The TC GMajor is a digital rack unit. It can't be edited through a computer. This effects unit is a combination of reverb, delay, harmonizer/octavizer, vibrato, chorus, phaser, flanger, and almost any other effect except for distortion. There is no MIDI connection.
Getting through these sounds can be a huge pain sometimes, simply because there are about a thousand presets to choose from. Each preset ranges from a basic effect (reverb, phaser, vibrato) to a complex combination of effects and algorithms. The manual does a decent job of explaining how to program and shift through all of these various effects. However, it is a chore for anyone who isn't dedicated to finding buried treasures.
I have only used this with guitar. Using it with a bass or keyboard would produce some truly freaky sounds, as running the guitar through this thing is enough to bewilder just about anyone. Some of the effects that this thing produces are jaw-dropping. Some settings produce wild harmonization’s and polyphonies that repeat in an ambient fashion from just a few randomly plucked notes. Some settings will harmonize, even pitch correct, every note that you play and continually loop sounds and replace them in a manner similar to a Steve Reich piece. Some sounds produce gorgeous, orchestral multi octave washes of sound that are very soothing. Playing two notes on some of these settings will produce an ominous drone that sits in the bottom of your stomach. For all of these wildly innovative effects, there are a ton that are wild and foreign but have no real practical application, which makes it frustrating to find the good ones.
I love the wide variety of textures that can be easily created using this machine. I hate having to sift through a million lackluster or annoying settings to find the good ones. I think that this is a ridiculously expensive piece of gear, and that anyone willing to shell out the money for it had better realize how frustrating and time-consuming it may be. However, some of these sounds are very difficult to recreate elsewhere, and some of the ambient textures would be very useful for someone who makes ambient or very spacey music. I'm sure there's a niche of customers who would adore this product, I'm just not sure I'm one of them.
Originally written by Phil amm on Audiofanzine FR.
See description on the TC Electronic website
Easy setup. Very clear manual. Editing sounds is very easy. Only major problem: the controls are not reliable after a while. That's why TC Electronic launched a new version equipped with standard controls.
Very good effects: TC Electronic always made high-quality effects. No comments. They are excellent.
I've been using it for nine years. You can really assess the quality of a product after many years of use.
In spite of its high quality, the G Major has the following cons:
The controls are not very practical to edit parameters: the values spring and you'll have to turn back the controls to find the right value! Grade: 0/20!
After nine years of use the display has started to show some faults. It gets on and off, and on, etc. It also freezes... And it's a huge problem since the display is needed for all settings.
I give it 5/10 because the sound quality and the effects are great. But it's not acceptable that a device made for on stage applications has such problems...
How long will the life of the G Major 2 be? It's too early to answer the question. It's a pity that the manufacturer didn't equip the new version with a USB connector... Bad!
This is my unit reverb and delay that I use when I play or I test the stuff.
It is in a rack "toolbox" with a tuner, a load box marshall SE-100, a double booster and a graphic equalizer.
I use reverb and delay, chorus sometimes but not other effects.
To make the most of the G Major:
> It must be inserted between preamp and poweramp.
Namely, some earrings dampli effect lamps position the send and return between V1 and V2,
in this case the guaranteed rotten. Fx loop worthy of the name is just before the phase-shifting. He
works really well between preamp and poweramp separated, or after a dummy load in a
rig wet-dry-wet or in a buffered effects loop. Negative opinions of users in the pluggent
facade not surprise me, it is not for that, it's like connecting his guitar on the HP output
> It should be used in parallel with the dry signal with separate volume control. For example
Guitar -> pedals -> preamp JMP1 -> Output A to channel A of Poweramp -> Output B to Gmajor -> to the B channel poweramp.
It is not true bypass OK, but there is nothing easier than to mount an external bypass unit with double knob 500k,
there for 15 euros components, 30 active version.
> And place a buffer (booster) or an equalizer output if needed to inflate the wet signal.
Under these conditions, mixed 30% 70% wet dry, it does a very good job and secondhand 120 euros I find the correct price quality ratio.
Certainly there bcp better but it is far from microverbs, pedalboard Korg, ART and zoom the budget is tappaient in the 90's.
And I speak not even Pandora, pod and pluggins today.