Although the FA MIDI Looper is a nice concept and has some nice features, I’ve experienced quite some trouble with it unfortunately, both hard- and software:
rotary controllers were broken quickly, during first test of the looper already! Seemed to be a bad batch and needed tot send it back for repair. Doesn’t feel good if you need to send back your gear after initial try-out. Even if it’s labeled ‘made in Germany’
standard USB connection for power is weak, especially in a live situation. Just a matter of time this connection will fail when the device is used a lot.
1/4 jack to mini jack adaptor to connect a footswitch pedal is a very weak point also, will also fail soon due to the weight & tension on that mini-jack socket…
when you connect all the cables (especially with the footswitch + mini-jack to jack adaptor), the unit is tilting backwards due to all the weight, so you can’t operate it very well anymore! Unless you use velcro or find another solution of course, but this is quite ridiculous. So, the design of this device really should be re-thought!
SW / functionality:
not always reliable, especially with polyphonic instruments and in combination with external clock coming in…
not always very tight MIDI recording
CC’s don’t seem to be recorded very well (think the memory or processing power is limited).
So tho conclude, although it’s a very nice concept and something that doesn’t really exist, for both SW and HW the FA MIDI looper just feels like an unfinished and unreliable ‘first’ product. Especially not good enough for live use!
Together with the rather limited functionality it’s a really overpriced device. It’s almost half the price of a Squarp Pyramid, that has way more possibilities and more solid soft- and hardware that we need in a live situation.
I really feel there’s place for still a lot of improvement on the FA looper and I shouldn’t have bought it.
On the other hand, the creator of the FA Midi Looper really appreciates the honest feedback and is willing to improve the device, first the software and maybe later a second hardware version is coming. This will take a while, though…
I really recommend the pyramid above the FA looper, as you can do quite similar things (and much more). But still, especially for what concerns live looping & live recording (eg in track mode), there should be some quicker / less complex / more free ways to do this!
I really hope Squarp have ears for this and make their midi looping functionality better and more user friendly in the next OS update…