If I had done the setup with a laptop and all the automation I wouldn't use the looper any longer but just have everything stored in backing tracks.
there is a quantize on looper block but I suspect that it does not work very well.The looper block won't quantize as far as I know, but you can trigger it via midi messages so that it stays in sync with a click track. I just did this for a live video my band did for the tiny desk contest. I set up a midi track in protools, connected to the ax8 via usb, used two midi CC messages only: start recording and start playback. worked like a charm, I clicked the playback off manually at the end of the song. here's the result:
Maybe not. If a loop is running and you change patches (to a patch that also has the looper), you will hear silence as the new patch loads. If just for a half-second. But it is sort of disruptive if you rely on loops a lot.This is insightful ...... I didn’t even know that the AX8 HAD a looper.
That purchase of a Ditto X2 (looper) now seems kind of redundant.