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performance looping ?

I am a performance artist and have recently become interested in using loops as ambient backgrounds for my performances.  I have looked at the hardware (mainly boss rc-20xl and digitech jamman = based on price range, under 500$ and performance capability).  I bought the jamman and have been playing with it obsessively.  There is one important thing that I want to do that I seem to be unable to complete.   I want to be able to build a loop with multiple samples and then unbuild it back to the original sample.  I can layer samples into the loop, but cannot undo past the one undo that you are given.  I can do this in a studio setting by creating loop one, copying it onto loop two and then adding a sample overdub and copying to loop three etc...but I would like to be able to do this in realtime - in the studio setting I have to stop the loop playing in order to save and resave to another loop.  Are there better ways to do what I am talking about, or do I need to figure out how to work with what I have. 

Thanks for any help.