The I used Sooper Looper on my Mac. This one is rock solid in both hardware and software depts. And the loops are super tight. It's very flexible which also gives it a steep learning curve which is fine because that's what any fine piece of equipment requires. I love that you can create 4 completely independent OR synced loops of differing lengths. I wish it had separate red LEDs to let you know when a loop is recording. The pedals are too easily pressed for my style but I'll probably get used to that. I hope they find a way to allow the MIDI in to receive MIDI commands.
Facts up front, this is not a "be all things to all people" looper. This isn't for phrase training, for pre-building loops and storing / retrieving loops. This is for very high quality tool for practicing, jamming and live performance looping. The capabilities are mind boggling and are easy to learn, but do require some practice. I use this for jamming (solo and with bands) and could use for live performances if I did such things (don't currently). The quality of the loop recording is excellent. And the build of the device is very high quality. I've only had for a few weeks, but I expect long term durability is not an issue.
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.
I started with the original Boomerang more than 15 years ago and have used them almost daily on gigs since. This new Rang III is very nice and smaller than the old long ones. The only caution I can give is this; please be sure to read the manuel! I just set up for a gig and thought I had it all figured out but no sound what so ever! I checked everything and all the cables were good still nothing. I quickly got my old original out of the car and did the gig with that until I could figure it out. I did later at home...it seems that you HAVE to plug the input/ouput cables in FIRST before the power or else it won't work. No big deal, unless you don't know that, but now you do....you're welcome!
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.
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.
this is the best effects ive ever used it just rocks!
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