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Operation is about as simple and straightforward as you can imagine. You press record, and begin singing and playing. The mic picks up the guitar and voice acoustically, so you don't have to mix anything--except by singing louder or softer. Because the mic in omnidirectional, I found that it didn't matter if I faced my mouth downward toward the mic or sung straight out (as you normally would). I too am less sure about the use of jam tracks and downloading lessons, but Ovation is supporting this by making the importation of files a prominent feature. It means you can get stuff into the guitar without having to sing or play it. Jam tracks have more appeal to me personally, as I work on flatpicking fiddle tunes and bluegrass instrumentals to keep my chops up. But by far the biggest convenience is not having to have another gizmo along to record. If you're on a beach or a campsite, positioning a recorder is problematic. On the iDea, the recorder is not only built into the guitar (avoiding the issue of how to steadily place your device on a towel or rock), the mic is in an optimum position to capture your voice and guitar in a good balance. And the headphone jack for your headphones is also right there (on the shoulder of the guitar), though this means you have to have the guitar in playing position for playback.
I don't need lessons or jam tracks. I need to record ideas and as to the name, just thought that's what this guitar was all about???
01-28-2010 07:01 AM
After checking out the pre-loaded files, I plugged in the included USB cable so that I could download some of my own tracks. This worked without a hitch. For those of you new to hooking things up to a computer (especially an acoustic-electric guitar!), it couldn’t be more straightforward. Once you plug the USB cable into the guitar (actually, you plug into the preamp, which, as I said, can be removed easily from the guitar’s body), the iDea shows up on your computer as an additional disk drive (exactly the way a USB “thumb” or “flash” drive does).
Open the drive icon and you’ll see the corresponding folders for Jam Trax, Lessons, RECORD (for user recordings). Simply drag and drop files into those folders from your computer, or drag and drop files from the folders to your computer to copy the files. Disconnect the cable, and you’re ready to play—and play along with—any newly copied tracks. (This of course works in reverse, where you can take any file you created on the guitar—which we’ll discuss later—and copy it from the guitar to the computer.) Deleting files works just as easily, and you need to do this periodically to clear out storage space. Simple and idiot-proof.
Here's what you see on your computer screen when you plug in the Ovation iDea into a USB port:
Click open a folder, say, Jam Tracks, and you see the contents.
From there, you simply drag and drop--in either direction--to copy "files into the guitar" or to copy files recorded on the guitar to the computer for editing, uploading to the Web, or burning to a CD.
This is also the place to rename files that you've recorded on the iDea, as the unit assigns generic names (REC0001.MP3, etc.) to each file.
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