I decided in the last couple of days to buy some new gear for looping. The main idea with this gear is to sync everything to everything: loopers to each other, loopers to drum machines, drum machines to sequencers–you name it, I want it synced up.
So I bought the following:
I got the Solo and Express XTs for a total of $115 by buying used at guitarcenter.com. Full retail on these devices is $250 total. So it was a good deal.
I may add a Beatbuddy to this setup to give me some beats, or I may not. I have plenty of alternatives to laying down $300 for a drum machine (albeit a very nice-sounding drum machine):
So many options! In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the delivery of all this stuff, and I’m still having fun with my JamMan Stereo looper. Last night I jammed out for about 10 minutes on a groove that started in one place and ended in quite another. I recorded it all, and below you can listen to some of the high points from that session.
My equipment for this jam included a Lee Oskar natural minor harmonica, an Audix Fireball V microphone, a Peavey KB2 keyboard amp, and an ABY box that creates two independent signal chains: one with a Digitech iStomp running Swingshift, which is input to a Digitech Rp500; and one with a Vox Stomplab IG running a number of sounds designed by yours truly. I can run either chain or both as I choose.
Here’s where it started:
Here’s where it ended:
Here’s a nice “horn” duet from the same jam:
And here’s the horns in full cry:
Did I mention that the only instrument on this recording is a single diatonic harmonica–natural minor, as I recall–played through a Digitech RP500 and a Vox Stomplab IG, both devices accessible separately or together? Man do I love my FX setup now. It’s time to bring my looping setup up to the level of my sound production kit. I’m looking forward to hearing what I can do when my loops get more independent.