Review of: TC Electronic Ditto Looper
Reviewed by: Gabriel TanakaRating:4.5On June 21, 2013Last modified:October 6, 2016
With all the complicated looper pedals out there, wouldn’t it be nice to just get back to the basics. TC Electronic sure thought so. Hence they made what just might be the simplest and most easy to use guitar looping pedal out there. In our TC Electronic Ditto Looper review, we’ll see how it measures up and find out if it’s the best guitar looper pedal for the money.
Guitar looper pedals, while seemingly simple enough in concept, have a surprising range of uses.
When you’re composing riffs and songs, they’re great for working out new parts, harmonies, and guitar solos.
In live situations you can overlay some harmonies. You must try making a quick loop of a repeating rhythm progression in a song and throw some tasty licks over it before changing to the next section. Fun stuff.
And loopers take the one-man-band concept to a whole new level, limited only by your wildest imagination. Seeing people pulling this off is always impressive.
Let’s check out the features of the TC Electronic Ditto Looper and then try it out. After all, this is the best-selling guitar pedal around, so let’s find out just how good it is.
5 minutes of looping
Undo / Redo function
One knob: Loop Level volume control
24-bit uncompressed high quality audio
True Bypass and Analog-Dry-Through
USB Input for updates
Sound & Performance:
It seriously doesn’t get much simpler than this. You just plug in your guitar. Plug the Ditto Looper into an amp and you’re ready to start looping.
I started off with some simple rhythms and got a little groove going. A simple press of the footswitch, and the Ditto starts recording. Pressing the switch again plays the loop. Easy.
Overdubbing loops is easy enough as well. You just press the footswitch as before to record and play back new layers. I was very impressed with the high fidelity of the recorded audio even after layering over a dozen loops. It’s noise-free and pristine.
Adjusting the Loop Level control will allow you to add quieter ambience, or push the volume for a doubled, in-your-face rhythm assault. This pedal shows that you only need one knob to get the job done. Once you get a feel for the loop volume level that suits you, just set it and forget it.
Once you master these simple operations, you’re good to go. Couldn’t be easier.
The Ditto Looper will allow you to create massively huge soundscapes. Pretty amazing for it’s diminutive size. Experimenting with different tones throughout the frequency spectrum allows you to engulf your audience in a world of sound. With a little practice you’ll be creating sound-on-sound masterpieces. No other looping pedal makes it as easy as the Ditto Looper.
Despite the fact that this pedal is mono only, not stereo, I find it perfectly suited to using in front of stereo effects such as chorus, delay, and reverb. That way you can apply those effects to the entirety of the loops playing. This is great for everything from subtle harmonies to chordal rhythm parts and lets you to create an overall atmosphere for your soundscapes when placed at the end of your effects chain.
I personally really like the small form factor, too. There’s room for one of these on almost any pedalboard. The Ditto also has a nice solid feel, typical of TC Electronic stompboxes. It really feels like it’s built to last. All in all, I’m digging it. If you need a little more functionality, the TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper might also be worth checking out. The Ditto Looper has even been so successful that TC Electronic have released the Flashback Mini Delay, Corona Mini Chorus, Vortex Mini Flanger, and Shaker Mini Vibrato pedals, all in the same minuscule footprint.
Let’s have the final result.
The TC Electronic Ditto Looper is an instant classic. While other companies continue to update products every few years and complicate looping functionality, the Ditto Looper will likely remain an essential staple on the market. Its ease of use is second to none. It can’t be overstated how simple this pedal is to use. And most importantly, it sounds absolutely fantastic. It’s also the only true-bypass looper out there. Tone-chasers, this one’s for you. TC Electronic have done it again. The Ditto Looper offers innovation in its simplicity. If you’re looking for the best guitar looper pedal on a budget, the Ditto Looper trims the fat while offering premium audiophile quality. Want to loop and nothing else? The Ditto Looper is a must-have.
That concludes our TC Electronic Ditto Looper review. Thanks for reading.
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October 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm
HI all I’m new to looping. Say if I want to record a verse loop. Then I want a different loop for the chorus. can I stop the verse loop and bring it back straight away after the chorus ? OR would I have to play and record the verse loop again first?
The DITTO seems the best value for a simple looper, but if it can’t do what I suggested above maybe I should look elsewhere? If so what other looper would u guys recommend?
May 31, 2014 at 9:10 am
Why when I record a loop on the ditto does it pause before replaying?
July 6, 2014 at 4:56 am
Hey dude, if its doing that, you need to either:
1. Update the software, easy to find on the tc electronics home page>ditto looper
2. Click as you finish playing, dont play the loop, then play and then stop playing and then click. Timing.
March 12, 2014 at 1:53 am
The audio is clean as a whistle. The way you play a looping segment is the way you will hear it delivered by Ditto over and over again. No fuzz, noise or compression, not by a long shot.
December 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm
This looks like a gnarly little pedal. I really dig the small versions TCE has been doing lately. I want to try the Hall of Fame they released, but the price is roughly $40 less than it’s big brother so I’m not compelled to go buy it, but I’d love to play one :]
October 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm
I have this pedal. It is absolutely awesome! 🙂 Very easy to use, and perfect for rehearsing 🙂