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post Nov 25 2008, 09:32 PM
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I started this topic because i am thinking of buying a Korg Pandora PX4D / PX5D or a Line6 JM4 Looper.

But i like to hear what the advantages of disadvantages are of both the Korg Pandora PX4D / PX5D and the Line6 JM4 of people who owns one.

I have seen some promotion vid but the don't tell you all.

I'd like to hear it from real users.

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post Nov 25 2008, 09:48 PM
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Depends of what you want to do with it, for starters PX4D doesn't allow USB recording, while PX5D does. Don't know much about Line 6 looper though!



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QUOTE (Fran @ Nov 25 2008, 09:48 PM) *
Depends of what you want to do with it, for starters PX4D doesn't allow USB recording, while PX5D does. Don't know much about Line 6 looper though!


Hi Fran

I what to practice with backing tracks without have to take a laptop with me (this works fine with the korg because it small)
I what to record a rhythm and solo over it later
I want to rip or copy cd's (from my desktop pc so i need a usb interface)) 'record' it on the device and rewind it and play along with it and mayby slow down the track with losing the pitch

That kind of stuff.

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post Nov 25 2008, 10:23 PM
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I see, well Pandora PX5D can do all of that, it includes a bunch of backings, you can choose the BPM and pitch in every one of them, or whether the bass will make the backing major or minor, etc. You can even make chains joining different tracks. There's a handy software which allows to control it all through the computer too.

It's good for recording, as it is a USB interface (unlike PX4D). You can plug your mp3 player to the aux input and jam along, or even record up to 80 secs and then make it play slower to learn the licks. You can also use those 80 secs to record your own riffs and then play a solo over them. But I believe you can't record the solo over the previously recorded riff... I'm actually unsure about this, come to think of it.

The thing is the quality of sound of those 80 secs is not excellent, if you set it to 40 secs it sounds better. So, using PX5d as a loop station is a really limited option. You can also play some backing, play along and record it all.

The quality of the backings is acceptable, nothing great, just a solid base to train some licks/scales and improvise a bit.

Last but not least, I'd recommend trying it out in a shop if you can. The tones are fine, but some people like Line 6 sound better, I have tried both Line 6 & Korg products and they both sound good to me. Maybe Line-6 is a bit better, but Pandora packs so many goodies in such a little box that it's what I use the most. (Comparing it to a pocketpod, POD X3 or XT would blow Pandora away)

Hope that helps. As for the Line 6 looper, I haven't tried it, so I really can't tell, but it sure will be better than Pandora if you you are looking for a looper.

Good luck with your choice, read lots of reviews and try out the stuff before making a decision!

Edit: Typo and some extra info

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post Nov 25 2008, 11:06 PM
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You can't do all that with any of these devices I'm afraid. Also I think you can eliminate the PX4D if you are considering the PX5D.


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post Nov 26 2008, 06:15 AM
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Don't forget with the Pandora PX5D, if you plug in your MP3 player or CD, it can transpose that source to another key if you find that useful.


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post Nov 26 2008, 09:56 AM
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Hi Fran, Ivan and JDRiver,

Thanks all for your information.

I was really usefull. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

I will let you know what choose i have taken.

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post Nov 26 2008, 01:29 PM
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Just to share my thoughts on this.
You would need much bigger HD space to store
songs-backings on it and to play them in different tempos,
that would requires additional software I'm afraid,as Ivan said.
Pandora PX4D has a good price,AUX In(for iPod,CD etc) to play backings with it
plus it has its own backings.
If that doesn't fulfill your needs than you'll need a laptop after all,
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I can only recommend the Pandora PX4D as well. Has fully lived up to all my expectations.

I don't have anymore to say than that though - most have been said by Ivan and Muris.


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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Nov 26 2008, 01:29 PM) *
Just to share my thoughts on this.
You would need much bigger HD space to store
songs-backings on it and to play them in different tempos,
that would requires additional software I'm afraid,as Ivan said.
Pandora PX4D has a good price,AUX In(for iPod,CD etc) to play backings with it
plus it has its own backings.
If that doesn't fulfill your needs than you'll need a laptop after all,
plus any of these devices. smile.gif



Muris,
Do you have the PX5D? I'm leaning towards this one myself. Don't you do most of your lessons directly with the pandora and no amp at all?

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