Ease of Use — 9
It is incredibly easy to create a good loop. Just press once to record, once to stop and once to overdub. The pedal has unlimited overdubs and the effects can be combined (half speed and reverse together) to create some really funky music. The manual is a really tiny piece of paper with the basic controls. You can use it either with a 9v battery or a 9v power supply. The problem with using a battery is that the compartment is locked with a screw. In this department there is also a switch to change the routing of the loop switch. Saving loops to your computer is really easy. Just connect and copy.
It is a perfect looping pedal for both guitarist and bass players. It is really easy to use and the added effects, the loop saving function and the dedicated stop switch are a nice extra.
Sound — 9
This is the follow-up model on TC Electronic's looper pedal: the Ditto. This version has added stereo in- and outputs and added effects. I won this one with a Facebook contest that TC did a little while back. It is a very simple looper pedal. I've been looping with it for hours already. It features 5 minutes of looping time and unlimited overdubs.
The controls are just the same as the original Ditto except for the extra effects you can choose: a reverse mode, a half-speed mode and a dedicated stop switch. There is a little switch to select what effect you want to use. The sound of this little pedal is amazing. I plugged it into the effects loop of a Mesa Boogie Express 5:50+ head. But you can also use the looper in front of the amp. There is no background noise, except when I use the half speed mode. Then there is a little more noise.
There is also a USB input so you can load up loops made by your favorite TC-artist. It's very easy. Just connect it and copy a backing track or one of those StarJam loops and start playing. The pedal comes with a USB-cable, the starters manual and 2 strips of rubber that you can stick to the pedal if you're not going to use it on a board.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The pedal feels very solid. There are two buttons, one big volume knob and two little switches to control the effects, and to delete the backing track and adjust the backing track volume. The finish looks quite nice on the pedalboard and the two lights are bright enough. I don't know if the lights are visible in full daylight. The switches feel quite nice and I can activate the pedal easily. I don't know how these will last but for know they seem very solid. The whole pedal is made out of metal.
Overall Impression — 8
I've created quite a few loops already. I really love the effects. When the half speed mode is activated you can also record and after deactivating, that loop plays twice as fast. It gives you the ability to play solo's really fast. I got this one for free, but if I needed a new looper I would have chosen the Ditto X2 or the normal Ditto. If you don't need the extra effects and dedicated stop switch, just go for the normal Ditto. I have found that the stop function is really nice if I need to stop a loop immediately. Tapping the loop button twice also stops playback, but it is just not that fast.