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[looper's] new toy

Title: [looper's] new toy

any of you seen the kellar jam-bass? (www. jambass.com)
I just got one, largely because I thought it was such a mad unexpected idea that I just had to try it. upon closer investigation, it would seem that the thing has great potential as a midi controller for those of us using guitars or basses with our looping devices.

the unit has built-in bass and percussion sounds triggered by the strips of membrane pads that are attached (by sticky stuff) to the back of y'r guitar neck. (they are positioned in two rows to coincide with the frets beneath the E and A strings of a regular-scale guitar).

it also has midi-out, and transmits a limited selection of PC's on channel one, corresponding to some GM bass sounds.
I suspect there's a way of generating other PC's but I'll have to have a play with it....

so it doesn't seem like a great leap to have mr kellar re-write the midi bit with (more easily) user-configurable PC's to drive one's repeater (say). at the moment, the manual suggests relocating your favourite effects patches/presets (in a pod, say, or other midi box) so that the jambass can "find" them with it's existing implementation of PC's...

but so anyway, I haven't taken it home and tried it yet. can't wait!



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