Loop Core review by NUX

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  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Sound: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7 (1 vote)
NUX: Loop Core

Price paid: $ 66

Purchased from: Local store

Ease of Use — 8
There's no catch with this. You only has to press the button for start recording and press it again (twice) for stop, so the looper begins to play. If you want to overdub then press the button again, now set the volume knob and that's all. You can save you recording so the pedal will keep it every time when power on. You can set the way the loop ends, which is nice for and ending riff. You can set you loops to play in sequence. And if you want to have some fun, you can mess around with the drum machine and the metronome. The manual is very clear about the instructions so you have a good support from the beginning.

Sound — 7
This pedal sounds good. It's a looper pedal and it do what it says. I see it as a copy of the Boss RC 3 Loop Station with a few improvements. With this device you can record and over dub again and again. Also, you can plug a PC or CD player as a back line track and play over it. It has other features like some kinda built in drum machine with different music styles, a tap tempo metronome, three different ways to end you recorded playing. It has 99 banks to store and almost 4 Gb of space, so can record a whole rehearsal session!. Other thing that I find useful in this pedal is that you can play two banks in a row without interruption which is very cool. Finally it has two volume controls: one for the recorded guitar and the other one is for the drum machine if it is activated. I use this pedal for practice mostly. Since it has a lot of space for recording, it allows you to create very sweet harmonies and other stuff. there's only thing that I really don´t like about this pedal and it is when you record high gained signals. When you check it in your PC, the sound is very digital and anti-natural. This can make sounds a high overdriven guitar as a industrial distortion one. This only happens when playing on PC. Through and amp, sounds pretty normal. So, if you want HD guitars on PC, better get your Focusrite.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This pedal is made for last. I have been playing on it for more than one year and everything it's ok. The metal cast looks good and feels solid so you can stomp it like an elephant, if you want to. It has a battery flip so you don't need a screwer to replace a battery (heard that EHX?). Controls aren't loose and the activator button has a very nice response. I think you can use it without a backup, but always is better to be prepared. Another cool thing is that the control are far away from the activator button, so there's no risk in push an undesired button while playing

Overall Impression — 7
In general I see this pedal useful and what I really like is you can save your recordings, in difference with other loop pedals that only store recordings while playing. I use as a second guitar support but I have pre-record a whole song before to play live. About what I don't like, I must say this device has some cool features (drum machine, metronome) but you can't use it at least your Gilgamesh. It would be nice to play along a drum pattern with rhythm changes or tempo changes or it would be very very helpful to play several banks in a row (actually, you can with only two banks). Since all it features can be used in live playing, this pedal do the same work as other simplier loopers. If stolen, I think I will look for something else.

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