The Loop Core pedal from Nux is convenient solution for players in pursuit of an advanced guitar loop pedal at a budget-friendly price tag. Coming in a distinctive metal yellow casing, the device combines high quality sound with a string of frequently used advanced functions such as the ability to memorize loops or the tap tempo feature.
If a basic looper doesn’t please you, but you only have around $100 to spend, this is a valid choice for you. We took the Nux fella out for a little spin, you can check out our conclusions in the full review below.
The pedal comes in a sturdy metal casing capable of taking a decent punch. This is a durable and reliable device, 100 percent road worthy in our book. Apart from that, we are dealing with a stereo device, meaning two inputs and two outputs. That allows you to run the pedal into a stereo rig on one side, and add additional instruments to the loop on the input side.
The Loop Core boasts the ability to record up to 6 hours of mono or stereo audio, which is way more than enough for live use, and quite enough for amassing a large database of recorded loops. To store the recorded mix, the user is given a set of 99 memory slots.
The pedal also includes on-board drum patterns with the aforementioned tap tempo feature that allows you to manually tap the desired tempo of the loop audio without affecting the key. You can import or export loops via PC, as well as plug in an optional extension pedal for additional control. The device runs on standard power adapter or through a 9V battery. It weighs in at 8.8 ounces and features a total size of 2.5 x 4.7 x 1.4 inches.
We are looking at a one-switch pedal here, but the manufacturer was clever enough to separate the save and delete functions and assign them a separate button. This means that the frontal foot-switch is used just for starting and ending the recording of the loop, unless tap tempo is switched on, of course.
Additional controls include up and down buttons for finding that memory slot of your choice, as well as a separate control knob for adjusting the level of rhythm loop. And speaking of rhythm, the device utilizes a total of 40 on-board drum patterns for you to choose from through the Rhythm button.
The pedal offers a natural and organic sound or the loop, and even when effects are added to the mix, the sonic output of the loop remains natural and easy to adapt to a variety of effects.
When it comes to the rhythm function, we can’t say we’re to thrilled about the audio quality of those rhythm tracks, and wouldn’t recommend them that much for live surrounding, but they most definitely do the job for practice.
Overall, this is a fine deal for the listed price. If you need a quality-sounding loop pedal with those essential advanced functions, and if you have around $100 to spare, then check this fella out. Also, if you’re a fan of yellow stuff, then all the better!