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Hi all,

I'd like to be able to use the looper while in shapshot mode.

Changing to stomp mode and that whole thing is not very practical live.

Now, I've seen some stuff before around the topic, but seems from searching that no one has actually wanted to set up the looper as a snapshot. I notice you can't assign the record function to shapshot for example, but you can assign play in snapshot mode??

I think what you actually want to do is toggle in and out of the looper interface using one switch?

What I want to do is play a section with one sound, play it back and overdub with a different sound (and level, but that could be in the snapshot).  That would give me a huge boost in a 3 piece situation.

Obviously other looper facilities would be nice too, like 2 loops, but just the looper as it is would help a lot - otherwise I'm going to end up buying a looper to insert - a pity since I sold one with a batch of other pedals when I decided to buy the Helix - it was intended to replace the board and the amp after all!

Anyhow, if there is a way to set this up that I'm missing please advise. Think live - I know how to do it in a studio situation.......but I don't need a looper at all in the studio!  To easy to do much more accurately in the DAW.

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I think anyone who wants a fully functional and easy-to-use looper for live play should invest in an external, dedicated looper pedal. The Helix and POD HD loopers are primarily designed for tone building (pre position) and practice soloing (post position). While they can be used to support live play they are very limited in that regard.


I wrote a fairly positive and comprehensive post many months ago about using the Helix looper live but I can't find it at the moment. It described what I believe to be the most effective way to set things up and operate the tap dancing but it was still limited. This was pre snapshots. You may be able to find it by searching my posts.

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I found the post I referred to above:


I haven't tried it but you might be able to adapt this strategy to Snapshots by substituting Snapshots for Presets in the global setup description and carrying that change throughout the subsequent descriptions.

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Thanks Silverhead, I'll have a look, and yes, I'm already looking into an external solution - you just get into a shortage of switches!  It's a place where dedicated devices might still win.  Won't totally fix the tapdance though - if you need to change loop and sound simultaneously it would need to be midi.  That moves the solution into pretty big dollars.  So I'm just going to plan around that for now!

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