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Nux Loop Core Review

 

The Loop Core pedal out of Nux is a handy solution for players in pursuit of an advanced guitar pedal at a budget-friendly cost tag. Coming at a distinctive metal yellow casing, the device combines high-quality sound with a series of frequently used advanced functions like the ability to incorporate the tap tempo feature.

If a simple looper does not please you, but you have around $100 to spend, this can be a valid choice for you. We took the Nux fella out for a little twist, you can take a look at our decisions at the full review below.

Nux is just one of those companies which make various electronic gadgets, therefore it is somewhat surprising to see that a loop pedal created by them. What’s more surprising is the fact that it’s not a lousy looper in any way. It rivals some of the significant manufacturer options in its budget.

Design-wise, it looks like a combination between an RC-3 Loop Station and a Ditto Looper, and this also provides a basic idea of how it works. The metal casing and minimal controls make it portable and easy to use without a lot of maintenance, although the small, round footswitch can be frustrating to new users. In case you haven’t had enough time to get used to it, you could miss it on a dark stage. Aside from that, it’s a layout that is fantastic.

You can record and overdub as far as you want, the maximum recording time is half an hour and you get 99 memory slots for saving your phrases. The USB interface makes it easy to transfer things to your computer and rear, so it’s possible to construct a vast library of loops to perform and arrange into masterpieces. Or why not compose a song in your computer using loops you’ve recorded.

There is no latency, so keeping things in sync is easy. There is no BPM setting or quantize function, but the tap tempo feature ought to suffice for most musicians. You can even change the tempo while you’re playing, and they’ll stretch into the new tempo without changing pitch. This is a superb feature for guitarists who prefer to play at various tempos throughout a song or jam.

You get a decent selection of backing tracks to play along with. While the sound quality of these drum loops isn’t the best, they’re an excellent tool for practicing by yourself. The overall sound quality of the pedal is excellent.

The compact design restricts control skills, but you can expand these controls by plugging an external multi-button footswitch into your Loop core. You might also wish to get an AC adaptor so that you don’t have to find new batteries all of the time. The only real flaw is the footswitch, which can make it difficult for new users to tap the tempo or double tap to prevent the loop at the right moment. However, this is a small barrier to overcome.

Looping
The Nu-X Loop Core functions as you would expect. Although there are many buttons on the control panel, looping is basically controlled through the single footswitch. To begin recording a loop, you simply tap the footswitch. To end recording and begin playback, then you tap the footswitch again. If you would like to add overdubs to your loop, you tap the footswitch once again. Undo/Redo of your final overdub is accomplished by holding down the footswitch for a couple seconds. If you would like to stop the loop, then you double-tap the footswitch. If you would like to stop and clear the loop, then you must tap and hold the footswitch down. In case you’ve already stopped the loop without clearing, you can clear the loop by holding down the footswitch for a couple of seconds, but the loop will begin playing for a second first. This is normal in most single switch loopers, however.

Saving Loops
The Loop Core will save as much as 99 loops, or up to 6 hours, which is significantly more than enough. Honestly, I would rather play and record loops live and don’t tend to save them. But if you have a whole set pre-planned, it could be quite useful to have a couple of set loops saved. To save a loop, you just record it, then press the save button. The display screen will blink the amount of the slot currently chosen. A dot at the bottom right-hand corner means there’s already a loop stored in that slot, in which case you can delete it use the up/down buttons to pick another slot. As soon as you have selected a slot, you just press save again. This conserves your loop and the drum pattern, if one was chosen.

Despite the fact that it’s a”clone” and all, I did not expect the Loop Core to be as feature-packed as it is. This may be my personal bias. In any event, I was impressed that the Loop Core has attributes such as auto-detect. In this mode, you do not have to tap the footswitch to start recording the loop, the Loop Core simply detects when you start playing and starts recording. The Loop Core even has 3 stop modes, including immediate stop, finish the loop stop, and fade out.

Once you have created a loop that you like, you can store up to 99 loops for later use. You can also copy existing loops into other memory locations.

Drum Patterns
There are 40 drum patterns to play along with on the Loop Core. To select them, you just hold down the”Rhythm” button, then use the up/down buttons to scroll through the routines. As I mentioned in my review of the Boss RC-3, there are built in drum patterns, but it ain’t Lars Ulrich backing you up. It is similar to a one-armed drummer keeping time. I really like having the built in drum-patterns since it helps you practice your timing, and is faster to access than booting up some beats in GarageBand, Ableton Live, or any other computer program. By the way, the Boss RC-3 only has 10 drum patterns, so the Loop Core comes out ahead in this regard. Personally, I just use 3 or 4 of those more simple patterns anyway, so its not all that important to me either way.

The volume knob has an inside and outer ring so that you can control the volume of the drum patterns individually from the loop volume, which will be nice!

Some Issues
Concerning negatives, the Nu-X Loop Core has the same problems as the Boss RC-3 Loop Station. For starters, we are talking 16-bit audio recording at 44.1 kHz frequency. This was up to par in 2011 when the Boss RC-3 was released, and was touted as “CD Quality.” More recently, however, loopers such as the TC Electronic Ditto and Ditto X2, and also the Pigtronix Infinity have stepped up to 24-bit recording at 48 kHz. For practicing at home, this isn’t much of a problem, if you are not an audiophile. The distinction is subtle, but noticeable.

Another issue is that, though you may use the tap tempo button to set the tempo of this built-in metronome and drum machine, there is no method to set the bpm using the up/down buttons. This seems like a missed opportunity, particularly since there is a small screen that shows numbers and could easily display the bpm. This can become a problem when you’re recording different phrases to be played together. For example, if you record a loop at a specific tempo, then move up a memory slot, the tempo is dropped so that you can’t match it. Also, there is no bpm setting, so that you can’t match it like that. The only solution is to copy the existing loop into a new memory location, then delete it. This is a little cumbersome if you’re trying to use the pedal live, though you might potentially have your phrases pre-recorded.

Third, like the Boss RC-3, this is a compact pedal with only a single footswitch. This implies that to stop the loop, you have to double tap to prevent, which is less precise in live situations than a looper pedal which has more than 1 footswitch like the TC Electronic Ditto X2. Of course, this can be remedied by buying the extra external footswitches, but you are spending a bit more money.

A bit of good news is that the early issues with the Boss RC-3 are already fixed in the Loop Core. When the Boss RC-3 was first released, there was a noticeable silent gap which appeared when switching between phrases. Boss eventually fixed this problem with the firmware update. Similarly, there’s absolutely no gap when switching between phrases with the Nu-X Loop Core.

Characteristics
The pedal comes in a sturdy metal casing capable of taking a decent punch. This is a durable and reliable apparatus, a 100 percent street worthy in our publication. Which permits you to conduct the pedal into a stereo rig on one side, and insert extra instruments to the loop onto the input side.

The Loop Core boasts the ability to capture up to 6 hours of mono or stereo sound, which is far more than sufficient for live use, and quite enough for amassing a massive database of recorded loops. To store the recorded combination, the user is provided a pair of 99 memory card slots.

The pedal also includes on-board drum patterns with the tap as mentioned above tempo feature which permits you to manually tap on the desired tempo of the loop audio without affecting the key. You may import or export loops via PC, as well as plug into an optional extension pedal to get extra control. The system runs on standard power adapter or via a 9V battery.

Controls
We’re looking at a one-switch pedal, but the producer was intelligent enough to separate the save and delete functions and delegate them a distinct button. This means that the frontal foot-switch is utilized only for starting and finish the recording of the loop, unless tap tempo is changed on, of course.

And speaking of rhythm, the system utilizes a total of 40 onboard drum layouts for you to pick from throughout the Rhythm button.

Performance
The pedal delivers a natural and natural sound or the loop, and even when effects are added to the mixture, the sonic output of the loop remains natural and straightforward to adapt to a variety of effects.

If it comes to the rhythm feature, we can not say we’re too thrilled about the sound quality of those rhythm tracks and would not recommend them that much for live surrounding, but they most definitely do the task for training.

This is a bargain for the listed price. Should you need a quality-sounding loop pedal with all those essential advanced purposes, and should you have about $100 to spare, then check this fella out. Also, if you’re a fan of yellow stuff, then all the better!


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