The looperEYE is a loop station that forgoes footswitches

It’s the first camera-controlled pedal we’ve seen.

the looperEYE
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The looperEYE is a new looper pedal that features zero footswitches – but is just as feature-rich as any other loop station, with a few extra tricks up its sleeve.

The pedal’s manufacturer, Glaswegian company looperEYE LTD, says that the looperEYE “keeps things simple and doesn’t lose sight of the fun side of looping”.

The functionality of the pedal is fairly similar to some of the more complicated loop pedals, with support for switching different song sections, and unlimited overdubs. There’s also a built-in synth engine if you want to add some non-guitar spice into your accompaniments, with support for midi-controllers via a USB input.

The most stand-out feature, and the pedal’s namesake, is the camera integrated into the enclosure. Instead of footswitches, the camera tracks your foot’s movement in an arc in front of the pedal, with a virtual footswitch assigned to each quarter of the arc. This allows you to select the next section, start recording or overdubbing, or undo.

To keep track of your loops, the pedal’s Wifi functionality connects to the looperEYE app on your smartphone, which allows you to see where you currently are in the loop, and which section is currently playing. The Wifi connection also will accept input for the synth engine from a midi controller application.

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An alternate version of the pedal is also available, the looperEYE-B. For those who would prefer the same functionality in a more traditional enclosure, or those concerned about the camera’s accuracy on a dark stage, the looperEYE-B replaces the virtual buttons with old-fashioned footswitches. Both versions of the pedal feature stereo capability.

The looperEYE is available to preorder at a discount via its Kickstarter.com page. Find out more at looperEYE.com

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