DigiTech loop pedals are usually feature-packed but we suspect that TC Electronics Ditto may have started a back-to-basics trend and Digitech's new pedal, the JamMan Express XT, is of a similar ilk. They tell us that, though it's the size of a standard stompbox, JamMan Express XT offers a host of capabilities including up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time and DigiTech's exclusive JamSync feature for synchronizing multiple JamMan pedals.
Scott Klimt, marketing manager, DigiTech, told us, "Our JamMan Express XT brings the expressive possibilities of looping to more musicians than ever before. Whether you want to record loops and rhythm tracks for playing along with, create sonic backgrounds for solo or band performances or sample loops and phrases to drop into your recordings, the JamMan Express XT is the most user-friendly and compact looping pedal on the market today."
Here's more of what Digitech has to say about the new looper...
The JamMan Express XT is ideal for use with guitar, bass, keyboards and other instruments. It provides up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time. Its control layout is simple yet incredibly versatile – a single pedal switch, three Record, Dub and Play LEDs and a Loop Level knob provide access to a multitude of looping functions.
All loop recording, playback and loop overdubbing can be controlled simply by clicking on the pedal switch. The three LEDs indicate looping and phrase sampling status – red for record, green for playback and yellow for overdubbing. This simple but effective looping scheme has been standard on single-button JamMan loopers for years to create lush, richly textured loops or multiple instrumental parts for a one-person-band backing track.
The JamMan Express XT provides an Auto Record function that arms the pedal for recording – just start playing and JamMan Express XT will automatically start recording a loop.
The pedal's JamSync feature enables the JamMan Express XT to be synchronized with other JamSync-enabled pedals to create multi-track loops or play loops with other musicians. Simply connect the pedals via their 1/8-inch mini jacks. Multiple JamMan pedals can be cascaded together with one JamMan acting as a master for all synched slaves.
The JamMan Express XT can be operated using a 9-volt battery or its included power supply. Measuring just 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.8 inches, the JamMan Express XT fits easily on any pedalboard and its rugged metal case is built to take the rigors of the road.
Pricing and Availability:
The DigiTech JamMan Express XT will be available in May 2013 at a suggested retail price of $149.95.
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