TC Electronic Flashback Delay Toneprint Review

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Summary

Pros: This pedal packs a lot of punch in a small and reasonably priced package.
Cons: A few features are too similar to justify getting excited about.
Overall: This is a cool, reasonably priced pedal that sounds great.

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In a lot of ways, this is your average delay pedal. It’s got all the necessary sound modification options–delay time, effects level, and feedback–and 9 delay presets from analog to tape to a lo-fi delay to modulated delay (for that chorus-y effect) to reverse and slapback.

Combined with a nice tone, no noise, and durability, these features alone would be enough to make a pretty good pedal. However, the Flashback Delay steps it up in a couple of interesting ways.

First, it’s also a looper with 40 seconds of loop time in mono and 20 in stereo. It’s always nice to get two pedals in one, right? But beyond that, TC Electronic has taken guitar pedals into the information age with their toneprint design. Many of their pedals including this delay, are equipped with USB ports that allow you to plug them into your computer, go to the TC Electronic website, and download presets into the pedal. You can get the same sound as, say, Bumblefoot from Guns ‘n Roses or Pete Thorn.

This is truly interesting and perhaps even revolutionary considering it allows for a sort-of musician collaboration, letting basement rockers to make connections with some of their guitar heroes.

With regard to delay timing, there is a tap tempo function. Alternatively, there is a selector switch that allows you to change your delay time from quarter notes to eighth notes to eighth triplets. This allows you to change your delay time in sync with your beat. Alternatively, you can turn delay time rotary knob for a smoother out-of-time effect. The triplet function is not accessible that way, but when it comes to keeping time with your delay, you’re probably not going to want to use it the same way because it adds more of a random, off-beat note into the delay effect.

One thing I wish I could get out of this pedal is the crazy electronic sweep sound you get when you strike a note or chord and fiddle with the delay time knob. Usually, all sorts of craziness ensues, on some pedals, shrieking with a never-ending electronic-sounding crescendo. It seems that TC Electronic might have considered that some sort of problem to be solved–and they did.

Still, this pedal is very cool. It has my overall recommendation. It’s even got it’s own kind of aesthetic with a dark blue color and a hip and edgy but still functional look to it. And again, respect to TC Electronic for hooking our guitar pedals up to the internet. Somebody had to do it, right?

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TC Electronic Flashback Delay Toneprint Review4Admin2016-03-31 03:42:57In a lot of ways, this is your average delay pedal. It’s got all the necessary sound modification options–delay time, effects level, and feedback–and 9 delay presets from analog to tape to a lo-fi delay to modulated delay (for that chorus-y effect) to reverse and slapback. Check Amazon Price…

2 thoughts on “TC Electronic Flashback Delay Toneprint Review

  1. Actually, the Flashback does have a tap tempo function… and a very cool one at that… just hold down the foot switch for about three seconds and hit a muted note in tempo a few times (audio tap to set the tempo) and then release the foot switch…. nice unit!!!

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