The Best Pedals In The World Today – TC Ditto X4 Looper

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Guitar Pedals
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TC Ditto X4 Looper

A floor-based looper unit which enables you to run two loops simultaneously and add effects, without confusing the hell out of you.

Many guitarists happily go about their business without ever feeling the need to employ a looper during a gig. But the sound of some bands is built around the looper’s ability to create an evolving wall of sound, while solo artists such as KT Tunstall (who brought the effect into the mainstream) and Ed Sheeran have relied on loop manipulation to fill stadia.

Whatever your requirements, however, you don’t want to be spending potential looping time thumbing through the manual working out how to use a unit, and TC Electronic has ensured that simplicity is the watchword with its Ditto range. The X4 is the sixth release in the line, and while it packs a lot of functionality, on the face of it, it looks disarmingly like a couple of Dittos housed in the same box – which it is, but there’s more to it than that.

Chief among its strengths is the ability to run the X4’s dual loops in either Serial mode or Sync mode, combining both at the same time, in time: something that wouldn’t be possible with two Dittos. Once your loops are up and running, a master decay control regulates the fade duration of older loops as new ones are recorded, and a seven-way rotary pot accesses a selection of loop effects that can be turned on and off via footswitch – and once you’re familiar, you can add tape stops, reverse, half-speed effects and more with ease.

The X4 is also a useful songwriting ally, with a range of I/O options, including the ability to import and export your loops to work on in a DAW, to drag-and-drop audio files to be looped, to sync to MIDI and more. Overall, the cleverly designed interface makes this a simple-to-use tool that’s both a good place to start for newcomers and a creatively rewarding tool for experienced players, which teems with sonic possibilities.

Key features
PRICE £189
DESCRIPTION True-bypass, dual-track looper pedal with effects, serial and sync modes, MIDI sync, USB MINI B connection and audio input, 9v power supply
CONTACT www.tcelectronic.com

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