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More JamMan tricks

On Tue, 17 Sep 1996, Ed Drake wrote:

> Dave Stagner said:
> >Here's a technique I use with the JamMan to get a more flexible,
> >improvisational feel from it........  Now, rather than using the looping
> >functions, I usually
> >prefer to just use its delay function.......    Turn the feedback up 
> >and start looping.  At 16, you effectively have infinite repeat.  As
> >things build, you can turn the feedback down and let a loop fade, then
> >turn it back up and add more to the loop while the older material floats
> >in the background.  This makes for a much more dynamic and rewarding
> >looping improv, I think.
> Dave- I tried it and loved it but as Jon Durant pointed out it is a 
> that you can't loop it and play over it without adding what you are 
> to the echo. Thanks anyway because I had not thought of using the Jamman
> like that and it does give a different approach to the looping.

Someone here suggested trying to put my Vortex into the feedback loop
of the JamMan manually, using a mixer.  I tried it and it was
interesting, but hard to control.  I couldn't get a good balance
between looping and feedback, and distorting the input on the JamMan
is NOT pretty.  

I'm hoping to rewire things tonight to split the output from the
Vortex and send it to the mixer and the JamMan separately, then mix
the JamMan back in at the output.  That way, I could control the
JamMan's delay feedback without always sending signal into it.
Ideally, I'd like to do this with a couple of stereo volume pedals, so
I can control both the input to the JamMan and its output.  

Speaking of volume pedals, has anyone used the Rolls stereo
volume/expression pedals?  I can't find a dealer around here to try
one, and I'm leery of buying one sight unseen.  But right now, I'm
using a gutted Crybaby as a jury-rigged expression pedal, and it's
less than satisfying.  As soon as I get the chance, I think I'm gonna
pull out my trusty soldering iron and kludge a hand-control pot
together for studio playing.  

And speaking of studios, I finally put one together, thanks to the
motivation from this list.  I realized how much I miss looping on a
regular basis, and set a little table up in the basement, (hopefully)
safe from the children.  But they like playing my guitars whenever
they get the chance... Daddy always leaves them in such pretty


By "beauty," I mean that which seems complete.
Obversely, that the incomplete, or the mutilated, is the ugly. 
Venus De Milo.
To a child she is ugly.       /* dstagner@icarus.leepfrog.com      */ 
   -Charles Fort              /* http://www.leepfrog.com/~dstagner */