TC Electronic Ditto Looper Pedal Review -
As TC Electronics' Tore Mogensen says, with some loopers "you
almost need a degree in rocket science to make sense of all the
functionalities." But can a stripped-down, easy to use one still do
the job? Rick Graham tries TC's new Ditto Looper.
If you're anything like me, whenever you think of a looper pedal
you'll conjure up an image of a unfeasibly large, space-hungry
unit, with a multitude of flashing lights and buttons and a user
interface that requires an engineering degree to successfully
navigate through. Take one look at the latest from Denmark's TC
Electronic, the Ditto Looper pedal, and all such preconceptions
will disappear as quick as a flash. This rather deceptive looking
unit is considerably smaller than a standard sized stompbox,
ensuring that it will integrate itself perfectly on your pedalboard
with the minimum of fuss and, perhaps more importantly, without
encroaching upon any space taken up by your existing pedals. Don't
be fooled into thinking that any compromises were made due to its
The Ditto contains some fantastic features within those
diminutive dimensions and, true to its word, TC Electronic has kept
guitarists at the forefront of its design ideas, with features such
as True Bypass and Anologue-Dry-Through, ensuring there is no
conversion in the signal path, which I'm sure will be welcomed by
many. Other impressive features include five minutes of looping
time, unlimited overdubs, undo/redo function and 24 bit
uncompressed audio, ensuring a crystal clear reproduction of the
It's remarkably easy to use too, meaning that you can start
constructing your loops, sections and even full songs straight out
of the box. With one level knob and one switch you really can't go
wrong. To get a loop going, hit the switch and record your part.
Hit it again to playback and to layer overdubs simply hit the
switch again to record as many parts as you wish.
If you're not happy with what you played, hit and hold the
switch to undo. If you change your mind and want that part back, do
the same thing and it will redo the part. This is great, for
instance, if you wish to drop out a part and bring it back in again
to create chorus - verse - chorus style parts. When you've had
enough, double tap to stop and press and hold to clear the looper.
This will put turn the pedal off, also activating true bypass
The Ditto Looper is a truly fantastic pedal - and don't just
take my word for it. Everyone in the office was blown away by this
latest pedal from TC and it has just won the 'Best In Show' award
at 2013's NAMM show in the USA. Intuitive, innovative and
incredibly inspiring to use, it offers a gateway to the glorious
world of looping to the budget conscious guitarist and does so with
that ever-so important element which eludes so many: simplicity.
This one is simply superb - wonderful value for money and another
triumph for TC Electronic!
Check out the full review inc. video of the TC
Electronic Ditto Looper by Rick Graham featured in Guitar
Interactive Magazine Issue 16.