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Adventures in Looping

boss-rc-2I’ve had my BOSS RC-2 Loop Station for almost three years now, and it has only been in the last month or so that I’ve actually put it to use on a regular basis. Frankly, I’m not too sure why I hadn’t used it. But since I’ve started using it, I’ve been having a blast!

I think what inspired me to start using it was the release of the TC Electronic Ditto Looper. I was very impressed by its simplicity, and then it occurred to me that the RC-2 was actually very simple to use if memory served. So I set up the RC-2 with my VHT Special 6, and started to play around with it for a few days.

To be honest, when I first started using it in those practice sessions, I was a little overwhelmed and intimidated, even with such a simple looper! But after awhile, I started to get the hang of it, and worked up the confidence to use it at my solo gig.

I now use it quite a bit. Most of the time, I use it for specific songs like Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” or Clapton’s “Wondeful Tonight.” But lately, I’ve had some riffs pop into my head during my gig, and I’ll tap out a rhythm, lay down the rhythm guitar, then just jam over it. It has added a lot of life into my gig; mind you, I’m into my 13th year playing this weekly gig, so any way I can add a new dimension to it breaks up the monotony.

Frankly, I don’t know if I’ll get another, more sophisticated looper. I’ve seen some amazing things people do with them, but for me, simple is good for right now.

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You gotta check this out before I talk about it:

ditto-looper-perspAs Tore Mogensen, product manager for Guitar at TC Electronics was quoted in the press release I just got:

“At TC HQ we really wanted to understand looping before we went to market with Ditto Looper,” says Tore Mogensen, Product Manager for Guitar at TC Electronic, and continues: ”I mean, people do amazing things with looper pedals, but you almost need a degree in rocket science to make sense of all the functionalities. I think Ditto Looper is going to find its way into the heart of guitarists everywhere quickly. It’s non-intimidating, super-simple and intuitive, has a great price, sounds killer and does what you want right out of the box.”

Notice that I bolded “It’s non-intimidating.” That’s exactly what I’ve felt about looper. I got a simple BOSS LoopStation awhile back, which is a really nice looper, and one of the more simple loopers on the market. But even being relatively simple, it still came with a pretty thick users manual! I have a busy life, and I use most of my spare time to gig or record. I don’t have a lot of time to read a manual, and with the thick manual, I was admittedly a little intimidated.

After I read the press release, my first reaction was, “Holy S%&t! That is something that I can use NOW!” One knob? Check. One button? Check. Made just for guitar? PERFECT!

I’ve been wanting to do some looping during my solo gigs, so I could add some instrumental guitar. I tried using the LoopStation for awhile, but I could never get the hang of it because I used a footswitch along with the pedal, and kept on forgetting which one activated which feature. But there’s no guesswork with a single button.

Yup, I’m definitely going to check this one out!

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