I want to loop a bass line and then layer guitar loops over it.
This picture shows what I am trying to achieve:
I have the blocks shown in the diagram, including a Boss RC-1 which does have stereo inputs and outputs, but it blends the signals. I don't want my bass signal to play through the guitar amp, or vice versa. I'm not gigging or recording; this is just for hacking around in the basement mostly in the style of live performance looping.
- Is my goal achievable by replacing the RC-1 with some other looper?
- If so, what description/attributes/keywords do I need to be looking for? (I.e. I'm not looking for a specific product recommendations, just for how to go about finding the right bit of gear.)
- If not, can I do this by adding a small amount of extra gear that doesn't require a huge amount of complexity and/or budget? In particular I'd like to avoid running through a laptop and mixing software.
Possible solutions I've considered:
- I briefly thought about getting a second looper pedal and running completely separate signal chains but getting the timing right seems challenging at best. Using a single looper at least makes it so that the loop start/end matches up for the two instruments.
- Single guitar+amp, using an octave pedal for the bass loop. This works but the sound isn't quite the same.
- Boss RC-300 looks like it might support this and I'd get one if I was certain it will work and is the only way to solve this, but it's at the top end of the budget. If I can get away with a more lightweight solution that would be ideal.
FWIW I'm also open to an answer that tells me I'm asking the wrong question and there's a better way to play over my own bass line without big piles of complexity/budget.
- Recording drum machine and electric guitar on the looper during live performance -- but this is only asking about a single amp.
- using multiple stereo effects -- but this is only asking about splitting a single instrument's wet/dry loops to different amps.