TC Electronic Flashback Delay
The TC Electronic Flashback Delay Guitar Effects Pedal features 6 seconds delay time of every delay type you could ever wish for, from TC Electronic's legendary 2290 to a slapback, with 10 different types to choose from and it also doubles as a lo... read more
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A Valiant Effort, But Not User-Friendly
First, it's worth noting that the sounds in this little blue box are great. The effects blend with a signal very well, allowing for the instant creation of lush atmospheres or just adding a little color to the sound of a wailing solo. However, I personally found the tones a little thin-sounding, compared to the rich analog tones of EHX's Digital Memory Boy or even the Line 6 Echo Park's tape echo model. The TC Electronic delay is, by comparison, remarkably clean but this comes at a cost to the character of the pedal.
Second, some of the pedal's innovations are a little clumsy. For instance, the idea of letting a player use their hands to set the tap tempo is a very good one considering that most guitarists spend a lot of energy working on their timing. It's likely that your strumming hand has better timing and control than either of your feet. However, having to hold down the FlashBack's footswitch for two full seconds to access the tap tempo is a real buzzkill. In a live performance situation, having your signal muted for as long as it takes to tap in a new tempo leaves a very noticeable gap in the mix. Also, while you are only required to hold the footswitch down for two seconds, this feels like an eternity onstage!
With that said, the Looper feature is one of the easiest to use of any I've ever encountered, although it does require that the player have pretty good foot-timing because there's no built-in quantization. The pedal starts recording the very instant you hit the footswitch, and starts playing as soon as you step on it again. However, with a little practice it's quite simple to get used to and before long, you'll be layering loops like a pro. My only qualm with the Looper is that one can't use a delay sound at the same time as looping, but this limitation is logical and not a deal-breaker.
The only feature I'll say I dislike outright on this pedal is the fact that the switch used to toggle trails on or off ("trails" referring to echoes continuing to occur after the pedal is turned off) is hidden in the pedal's chassis. To access it, you have to pick up the pedal and use a coin or some other large, flat implement to unscrew a panel on the reverse side of the FlashBack, inside of which you'll find an on/off switch. It seems to me that even mounting this as a toggle on the side of the pedal would have been a better idea than putting it under and inside of it.
When playing alone, the FlashBack is... Read More
Most Versatile Delay.
If you're an analogue snob go pick up the Carbon Copy. If you're reading this chances are you're already comparing. It does what it does better than the Flashback, but that one trick pony can't do a tenth of what this pedal does. So if you're just looking for pure delay get the Carbon Copy, if you're looking for a staggering amount of options and sheer versatility, this pedal belongs on your board.
Jack of all trades.
This delay can do anything. The presets and all of the interesting functions that they built into it are cool, but the the Tone Print ability is what makes this incredible. You can program your own delay on your computer and send it to the pedal! amazing.
Time Machine of a Delay Pedal
This is by far the most versatile, compact, and pro quality delay pedal I've ever played. I went through a lot of delay pedals before I found this one and it has been a staple on my board for over a year now. This is one of the few pedals that if it broke, I would run out right away and buy a new one. Tons of tweaking ability inside and a wealth of clear delay sounds inside. It may sound stupid, but I like the way the footswitch feels. It's smoother and doesn't audibly "Click" when you engage it. Tons of possibilities. Trust me, you need this pedal.
An amazing and adaptable delay pedal.
After struggling through a few smaller gigs with my Line 6 DL4, I needed a delay pedal that delivered the brilliance of the DL4 but did not take up as much space as the famous green pedal. I came across this Flashback pedal through Rob Chapman and boy has it helped me significantly. This amazing pedal will give you all of the great delay tones as well as a few more than other delay pedals. Extremely simple to use and a brilliant pedal all round.
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The TC Electronic Flashback Delay Guitar Effects Pedal features 6 seconds delay time of every delay type you could ever wish for, from TC Electronic's legendary 2290 to a slapback, with 10 different types to choose from and it also doubles as a looper.
Besides all that, the Flashback delay comes with TonePrint, so you can easily ToneTransfer your favorite delay settings. The Flashback delay also features TC Electronic's audio tapping technology, allowing you to set delay times by strumming your guitar, and a toggle switch allows you to switch between 16th notes or dotted 8s, for a more U2-like sound.
The Flashback features a spillover on/off switch as well as Delay Time, Feedback and Repeat controls, so you are always sure you get the sound you want without any hassle. Rounding out the pedals features are a small footprint, easy access battery hatch, true bypass, an analog-dry-through and the highest grade components.
- TonePrint- instant access to custom pedal-tweaks made by your idols
- 11 delay types including looper - expansive delay options from subtle repeat to total time-warp
- Audio Tapping - set delay times by simply strumming your guitar
- 6 seconds delay - all the delay time your playing could ever need ... and then some.
- Stereo in & out - for added flexibility to your set-up
- True Bypass - zero loss of tone
- Analog-Dry-Through - maximum tonal integrity and clarity
- Delay Time, Feedback and Repeat controls - for total control of your delay sounds
- Spillover on/off - super-smooth and natural transitions between sounds
- Easy battery access - makes changing batteries fun (well, almost)
- Small footprint - save precious pedal board space
- High quality components - only the best will do when it comes to tone
- Road-ready design - ready to follow you wherever your playing takes you
- DC adapter sold separately