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Electro-Harmonix 45000 Guitar Looper Effect Pedal
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- Includes a 4GB card delivering up to 125 minutes of recording time
- Import; Wav audio files from PC or Mac
- Auxiliary Input mixes MP3 players with the loop output
- Stereo mixdown track frees tracks for re-use
- Overdub or punch in/out recording
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Building on EHX's looper legacy, the 45000 combines the familiar controls of a multi track digital recorder with state of the art features making it possible to create complex multi track loops quickly and easily. Each loop has four mono tracks and one stereo mix down track. The 45000 records non compressed, 44.1 kHz / 16 bit CD quality audio direct to a removable SDHC card (4 to 32GB). Each card holds up to 100 individual loops accessed with the optional 45000 Foot Controller (sold separately). Loop speed is adjustable over a two octave range, and reverse recording and playback are also possible. For extra convenience, a built in metronome to a separate Monitor Out and a Headphone Out are also included.
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I don't write detail-oriented reviews as details are best understood by reviewing the owner's manual before purchasing. This simply offers my perspective on whether or not you should purchase this pedal.
I've been using loopers (in some capacity or another) for the last 20 years. In the mid-nineties we budget-minded used 4-track cassette recorders. In the early-2000's I moved through the Boss Loopstations. I purchased the EH 45000 as the next 'evolution' as my budget has increased and therefore, so have my needs. I've been looking forward to this pedal since it first came out, back when the cost simply couldn't be justified. The Boss is incredibly straight forward and is, IMHO, the best way to quickly and cheaply get your ideas out and quickly write new concepts. The EH 45000 isn't anywhere as intuitive -- you'll definitely need to read the manual and memorize the basic functions as it doesn't come naturally. Fine. But it's also nowhere near as quick as simple steps like REC, REDO/UNDO, STOP, OVERDUB, etc. take 2-3 times more steps than the Boss. For quick ideas OR for perfecting one part of a loop this becomes tedious. I imagine where the 45000 excels is live performing where you are playing multiple songs with multiple loops within. For the home-recorder or idea-generator, this isn't the best way to go. No screen to tell you what track you're on unless you buy the external foot pedal. Fine. Saving and exporting is doable but somewhat time-consuming.
ULTIMATELY, I feel this is simply an advanced version of an early-2000's looper.
Quick Portable Idea Looper - get any of the Boss version
Portable Song Creating/Playing Looper - get the EH 45000
Home Looping - get a MIDI foot pedal (USB) and recording software and use a computer with foot controls (see below for Mac)
I decided to go with Apple Logic Pro and a Logidy foot controller. You get unlimited tracks, you can visualize your tracks/recording, you can edit them and thousands of parameters, and they're immediately saved and easily accessed later. Even if you never use the myriad features of Logic, you can use the simple Loop Recording feature, built-in tuner and metronome, and setup the Logidy by pressing Option+K, Learn New Assignment, and click your MIDI pedal to assign REC, PLAY, and STOP to a MIDI foot pedal. This to me, is the way to do loops in this decade. You'll spend half as much yet -- apart from the portability of the 45000 -- you'll get more simplicity of use and a far greater range of features and applications.
OK, this time I'm the one who didn't read the manual! Regarding the tempo setting: As it turns out, the tempo is not continuously variable and moves in semitone half steps. This means the tempo and the pitch are connected (as you might expect since resampling or FFTs are not involved). Once you record a track, the tempo is remembered by the pedal in the TEMPO.TXT file on the SD card. You can read this file and see the tempo setting in BPM, obviating the need for a BPM display. No, it's not convenient. If you change the tempo from this setting, the LED above the tempo slider will turn off. If you change the tempo back to the original setting, the LED will turn back on. So it is indeed possible to go back to the original tempo if you change it and record another track or start another loop with the original tempo. Why change it? I may want to move the tempo up one octave to record a bass track (the inverse of the "Octave" button), then back down to record at the original pitch and tempo. So my #1 and #3 objections above are moot. Also, you can disable the built-in tempo clocking and use an external MIDI device to do the clocking if you prefer. Given this, I upgrade my rating to 4.5 stars.