Electro-Harmonix 22500 Dual Stereo Looper
- Dual Stereo Loops with either independent or locked loop lengths. Quantize or non-quantize (free running) modes. 16 built-in drum loops
- Mic input with Phantom Power. Programmable third footswitch for Stop or Tap Tempo.
- Sequential looping mode enables verse/ chorus switching. Parallel looping mode allows simultaneous playback of two loops
- Reverse and Octave functions. Undo-Redo your last overdub or recording
- Backup/restore to PC or Mac via USB port
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Electro-Harmonix 22500 Dual Stereo Looper
Combining a compact footprint, a comprehensive feature spec and an intuitive user interface, the 22500 delivers powerful looping capabilities in an affordable, easy to use package. It records high quality, non-compressed audio directly to a removable SDHC card (4 to 32 GB) and each card holds up to 100 individual loops. Includes an 8GB card for up to 12 hours of recording time.
Although the 22500 has a compact footprint it is loaded with powerful features:
>Dual Stereo Loops with either independent or locked loop lengths
>Sequential Looping enables verse/chorus switching
>Parallel Looping allows simultaneous playback of two loops
>Selectable Microphone input with adjustable gain and Phantom Power
>Reverse and Octave functions at the touch of a button
>Undo-Redo your last overdub
>Overdub with adjustable feedback amount
>Create loop lengths that are completely free-form, locked to each other or quantized to internal rhythms
>100 Loop Banks per SD Card, each bank containing up to 2 loops
>Rhythm Guide with 16 built-in drum loops
>Footswitch selectable for All Stop, Tap-Tempo, or Rhythm Start/Stop
>USB Port enables backup/restore to PC or MAC
>Includes high capacity SD Memory Card for up to 12 hours of loop time
>Optional external Bank-Up/Down Foot Controller (sold separately)
>9.6VDC/500mA power supply included
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Combining a compact footprint, a comprehensive feature set and an intuitive user interface, the 22500 delivers powerful looping capabilities in an affordable, easy to use package. It records high quality, non-compressed audio directly to a removable SDHC card (4 to 32GB) and each card holds up to 100 individual loops. Includes an 8GB card for up to 12 hours of recording time. 9.6VDC 500mA power supply included. Optional Foot Controller for Loop up/down function (sold separately).
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On the other hand, I had spent a lot of time debating between this and the 720 and 360. In retrospect, I think both the 720 and 360 would have worked just as fine for me (sans the drum loops). The 22500 has a lot of features that I don't need right now, but I enjoy knowing they are there. So my advice is this: If you're not sure if you need this or a cheaper model, get the cheaper model.
The only negative review on Amazon for this mentions that it's not well-designed for live on-the-fly stage use. I'm not sure, but that reviewer may have found some benefit in the auxiliary "loop-up/loop-down" pedal, which would have allowed him to pretend that he was deleting a loop simply by moving on to the next blank "preset". But as a standalone pedal, I think he's probably right that it's a little too complicated for that application, and there are other products out there that are designed for live improv looping, etc.
My only concern is the push-click "Mode" knob. It seems like the cheapest component on the unit, and will definitely get the most use. The knob cap feels like something from a mid-80's Crate amp, and I'll definitely be looking for something more sexy to replace it with. In fact, the whole "Mode" section is a little clunky, and I'll bet that the engineers at EHX wanted something like a mini LCD, only to be told -- nope, at this price it's LEDs and a delicate push-pot with a mid-80's crate knob. Anyway, if you want an LCD just turn on your laptop and open your DAW. Also, for not much more the 45000 looks like it turned some of the "Mode" functions into actual knobs and sliders - but alas, no drum machine - which is my favorite part!
One other criticism, and I just discovered this last week when I brought this in to my daughter's school for family show-and-tell (recorded all the kids playing percussion, yelling their names, speeding up, slowing down - it was awesome.) The microphone input replaces the Left guitar input, and there's no summing at the outputs (even though the left output reads "mono"), so if you want to use a mic and a guitar at the same time, you might need something to sum them post output. Luckily my little lunchbox VOX amp that I brought to the school had two inputs -- otherwise I'd have been screwed. In front of my daughter and all her friends. That might deserve a one-star reduction, but nope -- I didn't read that part of the manual.
Highly recommended awesome thing.