The 720 Stereo Looper from Electro Harmonix is a surprisingly advanced loop pedal packed in a small package. As far as stomp-boxes of this size go, we have gotten used to much more basic options, and the intricacy of this fella has definitely struck us as pleasant surprise.
Quality-sounding, easy to use, sturdy and reliable, this is a product we can’t complain all that much about. We played around with it a little bit, you can find our conclusions in the full review below.
The device offers 12 minutes of looping time, which is more than enough for just about any player out there, along with a string of 10 independent loops, which is once again probably way more than enough to cover your needs. Apart from that, the gizmo offers overdubs, unlimited undo and redo edits, as well as a couple of more unusual features – Reverse and Half Speed.
Turning on the Reverse button will result with the loop you just recorded being played in reverse and producing some wicked sounds; the 1/2 Speed button is also quite self-explanatory, as it cuts down the speed of the loop by 50%.
This is a stereo device, meaning that two In and two Out plugs are given at your disposal, allowing you to connect multiple instruments into the loop, as well as rock the pedal through a stereo rig. Additionally, a separate input has been provided for connecting an optional footswitch.
The product comes with an included EHX 9.6DC/200 AC adapter, and can also run on standard 9V battery. It weighs in at 1.4 pounds and comes with a total size of 7.2 x 6.2 x 3.2 inches.
The most important aspect of the pedal’s control section is a pair of footswitches. The ease of use of any looper is mostly determined by the number of these buttons, and the 720 packs two of them, which is awesome for a device of this size.
This means that instead of tap dancing over the pedal in an attempt to nail the right tapping combination for the feature you want executed, you have two separate controls that will commence the loop recording on one side and stop it on the other.
Additionally, you can use the Mode control to select the desired operation mode, and use also use the standard Level knob to adjust the precise level of the loop effect that will be injected into the audio output.
As expected, the sound quality of loops is top-notch, authentic to the original and natural. But we were also pleasantly surprised by how good the audio signal remains when those two novelty features are turned on. Even in reverse, the audio signal is not digitalized or artificial, and that only deserves kudos.
However, we still believe that the original sound quality and ease of use are the two features here. While Reverse and 1/2 Speed are nice, attention-grabbing options, it is in our opinions that most players will forget about them after the first few days of tweaking the pedal. Apart from that, the level of durability and reliability is high, this is definitely a roadworthy item, and we even dig the distinctive, somewhat industrial looks.
Let’s say this one right from the get-go – the price is fair. You definitely get your money’s worth here, and we absolutely see this looper as a pro-level option. They say that this fella is similar to TC Electronic’s Ditto pedal, only better and more advances, and we kinda agree with that sentiment. Good stuff!