how to use ditto looper with another pedal

How To Use A Ditto Looper With Another Pedal

With the release of the TC Electronic Ditto Looper, many people are experimenting with this pedal and have many questions. One question that keeps coming up is about how to use the Ditto Looper with another pedal. This post will address this question and give examples of how to do it.

How Do You Use A Ditto TC Electronic Looper Pedal?

The TC Electronics Ditto Looper is a true-bypass looper pedal. It has one input for the footswitch (or other true bypass device) and one output, which can be plugged into a mixing or recording device.

The Ditto Looper works by recording different loops to different channels on the same track (or separate tracks on the same mixer), and then combining these loops using various techniques and algorithms which are not the focus of this post.

The Ditto Looper has a number of features for creating loops:

  • In the pedal, turn on the Input/Output Switches in order to enter record
  • Turn on the Looper On/Off Switch to enter record mode – The Input/Output Switches switch to display input and output source, but they remain on when you have other pedals plugged into the inputs and outputs. This allows you to get an idea of where your loop is coming from.
  • Turn the Loop On/Off Switch to turn on the Looper, which will start recording loops to a channel on your DAW. The Loop On/Off Switch will also start recording in parallel with other pedals plugged into the Looper.
  • Turn on the Record from Channel Footswitch (or other true bypass device), and then use it as a stop button during recording, or as an activation footswitch (meaning you can play songs live while you are recording loops).
  • Turn on the Record from Footswitch Switch to start recording the loops to a second channel in your DAW. You can plug another pedal into the side A of the Loop Out/Inputs 2 and it will start recording to this channel.

How To Use The Ditto Looper With Another Pedal

If you want to use another pedal with the Ditto in parallel, the simplest way to do it is simply to plug the Input/Output Switches into one of the channels on your pedalboard, and then plug your other pedal into one of the Inputs or Outputs.

You can either choose which loop is active, or use two different recording channels on your DAW, one for each pedal.

If you want to use two different pedals (or effect pedals in series) with the Ditto Looper, there are a couple of options for connecting it:

  1. If you want to use two different pedals, such as the regular Ditto Looper and a Boss BBD delay pedal, simply plug an Input/Output cable into your first pedal (the Boss BBD), and then plug in your second pedal (the regular Ditto Looper) into the second input on the Input/Output cables.
  2. If you want to use a pedal that only has one Input and one Output, but has a true bypass switch, then you can use an input/output splitter cable. This is a Y cable with an input and two outputs.

Plug the input of the splitter into your pedal, and then plug the left output into your first pedal (the Boss BBD), and plug the right output into your second pedal (the regular Ditto Looper). You can then use the input/output splitter to route the signal from one pedal (your Boss BBD pedal) to both pedals plugged into the inputs of your Ditto Looper.

  • Note 1: If you want to use a pedal that only has a single Input, but you don’t want to use an input/output splitter, then you can just plug that pedal into the loop output on your Ditto Looper. This will route the signal from that single, Input pedal into both the loop input and the recording loop output of your Ditto Looper.
  • Note 2: If you want to use two pedals in series, you can simply take a “daisy chaining” cable and connect it between the normal input of one pedal to the normal input on another pedal, and plug a 1/4″ cable (or any other cables with plugs on either end) between the outputs of one pedal to the inputs of another.

Can You Use The Ditto Looper With An Octave Pedal?

Yes!  Check out this video:

How Do I Update My Ditto Looper Pedal To Latest Version?

  1. Make sure your Ditto Looper is connected to the computer and that you have it turned on.
  2. Click the “Check for Updates” button in the Settings menu.
  3. Follow all instructions onscreen.

How To Reset Ditto Looper Pedal

  1. Make sure your Ditto Looper is connected to the computer and that you have it turned on.
  2. Click the “Reset Performer” button in the Settings menu.
  3. Follow all instructions onscreen.

Conclusion

All of this information comes from the Ditto TC Electronic Looper pedal manual that comes with the Ditto Looper pedal. I have provided this basic overview of using a Ditto Looper pedal for another pedal simply to provide some information and examples on how to do it.

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