The TC Electronic Ditto Looper is something on my want-to-buy list. I’m a fan of loopers – own the Line 6 DL4, Boomerang and RC-3 Loop Station. They all have plus and minuses just like any pedals out there. Points that catch my eye immediately about the TC Electronic Ditto Looper are the following.
– Size. I’ve been wanting a looper on my board, but frankly, room is tight at the moment. Also, in my current band, looping isn’t a priority, so I like the fact that the profile is so small, I can add it to the board without pushing something off.
– Sound Quality. TC Electronic is a name that is all about quality… and specifically attention to the source signal. The Ditto Looper has True bypass and Analog-Dry-Through, which is very important to me.
– Simplicity. This pedal looks very simple. One knob for loop volume. One footswitch for recording and stopping. This is about as simple as it gets. I’m a little concerned about the ‘stop’ functionality. I never liked the RC-3’s double tap to stop, and TC Electronic is using the same method. I have NOT heard any complaints though.. so this might be a smooth and easy solution. If you own a Ditto Looper.. please comment below and let me know what you think about the stop functionality!
Here is a complete list of features on the TC Electronic Ditto Looper:
- True bypass and Analog-Dry-Through
- 5 minutes of looping
- Undo / Redo function
- Unlimited overdubs
- 24 bit uncompressed high quality audio
- Ultra-small footprint, requires 9V DC adapter (not-included)*
Here is a great video (not necessarily a ‘demo’) of a guitarist (Kasper Falkenberg) showing it’s capability. Video uploaded by tcelectronic:
Now, I’m pretty excited about this. The TC Electronic Ditto Looper is normally available for $130, but is currently on sale for only $106.98 at Amazon! Additionally, this ships for free as well. Not sure how long this price will last, but $24 off.. is good deal! If you’re looking for a great looper (like me) this might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
9 years ago
I replaced my DL4 with a Ditto Looper and the pros, most notably its size on my board and the undo function, currently outweighs the cons. But, I preferred composing on the DL4. With the Ditto, loop layers compile one on top of the other at almost equal volume. So, if you’re not careful, things can get murky quickly. With the DL4 old loops fade into the background and, while I can see the benefit to this not happening, for what I do, I am able to morph ideas and compositional elements; establishing new motifs as others gradually dissipate. Also, in the heat of a live situation, the one switch stomping combos of the Ditto take up slightly more brainpower than having multiple switches, which also brings me to perhaps the next con. The Ditto is one stomp for record then stomp again for playback. So, if you want to go immediately into overdub from record, it’s two stomps. The double stomp takes some getting used to if you want to nail that next overdub downbeat. (perhaps all one switch loopers like the RC-3 are like this anyway and it’s just me getting used to it?).
I’ve seen “pro” demos of the Ditto but have seen no practical user feedback about it. I’m gigging regularly with it and am still slightly missing that big green real estate hog. Thanks for you website!
9 years ago
Such a great little looper. The sound quality is superb and since its so small, it fits lovely on a crowded pedalboard. I’ve had it for about 4 months and am so happy its there.Reply
9 years ago
I have had the Ditto for a little over a month and like it a lot, it is the answer to what I needed. The one knob one switch simplicity works well for me. I am happy with the design and over all quality of the Ditto Looper.Reply
9 years ago
I sold my Boss RC30. This is much more cheaper and better, Thank for review good soundReply