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Guitar effects can foster serious divisions among players. Every new development in stompboxes—from fuzz to flange—has spawned love from the adventurous and ire from purists. When dedicated digital loopers first appeared, they too sparked spirited debate. To open-minded and cutting-edge players, they were a godsend—a means to approximate the studio manipulations and overdubbing miracles of the Beatles or Hendrix onstage, or create and improvise compositions of previously unattainable depth.

To naysayers, loopers were an affront, cheating, or worse—a gimmick for nerds. As with all guitar technologies, much of the most vehement resistance has ebbed over the years. But one of the latest broadside blows to the anti-looping camp has been the development of more compact, less complex, less nerdy units like the TC Electronic Ditto.

With a single effect level knob and one footswitch, the original Ditto is the antithesis of the multi-button, million-preset looper that traditionalists dread.

But with a few very cool effects, a second footswitch that can be used as a loop stop switch, and stereo outputs, the X2 significantly expands on the capabilities of the little Ditto, and in some ways makes this the easiest Ditto to use yet.

Double Ditto, Bigger Box The legions of original Ditto fans that fell for its microscopic size will probably be bummed by the relative largeness of the X2. But there is a lot of upside to this bigger enclosure. For one thing, the X2 is completely stable when affixed to a pedalboard—good news for players who use a looper and little else in their line.

The extra space also means plenty of room between the two footswitches and the new functions. And considering how timing-critical looping can be, the spacious, easy-to-navigate interface is a luxury. Just as on the original Ditto, the primary control is the effect level.

The intermittent toggle to the left of the level enables you to store backing tracks and adjust backing track level. The switch toggle to the right of the knob enables you to change the function of the right footswitch from a dedicated loop-stop switch to a effect switch and select between the two available effects, a reverse loop and half-speed effect.

The original Ditto is a brilliant design. But the process of using a single footswitch on that pedal for arming, recording, overdubbing, and clearing a loop—while easy enough in the practice space—could be tricky live. Anyone who suffered bouts of self doubt induced by that process will be psyched that the second footswitch on the X2 can be assigned as a stop switch—replacing the two-click tap you use to stop a loop on the original.

The first of these is capable of potentially intoxicating loop textures. This process can be much more than mere navel gazing. A lot of song ideas and insights about your own melodic tendencies can be revealed when you play over your own twisted accompaniment.

Pros: Sturdy, stable, and simple to use. Cool effects. TC Electronic Ditto X2 tcelectronic. Like any looping technique, it takes practice to master the reverse effect, and timing can be the difference between an inspired passage and sonic oatmeal. Thankfully, the big effect level knob, is easy to find and twist with your sneaker if things get too messy.

Just as on the Ditto, the bit loop quality is excellent, and the ease with which you can set a loop level with your sneaker while noodling away makes the Ditto X2 feel like a seamless extension of your guitar and fingers. Guitars Bass Amps Pedals Players. The cool breakdowns and shifts in momentum and feel you can get from throwing on the reverse loop for a verse or chorus can be musically powerful and a useful arrangement tool.

Ratings Pros: Sturdy, stable, and simple to use. Cons: Less bang for the buck than standard Ditto. Charles Saufley is a writer, editor, and musician from San Francisco. He has been the gear editor at Premier Guitar since and previously served as an editor at Acoustic Guitar magazine. More videos from Premier Guitar. Get our email newsletter!

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