Compact loopers are a bona-fide trend, with many new models appearing over the last year. Their small footprints and dummy-proof simplicity make the looping process seem a lot less geeky. Electro-Harmonix’s 360 Nano Looper excels on all these counts, but merits extra praise and consideration for its inclusion of an 11-position dial that enables super-easy loop storage and recall. It’s a feature you don’t see on most compact loopers, and the way it decouples loop recall from footswitch operation may prove invaluable to many players.
The basic looping process differs little from other compact loopers: single clicks initiate recording, overdubbing, and playback, double clicks stop a loop, and pressing and holding clears the loop. Meanwhile, the Nano’s 11-loop library makes moving from one loop to another over the course a set stupidly simple. It also provides the option of prerecording loops before you hit the pressure cooker of the stage. This can be a lifesaver, and it makes the 360 Nano one of the most appealing looper options for gigging guitarists.
Test Gear: Fender Telecaster, Vox Pathfinder