DigiTech has announced the JamMan looper and phrase sampler, which uses Compact Flash cards to save up to 6.5 hours of loops and phrases. Unlimited overdubs can be added to any loop, overdubs can be erased, and there is one level of undo and redo available. In Auto Record mode, the JamMan begins recording as soon as it detects a signal at its input.
The inputs include a low-impedance XLR jack and a 1/4-inch instrument-level jack, each with a dedicated level control. The 1/8-inch Aux Input jack accepts signals from external sources such as CD or MP3 players. The JamMan has a 1/4-inch output, as well as a USB port for sending WAV files to and from a computer. An optional FSX3 footswitch can be connected to the footswitch jack for controlling loop select up and down and arming the auto-recording function.
When recording from the Aux Input, three additional record modes are available. Center Cancel removes any material that is common to the left and right channels. In Full Range Simulation mode, an EQ curve is applied to the incoming audio so that full-range audio can be played back through a guitar amp/speaker and sound balanced. In the combined Center Cancel and Full Range Simulation mode, both center cancellation and equalization are applied to the Aux Input signal.
JamMan has a built-in metronome with adjustable tempo and time signature, as well as tap tempo support. Loops automatically slow down or speed up to match the tempo. There are nine different combinations of rhythm sounds and a separate level control sets the volume for the rhythm part. Tempo and time signature can be saved with each loop, and loops can be set for single-play or infinite loop playback.
Two different Stop modes are provided, which determine how the current loop ends playback. In Stop Mode, the loop stops playing as soon as the Stop button is pressed. In Finish Mode, the current loop will play to the end, then stop. JamMan supports 99 onboard loops, and comes with a removable Compact Flash card with over 24 minutes of storage (optional cards support up to 6.5 hours of record time).
The JamMan's footswitches control record, playback, overdubbing, loop stop, undo/redo, loop clear, and tempo. The JamMan comes with a power supply and a six-year warranty. For more information, click here.