Digitech releases JamMan Vocal XT stompbox looper

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Digitech has announced the release of the JamMan Vocal XT, a new stompbox looper that makes looping easier than ever before by giving vocalists the ability to create harmonies or rhythmic counterpoints with simple presses of a footswitch.

Digitech JamMan Vocal XT

A vocalist can connect their favorite mic directly to the JamMan Vocal XT and its built-in studio quality dbx® mic preamp with phantom power will retain true vocal tone ensuring original vocals and loops sound crystal clear.

The JamMan Vocal XT features up to 10 minutes of stereo looping and SilentClear™ technology, which clears the pedal’s loop memory without starting playback first. The pedal also provides the ability for a vocalist to link together multiple JamMan Vocal, Express or Solo XT’s through an innovative pedal-linking capability called JamSync.

JamMan Vocal XT features

  • 10 minutes of looping time.
  • Built-in dbx® Mic Preamp.
  • +48V Phantom Power.
  • XLR Input & Output.
  • JamSync™ – automatically synchronizes with other JamSync-enabled JamMan pedals.
  • Silent Clear™ – clears loop memory without starting playback first.
  • Separate LEDs for Record, Overdub, and Play Status.
  • Unlimited Overdubs with Undo and Redo.
  • Included 9VDC Power Supply.
  • Durable metal chassis and footswitch.
  • 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate.

The JamMan Vocal XT is available for purchase for a suggested retail price of $229.95 USD.

More information: Digitech / JamMan Vocal XT

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DigiTech ships JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper

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DigiTech JamMan Express XT

DigiTech has announced that the JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper/phrase sampler is now shipping.

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.

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.

“We designed the JamMan Express XT to offer players great value as the most user-friendly and compact looping pedal available,” said Scott Klimt, marketing manager, DigiTech. “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 designed to do it all.”

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 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 is available to purchase for MSRP $149.95 USD.

More information: DigiTech / JamMan Express XT

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DigiTech intros iStomp programmable stompbox

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DigiTech has announced the introduction of the iStomp pedal, an entirely new concept in guitar stompboxes that allows musicians to program the effect pedal with any sound they want – and change it at any time.

Offering almost limitless sonic possibilities, the iStomp connects to an iPod Touch®, iPhone®, or iPad® enabling musicians to load the effect of their choice into the iStomp.

DigiTech iStomp

“The iStomp ushers in a new era in effects pedal functionality,” said Rob Urry, vice president, HARMAN Professional Division and general manager of Signal Processing and Amplifier Business Units. “Until now, guitarists and musicians had to buy a separate pedal for each effect they wanted and a separate pedal for different tones of the same effect. Now, musicians can buy an iStomp and configure an effect exactly the way they want, and later, they can simply download a different tone of that same effect or download an entirely different effect if they want to try something new.”

The iStomp pedal connects to an Apple iOS device using the DigiTech Smart Cable that comes with the iStomp. Once connected, the DigiTech Stomp Shop provides two of the most popular requested effects, the DigiTech Total Recall Delay and the DigiTech Redline Overdrive with the initial purchase. The app also offers access to additional effects that iStomp owners can browse, try out, and purchase for their stompbox. The iStomp pedal has four knobs to control effects parameters, which change their function according to which effect is loaded.

iStomp features

  • iStomp works like all other stompboxes on the market.
  • Turn the iStomp into any pedal available in the Stomp Shop.
  • Stomp Shop offers more than 20 different pedals to choose from.
  • More pedals will be continually added to the Stomp Shop.
  • User defined custom LED color for any pedal loaded to the iStomp.
  • Die-cut removable custom labels for multiple pedals included.
  • True stereo in and stereo out.
  • Stomp Shop Apps saves all your pedals in the app.
  • Compatible with all models of iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad running iOS 4 or later.

The DigiTech iStomp will begin shipping in January 2012 at $229.95 USD suggested retail. The iStomp pedal comes with an iOS authorization cable, power supply and the two initial downloads. Additional downloads are available for $4.99 USD to $19.99 USD each.

More information: DigiTech / iStomp

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Wavesfactory releases RoyalGuitar for Kontakt

Wavesfactory RoyalGuitar

Wavesfactory has released RoyalGuitar, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Have you ever imagined having the most distinctive guitar sounds in rock history? You can achieve that with RoyalGuitar.

We sampled the Brian May (Queen) signature sound with a Red Special guitar through a Digitech pedal.

RoyalGuitar features

  • 2 main sounds from different amps: Voxy and Deacy.
  • The Deacy amp was designed in early 70s by Queen bassist John Deacon. This amplifer produces a trumpet-like or orchestral sound that has been used in all Queen songs. Brian used to record all his famous multi-layered orchestral guitar harmonies with this amp.
  • Custom GUI and script for control over Volume, Pan, Attack, Release and EQ from the two amplifiers separetly in the same instrument, so the combinations are endless.
  • 383 MB installed. Full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or superior required. Kontakt Player will run in demo mode.

RoyalGuitar for Kontakt is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / RoyalGuitar

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DigiTech announces Lyra, limited edition Eternal Descent multi-effects pedal

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DigiTech has announced the Lyra, a multi-effects pedeal which brings Eternal Descent main character Lyra to life.

DigiTech Lyra

Eternal Descent is a comic book and music series unlike any other – and so is the new Eternal Descent Lyra, a limited edition multi-effects pedal that brings the sound of the globally popular series to guitarists everywhere.

Eternal Descent is a cross-genre story that blends elements of fantasy, action, music, superhero, gothic, science fiction, supernatural and other elements into an ongoing saga featuring Lyra, the series’ heroine. Lyra is a rock singer who is quick-witted, beautiful, talented, has attitude to spare – and is immersed in a battle with demons both internal and awaiting her at every turn.

Music is integral to Eternal Descent. Created by writer Llexi Leon, the comics revolve around the exploits of Lyra and her band, Constellation Nine, and rock and metal bands like Static X, Atreyu, Firewind, Shadows Fall and others have made guest appearances. A series of albums have been released that bring the comic to life with music created specifically for the series.

Featuring the Eternal Descent logo, distinctive Lyra graphic and a dark metallic purple finish, the DigiTech Lyra delivers the signature tones, sounds and effects that legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss and others) and his team used to record the Eternal Descent albums. Seven preset tones, from clean to moderate overdrive to crushing distortion are available that match seven songs from the albums.

Each preset tone can be further modified by the Lyra’s Gain and FX Mix knobs. When the knobs are in the 12 o’clock position, the sound matches the sound of the actual song. Turning the Gain knob left or right increases or decreases the amount of amp/distortion gain, while turning the FX Mix knob left or right increases or decreases the amount of the modulation, delay and reverb effects for each of the seven presets. A Level knob controls the output volume. The pedal has mono and stereo outputs and can be powered by a 9V battery or the included AC power supply.

The DigiTech Lyra is expected to ship in March 2011 priced at an estimated £159 RRP inc VAT in the UK.

More information: DigiTech

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