Tc elec­tronic ditto x2

The lat­est smart looper from TC

Total Guitar - - RYAN ADAMS / COME PICK ME UP -

With the Ditto X2, TC Elec­tronic al­ready has one of the most solid live loop­ers on the mar­ket, and with the Jam, it hopes to bring some ex­tra smarts. Those changes in­clude a beat sense tempo de­tec­tor, dy­namic loop ed­i­tor that keeps your loop in sync and a tap-tempo global con­trol for the loops.

When the beat sync works, it’s ba­si­cally magic. The built-in mic isn’t per­fect, but a clip-on mic is in­cluded, which you can place closer to your drum­mer, so it can more clearly dis­tin­guish snare hits and a core beat. It’s an im­pres­sive tech­ni­cal achieve­ment, nev­er­the­less there’s an air of gim­mick to pro­ceed­ings; set­ting up the mic isn’t hard, but it is an­other thing to think about, and just how much you trust the gui­tar tech will def­i­nitely de­ter­mine whether you feel like you’re fly­ing more by the seat of your pants or less. Slow­ing down a loop us­ing tap tempo is a par­tic­u­larly nice fea­ture and it works seam­lessly for prac­tice sce­nar­ios, although trust­ing a gui­tarist with tempo changes is hardly a fool­proof move, as any drum­mer will cer­tainly at­test.

The fea­ture that drags the unit down is the way it tries to pad out to the end of a beat at the tempo it has reg­is­tered. When us­ing the looper with­out ad­di­tional mu­si­cians, some loops seem to con­fuse the Ditto, leav­ing notes some­times cut-off, timestretched or gar­bled.

Slower chord pas­sages are sus­cep­ti­ble to be­com­ing man­gled, and if you’re not play­ing in 4/4, then it cer­tainly feels like the Jam is less pre­dictable as a looper than the older X2.

Alex Lyn­ham

slow­ing down a loop us­ing tap tempo is a nice fea­ture

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