Looper Pedals are a great tool in a guitar players arsenal. If you have a looper pedal, your playing can become great if you use it. One way a looper pedal will improve your playing is you can save a chord or progression in it and work on your soloing. Here I am going to give a review on one of the best guitar looper pedal under $150 that you can use to achieve this.
Digitech Jam Man Solo
The digitech tech jam man solo looper is the 2nd guitar loop pedal I have owned. In my opinion, this loop pedal is one of the best loop pedals because you can save 99 of your own loops in it.
My dusty looper but it works great
- You can store over 35 minutes of mono, CD-Quality loops in 99 of your own recordable spots that you can save. If you buy an SDHC card, you can store over 16 hours of CD-quality audio in 99 additional memories, so that gives you a total of 198 riffs or rhythms that you can have saved on this little stomp box.
- You can also connect it to your computer via a USB cord and use the JamManager XT™ Loop Librarian software to organize and archive your loops with the titles you create and access them from your computer.
- Slow down or speed up any loop without changing the pitch feature
- It has a 3.55m aux. Input so you can hook your mp3, CD player, phone, laptop etc. to it and record a riff to either improvise over or if you are having trouble playing a fast lick you can record just that lick and have it loop and with the slow down feature it can make figuring out that difficult passage easier to figure out.
- Built in metronome with different rhythms and time signatures
- You can get a foot switch pedal with it (which I did for mine) to make it hands free operations on moving from loop to loop.
How to Use
If you plan to use it to record your own rhythms to practice soloing with and improve your improvisational skills, Just plug the guitar in and press on the pedal to record your rhythm and press on the pedal again to stop recording and have it continuously play while you solo. If you want to save it you have to press the save button per instructions.
If you want to, you can also Load up your JamMan with bass lines, drums, keyboards, harmonies, and more and can even create an entire backup band, that you can take it with you, and jam at parties, camping trips, almost anywhere.
You can even do what I do with mine, I use mine to lay down rhythm tracks in my home studio sometimes, just to speed up the process of recording the same guitar part over and over. Then I either have the chorus part or other parts programmed in it as well to add to the track.
Pros & Cons
Even though this is 1 of the best loopers out there for less than $150 it does have some negatives to it.
- 99 user patches to record to (99 more if you get an SDHC card
- Ability to organize and label your saved recordings in to their own file folders on your computer
- Ability to connect mp3, CD etc. in to it to jam along with or record that hard to figure out solo by slowing it down
- Ability to slow loops down without changing pitch
- You need to purchase the foot switch to make it completely hands free.
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I enjoy using my looper, it has and still does help me improve my soloing and improvisational skills. With the built in slow down feature, if I need to slow down a fast solo I can just hook my phone up to the pedal without needing to get on the computer to slow it down with computer software, nor do I need to hook up my off board, transcriber which does affect pitch when you slow it down to half speed, thus, making it sound muddy and hard to hear.
There are better loopers out there in the higher price range that have a lot more features and capabilities, but, I am pretty positive that this looper will provide you with hours of enjoyment. Especially if you are one of them bedroom guitarists, this would be the only looper pedal you would need. Besides, I’ve seen professional guitarists use looper pedals just slightly cheaper in price that have even fewer features and banks to save loops in than this one.
If you plan on using this looper in a band setting or performance situation, I suggest that you get the foot switch for it, seems I paid $39 for my foot switch but it does make life easier and it comes with a long cord to connect to the looper pedal itself so you could keep your stomp box off the floor like I do ( I keep the pedal on my half stack and the foot switch in front of the cabinet)
Over all, I like the durability of the pedal as it is constructed with metal instead of plastic like some stomp boxes, and the foot switch is constructed with metal as well and it has great features for the price.
Thank You for visiting my site and for reading this article, if you were considering buying this looper, I hope my review gave you some insight and answered questions you may have had.
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