Your question is what *can* you do to get the most out of this
setup.. My advice is to avoid clipping the 2880 at all
cost, so turn down the input gain, turn up your amp a bit. I set
the input gains on my 2880 all the way down (fully counterclockwise)
when driving it from a multi effector, etc...
The 2880 A/d converter is 24bit, so you will not hear
quantization noise even if the signal is extremely low.. the concept
of "good signal level" is a bit outdated considering
the dynamic range of a 24 bit converter, and you are
certainly not going to get *more* noise if the input gain is turned
down. In modern digital recording (and loopers qualify as
"recording") *lower* recording levels are your friend,
clipping is your enemy.
The 2880 analog input circuit is very simple and clean, in
practical use the noise from the effects and the guitar itself are
going to dominate... the hiss isn't generated by the 2880, but by
what's feeding it.
The feature set of the Boomerang sounds very interesting, I
haven't heard the new one yet... the early Boomerang never sounded
very clean, but it had a nice texture.. :) I'm
always interested in unsynched loops, the RC-50 does that,
too.. but I have really grown attached to the physical controls
of the 2880 in live performance, often fading out certain
elements, and later bringing them back in, etc..
I think that if a looper doesn't impose itself on the work in
some way , it isn't a musical instrument...
I always leave the input knobs
about 1/4. I know this is relative, I can turn down the fx before it
but I get about the same results in range. The difference between
where I would normally play at and a boosted signal to where a
"lead" is, will clip it quickly. It seems about the same as
my Vortex units maybe more, not much range between good signal and
clip. I have read others comments from time to time on this but it is
an issue for me. This is input clipping I am talking about. My DD 20
and M9 never have this issue, I can feed them relatively big spikes
without a clipping problem.
I have tried many ways to compensate for this. Reducing my output at
all stages, etc. I lose dynamics or notice hiss if I get too fussy
with it. If you have any ideas I am all ears Chuck!
On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 11:23 PM, Charles
I completely understand what you're looking for,
and so I have been following this thread with some interest. I
also use a 2880 (as well as a repeater), and I guess I don't quite
understand the headroom comment.. As long as you don't clip the signal
going in, you shouldn't have any headroom issues, and by using the
realtime feedback sliders, you can actually "duck" an
offensively clipped part of a loop.
How are your headroom problems manifest?