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RE: Re[4]: Midi looping

Dear Miguel,

Have you recorded silence in a loop when your JAMMAN is slaved to MIDI   
clock. The splice point in the loop should actually be more silent than   
the rest of the loop.  If you get noise at the splice point there is a   
problem with your JAMMAN.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything that  
I can do for you.

Best regards,

Greg Hogan
Lexicon Customer Service
Phone 617-280-0372
FAX 617-280-0499
email: ghogan@lexicon.com

     Hi Greg,

     I am almost sure my JamMan is not broken (I will perform the test   
     suggest to be sure) but the noise exists as confirmed by Bob Sellon   
     the following mail:


     Message was resent -- Original recipients were:
     To: Loopers-Delight <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>


     There are two possible causes for the noise I can think of; one you
     can   fix the other you can't.

     When Jamman is slaved to an external MIDI clock it determines the   
     of   the loop by itself based on the tempo of the clock and the   
     of   beats selected on the front panel. If the operator tries to end  

     the loop   manually, the resulting loop will very likely be shorter
     than it should   be. When the loop is too short, Jamman restarts the  

     loop twice: once when   the end of the loop (time) is detected and
     once when the correct number   of MIDI clocks has come in. The
     solution is to let Jamman close the loop   by itself (DON'T tap a
     second time). This will get the loops size to it's   best fit.

     The second cause is based on the jitter on the incoming MIDI clocks
     and   the resolution of Jamman itself. At best, Jamman can lock in a  

     loop size   to within half a millisecond (512us). The problem is   
     most MIDI clock   sources have jitter (timing variations) in the   
     neighborhood. After   the loop time is locked in, the priority in
     Jamman is to stay in perfect   sync with the incoming MIDI clock.   
     problem is that the combined half   millisecond resolution of Jamman  

     and the jitter on the incoming clock   result in the actual size of
     the loop changing very slightly every time   through. As the loop   
     changes, Jamman either shortens the loop or   replays the very
     beginning of the loop to compensate resulting in   potential clicks
     and pops. With the PC itself being slaved the jitter   gets worse   
     so do the clicks and pops.

     As I said, there is currently no work-around for this other than, as  

     you   said, not playing anything at the loop edge. The only other
     thing I can   suggest (which is equally klugey), is to place   
     percussive at   the splice point which will tend to mask the noise.   
     am looking at the   problem, however, and will let you know if I   
     up with anything.

     If anyone out there has any suggestions on how to deal with this,   
      love to hear it.

     Bob Sellon



     Robert S. Carter also listens to the glitch, see his mail:

     Y'know I never really heard the glitch so much until I went home   
     reading your post and listened carefully. Now it's gonna bug the   
     out of me. Thanks a lot :). Some loops it's not so bad but yeah it   
     be annoying.



     Anyway, I thik we have to live with it until some kind of upgrade




Miguel asked "How do you manage the annoying noise (sounds like a small   

glitch) that appears next to the loop boundary when the JamMan is
receiving MIDI clock?

I tried to get rid of it with all kinds of tricks I could think of but
did not succeed."


There must be something wrong with your JAMMAN.  Even if a loop is not
spliced together perfectly there should be no added noise at the splice   

point.  Certainly if the end and begining of a loop are not either silent  

or matched perfectly you will here a glitch but this is not an added
noise it is only what you here when you jump between two different sounds  

or tones.
Either you are not matching the end and beginning loops or you have a
broken JAMMAN.

If you record a loop of silence you should find is that at the
end/beginning of the loop(what I would call the splice point) is actually  

more silent then the rest of the loop.  If this is not the case and there  

is noise at the splice point therte is a problem with the machine.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything that  

I can do for you.