Guitar multi fx with decent looping time
Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:02 pm
5 minutes or more will do, more would be nice (and loads of memory slots) but the usual 40 sec or so is pretty useless.....
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Sam Spoons wrote: The looper is mostly for the full ABBA rhythm guitar to solo over
Hewesy wrote:The Helix does do it all, a number of pro's use them for everything (including acoustic) but as you note, it does have a pro price tag...
Does it have to be a single unit? What about a small board with a wah, MFX like say the Line 6 M series or the cut down Helix and then a looper?
Given the hands on nature of the looper I'd suggest having this as a dedicated box might make your life easier. And you can then easily swap loops around for gigs/rigs etc.
What puts you off using the electric board for acoustic, noting you use pretty much the same kit for both?
The Elf wrote:Helix will give you 60 seconds stereo, 120 seconds mono. I can't think of a hardware looper that would take you further (TBH I can't imagine wanting more than 120 seconds of loop!)
With the Helix you could leave all your other stuff back home. It isn't cheap, but it really is very good indeed. Once you discover the multiple I/O capabilities (four simultaneous stereo inputs, each with separate effects chains, for example), mic input, USB/MIDI, multi-channel audio interface and other goodies, you really do begin to realise that it's a whole lot more than a stomp box replacement.
There are cheaper Helix versions (and I believe they are all patch-compatible), but you have to accept compromises as the price drops.
BigRedX wrote:The Helix might seem expensive, but for what it does and what it costs in real terms it's a complete bargain.
My first multi-effects unit was a Roland GP8 which I bought second hand in the late 80s, and did only a fraction of what the Helix is capable of, but IIRC only a couple of years earlier the new price for this and foot controller to go with it was close to £1k when that was worth a lot more in real terms compared with £1k today.
Hmmm... It has a harmoniser in there, but I doubt that it would be suitable for vocals.Sam Spoons wrote:Elf? can the Helix do basic vocal harmonies?
Sam Spoons wrote:5 minutes or more will do, more would be nice (and loads of memory slots) but the usual 40 sec or so is pretty useless.....
Sam Spoons wrote:Mind you I do dream of being in a Prog Rock band (but probably don't have the patience and ability) so you never know......