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Re: new digitech jamman stereo

One thing I notice about looping is that the more I use a looper, the more I actually want to either record or save my loops.  Not too long ago I bought a second hand Boss RC-2 pedal and really like the ability to save 9 or 10 loops for playback.  The new Jamman series loopers will save more which appeals to me.  I must admit that I also have and use the EDP and when I bought that, I didn't have any desire to save loops.  Only until I picked up the RC-2 for fun that I found out the ability to save loops was a nice feature.  I also might add, the ability to import loops from a memory card or to trigger backtracks is a nice bonus too with the Jamman series.  I have never really had much luck with dedicated samplers in doing this.  I know the RC-50 can do all of this, but the price point is much higher than what these new Jamman pedals may go for once they hit the street.  I know a lot of people use computers for this also, but at the moment I'm pretty much a dedicated hardware person.  Thus the new Jamman Series pedals are appealing in some way to me and perhaps to others for similar reasons.  Nice topic.  Thanks! - Jim

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 7:31 PM, William Walker <billwalker@baymoon.com> wrote:
Actually a little bird told me that they are releasing two new looping products, the first being  a single pedal looper the size of a boss RC-2, called the JamMan Solo that will have the following features,
35 minutes of internal storage
possible 16 hours of material on SD card,( you know, for those really really really long gigs.)
44.1kHz 16 bit CD quality
Auto quantization (for those who can't find the one ;-)???)
USB connectivity with jam-manager software
built in metronome with 9 rhythm patterns
This may show up at the end of March
  Then comes the Jam Man Stereo , which has the same features  and amount of storage as its little sibling but adds, stereo operation, a four foot-switch foot print about the size of the current JamMan, and, drum role please.............Reverse!!!!!
The rep I talked to said that maybe multiply would be added as a feature.
My first question is why the great fascination with storage??? Honestly I can see that some people might really put this feature to use in a very structured backing tracks format but for me, I'd rather have more features like track speed, and multiply and replace that can change the character of the loop. Even a DL-4 with its measly 14 seconds has both track speed,play once, and reverse, as well as a secondary delay with the ability to change  delay parameters and loop volume with an expression pedal.  The M-13 and M-9 are like the Dl-4 only with an entire compliment of effects thrown in for further sound manipulation. It just seems that the two major players at the moment in dedicated hardware loopers, Roland and Digitech, have both taken a pretty conservative approach to developing feature sets, and seem intent on  trying to win an on board memory battle rather than create cool and adventurous capabilities like the benchmark hardware loopers the EDP,the original Jamman, the Repeater, and more recently the Looperlative.  And so now the Jamman Stereo has the "highly sought after Reverse playback feature"   Woo Hoo!!!  break out the party hats.  Is it just me? I'm not very impressed. I must say i have tried to give feedback to these companies and every new rep I meet I tell then to log on to Loopers Delight if they want to find out what intelligent people are doing with  with looping in the real world , but  many of these companies are more in a bubble than one would hope.
OH well, now there will be a looper as small as a tube screamer that will record a 16 hour jam band marathon, progress boys and girls progress.