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Re: New Member - Buying Advice and Opinions Sought

Rob- For learning how to use the Roland I recommend using the Rhythm  
guides and the most simplest ones at that-  unless you actually want  
to use the included beats for your songs.  Doubtful.  And set Guide:  
Play count to 1 meas.  This will give you a count in and some time to  
prepare.  I know you probably wont use the rhythm guide (or count in)  
when you perform but this will get you get you comfortable with  
machine.  And read the manual front to back. Very Important!   Last  
but not least, find and familiarize yourself with all the menus.  The  
Parameter   < and > buttons are your friend. :)  Good luck and email  
privately if you have more questions.

On Sep 3, 2008, at 12:03 PM, Rob "Bodhi" Wolff wrote:

> Thank you all for your advice.  I really appreciated it.
> I had it down to the following three --
> A) Boomerang with 2-channel Mixer -- not feasible, as the footprint  
> and
> extra setup for a mixer would detract from what I need it to do in  
> the way I
> need it to work (get up on stage, set up, go quickly)
> B) Digitech JamMan - looked great, but realistically when live  
> could only
> record one phrase at a time (otherwise would have to stop and save)
> C)  Boss Loop Station - expensive and finicky, with a large number of
> complaints registered online, and even a known "glitch" that  
> bothers some
> people regarding a playback gap.
> In the end, I went with the Boss Loop Station, due mostly to the links
> provided by members here, and their comments.  In the scant hour  
> I've spent
> messing with it, I've already been able to do two tunes that I  
> couldn't do
> solo (tough to do a 3-part harmony/bodhran song by yourself --  
> without a
> looping station, that is).
> Now to practice!
> (yegods, laying down that first track so it repeats nicely, in a  
> timely
> regular fashion, is an ART!  ... It took me awhile to figure out  
> that the
> tempo light switched red on the FIRST beat ... My brain keeps  
> insisting that
> red must be on the FOURTH beat for some reason?!)
> If anybody wishes to pass me the links/references on "looping for  
> newbies --
> how to lay an initial decent rhythm track in under 20 minutes!"  
> then feel
> free to e-mail me privately (so as not to spam the list with my newbie
> stuff).
> Thank you all again for the advice.  I appreciate it.