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Why Do I use DigiTech JamMan Solo XT Loopers

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2015 by Citadel

The Short List of JamMan Advantages

What is LOOPING:  I’m certainly not an expert, and there are many who’ve been doing this for a decade or more.  Every looper has their own unique approach.  I’ve been live looping for the last 4 years and my current style is loosely defined as structured phrase looping.  I build ‘songs’ using the loopers.  There are many approaches to looping, and not all of looping is ‘live looping’.  Some artists use samples or pre-recorded loops and construct mashups or formulaic structured songs.  Others use heavy effects and build ambient drone-based soundscapes, others entice arhythmic, atonal sonic paintings.

Rejyna Looptober 2014 Tour Rig

My live looping rig on my Looptober 2014 Tour

LOOPING METHODS: There are software and hardware loopers.  In each of these categories, there are multitudes of options for inputing sound and manipulating it with repeats, effects and layering.  I use foot-pedal based hardware loopers, specifically, the DigiTech JamMan Solo and JamMan Solo XT loopers.  I spent my first three years looping with one JamMan Solo.  I then did a lot of research before building my new looping rig which has five JamMan Solo XT’s time-sync’d so that in effect, I now have a scalable multi-track recorder on the floor.

It looks daunting but once you take it for a spin, it is quite intuitive – as long as one pays attention…

There are plenty of fancier loopers out there, but I chose the JamMan Solo XT loopers for it’s unique and empowering ‘live’ application options like:

  1. solid layering/stacking with no playback lag between adjacent loops
  2. saving a loop while the looper is playing back, and saving to up/down slots for overdubs and subsequent ‘chained playback’
  3. patch up/patch down/stop with the FS3X external footswitch
  4. syncing with 1/8″ TRS cables (which, btw, opens up more possibilities using 1/8″ TRS splitter cables for multiple masters) 
  5. indiscernible changes in tone even after layering
  6. native uncompressed .wav files

There are other advantages to the JamMan like the $150 price being less than half what similar powered loopers go for, yes the Boss RC-3 lists at $199 but it does NOT do the first 5 things on the above list.  In fact, no other looper has all 5 of those features that I find are critical to live performance, song creation, rehearsal and jamming with friends.

Rejyna JamMan Solo XT Save Modification

Save With Your Foot

The JamMan Solo and Solo XT also have a button layout that allowed me to do a ‘save with your foot’ modification by adding a little piece of plastic (shelf endcap) with velcro, making it even easier to create very complex multiple patch variations, all sync’d to the master.   It’s a ‘Hillman Black Plastic Cap for Angled Metal – 1″ – P/N H# 12300’ attached with Velcro (like a hinge) so it sits just above the save switch requiring only a light touch to save the currently playing loop.

As in introduction to the sync’d JamMan approach, I’ve posted a video of one of my simpler live looping songs and annotated it with notes expelling what I’m doing with my feet.  

The song in the video is ‘Looking For You‘ from my newest CD, IDIO, and was recorded using a single JamMan Solo Looper for all the musical parts. [Rejyna on CDBaby]

Rejyna Idio CD

IDIO, by Rejyna, recorded on a looper

 One of my goals is to inspire others to give looping a try.  As a live effect, songwriting tool or collaborative adventure, once a person experiences ‘playing with themselves’, many find it hard to give up the habit.

‘Common Voice’ from the new IDIO CD!

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Citadel band member, Rejyna, has uploaded a 2nd song from her new CD, IDIO, titled ‘Common Voice’

Hear the song here:
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/rejyna/common-voice-go-easy
ReverbNation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/rejyna/song/22180153-common-voice

Rejyna notes, “this is a fun song to play and the words hold a lot of meaning for me.  We have choices and freedoms that many do not and the lyrics to this song remind me to stay active, stay vigilant, stay alert and above all – add my common voice to the cry for liberty for all – and of course, the guitarist in me loves playing the shred leads between acoustic rhythms – and playing the drums and having the looper repeat what I play is something that appeases the novice drummer in me…”

01 – Common Voice (Go Easy)
There was a time
when the common voice among us
had no chance to dare a king
Dreams and wondering
were smothered into suffered silence
subjugated by imperial strings 

Now’s the time
for the common voice among us
to challenge netharias kings
Songs and sidewalk speeches
struggle to abate the silence,
to stay the liberated from surrendering 

Do we see it’s all all right? 
Do we see it’s all of light?

Still the surf and the noble
share a common threat
as our homeworld
suffers from neglect –

Easy, go easy
Say you want to love
Say you are for love

Right now, shout it out,
roundabout, all around the world.
Write it down, right it out,
your mind light can shine now.

Make your rhyme outside time
Speak your mind
to eyes blinded by the fright
Use, lose, abuse
or choose to unite
There are no second chances
to roll the liberty dice…

Music recorded using multiple memory slots on one JamMan Solo, Vocals sung thru an SM57 DigiTech Vocalist Live pro and tracked on a DigiTech GNX4, loops stitched and massaged in SoundForge.

From the CD, IDIO, by Rejyna
http://cdbaby.com/cd/rejyna3
c. Rejyna Douglass-Whitman  (BMI)

Published by W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI). All Rights Reserved.  Unauthorized duplication, repurposing, exhibition or performance is prohibited by US and international copyright laws.

Citadel’s Rejyna at Romancing the Bean | Burbank Ladies Night Out

Posted in acoustic, Citadel, citadelband, citadelsongs, concert, drums, folk rock, folkprog, Guitar, harmonizer, indie, looper, looping, lyrics, music, rejyna, solo, Uncategorized, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by Citadel

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Every last Friday of the Month is Ladies Night Out in Burbank!  Featuring Live Music, Food Trucks, Discounts, Wine & Cheese, Henna, Local Artisans and More!

Rejyna performs a set from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. featuring her original songs and unique versions of her favorite cover songs.  Using state-of-the-art electronics, Rejyna creates ‘song paintings’ layered live while-you-watch.  Nothing is pre-recorded.  Using guitar, her voice and electronic percussion with harmonizers, loopers and effects, Rejyna creates the sound of a full band.  Her show is full of complex musical parts and four-part vocal harmonies and covers styles from folk to rock and beyond.  Rejyna is also part of the band, Citadel, who has been performing and recording since 1980.  She is a laid-back professional with a personable, humorous approach to inspiring and entertaining audiences and other performers.  She has also hosted various open mic nights in Ohio and California and enjoys encouraging new performers, both young and old, to get in on the fun of playing music and writing songs.  She teaches guitar and computer programs and enjoys working in print, film and video.

ROMANCING THE BEAN  3413 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91505 – (818) 845-2326

Here’s one of Rejyna’s songs ‘Many Struggles (By Design) performed at the Y2K13 International Live Looping Fest:

Here’s Rejyna’s version of ‘Old Fashioned-Love Song’ (by Paul WIlliams) using a midi guitar:

Here’s one of Rejyna’s original instrumental songs, ‘Happy Hands’:

Form More Info:
http://rejyna.com
http://cdbaby.com/artist/rejyna
http://romancingthebeancafe.com
http://ladiesnightoutburbank.com for more info.

Photo by Jazmyn Whitman – https://www.facebook.com/jazmynmariemedia

Rejyna Pho-King Valentines Show!

Posted in acoustic, art, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Digitech Jamman Solo, drums, folk, folk rock, folkprog, Guitar, harmonizer, indie, looper, looping, music, prog, progfolk, rejyna, solo, The Citadel, Uncategorized, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by Citadel

Citadel’s Rejyna Pho-King Awesome Valentines Show!  

Rock-Folk-Metal-Prog via Solo Voice, Guitar and eDrums:

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Using my voice, acoustic guitar, e-drums and some fun effects with live looping, I’ll serve up some soft and loud, folkish-rockish-prog-esque songs (with sprinkles of metal garnish) while you enjoy the excellent food and beverages at Pho-King. 

Wanna be my valentine? Can I persuade you with some live loops of love? Just give me a chance to win you over.  Or, better yet, bring your valentine date, or celebrate your ‘solo freedom’ while I solo it up on stage.

Great smoothies, sandwiches and soups with vegan, tofu, and meat options.

No Cover ~ All Ages ~ Good music, nice people, plenty of free parking, safe location!

http://www.reverbnation.com/rejyna
http://facebook.com/rejynamusic
http://rejyna.com/

“Many Struggles” by Rejyna at Treasures Roadhouse for the Y2K13 International Live Looping Festival.

Citadel’s Rejyna Returns To Treasures Roadhouse!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2013 by Citadel

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Saturday, December 21st
Doors Open at 6:30, Show Starts at 7pm
TREASURES ROADHOUSE, 2908 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville, CA

REJYNA:
Returning to Treasures following a well-received set at the Y2K13 Live Looping Fest in October, Rejyna will perform solo using innovative technology for a full band sound – NO pre-recorded samples or backing tracks. 

Singing, playing acoustic and midi (synth) guitar and electronic drums; she uses loopers, effects and harmonizers to evoke lush, layered compositions built in layers in front of the live audience. Her exploration of rock, prog, folk, metal and world genres often merge these styles into thematic ‘sonic cinema’ song forms. 

Rejyna sprinkles elaborate vocal harmonies into her lyrics about following our dreams, hyper-awareness, self-reflection and hope as a choice.

Rejyna – http://www.reverbnation.com/rejyna

IAN BELL
Ian Bell was born in 1968 in Hillingdon, West London. A self taught musician, he received his first guitar at ten, and he said it took him until twenty to get it back in tune. Inspired by the singer/songwriter tradition including Tom Waits and early Bob Dylan, he left the U.K for the U.S. in 2002. Recognized for his raw honesty and powerful acoustic performances, Bell is of the philosophy “if it sounds right, it is right.” 

His debut EP, Chameleon Skin, features a selection of five compositions written over a period of about a year. The title track, Chameleon Skin touches on the double edged sword of connection and conformity. Our uniquely human ability to reinvent ourselves to experience a sense of belonging even at the cost of our own individuality. 

Ian Bell – http://www.reverbnation.com/ianbellacoustic

Saturday, December 21st
Doors Open at 6:30, Show Starts at 7pm

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
http://treasuresroadhouse.com
All Ages, Free Parking

Full Details: http://www.reverbnation.com/show/11981345

Citadel’s Rejyna and The Looptober Tour

Posted in acoustic, art, band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, Digitech Jamman Solo, Digitech Vocalist Live 3, folk, folk rock, folkprog, harmonizer, indie, 요새, looper, lyrics, music, цитадель, PF93, prog, Progfest, progfolk, solo, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by Citadel
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Warning: Live Loops Ahead (One of Rejyna’s Looptober Tour pun posters – http://facebook.com/rejynamusic)

Did you know that Looptober is the month that follows Stomptember?

If you didn’t know that already, Rejyna is hoping to get you up to speed with her Looptober Mini-Tour and promo campaign.  Her poster series combines witty wordplay with images that are intended to imbed the word ‘loop’  with pun-infused imagery like street signs, loop straws, Hot Wheels loop tracks and a well-known cereal brand.  (Look in the ‘Photos’ section at http://facebook.com/rejynamusic)

How does the member of a progressive metal/folk rock band migrate to the world of solo live looping?  “Accidentally…“ Following gentle urging from family and eclectic venue owners, Rejyna has re-discovered her solo-performing persona through the i/o of a looper, effects and a vocal harmonizer.

Ironically, Rejyna was surprised to discover there was a new home for her multi-genre style of music.  “When I first started using the looper and harmonizer in my solo acoustic set, I had no idea there was a whole movement centered around live looping.  I was simply trying to make playing solo more fun by adding vocal harmonies and lead guitar parts overtop of the basic chords in my repertoire.  Although I had seen or heard about other artists using loopers, I was only exposed to the ambient, improv, noise and freeform loopists.” 

Contrary to what Rejyna and others may think, the live looping movement is not focused on a particular style of music.  In the ‘about’ section from Rick Walker’s (a veteran live looping artist and promoter) Y2K Loopfest website, it says: “To this day, in that community, there is no style or genre of music associated with the movement. The only thing that links thousands of emerging live looping artists is a strong and supportive sense of community and a love for the concept of looping live in public.”   As one can tell by the ‘archives’ links on Rick’s site, the art of live looping is not a ‘new’ thing:  “The annual Y2K International Live Looping Festival, was begun in 2001 by Rick Walker, himself a found sound/live looping artist. It is the first international live looping festival and longest running one in history.” (http://y2kloopfest.com/about/)

Let’s back up a bit for those who don’t know what ‘live looping’ means. Live looping involves the use of a device (there are many types from several MI manufacturers) that allows a performer to record musical sections in front of the audience and then replay that piece while adding other sound and effect layers to it.  It may involve footpedals (stompboxes), computers, conventional and non-conventional instruments (trash can lids, wood saws, etc.), voice, silence and noise – stacked, layered, stripped, reversed, time-shifted.  Anything goes EXCEPT that the use of anything pre-recorded is not allowed.  This isn’t karaoke…

Being a loop newbie, Rejyna was surprised by the invitation to perform with the other live loopers.  “While I admire those artists tremendously, I did not consider that my song-based approach to looping would fit into their niche. See, I use a looper to build organized musical pieces on stage, and while bridge sections in my songs do allow for freeform experimentation, I was nonetheless surprised, anxious and quite honored to be invited.” 

Resisting her apprehension about fitting in, Rejyna accepted.  “I told myself, they wouldn’t have invited me if they didn’t think my style would fit – so, I accepted invitations to live looping events in Portland, Seattle, Danville and Santa Cruz.  I hope they like what I’m planning to exhibit…  I’m calling this my ‘Looptober’ tour” and while my main goal is to share my songs, my guilty pleasure in all of this is that I will get to be inspired by the best-of-the-best in the looping community.  I am certain that the music I release in the future will benefit immensely from the things I witness from the other artists on this mini-tour.

If you are familiar with the style of music that Citadel puts out, you’ll be surprised to hear how Rejyna takes those songs into the solo realm.  Her set features a few Citadel songs re-done looper-style mixed in with her new compositions.  She will be promoting her CD Solo Sojourn Live and is planning to release a DVD/Blu-Ray disc of the Looptober tour in December.

If you’re in or near one of these cities in Looptober, make sure to attend, unless you don’t mind behind left out of the loop:

Oct. 11th – J&M Café, Seattle, WA (https://www.facebook.com/events/381359998620826/)

Oct. 13th – Analog Café, Portland, OR (http://www.facebook.com/events/352601574838095/)

Oct. 16th – Meenar Music, Danville, CA (https://www.facebook.com/events/432590403522293/)

Oct. 18-20th, Y2K13 Loopfest, Santa Cruz, CA
(http://y2kloopfest.com/about/)

You can check out Rejyna’s music and videos by simply spelling her first name correctly in your search engine – she’s on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, ReverbNation, YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter – and her personal website reveals that music is only one of the mediums she calls her playground – http://rejyna.com

Maybe one of the next blog entries will give us a clue as to how all this solo indulgence has affected the upcoming Citadel CD…ahem?!?

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Loop Straws make beverages taste better, so the same must apply to looped music? (One of Rejyna’s Looptober Tour pun posters – http://facebook.com/rejynamusic)

Citadel guitarist to do Southern California shows

Posted in Citadel, CITADELLE, CIUDADELA, 砦の, music, цитадель, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2013 by Citadel

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Rejyna, guitarist/composer for the indie band Citadel, is scheduling shows in Southern California.  Performing select songs from various Citadel albums and new original compositions from her solo CD, Rejyna will be appearing live at:

February 21st @ 7pm
The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge
1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 90291

February 21st @ 8pm
Pho King Delicious
9350 Corbin Ave, Northridge, California 91324

Rejyna uses cutting-edge technology on stage to make her solo guitar/voice performance sound like a full band.  Nothing is pre-recorded and Citadel song styles range from folk rock to prog and alternative – with a touch of folk metal here and there.

Rejyna is scheduling shows in the Southern California area while working on her next solo CD and the upcoming Citadel CD.

You can find Rejyna and Citadel on many of the social networks by starting your search here:

Facebook: Rejyna page and the Official Citadel page

Reverbnation: Rejyna and Citadel

For more info, contact: citadel_1@msn.com
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