[Help] Suggest a setup for someone new to looping
Hi folks, I've been playing around with a simple looping pedal (RC30) for about a year, and now I feel ready to graduate to something more comprehensive.
I've spent some time researching hardware and watching videos of people's setups, but I'm still not sure what equipment is best for me. I want the setup to be as compact as possible, and I need XLR mic and guitar inputs. Other than that I'm not sure what to get. From what I've gathered, I need foot pedals for controlling loopy (if I want to go hands-free), and a mixer for routing all the audio and adding effects. It would also be great to have something tactile for controlling drums. I already have a mic, guitar, and amp.
The equipment I'm currently considering are:
Behringer Xenyx 1204USB 12-Channel USB Mixer
IK Multimedia iRig Blueboard OR Behringer Midi Foot Controller FCB1010
MPK Mini 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (for drums and synth)
Are these good equipment choices for the needs of someone new to looping? If not, what would you suggest (keeping the whole package under $500)?
Could I use the keyboard to control Loopy and forgo the foot controller?
What other auxiliary equipment will I need? (cables, lightning to usb converters, etc)
Thanks so much for helping me get into the world of live looping!