About Joseph_Inviere

Recording Artist, Music Producer & Graphic Designer. Music for fans of experimental rock and Hip Hop

JamMan Express Stereo Looper! (review)

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JamMan Express

Features

  • 10 minutes of Stereo recording time
  • True-bypass
  • JamSync
  • Silent Clear
  • Separate LEDs for Record, Overdub, and Play Status
  • Unlimited Overdubs with Undo and Redo
  • Works with 9V battery or 9VDC Power Supply (sold separately)
  • Durable metal chassis and foot switch
  • 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate

I’ve been using this pedal for a while now, and I have nothing but amazing results with it. In this edition I want to share with you all my review of the DigiTech Jamman Express looper pedal. Simple to use, and quick to learn. This pedal has helped me create music faster and helped me improve my playing as well. Lets get it!

Here’s a Video of my First Looper Jam!

Start making music Fast!

Once you connect the pedal, you’re ready to start making music. No complicated controls to learn, or complex set up. Connect your guitar into the input, and run straight into your amp or DI box for recording. Use a power supply to make sure you can keep playing for as long as you want! The 9 volt battery (comes included!) lasts for about 2 hours, but you’ll want to run this pedal with a power supply. The unit comes with two inputs, and two outputs if you want more flexibility with your sound.

Making your first loops…

Live looping can be hard at first, but with practice it becomes like second nature. If you’re used to recording your own music, you might be able to pick it up faster. When you create a loop, you’re making a recording of your playing. So if you are already familiar with recording yourself, it might be easier for you.

When making good loops, it helps if you have a good sense of rhythm and can count your bars. Once you play your first phrase (about 4 or 8 bars) you can start recording your loop. To do this step on the switch once. When recording, the built in LED will show a solid Red light. I like to play what I’m going to loop a few times before I start recording. This helps me make sure I’m playing everything right, and helps the loop remain tight and on time. After you record your first loop, step on the switch once more to stop the recording and begin playback. The pedal does this for you, so there is no gap in the time. Now you have your first loop! You can play over the loop, or add layers with overdubbing.

Overdubbing your loop…

Now that you have a killer loop recorded, you can roll your volume controls up and solo over the recording! But if you want to add more to your masterpiece, you can do this by “Overdubbing”. When you create an overdub, you are layering recordings on top of each other. This can “thicken” your original recording, or you can add melodies as well.

To start your overdub, step on the switch once more while the first loop is playing. This will turn on the yellow, or amber LED. You’re going to want to be ready to play once you start recording your overdub. when finished playing the extra parts, press the switch once more to resume your loop. You can record as many loops as you want. My only word of caution here is that you can only un-do one level of recordings. This means that if you record an overdub, and then record another one, you will only be able to un-do the second over dub. The first overdub you played will still be there. If you try to erase the first dub the pedal will bring back the erased loop. If you commit to recording overdubs, you need to remember you can only erase the most recent recording!

If you don’t like what’s recorded, you can Un-do your overdub as easy as recording it! To un-do your overdub, press and hold the switch down for about 2 seconds. This will make the yellow LED begin to flash. This enables an amazing feature only found on DigiTech loopers, “Silent Clear”. This feature lets you erase the overdubs, and main recording without the loop playing. This is an AWESOME feature, because it doesn’t ruin your live show or studio recordings. This makes playing loops with this pedal super smooth live, and helps keep the show flowing.

Ending your loop and erasing…

Now that you have created your loop with overdubs, it’s time to finish your song. This part is a little tricky at first because your timing has to be spot on. To end your loops you need to do a “Double-tap” on the foot switch. This means pressing the foot switch twice, and playing the ending to your song. I find it best to do the double-tap in beat with the song. This helps you mentally prepare to play the outro of your song while still remaining in time with the loop. This can be hard at first, but with practice you’ll get it!

Conclusion…

There you have it! A quick and painless intro and review of the DigiTech Jamman looper pedal. If you would like to get one of your own, I’ve placed a link to Amazon below. I’ve also included links to some more sweet equipment I suggest using with your Looper.

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If you are new to guitar and want to learn how to play, I’ve included a link to a six month prepaid gift card for Fender Play. Fender Play is an online guitar course for beginners taught by the amazing people at Fender. I highly suggest starting your musical journey with the people at Fender. You’ll be learning everything you need to start playing guitar, and your favorite songs as well. I’ll be working on a more in depth review of Fender play later this month, so come back once that’s posted!

If you have questions about the looper pedal, or any of the stuff we covered in this post make sure to leave a comment below! Thanks again for visiting the blog and make sure to subscribe for future posts! Until next time keep the fight alive!

Additional Gear!

Fender Play

Get started learning Guitar with Fender Play! – https://amzn.to/2N5JBvo

Donner Dp-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply

Power your pedals with a Power Supply! – https://amzn.to/2x6bNEt

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Morning Pages…

Pen-And-pad

Gather your thoughts, put them on paper and create.

Have you ever had that feeling of frustration when you couldn’t come up with anything new? I had been struggling with my attempts at coming up with some new visual styles in the past few days. So I had been getting down on myself for a while before trying something new.

I had never heard of “Morning Pages” before today. So, wanting to try anything that would get the creative juices flowing again I wrote my first three pages. These were nothing groundbreaking, thoughts and affirmations that I felt at the time. Nothing was off limits, and nothing was stupid or lame. What I wrote didn’t matter. What was most important was the act of writing.

This helped my mind get into the “Mode”, if you will. After writing these pages I felt okay, and had cleared my head of all self-doubt. Before I knew it I was working on a new project, and had formed an idea in my head.

So I recommend that you try writing a few pages when you have time in the morning. This was something that I am happy to have found, and I plan on trying this every morning for the rest of the week. I will plan on posting the final products here for everyone to check out.

Until next time, keep up the good work and stay inspired.

.Inviere

3 Reasons to blog your music!

how-blogging-worksSo in this day and age everyone has a blog (Yes, even your grandmother!). It could be in the form of a Facebook profile or Page, Twitter or here on WordPress. Everyone is creating content, and everyone is placing it online. I want to go over the importance of creating and managing a blog to share and promote your music! Let’s get to it!

I’m sure you all know what a blog is, but if not here’s a very…very short description. A blog is an online journal composed of articles called “Posts”. These posts include text and media like photos, video’s, and music tracks from around the web.

There are TONS of ways to create a blog, but I will not be going over how to create one. I want to focus on some of the main reasons I blog and why they can help you develop a bigger following as well.

Develops a larger fan base…

When you create content on a regular basis, you give your fans or followers more chances to learn about you. When you make a post about your latest tour, you show them what they missed if they didn’t make it to your show. When you post a video performance of your new single, it gives them something that they won’t find anywhere else. Once they see they you post exclusive content to your blog, they’re going to want to visit more often!

Your followers can keep up to date on Twitter, they can see your coolest moments via Instagram. They can go behind the scenes by reading your blog! Your Blog (and social media in general) gives them insight into your work on the stage and off. By reading your blog, you want your fans to develop a closer relationship with you and your work. This is great in marketing and promotion, but it’s cool to know that you have people that enjoy what you are creating.

*Quick tip: If you post content primarily on Social media, make sure to ALWAYS link back to your blog site. Think of your Social media posts as the appetizer and your blog post as the main course!

Expands your reach..

Creating content on a regular basis increases opportunities for your fans to discover your work. This also generates opportunities for your content to come up in search engines. As your followers come back to your blog, the chances of them using a search engine to find your blog increases.

This is good because search engines are always looking for new content to categorize. Search engines discover which websites are growing and how active they are. The more active your blog is, the higher your search ranking. Everything that you post can be another opportunity for a fan to discover your content via search engines.

Broadcast your own news…

If you take away anything from what I posted today I hope that it is this. With a blog you can announce your own news, your own way. You can tell your own personal story as you play shows, or write your songs. At the very least, a blog lets you share concert dates, a few photos from the road, ect. Share all your music related events when creating content for your blog.

But you want more than a list of tour dates, you want to share the cool moments that make creating music so awesome. This is your time to let your music life shine. The more open you are, the more your fans are going to want to get to know you.

That’s it! Those are my top three reasons I blog, and why you should to. It has helped me with sharing my music and has given me a platform to share my work with you! I hope these tips help you, and help encourage you to start writing about your own musical path. If you have any more tips on blogging, or have questions about starting a new blog, make sure to leave a comment below!

Thanks again!

.Invere

Waiting for a Jett to land…

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Our First photo of Jett!

Happy Friday! In my last post about my life outside of music, I announced some sad news about my baby girl Aria. I also announced some happy news about her new baby brother. Has the months progressed, we’ve had doctor visits and tons of good news! So in this edition I want to share some more happy news! Let’s get it

The last few months have been a time of switching gears and preparation for the next chapter of life. My girlfriend and I have been in our new home for about 6 or 7 months now, and we are still trying to make it a home. During that time we found out that we will be having another child. This time it will be a little boy!

With everything that happened with our baby girl, we were very cautious. To be honest, we were a little scared of what might happen. From the start, we were thankful to have another chance at raising a child. This time we were more guarded than we were the first time. It took us a while to even announce that we were going to have another child, and for good reason.

I’ve never been one to count my blessings before they happen. So I urged my girlfriend to keep things under wraps until we knew our son was well on his way. It was hard keeping this secret from loved ones and friends, but we let everyone know that a Jett was about to land!

If you haven’t guessed it by now, we’ve decided to name our boy “Jett”. So far Jett has been very mellow, and only recently has he begun to rumble in Momma’s tummy! We are beyond excited to bring him up and have so many hopes and plans for him! So the next few months are going to be fun, tiring, and spent preparing for our son to get here.

I try not to be as closed off has I’ve been in the past, and I want to share more with my followers. But sometimes it’s hard, and I don’t know what to expect when I post these things. I’ve removed a lot of the negativity from my life while getting ready for everything. I don’t want any bad vibes anymore. So I find myself more and more protective of the peace of mind that I have developed over the past few months. I felt like sharing this news with everyone that has supported me and all the work that I have done over the years.

I thank you for always being here, and for supporting my work and new family. There have been some dark times, but the light will always break through!

Until next time, please be safe and enjoy the weekend! Pelase comment your thoughts on the name, “Jett”. Also, feel free to share your baby stories in the comment section below!

.Inviere