So, rather than a standard backing track, you get a pretty controllable rhythm section. As well, it is good to note what other effects you are using. The other significant difference between this pedal and the RC-3 is that there is no USB connectivity here to let you save your work to your computer. As a complete effects pedal, the ME-80 is outstanding; as a looper, it comes with some flaws. In our opinion, the stereo inputs and onboard functions are what sets the 720 Stereo Looper apart from most other pedals. Finally we have the Line 6 DL4 Modeler, which is principally a delay pedal, but with a great looper on-tap and really intuitive controls. And so onto the Ditto X2 - a little larger than I would like, but containing the minimum two footswitches I need for easy control. 4 Paths to Big Muff Pi Full-Range Nirvana! Another area which the Ditto is somewhat lacking in is banks / presets which most of the other bigger pedals have - so you can store specific loops in sequenced banks - for easy replay in a live situation. If you just want a straightforward, reliable looper to put on a funky show, this is it. Thank you! The EchoSystem Looper firmware update does not appear to be happening any time soon, so I need to find a replacement for that functionality. What we loved about this pedal straight away is that it has a three-stage speed switch; half speed, normal, and reverse. While it isn’t the best looper pedal on our list, it’s a very deserving addition. The 58 onboard effects and built-in drum machine is why we included the MG 100 on our list. The BOSS ME-80 is an excellent all-rounder that is perfect for anyone who wants a looper as a feature rather than a dedicated pedal.It’s built on BOSS’ Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) effects. There are also several TCE Ditto X2 style clones with a Left/Right channel volume control - like the CNZ RePete - these look like white-label manufactured clones in a couple of alternative enclosures. Alright guys!!! Recording time might be slightly less than the average pedal, but you have to remember this is a lot smaller and cheaper than the average looper pedal. For example, when you finish recording loop one, then arm loop two, the second one will start recording at the exact point loop one begins. So, unlike some pedals with onboard effects, you don’t need to be a good tap dancer to use it! Looping can be very cool, but it can also become very mundane if it’s not used correctly. There are nine preset loop slots and one user slot to fill with stereo audio for latency-free looping. The Mini is mono only, but is great near the start of your chain - for testing modulations and secondary effects pedals by looping dry or drive signals while you tweak dials. Even though it is a clunky oldschool looking pedal with a significant footprint - it does have 4 footswitches with dedicated looper functions - so you are getting some really smart looper functionality, to which you can add a variety of delay effects! Then there is the DigiTech Trio+ which is its own thing really (Auto Bass+Drum Accompanist), but does also have stereo looping onboard. One thing we were glad to see wasn’t cut down from the Ditto X4 is the stereo inputs/outputs which are still present on the X2 model. Choosing the genre and style is just the start of creating your accompaniment because the bass and drums knobs let you dial in how prominent you want each to be. If I ever get properly serious about looping I will likely switch up to the Infinity or 22500, the Ditto X4 also bears consideration. So, it’s a phrase looper, but what does that mean? One of the things we like most about this pedal is that it has reverse and half-speed functions. In terms of recording time, you get 12 minutes of uncompressed, true stereo recording, which is shared between 10 loop slots. Here we have another BOSS looper pedal, this time it’s the RC-1. These functions add something different to your performance to keep the listeners interested. It doesn’t come with any dedicated effects, but you can take advantage of the many onboard effects to shape your tone before you record your loop. If it was more expensive, it might not have made the cut, but as it stands, if you want a basic loop function and lots of effects, it’s well worth checking out. I still see this as a somewhat under-developed area of guitar pedals, with still relatively few makers, and few available options / alternatives.