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not for tap dancers
If I'll ever start a second career, I'll design stompbox cases. Not that I have the slightest clue of electronics, but I can see clearly what a mistake is packing otherwise great functions into an ugly and unpractical casing. That's the point with the ToneCore series. Huge, heavy, and somehow still cheesy, featuring a double-hinged, but still loose switch, that you can never be sure if engaged or not, especially with the "tap" feature, which is always on. This is the thing that I hate with all "tap" pedals. I'd much rather connect a separate tap pad, switch, or button than trying to combine it with the main standby switch of the pedal, which is just prone to error. I'm having this pedal for years now, and STILL fail sometimes to kick it hard enough to switch on or off, rather than going into the blinking "tap" mode. Try once more, and you fucked up the tempo. Not that setting the tempo by tapping would be so easy: you'd better tap double time than what you'd expect would set the desired tempo. BUT, apart from that, this is an excellent tremolo, with some great sounds, all the features you need, and a bit more. Firstly, the pedal can make a stereo pan effect, and can also forward stereo signal thru the pedal. The "Bias" mode is supposed to reproduce an onboard tube tremolo, good to have it, but I believe the more subtle and symetric "opto" mode is what we usually expect from a tremolo pedal, and it more than meets my expectations. The sound is transparent, well controllable, and noiseless, with no noticable volume drop. The "peak" control is a nice addition to the usual septh/wave/speed set. This will add a dynamic range to the speed, that will increase when you hit the strings harder. As the chord decays, the speed sets back to the set speed. I kind of preferred the other way round, setting a speed for normal output, and slow down when the chords decays, but it is still capable of reproducing the dynamic trem you can hear in songs like Bob Dylan's "Everything is broken". All in all, it's one of the best budget trems, for which I subscribed, I only hope that Line 6 will update the tonecore docks with something more compact and user friendly.
I really love the huge possibilities this pedal give to me. But, it definitely sucks when it comes to power supply chain. I'm always spending money with battery, otherwise I need to buy an exclusively power supply for it. If you connect it with one more pedal on the same power supply, the sound gets weird and even when the pedal is turned off, you can hear the blinking of the light on your amp. If you don't mind or have enough space to add one power supply for it, I believe that the sound will satisfy you.