Free The Tone launches the Motion Loop, a pitch-shifting looper pedal

The pedal allows for some odd, glitchy sound manipulation.

Free The Tone has launched the Motion Loop, a unique take on the loop pedal format. The pedal is loaded with a powerful DSP allowing for much stranger sounds than normal loopers allow.

The unit holds a bank of 128 user presets, along with 35 factory presets. The pedal features a small screen displaying the current preset, and its functionality varies greatly depending on how it’s programmed. For instance, the “simple loop” preset allows for a small section of your playing to repeat indefinitely for you to play over. In the “retrigger” preset, the pedal will loop the last phrase that you’ve played – effectively like a delay pedal with infinite repeats.

Loops can be run through a variety of effects including a pitch shift up or down by two octaves, a delay, high- and low-pass filters, reverse, random slicing and rearranging, and speed variation. There’s also some soft clipping for a more character than a perfect digital recording of your sound, as well as a unique waveform smoothing effect that ensures the loop’s start and end, as well as the seams of split samples, don’t sound artificial and jumpy.

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An expression pedal input allows you to control any one of the Motion Loop’s parameters hands-free.

The pedal is quite an esoteric effect – and quite the departure from the vintage-styled overdrives and delays that make up most of Free The Tone’s lineup.

You can hear the pedal in action with the official demo below:

The pedal lists for $350 – find out more at freethetone.com. For more gear news, click here.

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