Warranty
We at DigiTech® are very proud of our products and back up each one we sell with the
following warranty:
1. The warranty registration card must be mailed within ten days after purchase date
to validate this warranty, or you can register via our website (www.digitech.com).
2. DigiTech warrants this product, when used solely within the U.S., to be free from
defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service.
3. DigiTech liability under this warranty is limited to repairing or replacing defective
materials that show evidence of defect, provided the product is returned to
DigiTech WITH RETURN AUTHORIZATION, where all parts and labor will
be covered up to a period of one year (this warranty is extended to a period of
six years when the product has been properly registered by mail or through our
website). A Return Authorization number may be obtained from DigiTech by
telephone. The company shall not be liable for any consequential damage as a result
of the product’s use in any circuit or assembly.
4. Proof-of-purchase is considered to be the burden of the consumer.
5. DigiTech reserves the right to make changes in design, or make additions to, or
improvements upon this product without incurring any obligation to install the
same on products previously manufactured.
6. The consumer forfeits the benefits of this warranty if the product’s main assembly
is opened and tampered with by anyone other than a certified DigiTech technician
or, if the product is used with AC voltages outside of the range suggested by the
manufacturer.
7. The foregoing is in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and DigiTech
neither assumes nor authorizes any person to assume any obligation or liability in
connection with the sale of this product. In no event shall DigiTech or its dealers be
liable for special or consequential damages or from any delay in the performance of
this warranty due to causes beyond their control.
NOTE: The information contained in this manual is subject to change at any time without
notification. Some information contained in this manual may also be inaccurate due to
undocumented changes in the product or operating system since this version of the manual
was completed. The information contained in this version of the owner’s manual supersedes all
previous versions.
Congratulations!
Table
of Contents
Thank You...............................................................................................................3
Quick Start..............................................................................................................4
Guided Tour - Front Panel......................................................................................8
Guided Tour - Rear Panel........................................................................................12
Making Connections...............................................................................................14
Recording an Instrument or Vocal/Acoustic Phrase...............................................16
Recording with the Aux Input.................................................................................17
Recording Overdubs...............................................................................................19
Undo, Redo, and Clear............................................................................................21
Undo an Overdub............................................................................................21
Redo an Overdub............................................................................................21
Clear Overdubs/Unsaved Phrases...................................................................21
Storing/Copying Phrases.........................................................................................22
Store Changes to a Loop.................................................................................22
Copy a Loop to a Different Memory Location...............................................22
Setting a Loop Tempo for Recording......................................................................23
Auto Record Mode..................................................................................................24
Stop Modes.............................................................................................................25
Changing Loop Tempo............................................................................................26
Loop / Single Phrases..............................................................................................27
Time Signature........................................................................................................28
Rhythm Type...........................................................................................................29
USB File Transfer...................................................................................................30
Exchange Files Between Your Computer and the JamMan®..........................30
Deleting Phrases......................................................................................................32
Erasing All Loops / Formatting the CompactFlash® Card......................................33
Erase Loops.....................................................................................................33
Format a CompactFlash Card.........................................................................33
Unformatted Cards..........................................................................................34
Optional FS3X Footswitch.....................................................................................35
Multiple Loop Playback Using the FS3X...............................................................36
CompactFlash Capacity..........................................................................................37
Specifications..........................................................................................................38
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Thank You
Congratulations and special thanks from DigiTech
®
for choosing the
DigiTech JamMan Looper/Phrase Sampler.
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The DigiTech JamMan Looper/Phrase Sampler is designed for the
performing vocalist and musician. By using CompactFlash™ memory, the
JamMan is capable of creating seamless loops with virtually infinite overdub
capability. Input audio can be from an instrument, microphone or line level
audio source. Up to 99 loops can be stored on a CompactFlash card (.wav
format) which can be transferred to a PC for archiving. An optional three-button
footswitch can be connected for remote loop access and auto-record functions.
Record your own loops and overdub them on the fly, in the studio, or onstage.
And when using an optional 2GB CompactFlash card, you can record hours
of loops and samples, instead of just minutes. Connect to a computer via the
JamMan’s USB port and transfer loops to your hard drive. Load up the JamMan
with a drum track, bass line, vocal and solo harmonies . . . it becomes a band in a
box. Slow down or speed up any song without changing pitch. With the DigiTech
JamMan in your bag of tricks, the possibilities are literally endless.
Included Items
JamMan
CompactFlash card (128 MB)
Power Supply
This Manual
Registration Card
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Quick Start
1. Get Connected
or
or
Before powering up your JamMan®:
a. Make Connections
1. Connect a guitar or bass to the INSTRUMENT INPUT jack and/or a mic to MIC
INPUT on the JamMan’s rear panel.
2. Connect the JamMan’s OUTPUT to the input of an amplifier, a channel of a
mixer, or to headphones.
b. Connect the Power Supply
1. Start with your amplifier and the JamMan turned off or the mixer faders at
their minimum position.
2. Turn the LOOP LEVEL, RHYTHM LEVEL, Mic level, and inst level knobs all
the way down on the JamMan.
3. Connect the PS-0913B power supply to the POWER jack on the JamMan.
4. Connect the other end of the PS-0913B power supply to an AC outlet.
5. Turn your amplifier on and turn up its volume to a normal playing level or
bring up the mixer’s faders to a nominal level.
c. Insert the CompactFlash® Card
Insert the included CompactFlash® card into the CompactFlash card slot (if
it isn’t already inserted).
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Quick Start
2. Select an Empty Loop
Rotate the SELECT knob until the Loop LED and the Single LED are off.
Turn the SELECT knob...
...until these LEDs
are off.
3. Select the Record Mode
Press the RECORD MODE button repeatedly until the INST/MIC LED lights.
Press the RECORD MODE button...
...until the
INST/MIC
LED lights
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Quick Start
4. Adjust the Recording Level
Play your guitar (or sing into the mic) at the level you will be recording.
Adjust the Inst level (or Mic Level) knob until the Peak LED occasionally
flickers on the loudest notes. Set the loop level and rhythm level knobs to
the 9 o’clock position.
Set the LOOP LEVEL and
RHYTHM LEVEL knobs
to 9 o’clock
Play (or sing) and
adjust the INST LEVEL
(or MIC LEVEL) knob...
...until the PEAK LED
lights only occasionally
5. Start Recording
Press the REC/Play/overdub (left) footswitch to start recording. While
recording, the Record LED remains lit.
Press the REC/PLAY/OVERDUB
(left) footswitch.
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While recording, the
Record LED is lit solid.
Quick Start
6. Stop Recording, Start Playback
Press the rec/play/overdub (left) footswitch while recording to stop
recording and start playing back from the beginning. The Play LED lights.
Adjust the loop level and rhythm level knobs as needed.
Press the REC/PLAY/OVERDUB
The PLAY
(left) footswitch while recording
to stop recording and start playback. LED is lit.
Adjust the LOOP LEVEL
and RHYTHM LEVEL knobs
as necessary.
7. Stop Playback/Store the Loop
Press the stop/tempo (right) footswitch to stop playback, then press the
Store button twice to store the loop.
First press the STOP/TEMPO
(right) footswitch to
stop playback.
Then press the
STORE button twice
to store the loop.
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Guided Tour - Front Panel
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1. Loop Level Knob
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Controls playback level of recorded loops.
2. Rhythm Level Knob
Controls the level of the rhythm guide track.
3. Loop/Single/Card Busy LEDs
Loop
Lights when a repeating Loop resides in the selected memory location.
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Guided Tour - Front Panel
Single
Lights when a Single playback phrase resides in the selected memory
location.
Card Busy
Lights when there is read/write activity on the CompactFlash® card. The card
should not be removed when the card busy LED is lit.
4. Display
Displays which loop memory location is selected. It also shows information
during store/copy procedures, during Time Signature and Rhythm Type
setup, USB connection, and file deletion/card formatting procedures.
5. Select Knob
Used for selecting different loops on the CompactFlash card and making
selections when in other modes (such as Time Signature and Rhythm Type).
6. Mic Level Knob
Controls the input signal from the XLR mic input jack.
7. Peak LED
Lights when the Instrument, Mic, or Aux Input signals are too loud. Adjust
the Inst Level or Mic Level knobs so this LED lights only occasionally. If
the Aux input is being used, adjust the output level of the audio source.
8. Inst Level Knob
Controls the input signal from the 1/4” Inst. Input jack.
9. Record Mode/Stop Mode LEDs
Indicate which Record Mode or Stop Mode is selected.
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Guided Tour - Front Panel
10. Record Mode (Stop Mode) Button
Press this button to select the inputs that are to be recorded: Inst/Mic
or Aux Input with options of Minus Center and/or Full Range Amp
(indicated by the LEDs next to the button).
Press this button while the
button is lit to select one of two Stop
Modes: Stop or Finish (indicated by the LEDs next to the button). For
more information about Stop Modes, see page 25.
11. Auto Record (Delete) Button
Press this button to enable Auto Record. When Auto Record is enabled,
recording begins automatically when you begin your performance.
Press this button while the
button is lit to delete the contents
of the current memory location. For more information about the Delete
function, see page 32.
12.Tempo (Time Signature) Button
Press this button to set or change the loop tempo. If tempo for an existing
loop is changed, the loop plays back at the new tempo without any change
of pitch. See pages 23 and 26 for more information about Tempo.
Press this button while the
button is lit to change the Time
Signature. For more information about Time Signatures, see page 28.
Note: Time Signature can only be changed for a memory location that has
no phrase recorded in it.
13. Stop/Tempo Footswitch
Stops recording, playback and overdubbing of the phrase. It can be used
like the Tempo button (#12) to set the tempo before recording a loop. Press
and hold this footswitch for two seconds to clear all unstored audio in a
loop.
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14. Rec/Play/Overdub Footswitch
Starts and toggles between recording, playback and overdubbing. Press and
hold this footswitch for two seconds to undo the last overdub.
15. Loop/Single (Rhythm Type) Button
Changes the playback status of a recorded phrase. When Loop is lit the
phrase will play back in an endless loop. When Single is lit, the phrase will
play once and stop.
Press this button while the
button is lit to change the Rhythm
Type. Turn the Select knob to change the active rhythm guide track. You
can hear the changes as you make them if Rhythm Level is turned up. See
page 29 for more information about Rhythm Type.
16. Store Button
Press to store/copy changes made to a memory location. This button will
light when a change has been made indicating the change must be stored
for later recall. Changes that are not stored will be lost when a different
loop is selected or the JamMan® is turned off.
17. Exit (Shift) Button
Press to enter and exit Shift Mode to select secondary button functions.
Shift Mode is active when this button is lit.
18. Record/Play/Overdub LEDs
Record - Lights when recording to a memory location for the first time.
Play - Lights when playing back a recorded loop or single phrase.
Overdub - Lights when overdubbing to an existing loop.
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Guided Tour - Rear Panel
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1. 1/4” Inst Input Jack
Connect a guitar, bass, or keyboard output here.
2. XLR Mic Input Jack
Plug your microphone in here. Accepts low impedance dynamic or self
powered condenser microphones.
3. 1/8” Aux Input Jack
Plug your CD or other music playback source in here. (Any stereo source is
summed to mono when recorded.)
4. 1/4” Output Jack
Connect this output to the input of a guitar amplifier, a channel of a mixer,
or headphones.
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5. 1/4” Footswitch Jack
Plug the optional FS3X Footswitch in here. (FS3X functions control next/
previous loop selection and Auto Record on/off.) See pages 35 and 36 for
more information about the FS3X Footswitch.
6. CompactFlash® Card Slot
The JamMan is compatible with Type I CompactFlash® cards up to 2GB in
size. Type II cards and IBM/Hitachi MicrodrivesTM are not supported. New
cards may need to be formatted before use (see page 33 for formatting
instructions). Important: Never remove the CompactFlash card during
recording, playback, overdub, or when the CARD BUSY LED is lit.
note: When the JamMan is shipped from the factory, the CompactFlash
card is held in place with a security bracket. To remove the security bracket,
unscrew and remove the Footswitch input nut with a 12mm nut driver.
After removing the security bracket, replace the nut on the footswitch
input.
7. USB Connection
Plug a USB cable connected to your computer in here for loop transfer to
and from the CompactFlash card.
8. Power Supply Jack
Plug only the PS-0913B power supply in here.
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Making Connections
CD/MP3
Player
MODE
DOWN
Amplifier
(or mixer, or headphones)
UP
DigiTech® FS3X Footswitch
(Optional)
Microphone
CompactFlashTM
Card
CompactFlash
256 MB
Computer
(USB Cable)
Power Supply
Instrument
Instrument and Microphone
Connect a guitar, bass, or keyboard to the Instrument Input jack, or plug a
microphone into the Mic Input jack.
CD/MP3 Player
You can connect an external line level audio source such as a CD or MP3
player to the Aux Input jack and record loops and samples from the external
audio source. See page 17 to learn how to use the Aux Input Record Mode.
Amplifier/Mixer
Connect an amplifier, mixer, or headphones to the 1/4” Output jack.
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Making Connections
DigiTech® FS3X Footswitch (Optional)
Connect the optional FS3X Footswitch to the 1/4” Footswitch jack using a
TRS stereo cable. The FS3X provides hands-free loop selection and enables
the Auto Record feature.
CompactFlash® Card
Insert a formatted Type I CompactFlash® card here (to learn how to format
a CompactFlash card, see page 33). Most CompactFlash cards (except
Microdrives) are Type I. The JamMan® is compatible with Type I cards only,
up to 2GB in size. Important: Never remove the CompactFlash card during
recording, playback, overdub, or when the Card Busy LED is lit.
Computer
Plug in a standard USB cable here and connect it to your computer for loop
transfer to and from the CompactFlash card.
Power Supply
Plug the JamMan into a power source using the supplied power supply (PS0913B).
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Recording an Instrument or
Vocal/Acoustic Phrase
The JamMan® is very simple to use once you set it up for your particular use.
This section explains how to record an instrument or vocal/acoustic phrase
and play it back as a continuous loop. You should have a guitar/instrument
and/or a mic connected before proceeding.
1. Select an empty memory location using the Select knob (the Loop and
Single LEDs will be off).
2. Select Inst/Mic as the recording mode using the Record Mode button.
3. Play or sing and adjust the Inst Level or Mic Level knob so that the Peak
LED lights only occasionally.
4. (Optional) If you would like to perform to a click track, you must first set
a tempo. The rhythm guide track will not be heard until a tempo has been
set. You can set a tempo by tapping the Stop/Tempo footswitch or Tempo
button at the tempo you want to play (see page 23). Adjust the rhythm
level knob to a suitable volume.
5. (Optional) Set the Time Signature to something other than 4/4, if desired.
(See page 28 for more information about Time Signatures.)
6. (Optional) Turn the Auto Rec button on if you want the JamMan® to begin
recording when you start playing.
7. Press the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch to start recording. If a tempo has
been set, the Record LED will flash and there will be a single measure
count-in before recording begins. The Record LED will then light solid
and recording will start. If no tempo has been set, recording will begin
instantly after the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch is pressed. If Auto
Record is enabled, the Record LED will flash after the footswitch is
pressed indicating it is armed for recording. Recording will automatically
begin once you start playing.
8. When you are finished, press either the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch to
have the phrase play back in a repeating loop or press the Stop/Tempo
footswitch to stop recording.
Note: The minimum loop length is 3.5 seconds.
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Once you are finished recording, the Store button will be lit indicating the
phrase must be stored to memory to be recalled later (See the Storing/
Copying Phrases section on page 22). When stored, the Loop LED will light
indicating there is now a phrase stored to the memory location.
Recording with the Aux Input
This section explains how to use the Aux Input for phrase recording and
looping. You should have an audio source connected to the Aux Input
before proceeding.
1. Select an empty memory location using the Select knob (the Loop and
Single LEDs will be off).
2. Press the Record Mode button repeatedly to cycle through the available
Record Modes. Choose one that lights the Aux Input LED. There are four
possible recording modes for the Aux input:
a. AUX INPUT only lit: The unit will record the program material just as it
comes from the source (any stereo material will be mixed to mono).
b. AUX INPUT and CENTER CANCEL lit: Any material that is common to
both stereo channels (usually lead vocals or instruments) will be
removed from the recording. Any stereo processing of the center
channel (reverb, for instance) might not be removed completely.
c. AUX INPUT and FULL RANGE SIM lit: The program material will be
recorded with an equalization curve so that when it is played through
a guitar amp it will more closely retain its original frequency response.
d. AUX INPUT and CENTER CANCEL and FULL RANGE SIM lit: This will
remove center channel material and apply a compensating
equalization as in the two previous modes.
3. Playback the audio source and set its output level so that the Peak LED
lights only occasionally.
4. (Optional) Set the Time Signature to something other than 4/4, if desired.
(See page 28 for more information about Time Signatures.)
5. (Optional) Turn the Auto Rec button on if you want the JamMan® to begin
recording when the audio source begins playback
6. Press the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch to start recording. The Record
LED will then light solid and recording will begin instantly after the
Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch is pressed. If Auto Record is enabled, the
Record LED will flash after the footswitch is pressed indicating it is armed
for recording. Recording will automatically begin once the audio source
starts playing.
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Recording with the Aux Input
7. When you are finished, press either the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch to
have the phrase play back in a repeating loop or press the Stop/Tempo
footswitch to stop recording.
Note: The minimum loop length is 3.5 seconds.
Once you are finished recording, the Store button will be lit indicating the
phrase must be stored to memory to be recalled later (see the Storing/
Copying Phrases section on page 22). When stored, the Loop LED will light
indicating there is now a phrase stored to the memory location.
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Recording Overdubs
Once a loop phrase is recorded, you can add overdubs over the top of it.
Overdubs can only be recorded to Loop phrases and not to Single phrases.
If a phrase has had the tempo changed, it must first be stored to memory
before overdub recording can proceed.
1. Select a previously recorded Loop phrase, or use a newly recorded phrase
that has not yet been stored. The Loop LED must be lit if a previously
recorded phrase is selected.
2. Select the inputs you want to record using the Record Mode button.
3. Play or sing and adjust the Inst Level and Mic Level knobs so that the
Peak LED lights only occasionally if using the Instrument or Mic inputs.
If using the Aux inputs, adjust the output level of the audio source so that
the Peak LED lights only occasionally.
4. Press the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch. The Play LED will light and the
phrase will begin playing.
5. Press and release the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch again to begin overdub
recording. The Overdub LED will now light and any performance or
audio introduced on the selected input will now be recorded along with
the playback.
6. When you have an overdub you are happy with, press the Rec/Play/
Overdub footswitch to end the overdub session and continue playback,
or press the stop/tempo footswitch. If you want to undo the last overdub,
press and hold the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch for two seconds. This will
remove the last overdub take that was recorded. Pressing and holding the
footswitch again will redo the last overdub.
Note: The Undo feature only works on the last overdub. (For more
information on Undo and Redo, see page 21.)
7. You can continue adding overdubs by continuing to press the Rec/Play/
Overdub footswitch. Each time an overdub is added, the last overdub is
merged with the original loop and it can no longer be undone using the
Undo feature.
8. Once you are finished, press the Stop/Tempo footswitch to stop playback/
overdubbing.
Note: The minimum loop length is 3.5 seconds.
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Recording Overdubs
The Store button lights as soon as any changes to the loop have been made,
indicating the phrase must be stored to memory to be recalled later (see the
Storing/Copying Phrases section on page 22). If you don’t want to store
the overdubs, press and hold the Stop/TEmpo footswitch for two seconds to
clear any unstored audio and leave the original loop intact. Selecting another
loop will also clear any unsaved overdubs from memory. Once overdubs are
stored to memory, the undo and clear functions are no longer available.
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Undo, Redo, and Clear
You can undo your last overdub anytime the current loop number selection
remains unchanged. If you change your mind after undoing something, you
can redo it.
Note: Changing loops or plugging into a computer via USB discards any
unstored changes. Storing the changes will remove the ability to undo or
clear overdubs.
Undo an Overdub
Press and hold the REc/play/overdub footswitch for two seconds to undo
your last overdub. The Overdub LED flashes when the undo takes place.
Redo an Overdub
Press and hold the REC/play/overdub footswitch to redo the last undo; the
Overdub LED flashes to indicate the action has been performed.
Clear Overdubs/Unsaved Phrases
Press and hold the stop/tempo footswitch for two seconds to clear the
unstored recording/overdubs. The Record LED will flash to confirm the
clearing. If the loop had been previously stored, the clear action will only
clear unsaved phrases and overdubs but leave the original loop that had
been stored untouched.
Changing to a different loop also clears any unsaved phrases and overdubs.
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Storing/Copying Phrases
Anytime a change is made to a loop memory location (Rhythm Type,
Tempo, Time Signature, Record, Overdubs etc.) the Store button LED
will immediately light indicating that the changes will be lost unless a store
procedure is performed before selecting a new loop memory location,
turning off the power, or connecting to the computer via USB.
Store Changes to a Loop
1. Stop any playback or recording activity using the STOP/TEMPO footswitch.
2. Press the store button. The STORE button and the DISPLAY will begin to
flash (the display shows the current loop memory location).
3. (Optional)Turn the SELECT knob to select an empty loop memory location
to store the loop with its changes (the LOOP or SINGLE LEDs are off), or
press EXIT to abort.
4. Press the STORE button again. The changes are now saved and the STORE
button turns off.
Note: Loops whose tempo has been sped up or slowed down take longer to
store than normal loops.
Copy a Loop to a Different Memory Location
1. Stop any playback or record activity using the STOP/TEMPO footswitch.
2. Select a memory location that contains a loop (either the Loop or single
LED is lit).
3. Press the Store button. The display and the store button LED flash.
4. Turn the select knob until an empty memory location is selected (the
Loop and Single LEDs are off), or press exit to abort.
5. Press the Store button again. The loop is now copied to the new memory
location.
Note: The Clear and Overdub Undo/Redo functions cannot be performed
after a Store/Copy procedure.
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Setting a Loop Tempo for Recording
Before you begin recording a phrase, you may want to set a tempo at which
you want to record the loop at. Setting the tempo in an empty loop memory
location automatically starts playing the rhythm guide track (Rhythm Level
must be turned up to hear it). You can use the rhythm guide track as a
metronome for recording against to help keep a consistent tempo of your
performance. To set the tempo for recording, follow these steps:
1. Select an empty loop memory location (LOOP and SINGLE LEDs are off).
2. Tap the TEMPO button or STOP/TEMPO footswitch at least twice. The TEMPO
button will flash at the tempo that has been tapped.
3. Turn up the RHYtHM LEVEL (if it hasn’t been already) to hear the rhythm
guide track.
4. Begin recording by pressing the REC/PLAY/OVERDUB footswitch.
If you want to set up a memory location with a tempo but not record to it,
you can just follow steps 1-3, but you must store the newly set tempo using
the Store procedure (see page 22). When you return to the empty loop
location, the tempo will already be set and the rhythm guide track will begin
playing automatically.
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Auto Record Mode
The AUTO REC (auto record) button starts recording when you start playing.
Press this button on an empty track (you can’t auto-record on an existing
track) and the button lights. Now when you press the REC/play/overdub
footswitch, the JamMan® is armed for recording but won’t start recording
until you start playing (the Record LED will flash to show that the JamMan
is armed). The JamMan monitors the input level and starts the recording
when it detects an audio signal.
If you’ve tapped in a tempo, the rhythm guide track playback will restart
at the beginning of recording. If not, the rhythm guide track playback will
begin when you finish recording and begin loop playback. Once recording
starts, the Auto Rec LED will turn off.
Changing the loop number while AUTO REC is active will preserve the AUTO
REC state on empty loops (the LED will turn off when an existing loop is
selected).
To turn off Auto Record, press the Auto Rec button until its LED is off.
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Stop Modes
Loop Phrases can be stopped in two ways: Immediately stop when the
Stop/Tempo footswitch is pressed or finish playing through to the end of
the phrase and stop. These two Stop Modes are called Stop and Finish. To
change Stop Modes, follow these steps:
1. Press the
button. It will now be lit.
2. Press the Record Mode button. The two Stop Modes are labeled to the
right of the Record Mode LEDs. Select the LED which is labeled with the
Stop Mode you want to use.
3. Press the Exit button.
4. Press the store button twice to store the changes, if desired.
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Changing Loop Tempo
Once a loop phrase is recorded, you can speed up or slow down the playback
of the phrase without changing its pitch. Once a phrase has had the tempo
changed, it must first be stored to memory before any overdubs can be
added. Storing a changed tempo is permanent and the original tempo
cannot be restored. To change a loop’s tempo, follow these steps:
1. Select a previously recorded Loop phrase (Loop or single LED is lit)
using the Select knob. The Tempo button will begin flashing at the
phrase’s stored tempo.
2. To change the phrase tempo, tap either the Tempo button or the Stop/
Tempo footswitch while the loop is stopped (or just the tempo button
while the loop is playing) at the rate you want playback to continue.
Tapping quicker than the stored tempo rate will speed up playback while
tapping slower than the stored tempo rate will slow down playback.
3. To return to the original tempo, press and hold the Tempo button for two
seconds and the phrase will return to the original stored tempo.
4. The Store button will light to indicate this change must be stored if it is to
be recalled later.
5. Press the store button twice to store the changes, if desired.
You can play along with the adjusted playback speed and still be in tune
since the pitch does not change based on playback speed. Overdubs can
only be added after the new tempo is stored to memory first.
Note: Loops whose tempo has been sped up or slowed down take longer to
store than normal loops.
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Loop / Single Phrases
Any phrase recorded into the JamMan® can be played in two ways: either
as a continuous Loop, or as a Single “one-shot” sample. Single phrases are
designed to play through only once and stop. All phrases are recorded as
loops first but they can be changed to a Single if desired and can always be
changed back to Loops later without harming the phrase. To change between
Single and Loop, follow these steps:
1. Select a previously recorded Loop phrase (Loop LED is lit) using the
Select knob.
2. Press the Loop/Single button. The Loop LED will turn off and the Single
LED will now turn on indicating the phrase will now play back once when
the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch is pressed.
3. The Store button will light to indicate this change must be stored if it is to
be recalled later.
4. Press the store button twice to store the changes, if desired.
Single phrases cannot have overdubs added to them. Repeated presses of
the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch will just restart the Single phrase playback
from the beginning.
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Time Signature
The JamMan® is capable of recording in different Time Signatures. A Time
Signature must be set up prior to recording in a memory location. Once
a phrase has been recorded, Time Signature cannot be changed. To set the
Time Signature, follow these steps:
1. Select a new memory location. (The Loop LED and Single LED will be
off.)
2. Press the
button. It will now be lit.
3. Press the
button. The Display will now show the number
4 indicating the default Time Signature of four beats per measure.
4. Use the Select knob to change the Time Signature. You can select from
two to 15 beats per measure. This means if you want to record in 5/4 time,
select 5. To record in 7/8 time, select 7, and so forth.
The Store button will light when Time Signature is changed but you can
immediately begin recording without having to store this change first. The
LED will light red for the downbeat and then green for the
rest of the beats of the measure if a tempo has been set up.
When you press the
button while a recorded loop is
selected, the loop’s Time Signature appears in the Display, but it cannot be
changed.
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Rhythm Type
The JamMan® has several Rhythm Type guide tracks you can select from.
These range from a simple click metronome to using high quality drum
samples as the rhythm guide (a tempo must be set and the rhythm level must
be turned up to hear the rhythm). To change the Rhythm Type, follow these
steps:
1. Select a memory location.
2. If the memory location is empty (Loop and single LEDs are off), set
a tempo (see page 23). If the memory location contains a loop (Loop
or single LED is on), press the rec/play/overdub footswitch to start
playback.
3. Press the
button. It will now be lit.
4. Press the
button. The Display will now show r1 indicating
the default Rhythm Type which is a standard metronome. Turn up the
Rhythm Level if you don’t hear the metronome.
5. Rotate the SELECT knob to choose your desired rhythm sound (designated
oF [off], and r1 – r9 in the display). Selecting of turns the rhythm sound
off even if the rhythm level is up.
6. If the memory location is empty, press the rec/play/overdub footswitch
to begin recording. If the memory location contains a loop, press the stop/
tempo footswitch to stop playback, then press the store button twice to
save the new Rhythm Type.
Rhythm Types
oF – Off
r1 – Wood Blocks
r2 – Sticks
r3 – Click
r4 – Alternative Kick / High Hat
r5 – Studio Kick / High Hat
r6 – Techno Kick / High Hat
r7 – Cowbell
r8 – Conga
r9 – Tambourine
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USB File Transfer
The JamMan® features a USB port which is used for file transfer of loops to
and from your computer. We recommend only connecting the JamMan to
computers using Windows® XP and Mac® OS X operating systems. Once the
JamMan is connected to your computer with a CompactFlash® card inserted,
it will appear as a removable hard drive in your system. The card that is
shipped with the JamMan will appear as a drive named “JAMMAN”. Using
other cards will not necessarily have the same name.
When you double-click on this new drive, a JAMMAN directory/folder
will be present. Inside the JAMMAN directory are all the loop phrase
subdirectories named LOOP01 through LOOP99, depending on which
memory locations have recorded phrases. Only loop memory locations
that have recorded phrases will have directories available. Each LOOPXX
directory contains two files, a LOOP.WAV file which is the actual recorded
data and a LOOP.XML which contains setup information. It is important
that these are never separated as the .XML file has important information
about how the JamMan handles the LOOP.WAV file and what attributes are
saved with it. You can freely exchange the LOOPXX directories back an
forth between the JamMan and the computer just as you would other files.
Just be sure to move the whole LOOPXX directory and not the individual
files inside.
Exchange Files Between Your Computer and the
JamMan®
Windows XP
1. Stop any playback/recording/overdubbing on the JamMan.
2. Connect a USB cable from your computer to the USB jack on the
JamMan’s rear panel. The JamMan Display will read CF, indicating it is
now being used as a CompactFlash card reader.
3. Double-click the My Computer icon on your computer’s desktop. There
should be a new removable drive named JAMMAN.
4. Double-click the JAMMAN drive. You will now see all the loop
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USB File Transfer
directories that have been recorded.
5. To move them from the card to your computer, either drag them to your
computer’s desktop or select the directories you wish to move and select
Edit>Copy in the task bar.
6. Open a different directory on your computer and select Edit>Paste. The
loop directories copied will now be pasted in this location.
7. Right-click the JAMMAN drive and select Eject before removing the
CompactFlash® card or unplugging the USB cable.
Moving loop directories from your computer is done in the same manner.
Select the loop directory on the computer and move it into the JAMMAN
directory by dragging or using the Copy/Paste commands.
Mac OS X
1. Stop any playback/recording/overdubbing on the JamMan®.
2. Connect a USB cable from your computer to the USB jack on the
JamMan’s rear panel. The JamMan Display will read CF, indicating it is
now being used as a CompactFlash® card reader.
3. A new removable drive will appear on your computer’s desktop named
JAMMAN
4. Double-click the JAMMAN drive. You will now see all the loop folders
that have been recorded.
5. To move them from the card to your computer, either drag them to your
computer’s desktop or select the folder(s) you wish to move and select
File>Edit>Copy in the task bar.
6. Open a different folder on your computer and select File>Edit>Paste.
The loop folders copied will now be pasted in this location.
7. Eject the JAMMAN drive before removing the CompactFlash card or
unplugging the USB cable.
Moving loop folders from your computer is done in the same manner. Select
the loop folder on the computer and move it into the JAMMAN directory
by dragging or using the Copy/Paste commands.
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Deleting Phrases
The JamMan® has 99 memory locations and at some time you may need to
delete the contents of a memory location so it may be reused. To delete a
loop from a memory location, follow these steps:
1. Press the
button. It will now be lit.
2. Press the
button. This button will now flash waiting for a delete
confirmation. (Press exit at this point to abort the Delete procedure.)
3. If you want to delete all contents from this memory location and return
it to its default state, press and hold the
button for two seconds.
The Display will then read dE indicating the delete procedure is complete.
Warning: Deleting a memory location is irreversible and will erase
any recorded information that resides here. Use the Delete function with
caution.
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Erasing All Loops /
Formatting the CompactFlash® Card
The JamMan® has two types of card erase procedures: Erase Loops and
Format Card. The Erase Loops procedure only erases JamMan loop data.
All other data and files on the card are left untouched. The Format Card
procedure erases all data and files on the CompactFlash® card. To use either
of these two procedures follow these steps:
Erase Loops
1. Press and hold the
, Store and
buttons simultaneously
for two seconds. The display will show EL (Erase Loops) and the
button will flash.
2. Press the
button. The display reads E? (Erase Loops?) and the
button continues to flash. To abort this procedure, press the exit
button.
3. To erase all loop data, press and hold the
button for two seconds.
The Card Busy LED beside the display will light indicating the card is
erasing data.
Format a CompactFlash Card
1. Press and hold the
, Store and
buttons simultaneously
for two seconds. The display will show EL (Erase Loops) and the
button will flash.
2. Rotate the Select knob and FO (Format) will appear in the display.
3. Press the
button. F? (Format ?) will now appear in the display
(the
button will continue to flash). To abort this procedure, press
the exit button.
4. To initiate the card formatting procedure, press and hold the
button for two seconds. The Card Busy LED beside the display will light
indicating the card is being formatted.
Note: When using a different CompactFlash card than the one that came
with the JamMan, it is recommended that you format it using the procedure
outlined above before using it with the JamMan.
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Erasing All Loops /
Formatting the CompactFlash® Card
Unformatted Cards
If a card is inserted into the JamMan that does not have a valid format, the
JamMan® will not recognize it and the Display will read nF. The card must
be formatted before the JamMan can use it. To format the card, follow these
steps:
1. While the Display reads nF, the
button will begin flashing
prompting for a format confirmation.
2. Press the flashing
button. The Display will read F? and the
button will continue to flash. You can press the exit button to
abort the procedure.
3. To initiate the card formatting procedure, press and hold the
button for two seconds. The Card Busy LED beside the Display will light
indicating the card is being formatted.
Once completed, the Display will show 1, the Inst/Mic LED will light next to
the Record Mode button, and the card is now ready for recording.
WARNING: Using these procedures will permanently erase data from the
CompactFlash® card. Use them with extreme caution.
note: When the JamMan is shipped from the factory, the CompactFlash
card is held in place with a security bracket. To remove the security bracket,
unscrew and remove the Footswitch input nut with a 12mm nut driver.
After removing the security bracket, replace the nut on the footswitch
input.
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Optional FS3X Footswitch
MODE
Turns Auto Record on and off.
UP
Selects the next higher memory location.
DOWN
Selects the next lower memory location.
The optional FS3X Footswitch gives you hands-free control over loop
selection and Auto Record functions.
Mode Switch
Turns the Auto Record feature on and off.
Down Switch
Selects the next lower memory location. Press and hold for two seconds to
scroll through the memory locations more quickly.
Up Switch
Selects the next higher memory location. Press and hold for two seconds to
scroll through the memory locations more quickly.
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Multiple Loop Playback Using the FS3X
Another great feature of the JamMan® is its ability to play different loops
back to back during performance using the optional FS3X Footswitch. This
lets you play a verse > chorus > verse > bridge progression seamlessly using
three different loops.
To set up multiple loops for verse/chorus/verse/bridge playback, follow these
steps:
1. Record the verse loop and store it to memory location 1.
2. Record the chorus loop and store it to memory location 2.
3. Record the bridge loop and store it to memory location 3.
To use these three loops in a performance, follow these steps:
1. Select Loop 1 (verse loop) and press the Rec/Play/Overdub footswitch.
Loop 1 will begin playing back.
2. To switch to Loop 2 (chorus loop), press the Up footswitch on the FS3X at
least two seconds before the end of Loop 1. Once Loop 2 is selected, the
Display will show a flashing 2, indicating Loop 2 is cued up to play once
Loop 1 finishes. Once Loop 2 begins playing, the Display will stop flashing.
3. To select Loop 1 again, press the Down footswitch on the FS3X.
4. After Loop 1 begins playing again, you can then select Loop 3 (bridge
loop) by pressing the Up footswitch twice. The Display will show a flashing
3.
Memory locations 1, 2, and 3 are used for this example, but any memory
locations can be used for multiple loop playback. (See page 22 for more
information about storing loops.)
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Pressing either the Up or Down footswitch on the FS3X less than two seconds
before the end of a loop that is playing will not give the JamMan enough
time to cue up the next loop and the current loop will play one more time.
If any overdubs were recorded during this type of performance, they will be
lost when the next loop is selected and begins playing back. You can also use
the Select knob to change loops during playback.
CompactFlash® Capacity
Specifications
The JamMan® supports Type I CompactFlash® cards up to 2GB. The
following table shows approximate storage capacity in minutes for standard
CompactFlash card sizes, based on 44.1 KHz 16 bit mono audio files.
Memory Size in MB
Record Time in Minutes*
8
1.5
16
3
32
6
64
12
128
24
256
48
512
96
1024
193
2048
387
When the CompactFlash card becomes full, the JamMan’s display will
briefly show dF, and the current recording (or overdub) will be lost. To free
up some memory on a full card, you can either delete some phrases (page
32) or erase all the phrases on the card (page 33).
note: When the JamMan is shipped from the factory, the CompactFlash
card is held in place with a security bracket. To remove the security bracket,
unscrew and remove the Footswitch input nut with a 12mm nut driver.
After removing the security bracket, replace the nut on the footswitch
input.
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Specifications
*Approximate values
Digital
A/D/A Converters:24-bit audio
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
USB
Type: USB 1.1 Full Speed, supports USB 2.0
Protocol: Mass Storage
Connector: Type B
Memory
CompactFlash®: Type I solid state only (Type II cards or IBM/
Hitachi M
icrodrives™ not supported)
Size: 8 MB to 2 GB
Capacity: 1 minute per 5.29 MB, 99 loops per card
File Format: FAT16 only
Audio Format: Uncompressed .wav 44.1 kHz 16 bit mono
Inputs/Outputs
Instrument/Guitar Input: 1/4” Unbalanced (Tip-Sleeve)
Input Impedance: 1 MOhms
Maximum Input Level: 11 dBu
Microphone Input:XLR Balanced (Female XLR, pin 2 Hot), not powered
Input Impedance: 600 Ohms balanced
Maximum Input Level: -7.5 dBu
Auxiliary Input: 1/8” Stereo (Tip-Ring-Sleeve), sums to mono
Input Impedance: 20 kOhms
Maximum Input Level: 0 dBu
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Specifications
Footswitch: 1/4” jack (Tip-Ring-Sleeve)
compatible with optional FS3X
Line/Headphone Output:1/4” Mono (Tip-Ring-Sleeve)
Stereo headphone compatible with 50 Ohms minimum impedance, driven by mono signal
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
Maximum Output Level: 10 dBu
Power
US and Canada:
120 VAC, 60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 120
Japan:100 VAC, 50/60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 100
Europe:230 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 230
UK:240 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B - 240
Power Input:
9 VAC 1.3 A
Power Consumption:
7 Watts
General
Dimensions: 6.7” Width x 5.6” Length x 2.6” Height
Weight:
2.88 lbs
DigiTech® engineers are constantly working to improve the quality of our
products. Specifications are therefore subject to change without notice.
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