TC Ditto X2 Looper – Review

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TC Electronic DITTO X2 Review– based on Question/Answer format so you can skip around to what you care about.

TC Ditto X2

TC Ditto X2

Looper Category: Type 1 (category definitions)

Target Setup: jamming and practice. It could be argued that this pedal is also good for composition because you can save the individual wav files via USB to your PC. However, many loop pedals have built-in permanent storage on multiple memory slots.

Competitive Position: My impression is that TC took a year of user-feedback on the TC Ditto and put the most requested features into the Ditto X2, within reason. Therefore, this doesn’t really qualify as a compact looper, and fits more into the category of a single-track looper – competing with the Boss RC-30 and JamMan Stereo because it has a dedicated stop switch (without requiring the purchase of a separate footswitch). The X2 is very well priced against the competition. However, it’s severely lacking in the composition category with limited loop time and only one memory slot.

Warranty: The TC Ditto X2 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 X2 and how does that compare to other loopers?
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  • What is the main function of the TC Ditto X2?
    • The only function of the TC Ditto X2 is looping. There are a few of the extra features that are usually found in higher priced units.

 

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

 

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

 

  • Using the Ditto X2, can I learn by having an instructor play something and then slow it down to work on matching the notes?
    • Yes, TC added tempo control (but just half speed) for the Ditto X2.

 

  • Can I practice soloing with the X2?
    • Yes, this is really one of the main uses of the Ditto X2. 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 X2 to capture quick song ideas to review later?
    • The X2 only has one memory slot, so it’s not the ideal solution for this use.

 

  • Can I switch to a different loop/slot while performing with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, there is only one loop/slot to work with on the DITTO X2.

 

  • Can I perform loop-to-loop queuing with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, there is only one loop/slot to work with on the DITTO X2.

 

  • Can I switch back to the previous loop while performing with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, there is only one loop/slot to work with on the DITTO X2.

 

  • With the TC Electronic DITTO X2, 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 to work with on the DITTO X2.

 

  • Can I go from recording directly into overdub with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • Yes, this is something that TC added over the original Ditto. If you change the dipswitch within the battery compartment, the second tap will go directly into overdub mode.

 

  • Can I undo/redo the last overdub to change the song or eliminate a recording error with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • With the TC DITTO X2, 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 X2?
    • 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 X2?
    • No, there is only one volume knob on the TC DITTO X2 and it controls the level of loop volume. The only exception is that you can use the left switch to set the volume knob to adjust the backing track volume. This way you can change the volume for the live play and overdubs.

 

  • Can I record individual overdubs/layers as individual WAV files with the TC Electronic DITTO X2 to then work with in a DAW?
    • With the TC DITTO X2, 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 X2?
    • There is no 1/8” aux input on the TC Ditto X2.

 

  • Can I pre-record tracks, edit them in a DAW, load them into the TC DITTO X2 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 X2? 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 X2.

 

  • Can I play multiple loops simultaneously with the TC Electronic DITTO X2, 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 X2 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 X2?
    • Yes, the TC Ditto X2 added reverse. The original Ditto did not have it.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO X2 have stereo sound or just mono?
    • The TC DITTO X2 has stereo sound.

 

  • Is there anything in the TC Electronic DITTO X2 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 X2 a good looper for live performances on stage?
    • In my opinion no. I think that live performance should include multi-track loopers like the RC-300, RC-505, Pigtronix Infinity, Boomerang III, etc.

 

  • Are there multiple stop modes in the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, there is only one stop mode for the DITTO X2 – immediate.

 

  • Can I stutter start with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, there is no known way to accomplish stutter start with a DITTO X2.

 

  • Can I resample with the TC Electronic DITTO X2? 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 X2.

 

  • Can the TC Electronic DITTO X2 be set to auto-record when I begin playing?
    • No the TC DITTO X2 does not have auto-record.

 

  • With the TC Electronic DITTO X2, 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 X2.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO X2 have a built in metronome?
    • There is no built-in metronome for the TC DITTO X2.

 

  • Is there any software that comes with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, there is no software package that comes along with the DITTO X2.

 

  • Is quantize functionality available on the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, there is no quantize function on the DITTO X2.

 

  • Will the TC Electronic DITTO X2 interface with my DAW (digital audio workstation)/computer through USB?
    • The TC DITTO X2 does not function as an audio interface. The USB is only used to update the firmware.

 

  • Will the TC Electronic DITTO X2 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 X2?
    • 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 X2 have effects (FX)?
    • No the TC DITTO X2 does not have built-in effects (FX).

 

  • Can I bypass the effects (FX) with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, this is not applicable to the TC DITTO X2 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 X2 (for use in parallel effects loops of an amp or in Aux Send/Return of a mixer)?
    • No, but the Ditto X2 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 X2 can be part of an effects chain. It’s different, but somewhat related.

 

  • Can I save presets for effects with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • No, this is not applicable to the TC DITTO X2 because the unit does not have internal effects.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO X2 have an XLR mic input? Does it have phantom power for a condenser microphone?
    • No, the TC DITTO X2 has a single mono 1/4” input.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO X2 function as a mixer with multiple inputs?
    • No, the DITTO X2 only has one input.

 

  • Can I re-assign footswitch functionality with the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • Yes, there is a second switch on the Ditto X2 and it can be assigned to be single tap stop or ½ speed or reverse.

 

  • Does the TC Electronic DITTO X2 have a headphone jack for playback and monitoring?
    • No the TC DITTO X2 does not have a dedicated 1/8” jack for headphones.

 

  • Can the TC Electronic DITTO X2 be connected to an external MIDI device?
    • No the TC DITTO X2 does not have MIDI ports.

 

  • Does TC Electronic release firmware updates for the TC DITTO X2?
    • Yes they do.

 

  • Is there an optional footswitch that I can add to the TC Electronic DITTO X2 to increase functionality?
    • No, there is no added or off-loaded functionality that can be added with an external footswitch for the DITTO X2.

 

  • Is there an optional expressional pedal that I can add to the TC Electronic DITTO X2 to control effects(FX)?
    • No, there is not a way to connect an expression pedal to the TC DITTO X2.

 

  • What is the sampling rate and bit depth of the A/D/A conversion?
    • For the TC DITTO X2, the A/D/A conversion is specified as 24-bit, 44.1 kHz.

 

  • Can the TC Electronic DITTO X2 be battery powered?
    • Yes, if you use two 9V batteries you can get about 4 hours of play time.

 

  • What size is the TC Electronic DITTO X2?
    • The TC Ditto X2 is more than twice the size of the first Ditto. It measures 4.44”x5.31”x2.13”

 

  • Why is using a TC Electronic DITTO X2 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 X2 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 X2. 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 X2 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 X2 been in production?
    • The TC Ditto X2 was announced in January 2014. This followed the TC Ditto X2, which was announced the year earlier.

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