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Re: New Member - Buying Advice and Opinions Sought
That is correct, the digi jamman is designed to pre record your backing
tracks. Its not a live looper IMO. its a phrase sampler. It even has an
input for a cd player etc with a center canceling option to take out
and lead instruments. You can record the rest and Karaoke away!
Having to stop before moving to record the next loop and lack of feedback
control makes it unusable for me. For what it does do it works very well.
What I use is the Electro Harmonix 2880 http://tiny.cc/Hqu7x
I don't think that it would fit your bill becuase it has only on loop
although 4 tracks and a mixdown, feedback and tons more. You can't do
verse chorus type stuff, at least with the optional pedal.
If you (or anyone) decides on the jammer I'll sell mine cheep with 3
footswitch like new!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob "Bodhi" Wolff" <Bodhiwolff@comcast.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 2:53 PM
Subject: RE: New Member - Buying Advice and Opinions Sought
> Thank you for the suggestion!
> The only issue I might have with the JamMan is that, while on paper it
> appears that you can have up to 99 loops, it appears that you must stop
> playback and store each loop before moving to a new one, or your work is
> erased. Thus, working live wouldn't work, as you'd only ever be working
> with a single loop, being unable to stop playback and store. Or rather,
> live work reduces the JamMan to a single-loop device, if you see what I
> However, I could be mis-reading the documentation. Please correct me if
> If anybody has any experience working with the JamMan, I'd appreciate
> hearing your opinions.
> I still keep looking at the Boomerang III (which I know isn't out yet)
> the lack of microphone is a deal-breaker for me. I'm often working with
> somebody else's setup (with their show) so I couldn't simply bring along
> own mixer, etc. and plug back in. Is there an easy-ish workaround for
> adding a microphone (which would, by necessity, require a means of
> between mic/inst/both ?) I guess this question applies to many more
> products than the Boomerang, as well, since this would bring many more
> products into possible contention.
> Thank you to everybody for any advice you can give.
> From: Joshua & Jennifer Easley [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 8:42 AM
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: Re: New Member - Buying Advice and Opinions Sought
> Hi Rob,
> Have you looked at the Digitech JamMan? it has both instrument and mic
> inputs (presumably you can use them both at the same), and can also be
> as an interface for computer recording. .
> The same is true of the GNX4, which may be an even better solution if you
> want to incorporate effects and amp models into your loops (i.e. make
> acoustic sound like an electric). The GNX4 has an integrated "JamMan"
> looper, different from the above, but in a way better, because with it
> can lay down up to 8 mono loop tracks (or 4 stereo), and then disengage
> re-engage them by pressing the corresponding track buttons. (For
> on track 1 you record guitar, vocals on track 2, and some sort of
> track 3, then, for variation, you can press buttons 1 & 2 to silence
> leaving only the third track playing; if you press the same buttons again
> tracks 1 & 2 will start playing again.)
> I used the GNX for several years before upgrading to an Echoplex
> #1 of the "big three" that you referred to). The former has the
> being really easy to use, so it's obviously a good way to start. I like
> too (and still use it in my live setup) because it's literally an all in
> device, thus simplifying the whole potentially complicated routing
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rob "Bodhi" Wolff" <Bodhiwolff@comcast.net
> <mailto:Bodhiwolff@comcast.net> >
> To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> <mailto:Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com> >
> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 2:34 AM
> Subject: New Member - Buying Advice and Opinions Sought
>> Hi all!
>> I'm a new member to the list, and I'm looking to expand my musical style
>> getting into looping. However, I find that my lack of knowledge and
>> experience with the equipment is hampering my decision-making process,
>> I'm hoping that you all might be able to guide me a little.
>> I hope I'm not breaking any etiquette by asking for purchasing advice.
>> so, please simply ignore my newbie mistake.
>> I've tried reading up on the various products, and I tried reading the
>> reviews up on this site, but frankly I am still mostly in the dark.
>> people keep referring to the "big three", and I'm still not sure which
>> they're referring to!
>> While I'd appreciate any reading lists or advice for suggested reading
>> wish to give, I really think that I'm just going to need to trust the
>> experts at some point.
>> So I thought I'd just come out and ask you what you thought I should
>> up, specifically, for my particular requirements.
>> My needs: I play almost exclusively live, acoustic guitar and vocals at
>> same time, and would want to loop either guitar or vocals or both (or
>> instruments through the mike). As a live player, I'd need something
>> portable, small, easy to set up, etc. (a rack-mounted unit is probably
>> inappropriate) and my hands will be unavailable while playing, as a
>> guitarist. The loops would need to be at least the length of an entire
>> verse/chorus combination, so that could run up to 1 minute or more. As
>> live acoustic instrumentalist, it'd be nice if the sound quality was as
>> as possible, and if there was little-to-no hiss from the looping unit.
>> be nice to save a decent loop after the fact (off the unit onto a
>> medium of some sort) but this is far secondary to decent live
>> Ease-of-use is a bonus, but I'm expecting a learning curve. However,
>> being said, the ability to remove the last layer (if a mistake was made,
>> 'cause I make 'em!) would be a big plus! Simple effects would be nice,
>> as I own no effects pedals (and feel free to make suggestions there if
>> feel they would enhance things). I'd want to loop both guitar and vocal
>> lines at various times, perhaps even looping multiple different loops
>> playing them in synch, or in sequence.
>> I looked at the new Boomerang III specs on a friends' advice, and from
>> I could make of it, it seemed that it only loops one input (so I could
>> loop the guitar, or the vocals, but not both). Of course, I could be
>> and/or there may be a workaround that is commonly used for this drawback
>> this is a common state of affairs for many looping pedals).
>> I'm extremely interested in moving forward with this project, but sadly
>> just seem to have run into an informational wall that I can't seem to
>> So please, if you have a moment, feel free to share any advice,
>> suggestions that you wish. And frankly, if you simpy want to come out
>> say "I'd suggest buying Such-and-such" then that is fine by me!
>> Thank you kindly for your consideration.
>> Rob "Bodhi" Wolff
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