You’ve heard of parallel dimensions. How about a parallel looper? Parallel loopers can open up your rig to entirely new soundscapes. Most pedal chains are serial, meaning that one device feeds its output signal into the device after it and so on. This means that each device can affect whatever device, or devices, are before/after it. That can be a good thing, but you’re never quite getting the true or ‘pure’ sound of that device. With parallel signal paths, however, the signal is split, with each split signal going to the device. That means that each device gets the original input signal, rather than the signal from whatever is upstream. The signals are then recombined using active mixing circuitry so that you can customize a blended sound of whatever you place in the parallel loops.
Our parallel loopers use buffered splitters to split the incoming signal. Each send jack has its own separate buffer circuit. This keeps the signals strong and ensures there is no interaction between the channels. The return signals go through volume controls and then on/off switches. This allows you to set the volume for each channel and switch the channels on/off to bring the parallel loops in and out of the mix. An active mixer circuit blends the sounds to create rich and complex soundscapes.
Please note: parallel loopers are custom made-to-order with a turnaround of approximately 2-3 weeks.
Double Parallel Looper
Our double parallel loopers allow you to blend the sounds of two parallel loops, with or without a third dry channel.
The versions with a dry channel feature a third ‘straight through’ parallel channel, with a level control but no footswitch, which allows you to blend the ‘clean’ dry signal as an extra parallel signal along with the two parallel loops.
Check our our demo video of a 2-parallel looper with a dry channel.
Please note: the double parallel looper is not true bypass in that there isn’t an option for the signal to not pass through one of the three parallel channels. If you would like to create a true bypass setup with the double parallel looper, you can either put the double parallel looper in the loop of a single true bypass loop switch (effectively creating a master bypass), or select a larger parallel looper that features a true bypass master bypass switch.
The parallel looper first splits the incoming signal into three or four channels, depending on the version. Each of the channels has its own buffer. The individual buffers keep the signal strong and ensure there is no interaction between the channels. The split signals go to loops, where you add your own sonic flavors. The loop returns have volume controls and on/off switches, which allow you to tweak each channel as it goes to the mixer. The mixer section then seamlessly blends the signals from the loops.
The parallel multi-looper features either three or four loops with an extra switch as a master bypass, allowing you to bypass the parallel setup completely and send your signal directly to your amp.
The 4-parallel looper with phase switches features active phase switch circuits on the returns of the four loops, in case you encounter any out-of-phase issues while mixing your signals.
The bass version tweaks the design to allow the bass’ lower frequencies to enter the buffer circuit.
4-Parallel Looper + Dry Channel
The 4-Parallel looper + dry channel features four parallel loops plus a fifth dry channel in order to mix the incoming ‘dry’ signal with whatever you have in the parallel loops.
5-parallel multi looper pedals feature the same parallel circuitry as the 3/4-parallel loopers, except with five parallel loops, and no master bypass.
Parallel Looper with Phase Switches
The loopers with phase switches add active phase-reversing circuits to help with any out-of-phase issues that can happen when summing.
Please note: the 4-parallel looper + phase switches features a fifth master bypass switch that bypasses all the active circuitry. The 5-parallel looper + phase does not have a master bypass switch. Its five switches are on/off switches for the parallel loops.
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Please note: The pedals in the images are stock photos and not the actual pedals you will receive. The pedals you receive may vary in their graphics, knob colors, and/or LED colors, where applicable. We have our graphics options here.