DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT Looper – Review

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JamMan Vocal XT

JamMan Vocal XT

Looper Category: Type 1 (category definitions)

Target Setup: jamming/practice or live band performance

Competitive Position: The Vocal XT is specifically made for looper musicians who want to use it for microphone recording. The typical application is singing, beat-boxing, or mic’d acoustic. The closest competitor is the TC Ditto Mic Looper. Here is a quick comparison:

  • Price (today): Vocal XT $100, Ditto Mic $93
  • Loop time: Vocal XT 10 minutes, Ditto Mic 5 minutes
  • Warranty: Vocal XT 6 years, Ditto Mic 3 years
  • Sample fidelity: Vocal XT 46.8 kHz/24-bit, Ditto Mic 44.1kHz/24-bit
  • Mic input gain setting: Vocal XT screw-driver adjust, Ditto Mic auto-set
  • XLR Phantom power: Vocal XT 48V, Ditto Mic 24V
  • Vocal XT unique selling points:
    • JamSync to sync with other XT loopers and create a multi-track looping setup
    • Stereo sound
  • Ditto Mic unique selling points:
    • USB to import and export wav files
    • True Bypass
    • Microphone control

Warranty: 1 year, increased to 6 years with product registration within 10 days of purchase

 

  • What is the price I should expect to pay for the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT and how does that compare to other loopers?
    • Please see our price tracker that we update regularly. Here, the various looper stations are categorized and the price is tracked over time as indicated.

 

  • What is the main function of the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • The main function of the JamMan Vocal XT is looping, specifically with mic recordings.

 

  • Can I record sound, continuously play a loop of that recording, and then layer additional tracks over the loop/phrase with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • Yes, the JamMan Vocal XT has basic looper functionality with unlimited overdub, controlled via pedal. The process is to start recording, then < press pedal> to begin looping what you have recorded, then to add your additional layer. You can continue to add layers or to stop the playback.

 

  • How long can I record with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • The default JamMan Vocal XT can record 10 minutes.

 

  • How many memory locations (slots) are included in the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • The Vocal XT only has one memory location.

 

  • Using the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT, can I learn by having an instrument teacher play something and then slow it down and work on matching the notes and gradually speeding up?
    • No, there is no tempo control on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Can I practice soloing with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • Yes, this pedal is good for acoustic mic’d playing or beat boxing.

 

  • Can I use the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT to capture quick song ideas to review later?
    • This is not a good device for composition because you cannot store your recordings (like you can via USB in the Ditto Mic).

 

  • Can I switch to a different loop/slot while performing with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is only one slot.

 

  • Can I perform loop-to-loop queuing with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is only one slot.

 

  • Can I switch back to the previous loop while performing with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is only one slot.

 

  • With the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT, can I record and play different parts of a song (verse, chorus, bridge) all during a live performance while not using my hands (pedals and footswitches only)?
    • Yes, but only if you have multiple XT’s connected via JamSync.

 

  • Can I go from recording directly into overdub with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, the flow is record-play-overdub. There is no way to go straight into overdub after record.

 

  • Can I undo/redo the last overdub to change the song or eliminate a recording error with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • Yes – with the JamMan Vocal XT, you are able to undo the last overdub and also redo the last undo.

 

  • Can I set previous layers to go quieter or fade out while overdubbing new layers with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No – this function is called “Decay” by Boomerang, “Recorder Overdub Level” by Line 6, “Loop Aging” by Pigtronix, and “Feedback Decay” by others. It is used to gradually or quickly transition a song without stopping or switching your ongoing loop. However, it is not available on the JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • Can I adjust the volume or effects of individual overdubs with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is only one track.

 

  • Can I record individual overdubs/layers as individual WAV files with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT to then work with in a DAW?
    • With the JamMan Vocal XT, I am not aware of any method for individually recording overdubs/layers.

 

  • Can I use the 1/8” MP3/CD input to play song into the looper and incorporate it into my loop with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is no aux input on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Can I pre-record tracks, edit them in a DAW, load them into the JamMan Vocal XT as loops and then trigger them with the footswitch when needed?
    • No, there is no USB connection for import/export on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Can I trigger a one-shot playback (a.k.a. single phrase) with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT? In other words, can I set the loop to only play one time when triggered?
    • No

 

  • Can I play multiple loops simultaneously with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT, and turn them on and off? For example, play drums on one track, base-line on the other, and guitar on another and bring them in and out of the song?
    • The only way you could partially accomplish this with a single JamMan Vocal XT is with the undo redo functionality, and it would be very limited. However, you could use multiple XT’s connected with JamSync to create a fully complicated arrangement.

 

  • Can I play a loop or overdub in reverse with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • There is no reverse function on the JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • Does the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT have stereo sound or just mono?
    • The JamMan Vocal XT has stereo.

 

  • Is there anything in the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT that reduces the clicking sound that can occur when tapping the footswitch during overdub?
    • There is nothing we are aware of that reduces the clicking sound with the pedal.

 

  • Is the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT a good looper for live performances on stage?
    • I would only recommend it with multiple XT’s connected via JamSync.

 

  • Are there multiple stop modes in the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is only one stop mode in the Vocal XT and it’s immediate.

 

  • Can I stutter start with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • There is no way to perform a stutter start with the JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • Can I resample with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT? In other words, can I take a loop and modify it by multiplying it, cutting part of it out, adding a different effect to it, etc?
    • We are not aware of any resampling or multiply functionality with the JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • Can the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT be set to auto-record when I begin playing?
    • No the JamMan Vocal XT does not have auto-record.

 

  • With the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT, are there any issues with droning (playing the same note, chord, repeated sounds, or tone-clusters continuously) at the boundaries of the loops – such as noticeable change in volume?
    • We have not experienced or heard of an issue with droning using the JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • Does the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT have a built in metronome?
    • No, there are no built-in rhythms on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Is there any software that comes with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • Unlike other DigiTech products, the Vocal XT is not supported with a software package.

 

  • Is quantize functionality available on the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is no quantize on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Will the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT interface with my DAW (digital audio workstation)/computer through USB?
    • The JamMan Vocal XT does not function as an audio interface.

 

  • Will the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT interface with my computer through USB to transfer sound files?
    • No, there is no USB port on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Can I save and recall loops with SD card with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, there is no removable memory on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Does the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT have effects (FX)?
    • No the JamMan Vocal XT does not have built-in effects (FX).

 

  • Can I bypass the effects (FX) with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, this is not applicable to the JamMan Vocal XT because the unit does not have internal effects.

 

  • Can I turn off or mute the live signal that is fed through the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT (for use in parallel effects loops of an amp or in Aux Send/Return of a mixer)?
    • No, there is no way to mute the live signal. This may cause sound quality (phasing) issues when used in parallel effects loops or send/return aux of a mixer.

 

  • Can I save presets for effects with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, this is not applicable to the JamMan Vocal XT because the unit does not have internal effects.

 

  • Does the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT have an XLR mic input? Does it have phantom power for a condenser microphone?
    • Yes, the Vocal XT has an input and output XLR.

 

  • Does the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT function as a mixer with multiple inputs?
    • No, only one input on the Vocal XT.

 

  • Can I re-assign footswitch functionality with the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • The JamMan Vocal XT has only one pedal, and it obviously has multiple functions. However, they cannot be changed.

 

  • Does the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT have a headphone jack for playback and monitoring?
    • No the JamMan Vocal XT does not have a dedicated headphone jack.

 

  • Can the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT be connected to an external MIDI device?
    • No the JamMan Vocal XT does not have MIDI ports. However, JamSync is enabled.

 

  • Does DigiTech release firmware updates for the JamMan Vocal XT?
    • No, as there is not a USB connection.

 

  • Is there an optional footswitch that I can add to the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT to increase functionality?
    • No, there is not a way to connect an additional control pedal to the JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • Is there an optional expressional pedal that I can add to the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT to control effects(FX)?
    • No, there is not a way to connect an expression pedal to the JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • What is the sampling rate and bit depth of the A/D/A conversion?
    • For the JamMan Vocal XT, the A/D/A conversion is specified as 24-bit, 46.8 kHz.

 

  • Can the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT be battery powered?
    • No there are no battery options for the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT.

 

  • How is the warranty for the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • The JamMan Vocal XT has a standard 1 year warranty through DigiTech. However, this is expanded to 6 years if you register the product within ten days of purchase. This is a best-in-class warranty.

 

  • What size is the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT?
    • The JamMan Vocal XT is very compact. It weighs 0.75 lbs. It’s footprint 4.8” (L) x 3.4” (W) x 2.1” (H).

 

  • Why is using a DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT better than just using computer software? Or why should I use a stompbox looper instead of something that is software based?
    • Ease of use – when you have a looper pedal setup, you just sit down and play (just like picking up an instrument). This makes spontaneous fifteen minute jam sessions happen all the time.
    • Control and reliability – especially during a live performance. Has your PC ever frozen or started running slow all of a sudden? There are a lot of processes that can occur in a computer that are unrelated to your music, and you may not have control over all of them.
    • Ability to interface hands-free with a dedicated stompbox/pedal/footswitch
    • The software usually has a much steeper learning curve. Nothing puts me out of the music-playing mood faster than trying to figure out how to work with the recording software and getting stuck on something.
    • If you managed to setup a reliable, hands-free computer based system then it’s still difficult to go on stage and have the performance feel “live”. People are used to seeing pedals on stage, but once you bring out your laptop then it starts feeling like a DJ performance. Nothing wrong with that, for some.
    • Latency: PC and Mac based looper set-ups cannot match the latency of the loop pedals. This results in more timing misalignment between layers and can degrade the quality of the performance. Latency describes the delays that occur at each stage as the sound travels – therefore, if there is delay between when you make a sound and when it’s recorded, as well as a delay between when the playback is generated and when you actually hear it, then you get the timing issues.
    • Analog pass through: several of the loop pedals have true analog pass through, so that you can reduce A/D and D/A delays in your signal path.

 

  • Why is using a DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT better than just using an iPhone or iPad application?
    • There is very limited functionality with the iOS based loopers compared to the actual pedals. However, these apps are quickly improving. With added hardware (microphone, Bluetooth control pedal, etc.), these setups may start to look attractive. Please see our iOS app setup information.
    • With regards to live performances, bringing an iPad or iPhone on stage may feel more like a DJ performance, but it’s not going as far as bringing a laptop. Also, the OS may be more predictable and stable compared to an entire computer or workstation. Therefore, we think that iOS based loopers will be more stage-friendly than laptops, but not as stage-friendly as pedals/stompboxes in the foreseeable future.

 

  • What company makes the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT and where are they located?
    • DigiTech is located in Sandy, UT. They are owned by Harman International, which is a large US audio equipment manufacturer based out of Stamford, CT.

 

  • How is the support from DigiTech on any issues that arise with the unit?
    • There is a manual for the JamMan Vocal XT. Also, there is a forum (called the sound community) on their website which is basically a forum for product discussions. However, I have to say that this forum is subpar and does not look to be used very much. However, I do have the impression that DigiTech is easy to work with on warranty items.

 

  • How long has the DigiTech JamMan Vocal XT been in production?
    • The Vocal XT started to ship in November 2014.

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