Harley Benton FXL8 Pro

Floor pedal

  • MIDI functions: Program changes and control changes
  • 2 Switches - e.g. for channel switching
  • 8x Effect loopers for patching stomp
  • 8 banks with 4 presets
  • True bypass
  • 240 mA Power consumption for operating the looper
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 54 x 6.7 x 5.3 cm
  • Weight: 1.68 kg
  • Compatible mains adapter: Art. 409939 (not included)

Further Information

Type Looper
LED Display Yes
PSU Connector Yes
Shape Floor Effects Pedal
MIDI Interface Yes

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INCREDIBLE PRODUCT! GAME CHANGER
Benni D., 11.07.2016
I've not had my FXL8 Pro for very long, but I already can't imagine going back to a pedalboard without it!

If you're unsure exactly what this product is, I will briefly explain. It essentially allows you to create and store "presets" from your individual guitar pedals - almost like a multi effects unit would do. You insert your pedals into loops on the FXL8 Pro, all of which can be independently turned on or off in combination with any other loops. These combinations of loops can be saved to banks, allowing you quickly switch between sounds. However if you wished to change the settings on the pedal between saved banks, you would have to do that manually using the pedals controls (unless the pedal has MIDI control, but I'll talk about that later)

It's an amazingly useful piece of equipment, essentially eliminating the process of going from SOUND A to SOUND B and having to turn off two pedals and turn on two more to get there. No more tap dancing, you can just switch banks with one button press! I'm only using this in the studio at the moment and I find it excellent for experimenting with tones and ideas, but using this live would be incredible - for obvious reasons!

Using this loop switcher is really easy. You simply assign a loop to a pedal (or multiple pedals, its up to you) and leave all your pedals on. Programming which loops are active in a bank is really easy and there are plenty of LEDs to give you visual hints as to what is currently active.

Aside from its core function as a loop switching system - the FXL8 Pro is packed full of other features, such as;

- There is a dedicated output for your guitar tuner which is activated through a mute switch.

- The 8 loops are split into two further loops. Loops 1-4 are part of Loop 1 (confusing I know), and Loops 5-8 are part of Loop 2. What's really clever is that Loop 2 (5,6,7,8) have a separate input and output from Loop 1, so that you can run it in your amps FX Loop. So an example, Loops 1,2,3 and 4 could be your Whammy, and overdrive pedals, then Loops 5,6,7,8 could be your modulation, delays and reverbs in your amps FX Loop. Very handy!

- The FLX8 Pro can take pedals before and after it's inputs and outputs.

- Two trigger outputs for controlling amp drive / reverb channels. These can be programmed per bank, which is a really useful function if you want to use your amps drive and reverb channels in combination with your pedals.

- MIDI out! You can output a MIDI signal to MIDI equipped pedals (Strymon Timeline for example) and as you change patches on the FXL8 Pro, you can program the pedal to change patches too!

The FXL8 Pro is also extremely well built and of a respectable size, so you should be able to fit it snuggly onto your board.

This is a fantastic product, and actually my favourite Harley Benton product to date. The price is unbeatable, you simply cannot get anything similar to this with all the features for the price. It's a no brainer. Get one!
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Great, flexible fx switcher
Ands, 25.07.2020
There's little point listing specs in these reviews as they're all available in the product page description.

I bought this as my first step into individual fx switching. Before this I had reverb/delay/chorus in the loop and drives into the front end of the amp.

I have since found it is absolutely ideal for what I want it for. I'm using it across three amps, Friedman Runt 50, Smallbox and BE100 Deluxe (plus a DV Mark Micro 50 as a backup).
Having two trigger outputs, which are either latching or momentary and that you can alt the polarity is ideal depending on what amp I'm using.

The Smallbox and Runt are two channel and the BE100D is three. The Smallbox has a different footswitch polarity to the Runt, but this works out well as I can run a twin mono to single TRS cable to the BE100D and have full functionality without changing anything.

It all works flawlessly, no audible pops when changing channels, buttons are solid, LEDs are bright but not too bright.

It's so good I bought a second one and made another board with some spare pedals I had and as a backup in case this main one ever breaks.
I have been successfully powering the switcher running power from either a TC Polytune or more recently a Boss Waza tuner, it doesn't seem to require much in the way of power to operate correctly.

My only real criticism is that it's quite tight between the send/return jacks, some pancake leads might not fit side by side. I use Boss DIY cables and they fit perfectly.

All in all, it's a great value, flexible switching solution. Having two separate loops is really useful, as is the ability to use it in across different amps.
I can see a need (for me) for a bigger version with maybe 12 loops, six on each side as at the moment I'm having to use a Line6 M5 connected to both loops to carry out different roles, flange in the loop, whammy in the front end etc.

I can't believe I managed to live without it for all those years!
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Best by the price/quality ratio
26.09.2016
In my setup this unit handles every fx pedal (besides tuner and a silencer), and their interaction with the amps front and fx loop. It is noiseless and functions faultlessly.

Main experiences:
+ Separate outputs for each loop - there is no need to reserve one switch loop for interconnection with your amp's fx loop and have it enable for every loop. Besides that, it allows even more creativity regarding wiring your pedalboard;
+ No pop noise on toggle - switching of the effects has no malicious effect on the actual audio signal
+ Convenient size - the unit takes precisely as much space as one would want a switcher to have;
+ Additional features like midi compatibility and external triggers allow to assemble the functionality of several units by adding one FXL8 ;
+ Small current draw - the floor unit can be used as a regular pedal in a power supply chain, without having to overload it with additional power adapters;
- 8 banks limit the convenience of use for longer performance sets, but the ease of setup makes it possible to tweak your presets even on-stage;
- The purpose of the separate "TUNER" jack is still quite unclear to me as Average Joe (how it is better than running a tuner pedal before the input), hence the three-way mute button can be intuitively confusing at first. However, it isn't hard to get used to it, and, again, it allows more interesting wiring solutions.

Along with being quite minimalist, this unit contains everything that one would require from an fx switcher and even more. Great product.
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ConradK, 30.04.2015
Wow what an INCREDIBLE PRODUCT.

I had switched from analogue to digital a while back (Boss GT100) as i was tired of doing the pedal tap dance and I wanted the versatility of having several combinations of effects on at once.

I DID NOT NOT KNOW a system existed which would allow me "store patches" using analogue pedals! This FXL8 Pro allows you to save combinations of pedals and recall them at one tap of a button!! (e.g. you can save you overdrive, reverb, delay) and at the tap of a button recall all three effects! This product has 4 banks of 8 allowing 32 sounds!

It also has the ability to store one bank of 8 OR two banks of 4 patches (one bank of 4 - for effects in front of the amp) and (one bank of four - for modulation and time based effects) into the loop of your amp. This is one of the primary benefits of the pro version.

You also have the ability to program two "triggers" - You can trigger anyhting which uses a quarter inch jack (e.g you can switch the channel of your amp using the pedal OR as i am doing i use the pedal to switch my drum machine on and off)

I now have the warmth and headroom of a valve amp with vintage analogue pedals and the ability to access my analogue pedals in various combinations at the tap of one button!!

BEAUTIFUL!!
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