Boomerang III Phrase Sampler
Looper & Sampler Effects Pedals
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An incredibly versatile looper that'll give you hours and hours of inspiration.
Since 1995, the Boomerang has been one of the more popular loopers out on the market, road- and studio-tested by such respected guitarists such as Andrew Belew and Daniel Lanois, as well as plenty of bedroom experimenters all over. Mike Nelson and Lee Hardesty of Boomerang Musical Products have taken their original creation to a much higher level with the III Phase Sampler.
First off, the Phase III Sampler now offers you 4 different play styles, each with its own benefit to your creativity side. The Serial Play Style allows you to create one loop after the other, while the Serial Master Play Style is for serial style loopers who like to lay down rhythmic backgrounds behind their melodic loops, perfect for creating verse, chorus, and bridge parts while maintaining a consistent rhythm under all three looped parts. You can even stack on each of the different initial loops for truly intricate soundscapes. Sync Play Style plays all loops simultaneously and in sync while Free Play Style plays all loops simultaneously but not in sync, ideal for those who like to experiment with no boundaries. The Phase III Looper even lets you stutter your start loops for a DJ-scratch like effect or stack loops at half speeds.
There are six knobs to let you control Decay, Volume, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, and Fade Time, the final 4 being available with a simple tap or hold of one of the two Bonus footswitches. The Bonus footswitches also open up your ability to unlock a plethora of options, including stacking unlimited loops; undo/redo; erasing loops one at a time or all at once; copying a complete loop; Copy Live to enable resampling so the pedal's output is routed to a new loop; Octave for playing a loop at half speed and octave lower; Reverse for playing a loop backwards, Once to play a loop one time through, or if it's already playing, stop it at its end; Stutter gives you a record scratching like effect by repeatedly starting a loop over before it plays all the way through; Fade to fade a loop in or out from 3 to 43 seconds; Reverse Solo enabling you to create reverse leads live; and even a panic button which will stop all recording, stacking & playback, and will cancel all active functions without erasing or altering your loops. An expression pedal jack gives you the option of connecting an expression pedal for foot control of overall playback volume or Decay Rate.
The Phase III Sampler offers two sample rates: 48kHz or 24kHz (both use 20-bit samples; through signal is always 48kHz/24-bit), so you will never have to worry about losing tone or signal loss no matter how intricate your stacking gets. At that sampling rate, you get up over 8 minutes of recording time in mono or 4 minutes-plus in stereo, or drop it down to 24kHz but recording and plying at half speed (12kHz) and you can get a whopping 35 minutes of recording in mono and over 17 minutes in stereo.
Before you mess around with the ready-to-use-out-of-the-box Phase III Sampler, be sure to read the manual to get the most out of this versatile looping machine, and for some great one liners from the Boomerang team.
- Serial Play Style for looping one after the other
- Serial Master Play Style for serial style loopers who like rhythmic backgrounds behind melodic loops
- Sync Play Style for playing all loops simultaneously and in sync
- Free Play Style for playing all loops simultaneously but not in sync
- Plays 3 or 4 loops
- Unlimited stacking
- Erase loops one at a time while others play, or all at once
- Copy Loop for a complete loop whether it is playing or not
- Copy Live enables resampling so pedal's output is routed to a new loop
- Octave plays loop at half speed and octave lower
- Reverse plays loop backwards
- Once plays loop 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 button cause loop(s) to fade in or out from 3 to 43 seconds
- Reverse Solo 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
- Sampling Rate: 48kHz - (Mono) 8m, 47s (Stereo) 4m, 23s
- Sampling Rate: 48kHz but recording and playing at half speed (24kHz) - (Mono) 17m, 32s (Stereo) 8m, 46s
- Sampling Rate: 24kHz - (Mono) 17m, 32s (Stereo) 8m, 46s
- Sampling Rate: 24kHz but recording and playing at half speed (12kHz) - 35m, 4s (Stereo) 17m, 32s
- 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 sense which jacks are being used and provides different signal routing options
You can't put the III Phaser on stun, but the musical results will shock you! Order today!
III Phrase Sampler Specifications:
- Max input signal: μ 2V (peak), 4V (p-p)
- Input Impedance: approx. 1Mohm (mono), approx. 2Mohm (stereo, each input)
- Output Impedance: approx. 600 ohm (each output)
- Noise Level: approx. -104dB (20Hz-20KHz) unweighted
- Dynamic Range: approx. 107dB (20Hz-20KHz) unweighted
- Sample Rate: 48 or 24KHz
- Sample Width: 20-bit
- Power: 9V, AC or DC, positive or negative tip, 600mA or greater
- Power connector: OD = 5.5mm, ID = 2.5mm, length = 9.0mm
- 9" wide x 6" deep x 2" high