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078 | Electro-Harmonix 720: A Closer Look at this Stereo Looper Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to episode 78 of the Sonic Renegades podcast. We're exploring Renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Up for today's discussion, we have a looper pedal. In fact, this is our first looper pedal that we've covered on this podcast. And that is the Electro-Harmonix 720 stereo mover. This thing has been really fun to play with. I've enjoyed it over the last couple of weeks and excited to share the end results with you guys on the other side.

Hey everybody, Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren pedals with you today. Hope you are having an amazing day. Today we're super excited because we're going to be talking about a looper pedal for the very first time. In fact, we're going to be talking about the Electro-Harmonix 720 stereo looper, obviously in the world of looper pedals, there are a lot to choose from, and this one is definitely a reliable choice and a solid choice on that front. So we're excited to share our thoughts on this great stereo looper pedal.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, looper pedals for me, honestly, it's how I killed a lot of time in college. So I never had a dedicated looper pedal, but I always just used the looper inside the timeline. So I was really excited to check this one out because from what I hear, they're great. If you have a dedicated one, as opposed to just wanting the delay pedal, but yeah, really excited to talk about this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's definitely been a solid option for me. I went ahead and pulled the trigger and just decided to add a looper pedal to my board. I've had some other ones in the past. Like I've had the bass looper. I was actually strongly considering getting the ditto, but I'm a huge fan personally of electro harmonics. So I decided to pull the trigger on this one and I'm glad I did. So obviously electro harmonics, we've covered a lot of their pedals here on this podcast. I'm a huge fan. I really look up to people like Mike Matthews who created Electro-Harmonix. I mean, there's just so much rich history, such a great legacy there with that company.

And I mean, this whole podcast is about, covering Renegade pedals that, have changed the music landscape and I mean, electro harmonics definitely fits that mold like perfectly. So I have, I guess, kind of a strong bias. So, getting the 720 stereo looper was kind of a no-brainer for me. So if you're not familiar with this pedal, it's actually been around for quite some time. It actually came out in December of 2015. So it's definitely been on the map now for a good six years.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. And this is actually one of the little brothers, they have a lot of loop pedals to the 45,000 right?

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, that's right. So yeah, a lot of history there for sure. A lot of looper options from them, for sure.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. So, if you didn't know, like Scott was saying they have a ton of looper options. They have the 1440, the 720, the 95,000, the 45,000, the 360, and then there's a looper on the stereo memory man with [00:03:22]. is that how you say it? Close enough?

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, I guess that's how you say it. So yeah, definitely a lot of diversity there with their looper selection. But again, for today's conversation, we're going to focus on the one that we've got here. And that again is the Electro-Harmonix 720 stereo looper. So let's go and dive into talking about what this pedal can do and really what it's all about. So the 720 basically, where that stems from is you can get 720 seconds of recording time, which is basically equivalent to 12 minutes. And so with that 12 minutes you've got 10 independent loop memory banks, which is great. You've got unlimited overdubbing, even the ability to use a second foot switch, if you want to do that. And there are plenty of other options available on this unit, making it a ton of fun.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. Two things that really stuck out to me that I really like about it. That just help when you're looping. And if you're trying to create something new or just like, think of new ideas and stuff is there's a reverse and a half speed on it. So those are two things that I really like in a looper. I know on the timeline, if you have like a mini controller, you can use some of those functions. So I used to do that quite a bit, but having this dedicated looper that has those things in it is really great. And for it to be stereo too is also awesome.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. The stereo option is definitely a nice bonus and yeah, when we get eventually to the demo section for you guys, we'll show you what the reverse speed and all that actually sounds like. So you can see what's at your fingertips there. But yeah, altogether, this is a looper pedal, pretty straightforward. Eric, you want to just maybe walk through the selection of knobs that are available since we've already highlighted some of the features.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. So it's a little bit odd of a layout there's two buttons on the top and there are two buttons in the middle of the pedal and then two knobs. So you have your level knob that controls the output level of your loop, the push in mode knob that allows you to select loops. And then the push mode button has two functions and you can cycle through the three available looping modes and then adjust the value of that mode. And then under that is just the two, the reverse and the half speed button for your loops. And then there is the stop button and then the loop button. So the loop button obviously controls your overdubbing and things like that. I use it to stop and undo and redo your loops and stuff. Then there's a stop button, which you can change from setting to stop the loop or enable effects on the loop. So lots going on with it, there's a foot controller, jerk on there, so you can add an expanded foot controller and then your left and right outputs and inputs.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. So I mean, it pretty much contains most of your typical looper functions. So yeah, again, making it very much a reliable and a solid option for anyone out there looking to add a looper pedal to the board, or maybe you're wanting to upgrade your current looper. If you're wanting to get one of these, not too bad, it's not going to necessarily break your bank or break your wallet.

You can get them for about $150 brand new. I think when they first came out, I think they're around $180, $175, something in that range. But yeah, again, expect to spend about $150 street price brand new. Obviously if you jump on a site like Reverb or someplace else, Facebook marketplace, you can probably find it maybe at a 100 bucks or cheaper than that, depending on the quality of it. So yeah, with all that said pretty straightforward podcast here on a straightforward episode, again, we're just talking about a looper pedal. So we're going to go and get everything set up and just give you guys a taste of what the super pedal can do and what it's all about. Eric, what guitar are you going to go with for this one?

Eric Wilson:
I'm going to use the duo jet with this one and I'm actually going to run just, I'm going to play for my pedal board and loop stuff and then manipulate it through the looper. So we'll see how it sounds.

Scott Schwertly:
Awesome. Sounds good. Well, we're going to get this connected guys and we will see you on the other side.

Eric Wilson:
That's the Electro-Harmonix 720 looper. Well, it's a great looping pedal. I mean, they all kind of do the same thing, but they all kind of have their own things. And I actually really liked this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's a good one. I have no regrets about buying this one. It doesn't take up that much real estate on my board and it does what a looper pedal needs to do. So yeah, I'm a huge fan of it. So there you have it guys. That is the Electro-Harmonix 720 stereo looper. Join us next time. We're actually going to be talking about a company that we have yet to cover on this podcast. And that is the company Korg, specifically, the Korg tone works classic overdrive pedal. I've had this thing for a couple of days now. It's been fun and yeah, looking forward to sharing our thoughts on it in the next episode.

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