From Zachary Vex:
I've made something. You'll have to decide if it's worth it. It took me years of goofing around with this strange analog recorder but I think it's finally finished. I've put my best foot forward to make your guitar sound really special this time. The recorded version of your performance may never sound the same as the original, but sounding the same isnít always the most important part of what effects do.
This is the Lo-Fi Loop Junky. Itís really low fidelity. The recording of your guitar is filled with hiss, moan, distortion and warped-record strangeness, but everyone will be able to tell the loop from your real guitar. Because the processing of your direct guitar is done with my new bootstrap circuit, with the very highest impedance circuit Iíve ever developed (even higher than the super hard-on circuit) your direct guitar will have detail incomparable with anything youíve ever heard. The juxtaposition of your direct guitar against the smashed, distorted, shimmering/warbling recording of the loop mechanism will make it clear once and for all who is the guitarist and what is the machinery.
Iíve always been bothered by digital loopers. Who knows who is you and what is the device? Enter the Lo-Fi Loop Junky. No one will ever question who is who and what is what again.
How does it sound?
Some people compare it to a warped, damaged 45-rpm record. Some say that the compression is immaculate, while some say it destroys any concept of the original dynamic. Some say that the noise is intolerable some say itís as precious as snow in the middle of nowhere. Some people have no taste. Lucky for me, taste is not the issue. I can promise one thing your direct guitar will sound impeccable. I canít promise that the loop will sound good, youíll have to make some adjustments to your concept of good to be sure of that. I can promise that the loop will be different from any sampler youíve heard.
What it does and features it has
- Records up to 20 seconds of your performance.
- Allows you to initiate and finish a recording at any moment with a stomp switch, when activated.
- Remembers your loop even when unplugged or with the battery removed, for up to 100 years.
- Has true bypass.
- The true-bypass switch initiates loop playback from the sampleís beginning at any time.
- Has vibrato with speed and depth controls, allowing a vibrato/chorus/Leslie-like shimmer.
- Has very slow vibrato speed for warped-record effects, to very fast for jiggly playback.
- Has real clocked-analog recording with no analog-to-digital conversion.
- Records using velvety compression for a smooth organ-like sound.
- Allows overdriven recording of storage cells using Ďrecord levelí control.
- Has a tone control that rolls off hiss and other annoying artifacts for burbling, mellow samples.
- Has hiss! Lots of it! Itís analog, remember, with no noise-reduction, and itís lo-fi. 8^)
- Has very limited frequency response. Nothing above 2.6 kHz. Brick-wall filtering.
- Has a safety-switch to protect a favorite sample from being recorded over accidentally.
- Plays back at any volume, louder than your direct guitar if you wish.
- Has a gorgeously transparent guitar preamp built-in to give your direct guitar a glistening finish.
- Really small footprint, like a fuzz factory.
- Draws as little as 2 mA from the battery when in bypass mode, and about 12 mA when activated.
- Features aliasing artifacts, distortion, hiss, out-of-tune effects, strange behavior, and long battery life.
- Never sounds like what you played into it. Always alters the original tone and dynamics.
- No learning curve! Five simple knobs, two stomp-switches for bypass and record, and a safety switch.
- Has simple LED status indicator. Lights up solid while recording, blinks once at the end of every loop. Stops in bypass mode.
What it does NOT do:
- No sound-on-sound. No multiple layers, no overdubbing, just one simple loop.
- No digital crispness. No dynamic preservation. No high-end detail except on direct guitar. No hi-fi.
- No reverse playback. Sorry. I wanted this too. The analog recorder chip wonít play backwards.
|Vol: loop volume. Gets really loud if you need it.
Tone: cuts noise and distortion. Makes the final sound of the loop rolled off and organ-like if necessary.
Rec: record volume. You can decide how loud to drive the recorderÖ to overdrive if you like.
Depth: vibrato depth. Adjust for the level of pitch twisting that makes you happy.
Speed: vibrato speed. Adjust for the speed that spins the sound around in a way that fits the music.
|On the left: bypass. When you kick this in, the loop starts playing. When you kick it out, you have true-bypass, pure silence, just like all other Z.Vex effects.
On the right: the record switch. Hit this just as you start recording a new loop. Switch it off on the exact same beat when you finish recording your loop. If youíve made a mistake, quickly hit it twice so you can hear the gentle hiss of nothingness instead of your bad loop. You can defeat this switch with the safety switch located between the two vibrato knobs. You will record silence if you hit the record button while the pedal is true-bypassed.
At the top right: the safety switch. This tiny switch lets you save a favorite loop so you wonít accidentally erase it, no matter what condition you might be in while stumbling over your pedal. Woo-hoo! Yee-haw!