TC Helicon Ditto Mic Looper - Vocal Effects Pedal
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Unlike many loop pedals which are mostly aimed at guitarists, the Ditto Mic Looper is designed for vocalists and players of acoustic instruments that are miked. It's as straightforward as the original Ditto, only this one features balanced XLR input and output ports for connectivity with microphones and PA systems.
This is a straightforward single effect pedal that is meant to do just one task, and that is to let you record, overdub and play your loops in realtime.
TC Helicon equipped this pedal with an intelligent mic gain control that adjusts the gain and dynamics to your singing, essentially helping balance and improve your overall vocal sound.
For easier hands free control over the sound, this unit comes with two footswitches, one being a dedicated stop switch, and the other controlling recording, playback, undo and redo - depending on how you step on the switch. Then there's the loop level knob that lets you adjust the output volume of the loop playback.
In addition to looping singing and vocal beatboxing, TC-Helicon also markets the Ditto Mic looper as a looper for acoustic musicians, allowing them to record and loop non-electric instruments via microphones.
Finally, this pedal is housed in a tank tough casing designed to survive regular gigs and travels.
- Total Loop Time: 300 Seconds
- Loop Memory Slot: 1
- Audio Quality: 24-bit A/D/A
- Input: 1 x XLR" w/ 24V phantom power
- Output: 1 x XLR"
- Power: DC Adapter
- USB: Micro-B USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 2.3" x 3.5" x 5.4”
- Weight: 0.92 lb.
The TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper's practicality and good sound quality came up in many reviews. Many of which report that the pedal is easy and fun to use, and that it has the right balance of durability and portability. Satisfied users report getting great results while using the pedal with vocals, human beatboxing, percussion instruments, harmonica, acoustic instruments and more. Chris Kennedy gave it a perfect score in his Voice Council review saying, "If you have never tried looping before, then the Ditto Mic Looper is the perfect way to get started." Paul White from Sound on Sound is also a fan saying, "the TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper is a very sophisticated piece of kit", adding that it "is a breeze to use".
There are a few users who wished for extra features like the ability to be powered by battery and better stop loop functions, but the limitations are to be expected given its size, price and streamlined design.
If you're looking for a way to sample and loop vocals and other miked sound sources, then the TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper is the most practical and portable choice.
At publication time this was on our recommended list for: Vocal Effects Pedals.