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I want to practice guitar silently via headphones using a looper (Boss RC-30) and a multieffects pedal (Im considering the Boss GT-100). The Multieffect board has an fx loop (send/return). I'm thinking of the four-cable-method to accomplish this.

  1. Is it possible to connect the looper to the considered multieffexts board via send/return in such a fashion that not the looper's playback will be affected by the effect settings, only the input? Will the recording sound 'as is', e.g. can I record a clean part and then overdub a distorted lead sound without colouring the clean sound?
  2. Are both the looper's playback and the live guitar sound audible via headphones plugged in to the GT-100?

The GT-100 manual (p. 29) describes three send/return modes, but how does that refer to my concern?

  • There's no send/return on my RC-30s. There's 2 in and 2 out, for stereo use. – Tim Dec 18 '16 at 14:42
  • You're right, I edited the question accordingly. – normator Dec 18 '16 at 16:25
  • Try using the second channel on the looper to go - fx out> RC 2nd in, RC 2nd out > fx other channel in, or > fx return. Just a wild card. – Tim Dec 18 '16 at 17:15
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The easiest solution I can think of, which is what I used to do in the same situation, would be to just set it up as such: guitar -> multi fx -> looper -> headphones. Ultimately any output from the looper will include all of the loops without isolating the input track (if there's no fx send/return), so using an output wouldn't accomplish what you're looking for.

  • Trouble is, there's no headphone socket on the looper. – Tim Dec 19 '16 at 16:28
  • I could have sworn there was a headphone out on there... I have one but it's a little older, so I guess I'll have to double check that. – Basstickler Dec 19 '16 at 20:48
  • With 'phones out', the problem's solved! – Tim Dec 20 '16 at 12:11

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