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Re: First post - newbie advice wanted
I don't know squat about the current capabilities of the Jamman - I
figure others can advise you there.
Without having the precise bluesy musical goal you have, I have done
essentially what you are after by various means over the years
Along with the various loopers I have owned and used for the "live
looping" thang, I have sometimes found it useful to have canned loops
Back in the pre-desktop computer '80s I used keyboard samplers to
record an array of rhythmic loop snippets across the whole range of
keys and had a latching "hold pedal" to enable me to use it as a
"phrase" sampler before such a thing was invented.
That was a rather unwieldy solution for me as a guitarist - believe you
Later on, when those phrase and/or groove samplers came out (from
Raoland, Akai, Korg and others) I traded my keyboards in.
I've now have owned both Akai and Roland boxes and have found them all
quite usefull in their own ways (and also with each their own peculiar
I can guess that for you, it might be tempting (for simplicity's sake)
to try to get ONE DEVICE that does both things you want to do.
But consider this . . . sometimes it pays off in the end to have TWO
DEVICES that each does its job really well rather than just one that
does a half-assed job at both (or of one of them as an afterthought).
As far as hardware loopers go, the EDP and LP-1 (among few others) are
without peer for all the editing and slicing and dicing you can do
right there on stage as you are making your live loops.
They are complicated, but they are capable . . . and fun.
That's why so many of us on the LD list use them (I've been an EDP user
since '96 BTW).
I don't know, but I suspect, that the ability of a certain device to
add in the capability to save in and play a lot of different canned
loops (enough for a whole set or two of songs) will short-change you in
some other aspect further down the line.
On the other hand, using any of the small phrase samplers out on the
market would give similar benefits (in some of them at least) because
you could definitely save lots and lots of loops and also edit and
effect those on-board canned loops on the fly as you play.
Plus, some of those phrase samplers (say a used Roland SP-303) can be
had easily and cheaply on Ebay.
They are small, light and unobtrusive on stage - and you can work out
the bugs and match musical keys and BPMs on your computer at home
before you load them.
If you really want a ONE DEVICE solution that really does a thorough
job at what you want to accomplish, a laptop with Abelton Live is
probably the answer.
But I'd suggest that if laptops and software seem overly complicated,
you may find it better to get TWO DEVICES - one that is a full-featured
live looper of some sort (that you will be happy with for a long time),
and the other a full-featured groove/phrase sampler of some sort (with
some opportunity for flexibility and creativity beyond just being a
simple beat box).
I guess it all depends on how "deep" you want to get into it.
tEd ® KiLLiAn
Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited
energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of
order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence. – Norman Podhoretz
Ted Killian's "Flux Aeterna" is also available at Apple iTunes