Affordable, well-made loop pedals?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Ortfs, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Ortfs


    Jul 8, 2012
    Hello everybody, I play bass and flute in a band with three other people (keyboards, drums and voice/guitar), and until now whenever I play flute the keyboard fills in for me, but it's obviously not the same thing. So I think the best solution is for me to buy a loop pedal so I can record the bass line and then simply switch over to flute during the song, leaving the recorded bass line to play on until I finish my solo or whatever(If you have other ideas about how this could be done feel free to post suggestions). Ideally we would have a bass player and a flute player, but that's just the way things are.
    Long story short, I'm looking for a simple looper capable of recording one track one or two minutes long. However I am astonished at how much pedals like the boss rc-3 and digitech jamman solo cost, seeing as they do such a seemingly simple task. So could you suggest any pedals under the 120 dollar mark that you think could do the job for me?
    thanks in advance,
  2. tink9975


    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    your best bet is probably the TC Electronics Ditto. Very small, one switch and one knob. They go for about $130 new
  3. TC Electronics' Ditto looper seems like what you're looking for. It's quite possibly the cheapest looper on the market at around 129.99 new and its definitely the simplest in terms of operation. It also offers 5 mins worth of looping time.^50866673162-sku^[email protected]^PLA-device^c-adid^22583918042
  4. hosebass


    May 8, 2010
    Los Angeles
    +1 for the Ditto
  5. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    Another for the Ditto. TC is a clever company and their products give a lot of bang for the buck.
  6. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    +1 I use Ditto too, awesome, simple, small, easy to use.
    A mini version of Jamman is also coming up and it will be even cheaper but it's slightly bigger (and ugly). It will have 10 minutes of loop (Ditto has 5 and I can't imagine ever using that much).
    I'd go for Ditto.
  7. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    The ditto is a great and simple pedal. BUT, for the same amount of money, you can find some delay pedals that also have loop features in them. Such as the Hardwire series DL8 Delay/Looper. I have both the DL8 and the Ditto and I use the DL8 more often. It cant hold as long of a loop as the ditto can, which can record up to 5 min, but it is a good looper none the less.
  8. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    That's true is you don't need to loop and use delay at the same time. I have a TC flashback and I need my delay so I never loop with it. I love using delay on top of the loop so that's a no go for me.
  9. taurus1


    Sep 13, 2006
    Vancouver B.C.
    if you're new to live looping, in a band, with a live drummer, you might be in for a big surprise.
    to make a 1 or 2 minute loop and have it line up properly in perfect time is reeeeeeaaaaallllly difficult.
    unless you play to a click (yuk).
    I loop live and only do short phrases, even then you have to on top of your game, bigtime.
    I use a Boss DD-7 that is capable of up to 40 seconds of loop time, which is plenty for me.
    I use to use the Boss RC-2 and absolutely couldn't stand it, I love the DD-7 though, for it's simplicity.
  10. The Digitech Jamman Express XT is cheaper and better than the Ditto, IMO. I say it's better because, yes, it's ever so slightly larger, but those 3 indicator lights make it worthy of the space. Only $100 new!
  11. Ortfs


    Jul 8, 2012
    Thanks a million for the advice, unfortunately I live in Europe and the Jamman express hasn't landed here yet, so I'm deciding whether I should get the ditto or wait for the digitech, but it could take some time. Do you think the digitech is worth waiting a month for?
  12. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    As mentioned above, seriously consider the logistics of synching up a loop of any length with the drummer's tempo. It can turn into a trainwreck very quickly, I know all too well. You AND the drummer would have to monitor a click, or he would have to have really good ears to follow the tempo of your loop, either through headphones or a really good monitor. There are some looper models with MIDI in, so you could use some sort of MIDI clock to regulate tempo. Does your drummer incorporate any drum machines, sequencers, or other electronic percussion? If so, that would be the way to go.
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Ditto on the Ditto.
  14. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin Inactive

    Dec 11, 1999
    I make my living looping. My weapon of choice is the Boomerang 3. I just picked up the ditto as a cheap, simple alternative. I am finding, however, that the sound quality is not nearly up to par with the rang. I'll have to look into the sampling rate of the ditto
  15. still back and forth about ditto vs jamman XT, any review from TB'ers yet?
  16. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    Don't hate the click! It's a useful tool, and kind of necessary if you're looping live

    I use a ditto it covers my personal looping needs, I love it

    The boss rc series loopers are SICK though!
  17. eeyorebass


    Jan 2, 2008
    Both the JamMan and Ditto have 24-bit, 44.1kHz sample rates. I'm still waiting to find a head to head review before I decide on one or the other.
  18. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Ditto on the Ditto. For simple looping, this is the pedal.