J.P.'s Gear Review v2.0 - Ep. 9 - The cheapest pedal on Amazon, April-May 2023 Edition
I have a few things going on right now, and writing reviews and recording demos is not my top priority. Since I haven't published anything in a while, here is a short-ish one. -J.P.
Why the roller coaster header image? Well, I couldn't find a suitable royalty-free image for an infinite loop, and that was the closest thing that made sense.
As you might have guessed already, the cheapest pedal I found on Amazon this past April is... a looper! Without further ado, let's get right to the review.
ammoon Loop Station
- One ¼" input
- One ¼" output
- One 2.1mm Boss-style, center negative DC jack
- A 3-position toggle
- A single Level knob
- One clicky momentary footswitch (well, sort of...)
- One SD card slot.
|Amazon listing at the time of purchase, in all its glory.|
Unboxing and checking the insides
|Bottom side has the manufacturer's information.|
|The manual's translation is interesting.|
|I'm not sure how I feel about being called their "lovely".|
|Compared to an EHX "nano" pedal, the Loop Station has a much smaller footprint.|
|The "6a" chip is most likely the microcontroller. According to Google, the TC58CVG1S3HRAIG chip to its left is a 2GB Serial NAND chip.|
|Two AMS1117 3.3V power regulators chips are present on the power supply section of the board.|
|The pedal uses two Cirrus Logic ICs for audio conversion: a C5341CZZ Analog-to-Digital converter, and a C4344CZZ Digital-to-Analog converter. This PCB is marked with "LN-635 - V06 2020_11_11".|
|It also has two Texas Instrument TL072C opamps.|
|This smaller PCB is marked with "LN-681(632) DB V15 LN-635 DB 2020_11_11 ".|
|The full PCB double-decker assembly. The clicky button is visible and looks like something you'd see in an Arduino project.|
|The footswitch just has a spring in it that pushes against the physical button on the PCB. It's not an actual momentary footswitch.|
How does it work
- Two short taps will stop playback
- A short tap followed by two long taps will clear all the data
- A short tap followed by a single long tap will restore the data (must be done right after clearing it)
- A single short tap followed by a single long tap will delete the last recorded layer
- Create your loop
- Insert the SD card in
- Unplug the power (?!?)
- According to the manual, the "indicator will flash and enter the export mode. After the flicker stops, the export succeeds."
How does it sound
The All-Important Rating™
Header image: FreeImages