Electro-Harmonix has designed and produced a number of top-tier products in its time but has since moved away from the large and multi-tracking options to tone it down and improve towards compact and simple approaches as pioneered by some of its competitors. Traditionally, a lot of loopers pack as many footswitches, cranks, dials and buttons to very large boards. Now, the trend is to make uni-footswitch pedals with three or two dials in a small-sized box to create single-function boxes that people can buy and combine with other equally small boxes for combination.
Electo-Harmonix has since then produced several products of this type. One of them is the Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper Pedal. While it doubles the number of the footswitches and dials on the pedal, it is not as bulky as the traditional large pedals. The memory is also doubled and although relatively bigger than the one-footswicth models, it still managed to keep the simple, non-fuss, stripped-down appeal.
Features and Specifications
The 720 Stereo Looper stands at 4.75 inches by 2.75 inches in width by 4 inches which gives extra headroom for the extra footswitch. The footswitches are placed at the bottom half of the pedal while the buttons and dials occupy the top half. The Loop core footswitch is accompanied by a Stop and Effects footswitch. There is a basic display screen on the top of the switches together with the dials for Level and Mode and Loop. There are also two buttons for reverse and half-speed effects for more variation options. The result is the pedal is able to offer more options than single-footswitch pedals without switching back to the bulky traditional models, a true combination of what’s best in the old and the new.
The core looping function is similar to any other, the loop footswitch activates the recording, stop, and playback, and repetition of these steps will allow for multiple overdubs. The main footswitch also controls the redo and undo functions to erase or recover loop recordings. It is a fantastic feature because you can compare loops which can come handy during compositions.
The second footswitch allows you to activate and stop onboard effects and stop loops as well.
One other terrific thing about the 720 Looper is that it already supports stereo looping with its hard ware of 1/4-inch jacks on either side of the pedals. It produces excellent sound quality with a 44.1 kHz sample rate with a 24-bit depth.
The 720 Looper has other jacks for the AC adapter for power supply and an optional foot controller if you would like to try using it with another footswitch. It has extra-long twelve minutes of recording time while the rest in the market allows for a meager 5 minutes. It has ten different and independent loops for mixing and the footswitches are made to be silent and “clicky” to allow you to have a feel of what effects you are activating. More importantly, it has a loop fadeout which cannot be found in other loopers and which adds another dimension to the effects you can play with while composing. The 9-volt battery runs extended battery life making it ideal for tours and travels.
I can find almost nothing to complain about in the 720 Looper. The only thing that can be improved, maybe is the storage space, but even that is double the average in most loopers. It is easy to operate, can be done hands-free because the second footswitch already controls the effects. The sound quality is clear and leaves nothing more to be desired. The options are pretty standard and useful so these are additional features you would be paying for just to never use.
For its price point, the Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper Pedal does everything that can be expected from a looper exceptionally well. It definitely won’t disappoint and you will save a lot of money if you are looking for a highly-functional piece without the willingness to burn a hole in your pocket.