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The D.Loop is completely silent and clears your signal chain (it sure made my pedals sound better). Plugging a distortion pedal into one loop and a delay into the other, I was able to switch back and forth, or combine the two, with no extra switching hums or sounds, and my volume remained constant throughout switching. If you do have some volume loss between pedals, there is a buffer volume to even things out. Overall, this is an indispensable switcher for any guitarist’s pedalboard setup.
you need to tame an unruly pedalboard and provide yourself with a more versatile way of switching.
you need more Send/Returns (or buy two, and network them together).
Street $370 - Lehle Gitarrentechnik - lehle.com
The 3at1 SGoS has three separate inputs and two outputs, allowing you to run three separate instruments and 2 amps, or an amp and a tuner. Each switch has three modes. For example, by pressing A once, you route the signal to Output 1, indicated with an orange LED. Press A a second time, and you route the signal to Output 2, indicated by a blue LED. Press A again, and the signal is turned off, indicated by no LED. This works the same for all three switches. Also provided are two potentiometers to reduce gain for the inputs A and B accordingly. This unit does not run both outputs at once, nor will it run more then one instrument input at a time. The 3at1 SGoS is designed to provide silent switching between instruments, amps and/or a tuner, and does so flawlessly without loss of tone or volume, and in stereo if necessary.you want to switch between multiple instruments, amps or a tuner with no added switching noise or hum.
you want to switch between multiple instruments, amps or a tuner with no added switching noise or hum.
you don't need to switch between instruments and already had a tuner routed another way—save your money for the Sunday Driver or D.Loop.
Street $320 - Lehle Gitarrentechnik - lehle.com
The most exciting feature for me was MIDI syncing the D.Loop and the 3at1 together using a standard stereo cable— that’s right, no MIDI cable required. Networking any combination of Lehle’s SGoS pedals together, including the Dual, is easy to do, even if you have little or no experience with MIDI. Lehle has done all the work already, saving the rest of us from the headaches involved.
I connected the MIDI jack of the D.Loop to the MIDI jack on the 3at1, instantly networking the pedals together, and used both hands to press down on all six switches until the lights went on and off, to let me know I was in program mode. Say you want to have Input A of the 3at1 to use Loop B of the D.Loop. First activate Input A of the 3at1 (the orange LED will light), then press and hold the Loop B program switch until that LED blinks on and off. That’s it; you’re done—Input A is now routed to the D.Loop, and the D.Loop can still be programmed and used on its own.
The Final Mojo
Lehle pedals are high-quality switchers and preamps that provide plenty of versatility and lots of imagination. I’ve never come across gear of this type that offers as much functionality between each and every unit, and with the simplist MIDI programming I’ve ever encountered. These pedals improved my tone and breathed new life into a growing pedalboard setup. I couldn’t stop myself from imagining all the pedal combinations I could get with two D.Loops. I will say that I was a bit overwhelmed by the manual, and didn’t fully understand the capabilites of these units until I watched the video provided on Lehle website. After that, I didn’t even need a manual. Lehle makes some great gear that actually works and is compatible with every guitarist’s setup. And with such an indestructible build, they’re sure to provide years of “cool switching.”