To connect 2 instruments to a looper, run 2 1/4″ instrument cables from Inputs 1 and 2 on your mixer to the inputs of both instruments. From there, connect another 1/4″ instrument cable from the mixer’s output to the Looper pedal’s 1st Input, then another from Output A to the amplifier’s input.
What I just shared with you explains the majority of the steps you’ll take when connecting multiple instruments to a looper pedal. However, you’ll probably need more of an explanation as well as a description of the mixer. You could connect multiple instruments to multiple loopers, but a mixer takes care of that problem for you.
I bought a mixer earlier in the year and it does a great job of connecting multiple instruments to just one device. You can use it for any kind of pedal, or you can even connect multiple instruments to one amplifier, ie, a guitar and keyboard to a guitar amplifier.
But with all of that out of the way, let’s dive into the gear you’ll need to set this up, as well as a bird’s-eye-view explanation of how to use everything. It’s really not that difficult to configure this equipment.
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What Gear You Need To Connect 2 Instruments To A Looper Pedal
1) A Mixer – MouKey MAMX3
As I said a moment ago, the first thing you’ll need is a mixer, and the MouKey MAMX3 is perfect for this task. The reason for that is that you can get it for a great price, it’s well-built, and it’s super small and portable. I can’t recommend this little guy enough for the above reasons. The next thing you’ll need is the looper.
2) Looper Pedal – BOSS RC-5
I know a thing or two about loopers because I’ve made countless tutorials on how to use them on my other site, Traveling Guitarist. Personally, I think the BOSS RC-5 is the best looper pedal for the money because it can do A LOT of stuff for the price. The RC-1 is great as well, but I think the RC-5 will be the be-all-end-all for most users.
3) At Least 4 Instrument Cables
Yes, you need at least 4 instrument cables to pull this off because one has to be used to connect to each instrument. Additionally, you need to connect to your looper pedal and then another one from your looper to your amplifier.
I recommend the right-angled jacks from Ernie Ball as well as the PigHog or Road Cables which I linked in the image above. But anyway, let’s dive into how to set all of this stuff up. I won’t talk about the instruments I used and whatnot because you probably have your own.
How To Connect 2 Instruments to A Looper Pedal
From the infographic alone, you should have a pretty good idea of how to set this up now, but I’ll walk you through what it looks like with my setup in real-time.
1) Connect the 1st Instrument To Input 1 On The Mixer
I’m using my Yamaha PSR-640 electric piano, so you can connect it with instrument cables to other devices, ie, a mixer or even an amplifier.
2) Connect the 2nd Instrument to Input 2 on the Mixer
You probably don’t need much of an explanation for connecting your second instrument. Just run another cable from Input 2 of the mixer to the guitar.
3) Connect the Mixer To Its Power Supply
The nice thing about it though is that any old iPhone block charger will work for the MAMX3 just fine. It’s 5V so as long it’s running that much power, you’re good, if, for whatever reason, you don’t have the power supply.
4) Connect A Cable From Input A on the Looper to the Output on the Mixer
At this point, I would also make sure to turn down the levels on some of your inputs and outputs. The reason is that you don’t want a big, nasty surprise when you turn your amplifier on. If your levels are cranked to 10, you could cause a serious problem with your other equipment, so watch out for that.
5) Connect Another Cable From Your Guitar/Keyboard Amplifier To Output A of the Looper
Connect another instrument cable from the output of the looper pedal to the input of the guitar amplifier. Turn your amplifier after ensuring your levels have been turned down, and you should be good to go. Oh yeah, and one last thing.
***Use A 9V Battery or Power Supply For the Looper Pedal
You’ll also want a power supply for your pedal. You could use a 9V battery but they don’t last at all in guitar pedals which I showed in my experiment on Traveling Guitarist.
Other Articles You May Be Interested In
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Important Things To Note About Connecting Instruments to A Looper
1) Make Sure You Haven’t Accidentally Mixed Up Inputs & Outputs
When I first figured out how to do this, I accidentally swapped the inputs and outputs and it caused me considerable frustration and headache.
I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why the mixer and the instruments were not working with the looper pedal. And it turned out that all I had to do was switch some cables around.
2) Turn Down The Levels Before You Turn On Your Amplifier
As I said earlier, it’s generally a wise move to turn down the levels on either your amplifier or your mixer to ensure you don’t destroy your mixer and amplifier. If anything, you’re more likely to wreck your amplifier if the levels on the mixer have been set to 10.
1) Moukey Mini Audio Mixer (on Amazon)
2) BOSS RC-5 Loop Station (on Amazon/Thomann/zZounds)
3) MXR Isobrick M238 (on Amazon/Thomann/zZounds)
4) Ernie Ball (on Amazon) and PigHog Cables (also on Amazon)