There are 99 memory pressed. The STORE button will also be lit, indicating the phrase must be stored to memory to be recalled later. Overdubs can only be recorded to Loop phrases and not to Single phrases. If a phrase has had the tempo changed, it must first be stored to memory before overdub recording can proceed. Note that the JamMan Solo will convert stereo signals to mono when recording.
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Great for rocking out while practicing at home or for use as a song-writing companion. Only records in mono. Looper pedals, for those who are new to the idea, basically allow you to create a full backing track by yourself. This is done by layering parts on top of one another.
Essentially, you can stack up percussive strums and bass lines along with some rhythm work to create a full-band sound to jam over. The fundamental operations are recording, loop playback, and overdubbing.
For general information on looping, click here. Due to its small size, the Digitech JamMan Solo is a bit more suited for home use. These pedals are larger and therefore offer more hands-free accessibility to pedal features on stage.
The unit only has one footswitch, which is used to record, play or overdub. To overdub, hit the pedal again and shred away. Two pedal taps will stop playback. If you change your mind again, you can hold the foot pedal down for a couple seconds to put it back again.
For example, if you have a melodic backdrop for your chorus, you can overdub on-the-fly the first time around, remove it for the verse, and bring it back again for the next chorus by simply holding down the footswitch.
This also means you can harmonize with the phrase and have it completely disappear when you are done. Timing and Quantization For everything else, you will need your hands, unless you have particularly dextrous feet, that is. First off, you may wish to set a tempo prior to recording. After that, you can tap out the tempo with your foot. The dedicated LED to the left of the display screen will begin flashing and the display will show the number 4.
This allows you to mess around with a whole host of bizarre time signatures. These features combined then give you both a one-measure count in before you start recording, and they open up a couple of new features. For instance, you can opt to have a rhythm track as a guide, and there are nine options for the sound, including a simple click or cowbell, as well as a few different drum sounds.
The volume of the click-track can be adjusted with the dial on the right of the unit, so you can set it to be just about audible and avoid it interfering with your sound. Without a quantization feature, a slightly mis-timed pedal press can mean a train wreck of beats and rhythms.
The loops would play at their own speed, and eventually fall catastrophically out of time. This at first sounds slightly dubious, because you can, of course, play guitar at whatever speed you choose to, but the feature does allow you to recycle old loops at different speeds to create different sounds. You could also use this feature if you ever want to work out a complex solo. You can also save options such as whether a particular phrase will loop on playback, or to just play as a singular phrase.
This can also be infinitely increased with SD cards a 32GB card gives you 16 hours or an external hard drive, which you can connect via the USB port. The operations, while impressively crammed into a small package, are not accessible hands-free without an additional footswitch. This makes something as simple as switching between loops necessitate stopping and hunching over the unit to make adjustments.
Conclusion Aside from all this nitpicking, the Digitech JamMan Solo is a powerful, compact, inexpensive, and versatile looper pedal. There are enough tools and features to entertain the bedroom looper for as long as his or her guitar playing allows, and it is an expensive way to always have a jamming companion. However, if your looping is more of a pastime than a career, the Digitech JamMan Solo is definitely worth checking out.
You also may be able to get a deal on the Jamman Solo these days, since Digitech has now replaced it with the slightly upgraded Jamman Solo XT. The challenge faced by manufacturers producing compact pedals like this is maintaining the same or at least a similar level of functionality offered by the larger models.
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