I’ve been using the Pigtronix Infinity Looper for a couple of months now. I like to get to know gear before I review it. With digital pedals, this can sometimes be a frustrating endeavor. You have to learn the language of the pedal.
Often, the menus don’t feel like they were created by a musician. The Pigtronix family seemed to have a sense of this digital shortcoming. They have designed not only the features, but the layout to be musician and “stage” friendly.
They clearly want you to make music with their products.
I’m just going to throw this out there. This happens to be a very pro Pigtronix article. It just so happens I really like the product. If I didn’t, I would tell you so. I can be a real jerk. You can ask my friends and family. Sometimes, a company does a great thing which is worth noting. Here is an example of a product I have mixed feelings on: Pedaltrain Review
Around the Block
The Infinity isn’t my first looper. I’ve used several over the years from Boss and TC Electronics to name a few. I never liked having the Boss RC30 in my signal chain. In general, I’m not a fan of the buffers in Boss pedals.
I also never really considered the recording quality to be great. I was torn because I wanted to loop, but it was a major sonic compromise.
I was delighted when I plugged in the Infinity Looper. Not only was the bypassed sound pleasing to my ears, but the recording quality was great. It’s the first looper I felt I didn’t need to place in a true bypass looper system.
I’m not sure how Pigtronix managed to do it, but I’m grateful they have sensitive ears.
The Infinity is designed for multi-purpose looping. It’s seems that they considered the many ways guitarists may want to loop.
One of the ways you can use the Infinity is in Series Mode. This basically means you can have two independent tracks to which only one will play at a time. You could record a Verse motif on Loop 1 and then a chorus motif on Loop 2. This will allow you to play an improvised song structure.
You can of course set the looper so that Loop 1 and 2 can stack on top of each other.
The Infinity ha a really great option called Sync Multi. this basically lets you do overdubs in multiples of the original loop.
If you happen to record a 1 bar phrase on Loop 1, but want to overdub a 4 bar phrase on Loop 2 you set the Infinity to x4 with the Sync Multi button.
The only issue is, you have to make up your mind before you create Loop 1. Once you create a loop, you’re locked into the sync settings you chose.
That’s not really a problem per se. You just have to consider it beforehand.
I really like the fact that you can save looping presents. Sometimes, I may need to do Series Looping on one song, but not another. I can save one preset with series mode enabled. Even if I delete the looped sound on that preset, it still saves the preferences. How great is that?
I often have about 5-8 presets saved with different options.
They’ve included options for different stop options. Trail stops the current loop after it completes the cycle. Thee is also a Fade option and the traditional Full stop option.
Perhaps you might want to loop two independent signals at the same time. Pigtronix has you covered. There are stereo ins and out.
Input 1 will record to Loop 1 and exit Output 1. Loop 2 will record to Loop 2 and exit Output 2.
What happens if you want to send a mono source in and send each loop to a separate amp? Covered.
You can run a mono signal into Input 1 and still run output 1 (loop 1) and output 2 (loop 2) to different amps.
The only complaint I can see from some people is there isn’t as much storage space as on other loopers. I don’t really see that as an issue. I never used all the slots on my RC30 anyway. Personally, I tend to work with one bank at a time so it doesn’t inhibit me.
You can also increase the memory in the Infinity if you so wish.
Pigtronix made a really nice app for loading presets. One of my gripes with other loopers was loading pre-recorded samples.
For instance it was a real pain on the RC30. The files had to be named a specific way. The naming formula also never told you anything important about the actual sample. So, if I backed up a sample I would have no idea what is was.
When prepping for a gig, this would take extra time and left the potential to load the wrong sample.
There Infinity app allows you to load samples at 48k 24bit. You can also name the file whatever you want. It’s incredibly easy to load samples on each loop.
It’s just as easy to backup your loops. Less confusion, more time for making music.
There are a lot of other deep options to adjust within the app as well. Pigtronix included Varispeed options as well as reverse options.
The Infinity run on 18volts and comes with a power supply. It is more power hungry then the Boss and TC Electronic loopers which run at 9volts.
It turns out most of the pedals I really like run at higher voltages. I’m used to dealing with wall warts or custom power options. I use a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2. If you wish to power the Infinity from the Voodoo, you will need a voltage double cable.
This will take up two power outputs from the Pedal Power II.
With the additional remote footswitch, you can do hip things like reverse playback, varispeed, instant erase, undo and redo.
The Loop Aging options is a lot of fun! It can allow you to do an improv performance that continually grows. When loop record is on, each part you play is recorded over the last. You can adjust the rate to which the “old” recording is phased out.
When you stop the loop record it freezes the loop. The loop will remain static until you press loop record again. This allows for much more experimental looping. It’s like having a jam buddy right there with you to progress together. Trippy man!
The Pigtronix Infinity is the most expensive of the loopers I’ve used. I tend to not get all up in arms over things like this.
If you spend 10 minutes with it, you’ll understand the value. You’ll also understand the time and talent it took to develop the pedal and app. It’s a professional piece of gear that you can grow with.
I’ve been taking the Infinity on gigs. It’s been on pedalboards and thrown in the back of my gig bag. I’ve stepped on it wearing my Doc Martens with stage adrenaline. I feel pretty confident this thing is built well. Of course, time will tell. I have a good feeling though. You know when you pull a pedal out of the box for the first time and it feels flimsy. This pedal is tour worthy.
Here are a few setups I use with the Infinity:
With this setup the Infinity Looper is at the end of my signal chain on my main board. I prefer this setup when I I want to create looping noises and ambient pads.
Lopper as a 2nd Guitarist
This is the setup I prefer when I plan on looping chord cycles and riffs to improvise over. I find that when too much information get pushed into one amp it sounds cluttered. By splitting the signal to two amps, the sound is more dynamic.
To split the signal I use a Radial A/B box.
2 for Looping
This is my setup for when I play with Abby Ahmad. We often loop two instruments. I take a feed from the acoustic guitarist and a feed from my pedalboard. I control the looping, but the putts for each signal goes to two different places.
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