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Dual Track Looper

  • Especially designed for guitarists
  • Easy to use
  • 5 Minutes of recording time
  • The best sound quality
  • Dual loop tracks
  • 2 Loop modes
  • Loop Decay
  • 7 Loop FX
  • MIDI Sync
  • True Bypass and Analog Dry-Through
  • Stereo in / out
  • Free loops of famous musicians for download on the Starjam webpage
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 235 x 145 x 57 mm
  • Weight: 1.55 kg
  • Includes 9 V DC / 300 mA power supply
Recording time in minutes 5 m
USB connector Yes
MIDI Yes
Stereo Yes
XLR Input No
Incl. Power Supply Yes
Item number 379388
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Let your creativity flow

Loopers have been a very hot item for a few years now: Thanks to the impressive YouTube performances of countless artists from all over the world, these devices have become something of a “must have” for guitarists and bassists. The ability to successively layer multiple tracks on top of one another opens up entirely new avenues for solo artists and those who aspire to be so. The only thing that can sometimes be a drag is the lack of intuitive operation, and that is precisely where TC Electronic’s Ditto X4 looper comes into its own. Despite the pedal’s significantly expanded functionality compared to the X2, the Danish company, which is famous for its innovations, has still reduced the pedal’s user interface to the essentials, thus eliminating any unnecessary obstacles standing in the way of artists’ creativity. The X4 boasts two independent loops that can be used separately or in sync with each other, and the “X” in its name represents the pedal’s range of integrated effects, which provide an additional source of inspiration.

All the controls you need

The Ditto X4’s robust metal housing means it is ready for the rigours of everyday on-stage use. The pedal boasts an unlimited number of loops as well as a total of five minutes’ recording time, and it delivers uncompromising, compression-free sound quality with a 24-bit resolution. In addition to a larger format, the X4 also features extended functionality compared to the X2: Two loops are available, which can be used individually or synchronised with each other. What is more, a selection of inspiring effects can be selected when playing back the recorded loops, and these can be activated via footswitch. The two left control knobs adjust the volume of the loops that have been recorded, while all of the other functions – such as recording, playback, stop, start, delete, undo, and redo – are activated for the respective loop by pressing and holding the corresponding footswitch in the required manner (long, short, etc.).

Great for solo artists, great for YouTubers, great for everyone

TC Electronic’s Ditto X4 looper is aimed at guitarists and bassists who want to create multi-layered soundscapes and effectively become their own one-man band – something that can be done at home, on stage, or in YouTube and Instagram videos. The Ditto X4 makes it possible for everybody to deliver a complete performance without needing any other musicians to do so, and the option of recording two loops and adding a range of effects when playing them back provide an extra creative boost. And the simple and intuitive user interface with which TC Electronic has designed this pedal is aimed squarely at players who want to get started right away without having to read endless instructions or work their way through complicated sub-menus. Like its smaller brother the X2, the X4 is also a stereo pedal (though mono operation is of course possible too), which makes it ideal for combining with other stereo pedals such as choruses and delays.

About TC Electronic

The Danish company TC Electronic has been known for its innovative products for many years. It was founded in 1976 by brothers Kim and John Rishøj in Aarhus. The company first made a name for itself with the SCF, a stereo chorus/flanger pedal for guitar. Studio equipment followed during the 80s and 90s, notably the legendary TC2290 digital delay in 19-inch rack format. Since the 2000s, TC Electronic has greatly enriched the guitar and bass scene with amplifiers, cabinets, combos, and effects pedals. Here too, TC's innovative spirit is in evidence, for example with its TonePrint technology and the first polyphonic guitar tuner. TC Electronic has been part of Music Tribe since 2015.

A useful practice tool

Loopers are generally associated with players who superimpose several tracks on top of one another to create complex, multi-layered musical pieces – impressive and inspiring examples of which are on display on video platforms like YouTube. But loopers can do a lot more: Among other things, they can be a helpful tool in your day-to-day practice routine and make certain other auxiliary devices obsolete. For example, a looper can be used to record a short, percussive guitar or bass loop that serves as a metronome or drum machine. Chord sequences can also be looped in order to provide the necessary harmonic context for getting to grips with note theory or for improvising. These are just some of the many ways in which a looper can help players to practise more easily and more effectively.

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Simple operation, a great creative tool with decaying loops.
Anonymous 15.02.2016
The tc electronic Ditto X4 Looper has clearly been designed by a looping enthusiast that fully understands the needs of the live looping musician. The user interface is so easy to operate, leaving you to focus on playing and easily creating tight loops without being distracted by the technology.

It provides dual loops, plenty looping time (5 minutes), and the two loops can be synchronised to either serially follow each other (eg verse/chorus) or play in parallel to layer over each other. The second loop can be the same length as loop 1, or multiples of loop 1 length.

It features true stereo inputs and outputs, so you can use it with just your guitar as a mono input, or combine your guitar on one input with your bass player on the other input for example, or feed your stereo FX output into the looper retaining your full stereo delay/reverb effects etc on the looper output.

As well as guitar, I use it with my 12 string Grand Chapman Stick, feeding my combined bass and guitar effects into the stereo ins, but can also feed the melody side to one input and bass side to the other for a more ?acoustic? approach, keeping each side of the instrument to a separate output for recording and later EQ or processing. Perfect flexibility for the Chapman Stick player.

One of the key features of this device is that it enables decaying loops, which transforms the fixed looping concept into fading echoe loops that morph continuously into the next overlayered loops, allowing harmonised parts to continuously evolve and change. This gives fantastic creative possibilities. For example, in serial mode you could create a fixed bass or rhythmic progression in loop 1, then go to loop 2 keeping it open in decaying mode to play melodic lines over the top of loop 1 that combine with but gradually fade under the next loop 2 layers as you build evolving harmonised parts. These can be directly synchronised or played in ?Canon?. The decay control lets you easily set the number of fading repeats for each layer.

A great sounding set of loop specific effects can be selected and switched on with a dedicated footswitch. These include a fade out when stopping, a cool stop mode that sounds like a tape machine slowing down to finally stop, loop reverse, half speed, double speed, single loop trigger, and a digital stuttering ?Hold? effect. Again these are so easy to use.

There are four dedicated footswitches for Loop 1, Loop 2, Stop and Loop FX engage/disengage.

The easy interface has been designed to allow flexible operation to suit your preferred way of working, the footswitches can be set to either close the loop on second press or go immediately to over-layering.

Midi synchronisation is provided to allow locking to externally defined tempo, sequencers or loops.

You can save your loops and export them, re-import them or other existing backing loops.

Even if you don?t want to use a looper as a performance tool I still recommend working with one to tighten up your internal timing and listening skills, and as a composing tool.

I Wish I?d had the X4 to add to my loopers when recording my ?Wavedance? CD, decaying loops would have been ideal. The X4 has already quickly inspired lots new material for the next CD.

The sound quality is excellent, totally transparent without any colourisation, and when not looping defaults to true bypass avoiding digitisation or processing.

In summary this is an easy to use and flexible dual looper incorporating variable loop decay, great loop specific effects, external sychronisation, and loops import/export. This is a complete list of features I?ve waited a long time for, and I would highly recommend it.

Simple operation, a great creative tool with decaying loops.

Thomann set the standards by stocking this unit as soon as it was made available in Europe, I was impressed that they actually shipped it to me the day before stock was due, and gave clear shipment notification and communications.

Dave Bowmer ? February 2016
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Plenty of bugs, unreliable
Pier M. 11.04.2018
The looper works fine the first days, when it's fresh electronics, but after couple of days starts producing clicks, pops and volume drops, probably due a bad engineering and/or software part, managing the looper memory chips. It's a well known issue, that have been reported hundreds of time in the T.C. forums, and it's still there since firmware 1.0. Also the unit takes ages to boot and some times goes stuck while booting and you need to unplug and plug again.

I bought the pedal hoping to find a good one, but after couple of days I started getting exactly those problems that many other guys are getting and reporting, without having proper attention and support from the T.C. company.

It's a shame really, because on paper would be a great easy peasy looper, for almost any genre, but these bugs are making this a no-way for live performance (totally unreliable) .

I returned the pedal and I think this is my first and last TC looper I'll buy.
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Nice and simple!
Archion 25.09.2021
The looper is extremely easy to use and still has a nice array of features, as it has been said, even a guitarist can use, haha.
The extra effects sound nice and although some of them can sound just a bit too gimmicky, I'm sure some of us can find a use for all of them.
The only reason I lowered my rating was that the midi sync can be a bit finnicky, especially when it comes to start and stop messages from an external device. Of course you can manually start and stop your loops and it works fine in this case, but you just have to be aware of it. Fortunately, while recording, the midi sync feature works very well.
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Hmmmm, not what I expected
nieltse 28.10.2019
Beeing a great fan of the first small '1 button' ditto looper, I hoped this to be 'it'

First off, it works like it should....most of the time! I encountered a few glitches.
- Encountered a device ' hang/crash' where I had to power it off.
- As the the looper is at the end of my chain...I noticed a hum in my signal , also the solution was ...power off/ on.

I updated the firmware wich is really easy to do. Haven't had the glitches anymore, but still not confident with the device to take it out live!

The fx part of the pedal are kinda cool, but the fade out and the tape stop should be configurable so that you can choose for how long they will fade/stop , kinda useless in a song the way they are now.

The device ain't ' bad' , but it could be better!
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