Glou-Glou bills its fascinating new pedal, Loupé, as a creative looper and delay. It’s designed for creative experimentation on pretty much any source or instrument including synths, guitars and vocals. If you’re looking for a super-creative, sound-shaping looper station, read on.
Loupé is a dedicated looper/delay pedal with 32MB of memory, equating to 86 seconds of stereo recording time. The audio resolution is 48khz/24bit stereo audio and the unit has 2 selectable Line/Mic inputs, letting you hook up a microphone as well as other audio gear. The focus here is on creativity, so the develop has included plenty of control options. These include five footswitches labelled Record, Overdub, Insert, Replace and Multiply as well as four rotary knobs for Scroll (FX), Decay, Dry/Loop and Game. These nine controls are assignable, too. Six push buttons are called FX Edit, Game Edit, Read FX, Mutrig, Undo and Reset. There’s also an expression pedal input.
Loupé has three screens, two showing digital digits for the respective presets (FX and Game), while the bugger central one displays everything else.
A big part of Loupé is a concept called Games – that’s user-definable presets to me and you, storing all the assignable parameters like routing and effects, with 50 factory and 49 user memory slots available. The 86 seconds of stereo recording time aren’t a lot compared to other modern-day loopers. But with the delay functionality factored in, it is more than enough to get layers going. You can control parameters like Pitch, Reverse, Stutter, Drift, Auto-Follow, Redux, Pitch Modulation (Sine, Random). There’s also an adjustable High Pass and Low Pass filter that you can place in the feedback loop, so Loupé should keep you busy for a very long time.
On the looping side of things, we find functions like Record, Overdub, Replace, Multiply, Insert, Trig, Mute and Start. The control set is based on the Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro loop controls. With up to 127 levels of Undo, you can try things out and switch back and forth between ideas. Nice.
Pulse Sync Out
The unit also has Pulse Sync Out, with an adjustable PPQ setting, giving you sync options with other gear. The internal Quantize-Clock can be set to whole step, half, quarter, eighth, or sixteenth notes, so there’s lots of control over timing within the unit itself.
More Creative Looping?
The Loupé, at least on paper, sounds very interesting indeed. I think this could be a great creative tool for musicians who get very creative with audio, like Hainbach does in the second video below. If you’re just songwriting with a guitar and looking to build simple layers with vocals, the Loupé is probably overkill. As with all loopers, its success will depend on how easy it is to use and how well it integrates with other music equipment. Olivier at Glou-Glou says the OS will see future functionality updates, which sounds promising.
Glou-Glou’s new Loupé will be available on 15 May, 8 PM GMT+2 for €500/US$650 in the first batch. 45 blue and 45 white units will be available.
RRP: EUR 500 / USD 650