As one of the best picks for the title of the best cheap looper pedal, the Bonsai Music Looper is a small, yet highly effective device that will get the job done at a fair price. Adding a surprisingly high-end pair of particular elements, this fella gives away an impression that is pretty much anything but cheap.
From looks to sound quality and functionality, this is one solid piece of music equipment. Simplicity is really the word of the day with Bonsai, but it still easily covers the needs of the vast bulk of musicians on the market.
The pedal utilizes a metal casing that’s strong and roadworthy. Just don’t bash it around too much and it’ll serve you well for quite a while. Offering a 48 kHz 24-bit uncompressed high-quality audio, the device surprised us with the ability to store up to 10 minutes of looping, which can be far more than enough for just about any player and some other live show on the market.
This is an actual bypass mono pedal, meaning that it includes one input and one output signal. The constraints of mono pedals would be that on one hand, you can not use stereo replacements and on the other hand, you can just plug in a single device into the pedal. And yes, that is quite alright with the majority of players once again.
Further on up the street, Bonsai presents unlimited overdubs as fell because the undo and redo functions. To power this particular boy, you’ll require a standard 9V power source, which is not included in the purchase price.
Making matters as simple as possible, the manufacturer has chosen to include just a single control knob and one footswitch for this item. This produces the pedal quite simple to use, provided that you learn that catchy change. The Level knob is used to adjust the total amount of the loop effect that gets infused into your final sound output, while the footswitch is used to control the tape itself.
Here is how it works — you tap on the button once to start the recording, then tap it twice to terminate the recording as soon as you’re done with crafting the loop. Last, you hold the button for a few seconds when you’re done and would like to erase the loop to make a new recording. It’s rather simple and just takes a bit of foot practice to master.
Though things are always much easier with more than just one footswitch, we must give props to this man in the ease of use section. The manufacturer made sure the pedal operates smooth as a whistle, with zero crackle, sonic interference, latency of poor audio quality.
So yes, it is easier when you have a separate footswitch and you don’t have to tap dancing over the pedal, but for a one-switch configuration, this thing is as easy as they capture.
When all is said and combined, this is a great thing. The looks are great, pro-level for sure; durability is tremendous, the pedal is dependable, functionality is topnotch, the sound is clear and natural, the stomp-box is simple to use, and the price is most definitely in the budget-friendly industry. Good stuff!
- Unlimited Overdubs
- Easy, simple looping.
- 10 mins of looping
- Undo/ Redo function
- 48Khz 24 bit uncompressed high quality audio
- Easily Import/Export the music to and from PC
- True bypass
- Won’t take a lot of space on pedal board
How to record/overdubbing
◆ Press the footswitch once when the LED is off, the Red light is on, indicating it is in the Recording mode.
◆ Press the footswitch once in the recording mode, the Green light is on, indicating it is in the Playback mode.
◆ Press the footswitch once in the Playback mode, the Red light is on, indicating it is at the Overdubbing mode.
◆ Press the footswitch once in the Overdubbing mode, the Green light is on, indicating it is in the Playback mode. How to Delete recording
◆ In the Playback/Overdubbing mode, press the footswitch and hold on for at least 2 seconds, the LED will blink twice rapidly, then the last recording is deleted. How to Restore the recording
◆ If you want to restore the last recording you have deleted in last step, press the footswitch and hold on for atleast 2 seconds, the LED will blink twice rapidly, then the last recording is restored How to Stop/Start/Delete the loops
◆ In the Playback/Overdubbing mode, press the footswitch twice quickly, the LED will be blinking in Green, thePlayback/Overdubbing is stopped.
◆ Press the footswitch once when the playback is stopped, the Green light is on, the Playback starts again.
◆ Press the footswitch and hold on for 2 seconds when the playback is stopped, the light is off, then allrecordings are deleted. True bypass in order to protect signal integrity when the pedal is not engaged. Specifications: Material: Aluminium Alloy Maximum Recording Time: 10 Minutes Maximum Overdubbing Times: Unlimited Input: 1/4″Monaural Jack (Impedance: 470K Ohms) Output: 1/4″Monaural Jack (Impedance: 100K Ohms) Working Current: 94 mA