Many guitarists have seen the likes of Ed Sheeran and been tempted to explore the world of loop pedals. If that style of composition and performance really appeals to you there are a number of long established pedals on the market such as the BOSS range. The larger BOSS loopers allow you to save loops and record multiple sections allowing you to create fairly complicated songs.
Here is a short video of a Funk inspired loop so you can hear the pedal in action. I might flesh this track out at some point. (Signal Chain = Fender Stratocaster > TC Electronic Polytune > Fulltone OCD (for lead) > TC Electronic Ditto > Yamaha THR10 (Clean) > Garageband).
Most guitarists though don’t require loop pedals with that level of complexity, size and price tag; enter the Ditto looper. The Ditto looper allows a player record a single loop with infinite overdubs for up to 5 minutes in length. For the clumsy moments they included an undo / redo feature which allows you to remove the last overdub. The single knob is a master control for the loop so you can drop the level to the right volume. The clear lights on the pedal makes visualizing the pedals functions easy both on and off stage. The red light tells you the pedal is recording and the green light tells you the loop is playing, pretty simple.
Alongside its loop function its also features a true bypass with an analogue dry through so you signal stays very pure. Alongside the slick aesthetic the pedal is tough, it has survived being dragged around with me to student houses for a year now. Due to the small footprint and high power requirements there isn’t room for a 9v battery so it’s main supply only.
Overall this is a brilliant practice tool especially for improvisation as playing with a backing of your own creation really helps your musicality. It is also great for composition and building entwining guitar parts. For those who like the premise of this pedal but want more features I highly recommend the Ditto X2 (which I’ve played) and maybe the Ditto Stereo Looper just released (not tried that one yet).
Let me know what you favorite loop pedal is, anything you like/dislike about the TC loopers? Any good track suggestions for loop pedals?