Free the Tone introduces intelligent pitch-shiftable short looper, the Motion Loop ML-1L

Free the Tone Motion Loop ML-1L
(Image credit: Free the Tone)

Free the Tone has introduced the Motion Loop ML-1L – a "revolutionary" short loop looper pedal that boasts a number of real-time processing effects, including pitch shift, delay and filter.

Promising a pedal packed with "unlimited potential", Free the Tone describes the ML-1L as a tool to be handled like a musical instrument, with a host effects that can be processed in real-time thanks to a dedicated DSP.

By continuously monitoring the input signal, and by incorporating both 32-bit fixed-point high-speed arithmetic and 32-bit floating high precision arithmetic processing, the Motion Loop is able to manipulate short loops in real time using a number pitch-shifting, delay and filtering effects.

These effects include a two-octave pitch shift, delay, filter, fade curve effect, reverse, soft clipping and slowdown. A Random effect also appears, which divides waveforms randomly to create totally unique short loops.

Free the Tone Motion Loop ML-1L

(Image credit: Free the Tone)

The pedal itself features two footswitches – On/Off and Preset – which engages the loop effect and allows you to switch between assigned presets. 

Elsewhere, a Rate knob adjusts the sampling duration for the loop operation and an E.Level knob controls the balance between the original sound and the effect level.

A final filter knob appears, which – like many of the other effects on offer – can be assigned to third party expression pedals and control knobs to enable a hands-on approach to your processing.

While this is all useful information, it's probably best to hear this intelligent pedal in action below to get a feel of what it can really offer.

A total of 128 user presets and 35 factory presets gives you scope for experimentation, and allows you to explore a number of seriously unique, totally configurable sounds.

The Free the Tone Motion Loop ML-1L lists for $350. Visit Free the Tone for more info.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.