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Re: zoom 2100 looper/guitar effect processor
In answer to your questions:
We have the Zoom 2100, which we bought at the DEMO price of $109 in store
Sound quality is good close enough to the Oberheim Echoplex or Lexicon
that we can live with it.
Looping features in what otherwise is a dedicated digital guitar buzz box
wah/whammy for kids plugging into practice amps are...
three five second dedicated pedals...in other words, you can do "three
looping as long as you don't go over five seconds per track, and you have
toe agility to hold down the pedals...which we have developed over years
tapping the horrible plastic pedals that came with the original Jamman.
one 16 second long loop...non divisible at CD quality...
Extend looper to 32 non-divisible seconds but go to lower-fi Boomerang
Edit a patch for near infinite delay so you just ad on loop over long
In short, this thing is comparable in some areas to the original Jamman,
it's a lot cheaper...it's very small and portable, and you get a not bad
guitar effects processor thrown in for free. You can do a lot of looping
atmospheric damage with this...hook a Digitech Space station (the poor
Eventide) in front of it, bring along your ebow, don't forget the paper
clips, the claw hammer, and the Julia Child recipes for your guitar
strings...and away you go.
...no knobs and you have to do a visual kind of tic-tac-toe (like the
Echoplex) before you know what button to push.. Also it's all BLACK
plastic...and hard to read the print on the damn thing.
Another annoyance...you can't jump quickly from "multi-tracking" to the
single 16 or 32 second mode...you gotta go in and edit.
And finally, your toes are cramped with the little Sugar Daddy sucker type
pedals, and some people won't like that you have to HOLD DOWN the pedal to
get playback in the "multi-tracking" mode, but personally we love this
because it's different.
Zoom has set up the little pedals with a cassette deck type of interface
which actually is very clever and reminds us a little bit of the
It also has an excellent LED tree for telling you where you are as far as
seconds left in the loop.
There is no "tap" feature...so that's a little tricky...you ain't going to
want to do your Bach partita on this thing...save that for the Echoplex.
The manual, however, is MUCH better then the Oberhiems (ARE YOU LISTENING
GIBSON?). We'll say it again...THE MANUAL IS MUCH BETTER THEN THE
And for someone who wants to dip their toe, so to speak, into this looping
stuff, -- or for the jaded musicians tired of carrying a rack to the
coffeehouse "arena" -- this is a terrific little bargain.