I just got this message sent to me from Job Verweijen at:
He asked me some technical data (I am not a looper) which I think some people on LD are likely fully quailified to answer:
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2004 2:17 PM
Subject: what looper to buy?
> Please Mr. Haas, could you send this mail to loopers you know who play
> percussion (like the ones on the second CD of the Santa Cruz Festival).
> Thanks so much!!! Best wishes, Job Verweijen...
> Dear Musicians,
> My name is Job, I am a 29-year-old percussionist/vocalist from The
> Netherlands and I want to get involved in looping. I have been reading a lot
> of reports and reviews on the websites of loopers delight and harmony
> central. My conclusion is that either the Echoplex Digital Pro Plus or the
> Elctrix Repeater is the machine I need. The big problem is I absolutely
> cannot choose between those two. Both of them have pros and cons and I
> wished some company could combine the best features of both to create the
> ultimate musician's looping tool for live and recording. Since that hasn't
> happened yet, I need to choose. I am writing for some help on my choice.
> Let me explain how I want to use a looper. My band plays psychedelic world
> jammusic. My setup consists of different percussion-instruments, most of
> which are individually miked. I also use a headset-mic for vocals. In the
> live situation I want to be able to play a certain groove on an instrument
> like a handdrum, triangle, set of woodbocks or shaker and then loop it and
> overdub another layer etc. I also want to mix in my vocals. I sing
> percussion-part, drumbeats and effects with my voice. Second I want to have
> delay options for spacial effects on my voice and certain instruments for a
> "trippy" effect. The delay times must be easily changeable. With a looper I
> also want to compose loops at home and store them, so I can recall them live
> with a footboard at any given moment. Third, I want the looper to practice
> along side with to work on my timing, so as a advanced kind of metronome.
> Fourth, I want to be able to store loops on my computer at home to
> manipulate/master and import effects/sound-collages etc from the computer
> unto the looper.
> What I concluded was that the Repeater has far more storage-space for loops
> and effects (up to 256 MB). Second the unit looks much stronger and it is
> stereo. Problems are there's only one layer of Undo, some problems with
> internal metronome and with the sound (especially when you're using the
> pitch shift). There was a very negative review by some guy named Progster
> (sept 14, 2001) but some rave ones by others.
> The EDP is not stereo and the unit and especially the footboard don't look
> too strong. Second, it doesn't have that much memory and only expansionable
> up to 198 seconds (16 MB).
> So guys, please help me. What machine should I buy? And what is a decent
> price to buy one second hand (on ebay or someplace else?).
> Thanks so much in advance!!!
> Best wishes, Job Verweijen