Watch the Loop Pedal Functions online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Creative Looping Handbook

Let's take a look at each of the switch functions and how to operate a simple looper set-up.

  • Record - When you're ready to start recording, press the switch once and the pedal will go into record mode. Click the switch once to end recording and the playback of your recording will continue to loop. We'll be looking at how to articulate and time your recording and coordination skills in the examples section.
  • Overdub - To overdub a part the pedal must be in playback mode (playing recorded material). Click the switch once and begin recording, then click the switch once to stop recording and continue listening to your playback.
  • Undo/Redo - While listening to a recorded part you can undo a layer of recorded material by holding down the switch for several seconds. The last recorded layer will be removed and you can continue removing layers using this process.
  • Playback - Playback of recorded material is initiated by pressing the switch once from stop mode or from record mode.
  • Stop - Stopping the playback or recording process is initiated by clicking the switch twice in quick succession.
  • Clear a Recorded Loop - From stop mode, Hold down the pedal until the "CL" blinks or you hear the loop stop. This means the loop has been erased.
  • Storing a Loop - In the RC3 you can store your loop to a user location by pressing the "Write" button at top right of the pedal. Use the memory up/down keys to assign the loop to a number location.
  • If you're using a "Ditto" looper, the last loop you played will be stored in the pedal. You can also store those loops into your computer via USB. Read the manual for your pedal and all will be well (This button can also erase your loop if you hold it down for 2 seconds).
  • LED Light Display
    • Play Mode - The function light will illuminate green when in play mode.
    • Record Mode - Red when in record and overdub mode.
    • Rhythm On/Off - Press once to initiate a rhythm sequence. The light will be solid red
    • No Lights Flashing - No lights means there is no loop and it is in stop mode.
    • Loop Indication - Rhythm and Tap Tempo lights both flash red at the beginning of a loop sequence.
    • Memory Location Number - This will have a red dot to the right of the numbers if a loop is recorded at that location.
  • Rotary Dials - Dual concentric potentiometers. Small top knob controls the rhythm volume, and the large bottom knob controls the volume of recorded loop.