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Ditto Looper in-depth review

Hi folks

I've just received my new TC Electronic Ditto Looper yesterday. Here is my 

When I first took the box and opened it, my initial reaction was: it's so 
tiny & cute. I could almost cuddle it... ;-)
Nonetheless, it comes in a sturdy metal case, the level knob, the 
button... everything really looks & feels top notch.
(Nice detail: rubber pads are not attached on the bottom but provided 
optional, depending on how you want it on your pedalboard.)
(Not nice detail: I know this thing is idiot-proof, but the manual is only 
available as PDF on the website, not included).
The foot-switch itself works very well, even though it's really tiny. I 
would recommend placing it in a horizontal (not original vertical) 
position. This way, you can see the LED when your foot is on the switch.

Next thing, I grabbed a 9V batter and opened it up. I should have been 
suspicious because I needed a very weird screwdriver for this. It turns 
out: the thing is packed, no space for battery. Just AC power option. So 
I'm getting my 9V AC adaptar. Next to the large AC power plug, the Ditto 
Looper suddenly doesn't look so cute & tiny anymore...
I kind of get the minimal footprint vision and it makes sense on most 
pedalboards. Personally, however, I'd also like to throw in the small 
pedal into my backpack when I feel like (you never know when the next 
opportunity for live looping arises...).
Also, some guitarists who rarely use the looper might appreciate a battery 
Let's hope there will be a battery option here in the future that is only 
slightly bigger (i.e. like the PolyTune vs PolyTune mini).

Let's talk about the sound (- and this has actually been the main reason 
for me to get another one-button looper alongside the Boss RC-2). I want a 
looper for my pedalboard that I can leave on the FX chain and that won't 
deliver a blurry digital sound or any noise.
All I can say is: The Ditto Looper lives up to its "true-bypass 
analog-dry-thru etc." marketing hype. The sound through my studio monitors 
has been pristine, crystal clear. It's really a joy hearing the clean 
This may sound as something simple, but actually is a big thing. If you 
want a looper in your FX chain for performance, clean sound is absolutely 
I haven't fully tested how the Ditto Looper behaves with line level 
input/output. It kind of seems that guitar signal goes through as a 
standard guitar signal (analog dry-through...). However the looped sound 
might go out as line level. Haven't figured out yet...

Now, let's look at the looping functionality. I must admit, before today, 
I was quite  worried because an initial prototype reviewer mentioned that 
you couldn't tell the Play vs Overdub mode apart. Much to my relief I can 
say: No problem at all. I'm absolutely delighted how the one LED light 
- Empty loop = Black (nothing)
- Record = Red
- Play = Green
- Overdub = Red (yes!)
- Undo/Redo = Blinks for short time
- Stop = Blinking green
- And here is the best feature: In Play/Overdub mode, whenever the loop 
passes the starting point, it briefly blinks just once. When I remember 
how often I had a two-bar loop where I couldn't tell the loop starting 
point on my RC-50... This should be a default feature for all hardware 
Simple, yet brilliant...
This whole LED display functionality gives you the feeling that people at 
TC Electronics have put attention into details.

The looper features themselves are pretty straightforward: Record, Play, 
Overdub, Undo/Redo (last layer), Stop, Delete. I haven't measured if the 
looping time is really 5 minutes, but it is plenty. Here more in detail:
- 1. Press: Record (immediately, with foot down)
- 2. Press: Play (immediately)
- 3. Press: Overdub (foot up)
- 4. Press: Play (immediately)
- Long-press (in play mode): Toggle Undo/Redo last layer
- Double-press: Stop
- Double-press with Long-press: Stops immediately, then deletes loop
- After double-press (stop-mode), Press: Re-starts loop (immediately)
- After double-press (stop-mode), Long-press: Deletes loop (yet, plays 
loop again before delete!!)
Here is the problem:
In Stop-Mode, long-press will delete the loop. However, until the long 
press kicks in, the initial press will re-trigger the loop - until it 
finally stops and gets deleted. Interestingly, the Boss RC-2 has the same 
"feature" (that's where the optional 2nd pedal was useful).
So, for deleting the loop, you have three options:
1.) Double-press with long-press: Stop the loop & delete at same time.
2.) In stop-mode, turn down loop level to 0, then long-press for delete.
3.) In stop-mode, double-press (as quick as possible) with long press. 
(this is what the PDF manual actually recommends).
This is a serious issue that requires a work-around imo.

Finally, one more positive detail: When you plug-off the looper while 
there is a loop on it, it will store it. Next time you plug-in the looper, 
the last loop is there, available in stop-mode.

So, to sum it up - I am very happy with the Ditto Looper and will 
definitely keep it. 
The sturdy build, the attention to details (i.e. the LED), the perfect 
sound quality... I can't remember having enjoyed any one-pedal-looper so 
much. The sound quality alone makes such a huge difference...

That being said, there are a few disadvantages I should also mention at 
the end: 
Lack of battery really limits the flexibility. Let's hope - just like the 
PolyTune vs PolyTune Mini - they come with a slightly larger battery 
version. (I would certainly get it).

Concerning functionality, this is a very well-thought device. 
Nevertheless, I still see room for improvement:
- In Stop-Mode, LongPress should delete the loop without re-playing the 
loop (until longpress kicks in). For this, you'd have to compromise the 
re-trigger a bit (re-start loop in stop-mode only when foot goes up). But 
it would be worth it in terms of functionality.
- While we're at it: Why not finally add a Mulitply function? (Activate it 
with LongPress in Overdub-Mode; blinking red light in multiply mode). That 
would be so sweet!!

Especially, the long-press delete could - and should - easily be 
implemented with an update via USB port (yes, Ditto Looper has a USB 
port!). If someone could convince TC Electronics...

So, final verdict:
If you are looking for a fun, mobile looper for jamming, I'd probably 
stick with something like the Boss RC-2/RC-3 that gives you a battery 
option ("rhythm"/tempo accomp. might be also useful for jamming).
However, if you want a high-quality yet simple, affordable,& minimalistic 
looper for your live performance rig (that doesn't compromise sound 
quality in your FX chain), the Ditto Looper might be the best choice so 

best regards