Ditto Looper review by TC Electronic

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  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Sound: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (13 votes)
TC Electronic: Ditto Looper
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Price paid: $ 129

Ease of Use — 8
The Ditto Looper is simple and straightforward. A single knob controls playback volume. A single footbutton does everything else. Press it once to record a loop up to five minutes long - that's a whole lot of looping - enough for complete tunes. Hit it again to set the end of the loop and start playback, and once more to overdub. Keep doing that to your heart's desire - there's no limit on the amount of overdubs. Press-and-hold to undo the most recent audio, and tap twice quickly to stop the loop. When it's time to move on, press-and-hold to clear loop audio. There is a bit more to the story once I actually tried the Ditto. The button is click style, which I found a bit trickier to use for looping than the kind of footpads found on some loopers that activate when you lift your foot. The Ditto's diminutive size meant it moved around rather easily, so securing it to a pedalboard was practically essential. It's amazing that the Ditto can do so much with such a simple interface, but the one-button-does-all approach has some inherent drawbacks, all of which can be overcome with concentration and execution. You simply have to stay focused on whichever task is at hand, otherwise you can wind up, say, overdubbing instead of ending or clearing. When clearing, an audio snippet will play for a moment until the Ditto realizes the command is to clear rather than overdub. Onstage, I compensated by using my mutable stage tuner. At home, it's a non-issue anyway.

Sound — 10
Awesome. The Ditto's 24-bit, uncompressed digital audio literally sounded like a copy of whatever input came its way. I fed the signal from a Fender Stratocaster or a Godin Montreal Premier through a Blackstone Appliances Mosfet Overdrive, a TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster and a Roland RE-20 Space Echo, and then out from the Ditto to a Fender Super Champ. The Ditto's true bypass meant its circuitry was completely out of the picture when off. I appreciated that.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I brought the Ditto Looper to a series of rehearsals and gigs over the course of more than a month and it held up fine. The Ditto withstood use in the camping area at the High Sierra Festival where temperatures reached over 100 degrees and sand was flying around in high winds. It had no trouble at the Guitarfish Music Festival where the altitude was nearly 8,000 feet. The Ditto was tossed around with other pedals and trekked over thousands of miles, and it continued to perform reliably.

Overall Impression — 9
It's so small! Kudos to TC Electronic for packaging a pro quality looper in a box not much bigger than a Pez dispenser. If you're looking for something small and simple, especially for practice purposes or road convenience, the Ditto is damn attractive. The low price point makes it even more alluring. It's so small that there's no room for a battery. Requiring a power adapter for something otherwise so convenient was a bit of a conceptual drag, but since I already had a string going for my other 9V pedals, it was no problem. If you use a powered pedalboard, it's a nonissue. Being able to update the firmware via a USB Mini B cable is a nice boon. I found the process to be a cinch. Players looking to do serious looping might require something more complex, but everyone else needs to try the Ditto Looper. Even if you own another looper, the Ditto is a solid backup consideration, and it works well in conjunction with other loopers.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    telephonebear
    i bought one thanks to these reviews. so simple and easy to use. as a casual player i dont need anything more complex, and this is great for that.
    Mattyboy628
    Recently had mine bomb out on me, foot switch went. Im also not a huge guy so theres no ways my weight could have broken it and it also didnt take any falls of any kind. Guess TC need to change their switch supplier ! But after messaging them on Facebook and recieving a reply fairly shortly afterwards, they just reminded me that all products have a year warranty and that i should just take mine back to where i bought it and that they would replace it and send the busted one back to the supplier. Still a great pedal to have, on any rig for any style.
    bytewax
    mine has arrived today! I had the boss rc-30 unit but its a pain for me. I really like to keep it simple, and if it goes too complicated I play with my band...
    steve.tucc
    LoL I get that band crack seems the band does that at times ! Just rec'd mine if its to much I'll call the fellas! Thought your post was funny Thanks-Steve
    dion.vanstrijen
    Does this loop pedal work with a bass guitar?
    AuraFX
    Yeah it works with any signal really, used it with drum machines and a kaoss pad as well as guitar
    steve.tucc
    Is it possible to un-plug a device and swap instruments while loop plays?
    AuraFX
    Yes, it continues playing the same loop and keeps it in memory even when switched off and de-powered. I have multiple inputs and so can loop a midi-line in and then switch back to guitar and play that over the loop.