Great little unit, especially for the price. I have a lot of fun messing around with all kinds of things I have written. It's endless hours of fun I recommend this peddle to anyone looking for a looper.
Plugged in and played immediately. The loop wasn't great, yet but that's a problem with the guitarist not the pedal. LOL. Drum beats ate good and very controllable. Very happy overall.
This is my first buy from Donner and i have to say they did great ! Easy buy, good and free shipping and my new circle looper look good and nicely build i have use it so far with no issu it is simple yo use and sound real good trhu my amp and soud card .It is a real good looper and suit my amateur need and more price was great to.
Très heureux de ce drummer looper pour mes compo ces merveilleux merci!
Great pedal! Easy to use and a ton of fun!!
The Donner circle looper is excellent and excel in many area...beside is respectable price for low budget musicien, I was surprise by the quality of this product....That's the way Donner
Circle Studio Looper as you can see I've got it run through the bus of my board so you can Loop the whole band one piece at a time or all together Great Piece thanks a lot Dave
Great pedal! I would give it a perfect rating if it were just a little smaller.
Just got it today. Impressed with the features. Did some testing as where in the pedal chain to locate it. Putting after the distortion pedal and before amp, got some feedback. I ended up putting at the front of the chain and its better. Took me a while to figure out the directions for the firmware update. Whoever wrote that isn't good with technical writing. It needs to be clear and simple. I saw another post about the volume level and I must agree. When just playing the drum beats, even at the lowest volume level its loud. I think the scale needs to be redone. Surely that can be added in a firmware update. I want the drum beats, but I don't need it dominant in the signal. Volume level 1 should be at barely able to hear, then scale up. The next thing is there is no way to turn it off. No on switch. No off switch. Is it supposed to stay on all the time ? Or is there a way through a series of button presses to turn it off. I can only see unplugging it.
It is very useful for practicing my riffs instead of running dry without a beat or backup guitar. Just record a guitar part and play my leads with it. The beats are pretty good to. Love the metronome. Haven't used it in a studio environment yet. But I'm sure it would be okay with the numerous beats that can be obtained. It's fairly sturdy for the price of the competition. I give it a 7 out of 10 in durability. The plastic knobs are the only reason I give it that. If they were metal it would receive a 10 from me. But I recommend it as a great tool for use between rehearsals or even just jamming alone in your studio or just around the house. #RockOn ��
I've used looping pedals for some time, but always found some features missing, or loops were hard to sync on the beat. Then I saw the Circle Looper with a built in drum machine that syncs to your loops, I'll give that a try I thought! Ordered and arrived very quickly, it was nicely packaged, with a small but simple manual. After a quick (30 second) read of the manual, I plugged in my guitar and started looping.
The circle looper is really simple to use, if you want your loops in time with one of the many decent drum patterns press the merge button, choose a drum pattern with the drum knob, then choose a memory location with the memory knob, press rec foot switch to start recording, press stop foot switch to stop recording. Its that easy!
You can control the volume of loops and drums, there's a fade option, and the drums have a bpm/tempo option.
There's also a neat display in the center that shows you the time of your loop and a progress bar that runs around the outside. It doesn't come with a power adapter, so you'll need a standard 9v type to run it, but considering what features are included with the circle looper it's excellent value for money.
I have not received the item yet. The tracking said a shipping label was created on the day after I ordered it, but the status of the tracking remains unchanged now 5 1/2 weeks later. The product is being shipped from a warehouse that is only a 45 minute drive, so I think the package is lost and the company will not send me another. If your not prepared to wait months for your item, don't buy it here.
I play an electric mountain dulcimer and compose relaxing/ambient instrumental music with several layers of audio tracks (bass, melody, harmony) before the final mixdown and mastering. The Donner Circle Looper allows me to record and save up to 4 minutes of a loop (40 individual loops/160 total minutes) so that I can play along with and even record (dub) on top of the original track loop. Watching the track loop circle from beginning to end is a great visual. This looper also allows me to record short loops for a new song that I can come back at a later time to further develop. The compact size makes it a great travel item for gigs. You can listen to some of the songs I recorded using the Donner Circle Looper at: https://linktr.ee/brian.bohlman
I have used a number of loopers available in the marketplace. Some have been adequate but awkward. Some have lacked fidelity. Some cheap and unreliable. The Donner Circle has been the answer to a couple of issues I was having with other loopers. First the fidelity of the Donner Circle is outstanding. Stereo In / Out enhance the sonic output. Secondly, the screen tells you exactly where you are in the loop playback to aid in overdubs. The drum section has way more samples to experiment with for new loop possibilities. The switches are light and easy to engage. The footprint is perfect for a two switch looper pedal. I use the Donner Circle Looper pedal as a complement to the Line 6 POD GO and an EHX Bass 9 pedal. Between these three tools, I produce loops with guitars(s), drums and bass guitar. Easy and pleasing. AND inexpensive. Buy it. It works!
I was very excited to finally get my hands on this easy to use looper. Although this pedal was out of stock for a while, it was totally worth the wait. Buy one while you can!
This thing has 40 different tracks you can loop on, with unlimited overdubbing, which is just awesome. You can use it to do solo jam sessions, or use a few tracks to throw down licks or bits of songs that you're working on. I noticed no loss of quality of the sound, including with multiple effects running (reverb, delay, and chorus are my usual).
The drum machine has 100 different beats from 10 genres to choose from with various time signatures, and an additional 10 metronome beats. My only knock on the drum machine was only having two 3/4 beats to choose from (one in Pop and one in Fusion, and then the 3/4 metronome), and when I gave this feedback to Donner, they immediately said they would mention it to their production team.
The pedal is sturdy, knobs feel good, and the clicking foot pedals are easy to use.
As an added bonus, Donner is very good about staying in touch and seeking open feedback.
First I have to commend you guys at Donner for delivering a great product at an affordable price. WELL DONE !!!
Now by describing this as affordable in no way means cheap! I've bought looper/drum pedals at 3x this price and they didn't come close to what you guys have put together, but please don't raise the price. The drum tracks are really nice and all are useable except the "metal genre' ", lol. Not to good guys, but I wouldn't have used them anyway. Between the number of tracks per genre' and the BPM adjustment this pedal gives multitudes of beat tracks. The controls are great, most beneficial is the BPM nob. Having control over the volume on each cannel is also a good feature. The digital readout is handy. MOST of all it is very easy to use, I had it up and running within 5 mins out of the box !!! And didn't have to read the directions, lol, believe it !!!
A couple things bummed me out though. When you record a a loop the drum track isn't recorded with it. Yea so if you forget what track and BPM's you used it's a bit confusing lol. Also you can't split the signal. I don't like drums going through my good amps so I've been using it like a basic drum machine running through a Crate 150 bass amp. Also I like a bit more looping time, 4 mins is tight. And you put a smart tap on the loop switch, but it adjusts BPM's, why do that. I would rather it have been on your rhythm switch and enabled a fill. I understand there are engineers involved when building these pedals, but take from a guy that actually uses them, make a few adjustments. I own over 10 of these types of pedals bought from Amazon and other dealers. And I've been building amps and pedals for a few decades. My family is musical (3 bro's and all play instruments). You really have a great start to an amazing pedal with some adjustments. I've yet to leave a review on a company site, but felt compelled to voice my opinions and endorsement of this pedal. (plenty on Amazon though)
All in all it's a great sounding pedal I would recommend it to anyone and again I have to thank you guys at Donner for bringing a pedal to the market and not charging us an arm & a leg for it, lol, rite-on guys and gals.
What a great little Gizmo. Ive been writing harmonies over my old licks and making new ones, Its super easy. Sometimes im just rockin out with the drum machine or throwing down a solo over a looped rhythm. Its very cool. Thanks Donner Music for making this and making it affordable! -Richie
I read up on these and saw they were sold out almost immediately and people were charging over twice as much on eBay for them. Luckily Donner released some more at the original price point so I jumped on one as soon as I could and I'm very happy that I did. Having a pedal that has a looper and drum machine built into it really adds to my arsenal. I'm bad at following instructions so I fooled around with it and figured everything out of my own, it's really that simple so that's always a plus. I'm very happy with my purchase and it comes at a incredible price for what you get the build quality is solid and I love it.
So far it has far exceeded my expectations. Wow awesome job donner. it really rounded out my solo rig. I do have a question. there is really no documentation on the ext control foot pedal where can I get one and what will it do? if it switches are like the ones on the looper and I can switch between saved tracks ... I really want it.
The pedal is amazing. I got mine for $80 CAD. The customer service was absolute garbage. Cancelling orders, no updates, impossible to get ahold of, etc.
If you can get it somewhere else, do it.
The Donner circle looper is really Great it out Classes many many other looper petals that are more than twice the cost... I now own several Donner musical products every last one exceed my expectation thank you Donner for making great Grear at good prices...���️�
I like it so much a made a pedal board just for it and my alpha cruncher. I’m new to dinner products and really like the quality metal builds and great sound.
It's the best looper out ... Just more usable ...
I got two ,,, there so good ... Trust Me ... This is the one ,,, ya can do the most with ... Love It ...
Easy to use. Great practice tool.
Wow, this thing is amazing! Before buying my Donner Circle, I looked at many reviews. All were correct in saying there is no other looper that can compare with the Circle’s many features and affordable price.
The sound quality of both the loops and drum machine patches is fantastic. I can’t tell the difference between my recorded loops and my live playing, even after recording many layers of loops. The time-progress bar is very useful and the unit’s controls are intuitive and easy to use.
Being able to record loops with the metronome or drum machine is a great feature. Also, you’re able to mute the drum machine/metronome track so you only hear your loops, which is perfect for the ambient music I compose.
I haven’t used the USB computer interface yet, but along with Donner’s free software, it promises to open up a whole new world of possibilities in editing & importing/exporting recorded files.
The Circle’s user manual is one of the best I’ve come across, a real plus when learning how to use its many impressive features. If you want a looper with great features at an affordable price, then buy a Donner Circle Looper & Drum Machine. You will not be disappointed!
I recently bought the Donner Circle looper.I really like the drums sounds and the the way you can add and store more than one loop.
This thing is awesome. So many different options. A looper with this many options by any other brand goes for well over $100. Drum tracks, metronome, and a plethora of other options that I don't even know how to use yet. I have been very happy with all of my Donner pedals.
This is my favorite looper pedal I've tried its so much fun to put together a cool backing track to jam to.... Thumbs up Donner
I love all the function of the pedal especially the drum loops well made and great value
I am having a blast with this thing. It enables me to get ideas down and recorded quickly. I have a bass and a guitar plugged into it. I choose my beat, loop a bass line to a bass amp, and loop a guitar track or two over that. Then I can jam out all by myself. The drum tracks sound good too! I had the TRIO+ and that was pretty rad but its a little quirky and complicated and it makes up it's own bass line for you. This Circle Looper is way more simple and fun for me.
I haven't been able to use this item much because I have cancer but what I've learned is that this product is for Dub step musicians and I'm a blues musician. Like I said I haven't had time to go through this product . If you're into Dub Step this product is definitely for you!!
The Donner Looper has a Looper on the left side and a Drum Machine on the right. It's great for practice and writing songs! It's the 2nd pedal on the lower left.
Fun unit rakes practice.
Well built, sturdy..knobs are not loose like in some you tube videos. Very good clips to use to practice. I'm just beginning and really enjoy it!!
I had several questions before I ordered the Donner Circle Looper. I emailed Donner through the Donnerdeals web site and received a quick response from Levi, one of their service representatives, my inquiries answered . Ha! I didn't tell him I had already placed my order... the Circle looper was selling fast. .... Don't hesitate, if you're thinking of getting one of these gems, do it now. Great service, Quality product, Fabulously price!!
I decided to try this new pedal from Donner as I was looking for a drum/looper combo pedal.
First, it came extremely well packaged as you can see in one of my pics. It’s made of metal, with a nice fit&finish, and definitely looks like a quality product. The two main switches are smooth to use and the two menu control pots easy to use.
It took me some.time to get used to the different function switches, but overall, I can say it’s intuitive, easy to use without the owner manual!
The first thing you will experience is that it really doesn’t like to be daisy-chained...you get an overall hissing sound with some other weird noise, which I think is normal with digital pedals. Once plugged with a dedicated power supply, everything became silent and crystal clear.
I have other loopers at home, one cheapest and one double the price, and I can say that the sound quality recorded by this one is impressive...Can’t really notice ant difference between a loop track and my play over it...
Drumbeats are good, there is probably better out there on dedicated drumbeat pedal, but there is definitely worse...I prefer those beats to the one's from my other pedal, mainly for sound clarity and versatility.
Sounds quality is superb!! Easy to operate looper .. the best 1
Great little tool. Record a bunch of cords then proof your parts will work with them on the fly. It would be perfect if the user could choose to make one output guitar only and the other output drums only. So I can play the drums clean on the PA and the guitar on my super dirty guitar amp.
This thing is pretty great, I must say. I am impressed. I have owned a couple of Donner pedals before. I still use their TubeDrive overdrive pedal that is pretty killer (especially for 25 bucks). I also owned their original looper, that was essentially a white Ditto looper, but it quit working after a few months.
I was hesitant to try this, but I had been seeing signs of a company trying to rebrand and step things up a notch. Also, you can't get these features in a looper unless you pay close to twice as much. After messing with this for a bit, I must say I am impressed. The build quality (especially the switches) is better than the old pedals that have been discontinued. The printed designs look of better quality, and the digital display is very nice. The knobs are solid.
Fairly easy to use. Didn't need the manual much except to explain how to slave the drum machine to the loop, and it also explains the software interface.
It sounds great and is a cool practice buddy. 100 beats to choose from (including plain metronomes). 40 memory bank presets to save on. The two knobs allow you to easily toggle either loop or beat settings independently. You can either use the drum machine independently or slave it to the looper. If you slave it to the loop before recording a track, you actually get a count off. It's awesome!
The digital display is clean and easy to see. Very nice all the way around.
Stereo inputs/outputs are truly independent. Line 1 and 2 are dedicated to outputs 1 and 2, respectively.
Comes in a nice box and brings a USB cable. Great deal!
Great product does more than I expected !!
I have had a few loopers but when I came across Donners' Circle Looper I had to see what all the noise was about.I checked everything I could find on it and I had to buy one.And there just happened to be a promotion and I got it for a great price.The looper is fantastic and the drums sound great as an added bonus.I highly recommend it!
Great deal for a looper with so many useful features.
Some great feeling groove to practice with as well.
Jeffrey N W.
I want to like this product, and support Donner. It's a fine stereo looper, for a good price.
I thought that with 100 drum sounds, there would be a good number of usable ones. Unfortunately, most have ghastly snare sounds (all the disco beats), and many would be okay except for awkward drum fills which make them unusable, at least at certain tempos. "Funk" beats are only "funky" in that they have odd syncopations...like a programmer might think.
This is a common syndrome for guitar pedal manufacturers; Digitech is similarly guilty. It's as if they don't hire drummers, or even musicians, to make the beats!
Donner, please go back to the drawing board and redo the drum beats from scratch, with these things in mind:
SIMPLE BEATS. These make them versatile. Super basic snare-kick-hihat patterns. No busy or loud fills.
ORGANIC SOUNDS. No crazy gated-verb snares or industrial noise snares.
LOWER VOLUME for drums. Even level 1 is too loud, if we want them subtle.
I'll use it with its metronome and maybe a jazz or latin beat. I look forward to future products.
Great unit. Fairly priced. Lots of fun to use.
Excellent pedal – well made and does exactly what it says it will do!!
Great pedal at a ridiculously low price. BIG time fun!!
This is my first Donner product. I'm very impressed with the build quality, function and aesthetics. I was looking for a looper that was different from the "Red" models I've own in the past, simply for a different tone. After trolling YouTube for reviews, I decided to give the Circle Looper a chance on my pedal board. I'm beyond impressed. I've been mainly using it as a multitrack recorder. The drum samples sound amazing. The amount of control over the volume levels, beats and amount of recording room makes this an amazing choice for song writers, performers or one just keeping up with their chops. I very highly recommend this product.
Actually haven’t had a chance to use it, but I am looking forward to jamming with it!
It works like it should but the drum loops suck.