Today, @disandroid asked about the DigiTech JamMan Looper pedal. He was looking for a looper (ie: Akai Headrush, Line 6 DL4, etc) where he could solo onto of rhythm stuff. I haven’t looked at DigiTech stuff for a while, and didn’t know much about this pedal, so I wanted to take a closer look this morning.
I’d like to point you to a couple of posts illustrating how you can loop and create great music using pedals like this. If you have some time, check out these two earlier posts:
Reggie Watts rockin’ the loops
Cool Line 6 DL 4 delay video
Akai E2 Headrush Delay/Looper Pedal
As you can see, you can make some cool/fun music with these loopers! But let’s take a closer look at the DigiTech JamMan Looper. Here is the official pedal description:
The legend continues. When DigiTech invented the PDS8000 pedal almost twenty years ago, it stored eight seconds of audio. Now they’ve reinvented it using removable CompactFlash memory to store up to 6.5 hours*! A wide range of features combined with ease of use make the DigiTech JamMan the perfect looper/phrase sampler for practicing, composing, and performing. The JamMan new comes with 1GB Compact Flash to hold over 3 hours of loops, all stored in 99 memory locations. The JamMan features; instrument input, balanced XLR input, and stereo 1/8 auxiliary input jacks. Guitars, bass, vocals and audio from MP3 players can be sampled, looped and overdubbed at 44.1 kHz 16-bit wave file format for superb CD quality audio. Spice up your performance with audio clips, backing tracks or take it on the road as a one man performance.
Here is another great video by ProGuitarShopDemos showing what this pedal can do:
I also wanted to include this video where MismatchedSockGuy creates a song on the fly using the DigiTech JamMan.
Currently, the DigiTech JamMan Looper is on sale at Musician’s Friend for $249.95. The pedal normally lists for $449.95, so that’s $200 (44%) off of list price. Also there is a Mail-In rebate included with this pedal which expires on 1/15/10
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13 years ago
I just recently bought the Digitech Jamman after selling a Boss RC-2. Here are a couple of reasons: I wanted two pedals, instead of one, I heard great things about the quality of the sound – that it is virtually lossless, I wanted something that wouldn’t ‘cut me off’ when it ran out of memory after one measure. This thing is great. I record a verse on say, track 14, then record a chorus on track 15. The only downside is, that unless you record the tracks ahead of time with a click and store them, your current tempo won’t be maintained on the fly if you try to go from 14 to 15. Overall, a great pedal though. I also wish the tap tempo could be adjusted while the loop is playing. I don’t believe that’s possible.Reply
13 years ago
LooperTools.com-A great PC program that will allow you to transfer files from your PC to the JamMan (something that can’t be done unless you convert your files to a complicated arbitrary format, which the program will do for you.) I do an electro solo thing that wouldn’t be possible if not for the JamMan and this program.Reply