I got a good price on a used Line6 JM4 Looper so I got one two days’ ago and tonight I finally had time to go through the features in this looper. The Line6 web site has all the technical details about this combination of looper and guitar amp simulator package.
Here’s a quick snapshot of a jam with just guitars and the JM4 with a built-in techno drum loop that I put together in five minutes: . This was just a 16-bit mono file I could download via the SD card from the ad hoc jam with multiple guitar loops, saved into SD card, from there to my Mac with some mastering processing inside Logic. Anyway, it shows what one could do ad hoc on stage with it — something I will try out tomorrow evening. Let’s see how it all works.
The plan is to use this device for live situations, if I don’t find a drummer and/or no bass player, I have WAV files with something for bass/drums with me in this box, including all guitar effects and amp simulations. Then I of course plug it into the PA and I’m up and running in less than a minute. Alternatively I could just use it for guitar work via PA, no need to drag so much stuff to various live situations, as long as monitoring is OK.
Now, one has to restrict the usage of the multi-loop to similar crazy guitar work as Adrian Belew. To use loops to make plain songs is somewhat sterile, me thinks. For experimentation it is superb. I will use it for just plain comps as well, but then no looping involved.
It’s also a fun tool for just exploring ideas and save them for later works. If nothing else I could drag it from room to room and just have fun with headphones — even if tonight I had it connected through my studio monitoring system.
Yes, one could use Logic or Ableton Live to get to the same point, but there’s something cool about having a standalone box.