TC Ditto Stereo Looper – Review

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TC Electronic Ditto Stereo Review– based on Question/Answer format so you can skip around to what you care about.

TC Ditto Stereo

TC Ditto Stereo

Looper Category: Type 1 (category definitions)

Target Setup: jamming and practice. This pedal could also be used for composition because you can export wav files via USB to your PC.

Competitive Position: This pedal fits within the compact looper category, but on the high end for price and physical size. It incorporates some feedback that poured into TC over the two year period after the release of the original Ditto. Therefore, it’s a well-refined product and very popular. Really, the only differences between the original Ditto and the Ditto Stereo are (1) stereo (2) USB export and download (which enables the use of backing tracks, including the TC StarJams (3) battery option.

Warranty: The TC Ditto Stereo has a standard 1 year warranty through TC. However, if registered online within 90 days it increases to 3 years. See details.

  • What is the price I should expect to pay for the TC Electronic Ditto Stereo and how does that compare to other loopers?
    • Please see our price tracker that we update regularly for a historical view on pricing, along with new vs used.

 

  • What is the main function of the TC Ditto Stereo?
    • The only function of the TC Ditto Stereo is looping. It’s specifically geared towards guitar players.

 

  • How long can I record with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • The TC DITTO STEREO can record 5 minutes. They did not improve that over the TC Ditto or the X2, unfortunately.

 

  • How many memory locations (slots) are included in the TC Electronic Ditto Stereo?
    • There is only one memory slot. This is another area where they didn’t improve over the original Ditto or the X2.

 

  • Using the Ditto Stereo, can I learn by having an instructor play something and then slow it down to work on matching the notes?
    • No, while this was available on the X2, they took it out for the Stereo.

 

  • Can I practice soloing with the X2?
    • Yes, this is really one of the main uses of the Ditto Stereo. It is designed for a guitar or bass player to create their own rhythm and then solo over it.

 

  • Can I use the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO to capture quick song ideas to review later?
    • The Ditto Stereo only has one memory slot, so it’s not the ideal solution for composition.

 

  • Can I switch to a different loop/slot while performing with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is only one loop/slot to work with on the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Can I perform loop-to-loop queuing with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is only one loop/slot to work with on the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Can I switch back to the previous loop while performing with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is only one loop/slot to work with on the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • With the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO, can I record and play different parts of a song (verse, chorus, bridge) all during a live performance while not using my hands (pedals and footswitches only)?
    • No, there is only one loop/slot on the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Can I go from recording directly into overdub with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • Yes, just like on the X2, you can toggle the dipswitch within the battery compartment to make the flow change from Record/Play/Overdub to Record/Overdub/Play.

 

  • Can I undo/redo the last overdub to change the song or eliminate a recording error with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • With the TC DITTO STEREO, you are able to undo the last overdub and also redo the last undo.

 

  • Can I set previous layers to go quieter or fade out while overdubbing new layers with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, this is considered an advanced function that is only available on more expensive and complicated loop pedals.

 

  • Can I adjust the volume or effects of individual overdubs with the Ditto Stereo?
    • No, there is only one volume knob on the TC DITTO STEREO and it controls the level of loop volume.

 

  • Can I record individual overdubs/layers as individual WAV files with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO to then work with in a DAW?
    • With the TC DITTO STEREO, we are not aware of any method for individually recording overdubs/layers.

 

  • Can I use the 1/8” MP3/CD input to play song into the looper and incorporate it into my loop with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • There is no 1/8” aux input on the TC Ditto Stereo.

 

  • Can I pre-record tracks, edit them in a DAW, load them into the TC DITTO STEREO as loops and then trigger them with the footswitch when needed?
    • Yes, you can but only with one track at a time.

 

  • Can I trigger a one-shot playback (a.k.a. single phrase) with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO? In other words, can I set the loop to only play one time when triggered?
    • No there is no one-shot playback feature on the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Can I play multiple loops simultaneously with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO, and turn them on and off? For example, play drums on one track, base-line on the other, and guitar on another and bring them in and out of the song?
    • The only way you could partially accomplish this with the TC DITTO STEREO is with the undo redo functionality, and it would be very limited.

 

  • Can I play a loop or overdub in reverse with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, the TC Ditto Stereo does not have reverse. They added it for the X2, but removed it for the Stereo.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO have stereo sound or just mono?
    • The TC DITTO STEREO has stereo sound.

 

  • Is there anything in the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO that reduces the clicking sound that can occur when tapping the footswitch during overdub?
    • No, not that we are aware of.

 

  • Is the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO a good looper for live performances on stage?
    • In my opinion no. I think that live performance should include multi-track loopers.

 

  • Are there multiple stop modes in the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is only one stop mode for the DITTO STEREO – immediate.

 

  • Can I stutter start with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is no known way to accomplish stutter start with a DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Can I resample with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO? In other words, can I take a loop and modify it by multiplying it, cutting part of it out, adding a different effect to it, etc?
    • We are not aware of any resampling or multiply functionality with the TC DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Can the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO be set to auto-record when I begin playing?
    • No the TC DITTO STEREO does not have auto-record.

 

  • With the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO, are there any issues with droning (playing the same note, chord, repeated sounds, or tone-clusters continuously) at the boundaries of the loops – such as noticeable change in volume?
    • We have not experienced or heard of an issue with droning using the TC DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO have a built in metronome?
    • There is no built-in metronome for the TC DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Is there any software that comes with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is no software package that comes along with the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Is quantize functionality available on the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is no quantize function on the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Will the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO interface with my DAW (digital audio workstation)/computer through USB?
    • The TC DITTO STEREO does not function as an audio interface. The USB is only used to update the firmware.

 

  • Will the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO interface with my computer through USB to transfer sound files?
    • Yes, yet another improvement over the original Ditto.

 

  • Can I save and recall loops with SD card with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • The current loop you are recording is saved through power down and is still saved when the unit is powered up. However, there is no removable card and there is only one memory slot.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO have effects (FX)?
    • No the TC DITTO STEREO does not have built-in effects (FX).

 

  • Can I bypass the effects (FX) with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, this is not applicable to the TC DITTO STEREO because the unit does not have internal effects.

 

  • Can I turn off or mute the live signal that is fed through the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO (for use in parallel effects loops of an amp or in Aux Send/Return of a mixer)?
    • No, but the Ditto Stereo has “True Bypass”. It will automatically go into this mode where the AC/DC/AC is completely by-passed when you are not looping so that the DITTO STEREO can be part of an effects chain. It’s different, but somewhat related.

 

  • Can I save presets for effects with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, this is not applicable to the TC DITTO STEREO because the unit does not have internal effects.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO have an XLR mic input? Does it have phantom power for a condenser microphone?
    • No, the TC DITTO STEREO has a stereo pair 1/4” input.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO function as a mixer with multiple inputs?
    • No, the DITTO STEREO only has the stereo pair input.

 

  • Can I re-assign footswitch functionality with the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • No, there is only one footswitch and it’s not re-assignable.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO have a headphone jack for playback and monitoring?
    • No the TC DITTO STEREO does not have a dedicated 1/8” jack for headphones.

 

  • Can the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO be connected to an external MIDI device?
    • No the TC DITTO STEREO does not have MIDI ports.

 

  • Does TC Electronic release firmware updates for the TC DITTO STEREO?
    • Yes they do.

 

  • Is there an optional footswitch that I can add to the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO to increase functionality?
    • No, there is no added or off-loaded functionality that can be added with an external footswitch for the DITTO STEREO.

 

  • Is there an optional expressional pedal that I can add to the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO to control effects(FX)?
    • No, there is not a way to connect an expression pedal to the TC DITTO STEREO.

 

  • What is the sampling rate and bit depth of the A/D/A conversion?
    • For the TC DITTO STEREO, the A/D/A conversion is specified as 24-bit, 44.1 kHz.

 

  • Can the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO be battery powered?
    • Yes, with a 9V battery. This is an improvement over the original Ditto.

 

  • What size is the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO?
    • The TC Ditto Stereo is roughly one inch larger in both the width and length compared to the original Ditto. It is 2.8” x 4.8” x 2”.

 

  • Why is using a TC Electronic DITTO STEREO better than just using computer software? Or why should I use a stompbox looper instead of something that is software based?
    • Ease of use – when you have a looper pedal setup, you just sit down and play (just like picking up an instrument). This makes spontaneous fifteen minute jam sessions happen all the time.
    • Control and reliability – especially during a live performance. Has your PC ever frozen or started running slow all of a sudden? There are a lot of processes that can occur in a computer that are unrelated to your music, and you may not have control over all of them.
    • Ability to interface hands-free with a dedicated stompbox/pedal/footswitch
    • The software usually has a much steeper learning curve. Nothing puts me out of the music-playing mood faster than trying to figure out how to work with the recording software and getting stuck on something.
    • If you managed to setup a reliable, hands-free computer based system then it’s still difficult to go on stage and have the performance feel “live”. People are used to seeing pedals on stage, but once you bring out your laptop then it starts feeling like a DJ performance. Nothing wrong with that, for some.
    • Latency: PC and Mac based looper set-ups cannot match the latency of the loop pedals. This results in more timing misalignment between layers and can degrade the quality of the performance. Latency describes the delays that occur at each stage as the sound travels – therefore, if there is delay between when you make a sound and when it’s recorded, as well as a delay between when the playback is generated and when you actually hear it, then you get the timing issues.
    • Analog pass through: several of the loop pedals have true analog pass through, so that you can reduce A/D and D/A delays in your signal path.

 

  • Why is using a TC Electronic DITTO STEREO better than just using an iPhone or iPad application?
    • There is very limited functionality with the iOS based loopers compared to the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO. However, these apps are quickly improving. With added hardware (microphone, Bluetooth control pedal, etc.), these setups may start to look attractive. Please see our iOS app setup information.
    • With regards to live performances, bringing an iPad or iPhone on stage may feel more like a DJ performance, but it’s not going as far as bringing a laptop. Also, the OS may be more predictable and stable compared to an entire computer or workstation. Therefore, we think that iOS based loopers will be more stage-friendly than laptops, but not as stage-friendly as pedals/stompboxes in the foreseeable future.

 

  • What company makes the DITTO STEREO and where are they located?
    • TC Electronic is located in Risskov, Denmark. The company was founded in 1976.

 

  • How is the support from TC on any issues that arise with the unit?
    • Typically TC has been known for strong customer support. I do think they had a little issue with scaling as the success of the Ditto series was extreme. There were some complaints in online forums about not getting timely help.

 

  • How long has the TC Electronic DITTO STEREO been in production?
    • The TC Ditto Stereo was announced in April 2015. This followed the TC Ditto X2, which was announced the year earlier.

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