I’ve been using the Digitech JamMan Solo XT, Jamsynced to an Express XT, for a few months now. It’s a decent setup for multi-track looping, and certainly the most powerful setup at anything near its price point, but it’s got some issues where live performance is concerned. In particular, you can’t erase the latest layer in a loop on either pedal easily or instantly–you have to hold the pedal down for three seconds to do so. Ditto for clearing a loop. The Jamman Stereo is a more flexible device in that regard, but it doesn’t offer the flexibility in layering that you get from a Solo XT connected to another looper via Jamsync. What’s a looping musician to do?
Well, this one decided to spend the big bucks and pick up a Pigtronix Infinity looper. The Infinity’s street price ($449 new) is three times the price of a Digitech JamMan Solo XT (also three times the price I paid for a used Solo XT plus a used Express XT). That’s a pretty hefty bump. What do you get for that money? Here’s the stuff that made me drop the cash:
One issue with the Infinity is that even with an upgraded 32GB memory card, it doesn’t like to handle very long loops (like anything longer than a minute). So it’s not a great device for storing complete tracks for playback in performance. I’ve kept the Solo XT in my rig to handle that chore. With both in my rig, about everything I want from a looper is onboard. I’d like it even better if I could get all that in a device with the same form factor as a JamMan Stereo, but Digitech doesn’t seem inclined (so far) to put the JamSync technology into a device with that form factor. (Alas.)
I could add that for obvious reasons, I’m following the news from Digitech on their upgrade to the Trio Band Creator, the Trio Plus–which will include a looper and the ability to store songs (with or without loops) onboard and in a computer for instant retrieval. Stay tuned for more on that box when I can get my hands on one.