I've just ordered a Boss RC50 Loopstation pedalboard. My primary use for this will be for personal use at home - working out guitar arrangements, vocal harmonies and bass lines. I'm also thinking about whether this could be used in a congregational worship setting to add a fuller sound when we're low on musicians.
Does anyone have any experience in using this or other phrase loopers?
I just got a "Ditto" Looper by TC Electronic for my birthday. This seems to be as simple as loop pedals get, it has only two controls: a volume control and a single click switch which manages everything from record, start, stop, and undo / redo, depending on how you tap it. I'm using it with my acoustic guitar.
Basically, I think this is great fun, and early experiments suggest I can use this in worship, especially in a small group or when leading on my own. Two uses for today were:
1) A song sung in the round. I was able to play the three parts into the box, and then let people pick and choose which part they sung.
2) At the end of a quiet song at the end of the service, I just played the chorus chords and then let them loop away with a bit of an overdub. I sang a bit over them, and played a bit over them, and then just left them going while I packed up the rest of my kit and people were being prayed for!
Essentially, I think the thing to do is to keep it simple... but it can free you up as a leader. Having layed down a loop I could let it play, while I spoke to the congregation, without having to think about playing and speaking at the same time (something I always find difficult). Some planning ahead is needed, and you need to be crisp with your timing (there is no click track, so the loop time is set by stamping on the pedal... easiest to do with slow quiet songs.