tc electronic Ditto Looper

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Looper Pedal

  • Designed for guitarists by guitarists
  • Five minutes loop time
  • Unlimited overdubs, undo and redo functions
  • Minimalist and intuitive interface
  • Very compact and robust metal housing
  • Uncompromising sound quality
  • Uncompressed 24 bit
  • True Bypass and analog-dry-through
  • Separately sold AC adapter under Art. 409939 (not included),
  • Battery operation not possible
Recording time in minutes 5 m
USB connector Yes
MIDI No
Stereo No
XLR Input No
Incl. Power Supply No
available since March 2013
Item number 304324
£66
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Let your creativity flow

Loopers have been a very hot item for a few years now: Thanks to the impressive YouTube performances of countless artists from all over the world, these devices have become something of a “must have” for guitarists and bassists. The ability to successively layer multiple tracks on top of one another opens up entirely new avenues for solo artists and those who aspire to be so. The only thing that can sometimes be a drag is the lack of intuitive operation, and that is precisely where TC Electronic’s Ditto looper comes into its own: The Danish company, which is famous for its innovations, has reduced the pedal’s user interface to one switch and one control knob, thus eliminating any unnecessary obstacles standing in the way of artists’ creativity.

All the controls you need

Thanks to its mini-pedal format, the Ditto Looper will fit into pretty much any gap on your pedalboard, and its robust metal housing means it is ready for the rigours of everyday on-stage use. The Ditto boasts an unlimited number of loops as well as a total of five minutes’ recording time, and the pedal delivers uncompressed sound quality with a 24-bit resolution. The central control knob adjusts the volume of the loops that have been recorded, while all of the pedal’s other functions – such as recording, playback, stop, start, delete, undo, and redo – are activated by pressing and holding the footswitch in the required manner (long, short, etc.). To avoid colouring the tone of the instrument, the Ditto Looper features true bypass when switched off and an analogue dry through when active. To help protect the environment, TC Electronic has dispensed with the option of battery power here, meaning that the Ditto Looper will require an external power supply.

Great for solo artists, great for YouTubers, great for everyone

TC Electronic’s Ditto Looper is aimed at guitarists and bassists who want to create multi-layered soundscapes and effectively become their own one-man band – something that can be done at home, on stage, or in YouTube and Instagram videos. The Ditto makes it possible for everybody to deliver a complete performance without needing any other musicians to do so. And the simple and intuitive user interface with which TC Electronic has designed this pedal is aimed squarely at players who want to get started right away without having to read endless instructions or work their way through complicated sub-menus.

About TC Electronic

The Danish company TC Electronic has been known for its innovative products for many years. It was founded in 1976 by brothers Kim and John Rishøj in Aarhus. The company first made a name for itself with the SCF, a stereo chorus/flanger pedal for guitar. Studio equipment followed during the 80s and 90s, notably the legendary TC2290 digital delay in 19-inch rack format. Since the 2000s, TC Electronic has greatly enriched the guitar and bass scene with amplifiers, cabinets, combos, and effects pedals. Here too, TC's innovative spirit is in evidence, for example with its TonePrint technology and the first polyphonic guitar tuner. TC Electronic has been part of Music Tribe since 2015.

A useful practice tool

Loopers are generally associated with players who superimpose several tracks on top of one another to create complex, multi-layered musical pieces – impressive and inspiring examples of which are on display on video platforms like YouTube. But loopers can do a lot more: Among other things, they can be a helpful tool in your day-to-day practice routine and make certain other auxiliary devices obsolete. For example, a looper can be used to record a short, percussive guitar or bass loop that serves as a metronome or drum machine. Chord sequences can also be looped in order to provide the necessary harmonic context for getting to grips with note theory or for improvising. These are just some of the many ways in which a looper can help players to practise more easily and more effectively.

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Mini micro tiny looper
DonSchlup 10.03.2019
TC Electronic has made an affordable, functional, little looper with the Ditto, and there's not much to complain about it.
I've been using it to experiment with textures and layers, and it's been stellar so far. I've yet to try it at a gig, but at the moment there are no worries wether or not it will deliver, performance-wise.
Of course, given the price tag, there is the thought in the back of my mind wether or not this pedal will last very long, especially after reading about some long term issues with it. But I think that even if it doesn't, it's cheap enough to buy another one, or upgrade it if looping ends up being your thing.
To sum it up, basically, it's simple to use, it has good sound quality, enough time on tap to play a bunch with it before it overloads, and it doesn't break the bank.
So, this is one happy camper right here :)

EDIT: After a few months, the footswitch is on the edge of breaking, it seems. Several times that I step on it to record a second layer, and it just stops, or I step twice quickly to stop and it just deletes the whole loop. But still, it's ok for home use.
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Updated review after ~3 years of use. Bad quality!
Bharat 13.12.2013
Updated Review:
The switch on this looper is very bad quality, there is a spring inside and after decent amount of use the mechanical switch will give out, and the switch will not function properly. I had to open it up and fix it twice already, will not use it in a gig, or even in rehearsals with band.
Another big problem is it cannot handle Line-Level FX loop on amps. In simple words if you are running this pedal in FX loop of your amp, and you hapen to have an amp which has FX loop on line level, this pedal will give you a volume drop. Even though the manual says that it should work on line-level impedance, it doesn't.
And if you loop too many sounds over it, it sound like a mud, also tends to go out of sync.


Review when I bought it:
I play in a post rock band, and I slowly build overlays of various sounds and in the end achieving a massive wall of psychedelia, and looping is quiet essential in this process,therefore I wanted something simple, and due to lack of space on my pedal board I wanted something small. And Ditto-Looper pretty much fits the bill.
It is quiet simple to operate, the instruction manual is barely a page long. Gives you a maximum of 5 mins loop time, true bypass, 24 bit-96Khz sound quality, and a knob to control the voulme of the recorded loops, this I think is essentially what everyone wants from a looper.
And I really like the foot switch of looper, it is quiet soft, allows you to operate it with a subtle press, otherwise in other pedal the footSwitch is a bit more hard to press you need to time things with more concentration.
I have been using this pedal since 7-8 months, and it has been very helpful in coming up with song ideas, I often loop guitars, and play bass and drums, and figure out some new ideas for the song. It is a very helpful tool, this has also in a way helped me to improve my guitar playing ability. It is a nice tool and quiet simple to use, and I totally recommend it.
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A small looper with a great sound.
KonstantinosM 28.11.2020
The TC Electronic Ditto Looper is as small and as simple as it gets. It can easily fit into any setup and if you are fine with the minimalistic approach, it is an excellent basic looper.
It has an analog dry-through to ensure optimum sound, and the 24bit recording of the "loop" is also of high quality. These are the main reasons why I bought this device. As my previous looper, a Digitech Jamman, degraded the sound a lot.
The five minutes of loop time are more than enough for my use; mostly practicing or jamming with simple loops. Due to the single switch design, it is quite difficult to use in a live context though, ao I would look at the Ditto X2 or X4 if I planned to use it in a concert.
I use it in my Temple Audio board, just after my Strymon El Cap and Flint pedals in the signal chain and then directly into my Suhr Badger 18.
Some people report problems with the modern TC Electronic pedals, but I have this as well as a Polytune and use them daily for years without any issue so far.
All in all, if you are looking for a simple to use, small and affordable looper; look no further.
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TC Electronic Ditto with Double Bass
Spoobler 13.09.2013
The day my TC Electronic Ditto arrived I was playing double bass in a pit orchestra for a production of 'The Sound Of Music'. I arrived early to put the Ditto into action before sound check.

The Ditto excels in every aspect that I was hoping it would. My previous experience with a looping pedal was with a Boss RC-20. I liked that pedal for the most part but I sold it for two reasons. 1: It was too large to permanently stay on my pedal board and 2: I felt that it altered the tone of my bass. So these two factors were what I was looking for in the Ditto. I was not disappointed. The size is obviously a big selling point, but the tone coming through the pedal is the clincher for me. Another bonus is that, because I used it first with my double bass, I found that it has a high input impedance, meaning that I did not need to place a piezo buffer in front of it. This is a very useful feature for me.

As for the looping functions - the simplicity is a huge selling point too. Some might think that it has too few features, but I give it five starts because the simplicity of the features is what attracted me to it. The Boss RC-20, whilst brilliant in it's ability to store what you've previously recorded, was simply more than I needed. No fault of Boss there. The Ditto just stores what you are currently looping. Disconnect the pedal and the loop is gone. I'm 100% fine with that. The only knob on the Ditto is to control the volume of the recorded loop - this is a very useful feature in my opinion as that really is the only parameter I want to have control of.

So, all in all it's a great product and absolute value for money.
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