The new TC Electronic Ditto Jam X2 Looper pedal has a trick up its sleeve to make using a looper pedal in a band situation easier to integrate into your live set.
Ditto Jam X2 Looper
TC Electronic has developed this new looper with its sister company, TC Helicon. The key feature of the TC Electronic Ditto Jam X2 Looper is that it can play loops at different tempos, even following timing fluctuations – all without any MIDI clock signal as an input trigger.
The song tempo is detected in one of two ways: either by the built-in mic or an external microphone you can plug into the rear. The microphone then picks up the pulse of the beat. If it works as advertised, the pedal will manipulate the loop in real time to fit with the song tempo. This even includes tempo changes or timing variations when playing without a click. If the tempo detection works reliably, then several Looper units can be used simultaneously without being connected, as TC Electronic shows in the demo video embedded below.
Live Tap Tempo
It is also possible to record a loop at any tempo and then change it via the tap tempo function. The Looper can accommodate an unlimited number of overdubs and is also equipped with an undo/redo function. It uses uncompressed 24-bit audio and has an analogue, dry-through signal path that, TC says, won’t alter the audio signal being routed through it. The casing looks sturdy, too. It works with either a 9-Volt battery or with a power adapter (not included in the price).
The TC Electronic’s Ditto Jam X2 Looper is not listed on its site at the time of writing, but we understand that it will be available in August.
If this doesn’t quite cover all the bases for you, check out EH’s monster of a loop pedal, the 95000, which has more functionality but costs twice as much.
RRP – EUR 229