If you want the looper that the pros use, this is the one. The Rang™ III is the best looper for live performance, bar none.
Easily syncs to an external MIDI clock source.
Flexibility provided by 4 distinct Play Styles.
Serial Play Style - loops play one after the other for building a song in verse/chorus/bridge fashion.
Serial Master Play Style - For serial style loopers it's nice to have a rhythmic background behind the melodic loops. Mute the strings and record a short "chika-chika" or beat on the sides of your acoustic axe. This rhythmic master loop can then play along with any other loop.
Sync Play Style - all loops can play simultaneously and are synced so they stay together.
Free Play Style - all loops can play simultaneously and are NOT synced; this is great for creating ambient soundscapes.
3 or 4 loops - your choice.
Maximum recording time varies but can be as long as 35 minutes. 48KHz true stereo recording yields about 4 1/2 minutes 48KHz mono recording yields almost 9 minutes 24KHz true stereo recording yields almost 9 minutes 24KHz mono recording yields over 17 1/2 minutes 12KHz mono recording yields over 35 minutes
Stacking - "stacking" is adding a part to a loop (There is no limit to the number of parts you can stack.)
Undo/Redo - the last part stacked can be muted, then played again or rerecorded.
Erase - loops can be erased one at a time or all at once; some loops can be erased while others plays.
Copy Loop - a complete loop can be copied whether it is playing or not.
Copy Live - this enables "re-sampling" and is very powerful; the pedal's output is routed to a new loop.
Octave - loop plays at half speed and an octave lower.
Reverse - loop plays backwards.
Once - loop plays one time through then stops or if already playing, it stops at its end.
Stutter - enables repeatedly starting a loop over before it plays all the way through, sort of like record scratching.
Fade - loop(s) fades in or out with one button press; fade time can be 3 to 43 seconds.
Reverse Solo - this is a built-in effect and enables you to create reverse leads live.
Two Sample Rates - 48KHz or 24KHz, both use 20 bit samples; through signal is always 48KHz / 24 bits
Thru Mute Function - turns off through signal.
Expression Pedal Jack - connect an expression pedal for foot control of overall playback volume or Decay Rate.
Volume Knobs Serial & Serial-Sync Play Styles Volume controls playback level Sync & Free Play Styles Volume controls playback level of loop 1 Vol 2 controls playback level of loop 2 Vol 3 controls playback level of loop 3 Vol 4 controls playback level of loop 4
Decay Rate Knob - sets the rate at which earlier parts fade when new ones are added; continuously variable from 0-100%
Stereo or Mono - recording and playback will be stereo or mono depending on which of the Smart Jacks you use.
Smart Jacks - the Rang™ III senses which jacks are being used and provides different signal routing options.
Rugged 9" x 6" x 2" steel chassis.
Software Version History
Version 1.0 2009, Aug - This is the initial release that supported all the Bonus button functions but had only Serial and Serial-Sync Play Styles.
Version 2.0 2010, Sep - Our original concept of the III was completed with the addition of Sync and Free Play Styles.
Version 2.1 2011, Jul - Support for the Side Car™ controller and the ability to control Decay Rate with an expression pedal were added.
Version 2.2 2012, Jun - Just a bug fix. Only one player came across this particular cockroach, but it was significant enough that we spent time squashing it.
Version 3.0 2012, Dec - Added quantizing loops to an external MIDI clock allowing it to play in sync with the MIDI clock. MIDI Start & Stop commands are supported.
Version 3.1 2013, Nov - Added "Brother Sync" capability. Multiple III's can play synchronously WITHOUT an external MIDI clock. Added Reset function.
Version 3.2 2013, Dec - 2 bug fixes: (1) fixed volume problem when running 2 inputs & 1 output, (2) adjustment to ensure exp pedals take Decay Rate to zero.
How to determine which software has possessed your III
Deciding between software Version 1.0 and newer releases Power up your III. If the Serial Play Style light is on bright, it has Version 1. If any 2 Play Style lights are on dim, it has Version 2.0 or higher.
Determining exact software version
To verify which software version has possessed your III, hold down the loop 1 button and yellow Bonus button through out the entire power up sequence (about 10 seconds). You'll end up with the clock's center light on and possibly one other light. Release the buttons. Press loop 1 to see the first digit of the software version; the clock display shows you. Release and press loop 2 for the second digit. Loop 3 shows the third digit.
050 = V1.0 - 2009, Aug
103-104 = V2.0 - 2010, Sep
111 = V2.1 - 2011, Jul
114 = V2.2 - 2012, Jun
118-122 = V3.0 - 2012, Dec
125 = V3.1 - 2013, Nov
127 = V3.2 - 2013, Dec