I wanted to steal this idea without spending $450 on pedals (oh wait…)
Gil is a friend I met on Instagram who makes some terrific pedal sounds (@gilsghost) and loops.
So here’s this double looper with some cool options that offers true stereo passthrough. The controls!
Your right footswitch is a 32 second latching looper standing in for the MXR clone looper. I’m not an overdub kind of guy on the ZOIA, so it’s just a single loop. You’ll see the right side of the ZOIA pixels switch between record and play indicators.
Your center footswitch is a momentary looper standing in for the Tensor. Press this footswitch to load the buffer and see it make magic.
Your right footswitch is a stop function that mutes all loops. Good to have.
To erase the loops, hit the right footswitch to stop, hit the right footswitch twice (recording a short, silent loop), hit the center footswitch twice (again, looping silence in both buffers), and hit the right footswitch to return to play mode with no loops playing now.
You may notice that you don’t quite the magic of Gil’s clip. In the center of the Zoia, you have a set of peach pushbuttons and a set of purple pushbuttons. These change the octave the loops play in. Bottom is unity pitch, middle is 1 octave up, top is 2 octaves up. The purple (right) set is for your latching looper, and peach (left) is for the momentary. Gil’s clip is 1 octave up on latching, 2 octaves up on momentary. There’s also a pixel next to each pushbutton in the center two columns that indicate what octave you’re at, just so you know.
There’s also a small sky pushbutton in the lower left corner. This is what I call burst mode. When engaged, the momentary looper will only play when you hold the center footswitch. When disengaged, you’ll hear the momentary looper consistently.
And that’s how you play it.
My favorite setting: 1 octave up on each looper, burst mode engaged. Try that out first!
Some under the hood notes:
Page 1 has a couple of cool routing tricks to make things possible. You’ll see a bunch of logic to switch between to the two momentary buffers on the left, some logic to drive the UI on the right (only one icon active at once), and some audio panners on the bottom to determine when you send signal into the loopers.
Pages 2 and 3 are identical sets of loopers for each channel. Throw in a reverse control if you’ve got MIDI or figure out the best way to overdub the first looper if you want.
Page 4 sends the loops to the right place at the right time. Audio ins at the top decide which momentary buffer comes through, audio outs in second row are the bypass for burst mode (channel 1 is always playing, channel 2 is burst mode). VCAs on third row are the mute for burst mode. Fourth and fifth rows turn off audio path for stop.
Page 5 is logic for the octave selector pushbuttons. Pushbuttons > sample and hold > out switch > pixels. All pushbuttons are connected to the sample and hold trigger AND input (check connection strength). The in switch is connected to the looper pitch control.
Pages 6 and 7 drive the rainbow animation for the momentary looper. Page 6 sequencer changes the color (connected directly to the sequencer active step on page 7), page 7 sequencers changes which pixel is active (connects to the 1 channel in switches on page 6). When the footswitch is pressed, all those 1 channels become active which engages the colors!
And that’s all. Not a ton to modify, but a ton of fun to play.