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Re: review of EH 2880
>I noticed no one has done a review of the EH 2880. I've been using
>one for the past year. If you guys want me to write a review, let me
THis review was submitted to the list over two years ago, you may
have missed it:
>The Electro Harmonix 2880 Super Multi-track Looper was delivered to me
>recently. I am very happy with it, so here is a small review for anyone
>interested in this new looper.
>The 2880 is well designed and well build, with quality knobs, pots and
>faders. It is smaller and lighter than I expected and this is a plus, at
>least for me.
>This is a user friendly machine - especially those who are familiar with
>any multitrack recorder or mixing console will feel at home right away. It
>is great to have faders and pan pots for each track/loop and control these
>parameters in real time.
>The audio fidelity is great, no nasty compression, no hiss, no artifacts,
>no degradation. The two inputs have lots of headroom before clipping and
>they sound good with various sources. The converter sounds nice - no cheap
>digital nastyness here. The panning is accurate and clear and the faders
>have that nice feel you expect when you need to do smooth fade ins/outs,
>small changes or big moves.
>Electro Harmonix made a powerful looper. Multiple mono or stereo loops can
>be recorded of four different tracks and you are free to mix everything
>down to a stereo track to have the other ones available for additional
>work. You can move the faders and pan pots during mixdown and everything
>will be recorded onto the mixdown track just as you hear it. You can also
>record onto the mixdown track as many times as you like and keep the
>previous stuff there, too.
>Loops can be pitch shifted at any time with the octave button and you are
>also free to do bends up and down with the tempo slider. The reverse
>feature is also great. Pitch change and reverse can be active at the same
>Overdub and punch in actions are easy, with very simple steps to follow.
>If you are experienced with overdub an punch in, there are no problems at
>all. From the time you memorize the foot controller, the 2880 becomes an
>instrument of its own - as with any other dedicated looper machine out
>there. If you are thinking of buying the 2880, I suggest you spend the
>additional money to get the foot controller too, because it really makes
>live work easier and more fluid. You can't do everything on the fly
>without the controller, except if both of your hands are free.
>Midi works just fine and the 2880 can sync succesfully to a sequencer or a
>drum machine. If you need this feature, it is there, simple and effective.
>A metronome with its own level knob is also included. It sounds like the
>clear sharp sound of a turntable needle. No fake plastic snare here. This
>click sound can blend smoothly into the loops to assist the performer, but
>it doesn't ruin the feel or the moment at all. The metronome is output
>through the headphones jack, allowing for further dub style processing.
>The usb port is very welcome. I think everyone will appreciate this. You
>can move audio files to/from a computer. The compact flash card is
>displayed as an external hard drive. The files are the standard .wav and
>can be easily moved, for backup or further process.
>Generally speaking, the 2880 gives the musician the control and the power
>to do things as fluidly as possible.
>Feel free to ask questions.
>Greetings from Athens