The Solo ($309 retail/$199 street) is the
smallest member of DigiTech’s latest generation
of looping pedals, but despite its
diminutive size the pedal is packed with features.
In addition to the standard looping
and overdubbing functions, you can “undo”
and “redo” overdubs, import audio from
external sources via a 1/8" Aux In, and store
up to 35 minutes of mono 16-bit/44.1kHz
audio in 99 onboard memory slots. Those
who require even more memory can insert
an optional SD/SDHC card and record 16-
plus hours of audio into 99 additional
memory slots. And there’s a USB connector
for interfacing with the proprietary JamManager
librarian software. A 9-volt external
power supply is included.
The audio quality is excellent and
looping with the Solo is a snap.
Tap the footswitch once to
begin recording, again to
lock in the loop, and
again to overdub,
etc. If you want
to get fancy you
can use the Metronome,
functions to create
custom loops, jam along
to one of nine rhythm guide
tracks, or cop licks by adjusting
the tempo of a recorded loop
without changing the pitch. To trigger
prerecorded loops “hands free” while
performing, however—say, for verse-chorus-
verse arrangements—you’ll need an
optional FS3X Expander Footswitch ($69
retail/$39 street), which provides Up, Down,
and Stop/Tap-Tempo switches. The Solo
sounds great and delivers lots of looping
power in a compact package, and now that
the Mac OS software has materialized,
we Apple users can fully utilize it.
KUDOS Excellent audio quality. Robust feature
set. Compact size.
CONCERNS Requires optional footswitch for
CONTACT DigiTech, (801)566-8800;
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