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So you’ve got that new fancy $300+ Line 6 DL4, but you aren’t quite sure how to use the looper function on it yet, hmm?
For most people that have never used a line 6 pedal looper before, the idea of it can be very intimidating.
You see guys on stage or YouTube Videos do really complex loop compilations, and the idea of you doing that yourself is incredibly intimidating.
Well no worries there, because I’m glad to tell you that the looper on the line 6 delay is extremely easy to use.
And when I say “extremely easy” to use, I mean that I figured out it’s functions within 2 minutes of trying it out, and I didn’t even touch a tutorial or guide!
Record A Loop
To start, turn the far-left knob on your Line 6 DL4 to the “Loop Sampler” Option.
Now, come up with a little riff (Or use one you know). What you want to do, is hit foot switch “A” when you play the first note of your riff.
When you hit the switch, the loop will start recording.
When you have finished your riff, you want to tap the “A” foot switch again. Now it’s important to get the timing right here.
You want to tap “A” exactly when your riff is supposed to Start again.
Basically, you want to tap the switch on the note where you started the riff, and then you want to tap it again where you would have played that note for the 2nd time.
You just need to play with it for 2 or 3 minutes and I’m 100% sure it will make sense to you.
A Caveat: Remember that the Line 6 DL4 only allows loops up to 14 seconds long, so it will automatically stop your loop once it reaches that time limit.
Pause/Stop Your Loop (And Restart It)
To stop your loop from playing, just tap foot switch “B” and the loop will stop playing.
Play Your Loop Once Through
If you only want your loop to play until the end of it (And not repeat), simply tap Foot switch “C”, and it will not repeat again.
You can tap Foot switch “C” while your loop is playing, or if you tap it while your loop is not playing, it will simply play your loop through once.
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If you tap the foot switch labeled “Tap Tempo” (It’s on the far right), your loop will be set to play at only 50% speed.
This is useful if you want some variation in your song, and is incredibly easy to do.
Another way to get variation from your pedal, is to double tap the “Tap Tempo” foot switch (It’s the same foot switch you hit when you reverse it).
This will make your loop play in reverse, which sounds psychedelic and awesome.
The one thing you should know about the Line 6 DL4, is after you record a loop and press foot switch “A” to finalize the loop, your loop will now continue playing and will still be in record mode.
Record mode is signified by the foot switch “A” flashing. If that foot switch is flashing, that means that you are still recording and any sound you make will be incorporated into the loop.
So if you only want a single loop to play (With no extra recorded sounds), then I recommend you give the “A” foot switch an extra tap when finalizing the loop to take it out of “Record Mode”.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just play around with it, and my point will become apparent very quickly.
But other than that, enjoy knowing how to use your looper! The DL4 has a really simple-to-use looper that you can most likely master in 30 minutes or less.
I should also mention that the Looper does not have an “Undo” feature, so if you accidentally record a sound that you don’t like, you need to re-do the loop in order to get rid of it (Kind of annoying).
Just jam with the Line 6 DL4 Looper, and you’ll get the hang of it in no time at all!
I am a huge fan of this pedal (The Looper is only a small function on it). If you don’t have this Line 6 Delay already, then I recommend you buy one today as it is a really reliable choice for live performance that I use at every one of my shows (and I wouldn’t play without it!)