All user reviews for the TC Electronic Flashback Delay
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TC Electronic TonePrint Series Review - TC Takes Your Fingerprints
TC Electronic just started production of a series of seven "simple" stompboxes! It's a sacrilege if you know a bit about this company, which specializes in rack and programmable stompboxes, but it's also good news considering the success of the Nova series. This new range provides all the elements of a standard pedalboard: distortion, overdrive, chorus, flanger, reverb, delay, and even vibrato.
Line 6 offers some very nice delays that sound fantastic, but I don’t trust the build quality of the housings and switches of their effects. I didn’t want to buy the DL4, then spend the money to get it modified with better switches. Strymon builds very nice pedals, but the Brigadier and El Capistan were not the type of delays I was looking for and the Timeline seemed like over kill. The Timeline I believe works best in a rig that has midi control, and that was not the type of board I was building at the time.
The Flashback was the right size with the right type of delays. There is a wide range of delay types that are available in this small pedal, and they all sound very good. I use the mod, analog, slapback, and TonePrint, throughout my bands set. The TonePrint feature is an amazing addition that expands the capabilities of the pedal. There are four knobs to control- delay, feedback, FX level, and type. There is also a mini-switch that allows choosing between quarter note, dotted quarter note, and a combination of both, for use as the repeats of the delay.
It does not have a tap tempo in the traditional sense, instead it has audio tapping. It works by turning on the pedal and holding down the footswitch for about two seconds until the LED turns off. Strum the quarter notes, then release the switch and you are in tempo. A brilliant answer to keeping the pedal small and still having tap tempo. The looper function is good, but without the extra switches of the X2 I find I only use the looper at home and not at gigs.
There is a slight hum to the pedal, I believe this has to do with the fact I have it on buffered bypass. There is a dip switch on the inside of the pedal that allows you to switch between true and buffered bypass. It is the last pedal in my chain, and it is a good idea to have that pedal be buffered. I also like that the delays continue after I hit the footswitch to turn the pedal off, which sounds so much more natural than the hard stop of true bypass.
The TonePrints are so well crafted that I would prefer to have more slots for them on the type selector knob. Just like my Hall of Fame pedal, the Flashback eats batteries as a snack. I believe the processing power of the pedal, and all its capabilities is the reason for how fast it goes through batteries. I am not complaining about it, because I love what the pedal can do, it just is a fact of its operation that you need to plug it in.
The Flashback is a great and versatile pedal. A very good addition to any pedalboard with its small size. If you only use one type of delay, then the mini version may be the one you choose. If your delay use is more extensive, and you use a looper, then check out the X4. For my purposes the standard model works best with plenty of flexibility, and only requires a little bit of on-the-fly knob turning to keep up with my needs at a gig.
hthomas's review"best delay! get it!"
Using this pedal is super simple. The tone print feature is so easy to use and works perfectly every time. IT comes with a usb cable to hook up to your computer and pedal. You can leave all your knobs at noon and choose any delay type and it will work and sound great. Not much tweaking needed unless you are going for a specific delay type.
I use the analog and tape delay. It is the best tape delay I've ever heard. I run this pedal through my FX Loop and it just sounds awesome. THe crisp and clear delays sound amazing through my overdriven amp. The analog delay mixes well with my overdrives and really as a very smooth feel to it. I have recored with this pedal and it comes through a Shure SM57 perfectly. Sounds Great!
I love how easy this pedal is to use. I am able to get much better delays out of this pedal than I have before. Usually I struggle with getting good delay sounds with other pedals but this one it is just easy to do without and headaches. I think the price of this pedal is awesome for what you are getting. TC always makes great quality products and it holds true with this pedal. I plan to get more TC electronic pedals in the future!
James...'s review"Really needs midi"
40-second looper with infinite sound on sound recording
TonePrint technology gives you instant access to custom pedal-tweaks made by top guitarists
Audio Tapping lets you set delay times by simply strumming your guitar
6 seconds delay
Switchable true bypass and buffered bypass modes
Switchable dry signal muting
Analog-Dry-Through circuitry preserves your analog tone
Delay Time, Feedback, and FX Level controls
Spillover on/off switch gives you super-smooth and natural transitions between sounds
Let me say, I am a big fan of the tone print series. This was a great idea. Put rack style tone in a pedal format. They are very accessible to guys who detest menus. I'm not a menu hater, for the record. But it sure is nice to have a pedal like this where everything is really a knob away. In fact, I think in terms of knob layout and control setup, this might be the best delay on the market next to some of the boss stuff. Unfortunately the boss delays don't have great tone. The stereo option is great even though I'm not an avid stereo user. The manual is great. TC has that whole manual thing covered.
My only HUGE problem is that this should have midi. It needs it bad. This pedal would be so much more usable to me with midi. I cannot stress this enough. I want to use mine with a midi controller in a rack setup, but alas, TC is stupid.
Here's where this pedal gets the high marks. I think in terms of pedal delays, at least digital ones, this is the best thing next to the eventide timefactor. The timefactor of course costs a huge amount. This one is significantly less and it a way better value in my opinion. It's a great studio performer. Pretty darn good live too. The tape is by far my favorite mode. The looper is also pretty ridiculous though. It's actually insane how many usable modes the flashback has. I cannot really say in words how organic and natural this unit sounds. Try it. Please.
The value on these is what makes them incredible. It's not the best or most function delay. But for the price I really like the feedback. It has so many features that the pedal should probably explode. There's gotta be a good brain in there. The midi thing I guess I can get over. Wish TC would make a bigger version with midi. It would wow me senseless. Try one of these. I bet you will buy it. That's all I can say.
King Loudness's review"Very versatile."
Setting up this pedal for use is pretty easy for sure. It reacts like the other delays that I've owned and other than getting used to the different modes that the pedal offers, it is pretty easy to use. The controls react well and the pedal's not too extreme as far the taper of the controls. It can get some nice oscillating repeats if you set it up with the controls turned up high which is cool. I was able to figure most of it out by trial and error without even reading the manual. It basically takes the standard delay controls and mates them with different mode selections for different tones and styles.
This delay pedal is pretty good sounding overall. TC Electronic is known for their high quality, pristine delays and this pedal definitely carries that lineage. My main concern with it is that it's a bit dark sounding and can get a little bit lost in the mix with distorted tones. I found myself using the 2290 mode for more pristine tones, and the tape delay mode for my leads. I did like the slapback mode for country type sounds, and the looper proved quite useful when I was just working on riffs for my bands. Of course, with this flexibility comes the inevitable price... I find that it doesn't really have the GREATEST tone like a delay that specializes in one type of sound, but if you're looking for a whole gauntlet of delays in one easy to use package, it's definitely cool.
All in all I think that the TC Flashback is a cool little delay for someone looking for a great set of delay tones in a convenient package. It sells new for about $180 which is really a killer deal considering the quality and features. I ultimately found that I preferred the sound of a truer tape echo, and have since sold mine to fund a Strymon El Capistan which is one of the greatest tape echo simulators on the market. If you need one or two great tones, I would look into something different, but if you need an "all in one" you can't get much better than this TC Flashback.
heads on fire's review"Close to perfect."
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 pedalboard 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
Internal true-bypass to buffered output switch
This pedal is very deep, but is easy to jump right into. It can take a while to find "your tone", but I assure you, if delay is a part of that tone, it is in this box somewhere.
The special features of this box make it magical. 6 seconds of delay is more than nearly anyone needs. Stereo ins and outs are very handy. "Audio Tapping" is not quite as easy to use as a Tap Tempo function, but it works just the same! The looper is by far the best looper in this price class, with up to 40 seconds time available.
The TonePrint USB function is great in that one can download patches directly from TC and put them on the pedal. Most of the patches are designed by famous artists!
And the fact that the pedal can be switched from True Bypass to Buffered signal is invaluable!
I honestly don't think there is a better digital delay pedal out there. It is very convincing on the analog tones, although I can hear a bit of difference, and the digital tones are spot on. The ducking delay sound is really nice, as is the tape-delay - very lush sounds abound in this unit. This pedal sounds great directly into the amp, or in the effects loop.
I love how feature-packed this box is, but how intuitive it is as well. The sounds are spot on for a digital unit. The buffer/true bypass switch is the best pedal innovation of all time.
My one wish for this pedal is that a delay could run with the looper. Maybe if there was a TonePrint model that had a looper with 38 seconds and a couple of seconds of delay available - that would be a nice feature. I'll rate it a 9 because I wish for that feature, but it should be a 9.9, really!
guigue106's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" tone print with phone print"
editable? Yes TonePrint via pc / mac non rackable
technology? : Digital rather in my opinion
configuration: yes very simple one turns one tests it sounds
manual? zero need
edition? : Easy
effective? frankly yes but more on the stereo
instrument? : EMM JP60 / jpmp3 jem dna etc ....
I would rather? the tone print clearly
I like least? the delay has black ^^
use? January 2014
the other model? yes de7 Ibanez finally DigiDelay dung what ^^ +
what I like most of all is the TonePrint via my phone, it's still frankly past practice via the small hp phone to instantly changed her, I am currently on "moutain top" petrucci and the stereo it works very very hard.
no need for past 100 years on the pc TonePrint editor with the pedal usb, not that I do not wish to stand out above all with the amount of available preset on the phone are frankly what to do, all c is well update the firmware of each pedal and after ca tranqiullement oats as it should.
once that was the crease and stereo is simply DE-MEN-TIELLE
a part of it!
3 of 8 people found this review helpful
boogie les bons tuyaux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a cat among the pigeons"
several modes delays, a looper, a TonePrint to load on TC.
simple to use, you turn the knobs, you play
manual, are not you in the box, that is to say
and what is the title track commentary.
the cat among the pigeons.
I am terribly disappointed, and I expect the wonders of this pedal.
let me explain;
I have a Strymon Timeline has concerns and is left for service Strymon. (yes, really)
ok worth € 420, I understand the difference.
but pending the A / R united states-France, I took out an old Ibanez DE7 worth 40 € Cygnus.
I often play live, so I freaked out a little before the date.
but at the first sound, which foot!
I'm just missing a few régalé.il reperes tempo and time signature
short ... because the repair time is 4 weeks, I grabbed the flashback telling me, you will manage the sound and tempos easily.
well, yes, stir ... (and it offends me to score, I was hooked before receiving it)
I find cold and very blah delays.
Also, I do not see why there is so many ways, apart from the reverse and 2290, I find that dyn, tape, ana are very close and unnecessary blow.
then this system tap tempo is great on paper, set live, forget ..
if it is you who starts the song, you have to press the pedal, you expect to be transferred (1 or 2 seconds is a long time) then 4 times to sign the tempo.
blah blah, but it has the merit to exist and have a compact pedal that does the job.
and then the looper is nuuuul!
I have in my set the ditto which is placed after the sound is better defined, more flexible switch.
there, it's hard as hell, not very practical. Ok, it has the merit to exist, too.
I use it for a week, but I look forward to my timeline.
this is against true that it's not very expensive, so for € 135, it will.
me, it does not suit me, I'm disappointed.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful
mikegarnod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent delay really transparent"
This pedal is fairly compact, the case seems strong, the only problem with the compactness is that the location to set foot without touching the knobs is quite small.
The settings are classics:
* Fx level (level adjustment effect),
* Delay (time between each repetition)
* Feedback (number of repetition).
* Mode Selector
The selector allows different types of effect, delay classical, inverse, mod, ping pong, ANA, 2290 ...
Pedal fairly simple to use. One branch, choose the mode, and the dose level of the effect and the duration of the echo and repetition time.
I use it before the amp, I wanted something transparent, which does not degrade the sound mode in 2290 is top!
Those who do not like too duties may fall back on the ANA mode that emulates a slightly warmer response time vintage analog style.
Mode loop 40 s max is also present on the occasion very useful!
* The sound quality really transparent (if desired)
* The quality of manufacturing, very durable case,
* The correct price.
* The somewhat compact body
Used for almost a year, I recommend this delay enthusiasts are transparent, or those who want sth a little warmer (ANA Mode)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Isopropanol's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great delay customizable"
I bought this pedal a little random chance, trusting this brand as well as different opinions found on the internet (I was expecting to find a DD7 boss at the base).
so it's a delay pedal, designed for guitarists, but I use it as an effect send / return with my mixer (electronic music so).
Basic presets are quite interesting and complementary, but the real big advantage is that you can customize the effect itself via an editor.
when I bought it I did not know that was possible on the gear that price, and I must say that the editor lets go far enough ... there's a bunch of programmable parameters is not just a harmless option.
to get the parameters available, here is a screenshot of the app:
there are a total of four knobs:
-Choice of preset
only the first two are customizable, but against three pieces of information you can give to those the change.
it may seem small, but in practice if you like a little tweaking it becomes quite complex and it is possible to actually create a unique effect.
modifiable characteristics are each connected to a line graph divided into five points.
for example, you can decide when a knob is left in the delay time is 980ms, it is in the middle 6000ms and it is all right to 72ms ... so basically turning completely from left to right and increases down time.
so we can make "zig zag" modulation by turning in one direction, which is very interesting from my point of view, especially when one takes into account three parameters are assignable knob, each with its own specific curve.
creating a smart TonePrints it is possible to have a sort of hybrid effect in the desired position, and go even beyond the modulation by setting the second potentiometer values / right choice.
it does not look necessarily at first but it can be quite complicated combinations in practice ...
I do not know if this is very clear, but in summary I would not have thought I could change so radically the sound just by turning two knobs.
my experience is that of someone who does electronics for a guitar I think the interest is less but this pedal remains excellent and very likely higher than the DD7 boss ...
in any case more "unique" because everyone can design their stuff very accurately by leaning a little above.
that's basically, I use it for a month and a half and I am very satisfied!
the price is down almost saw the possibilities of customization, it is not excluded that I take a second if the opportunity presents itself (or a "hall of fame" also programmable reverb)
- High sound quality.
- To create its own effect (the real big interest for me).
- Quality workmanship.
- One place to charge his personal effects, shame!
- It is not possible at the moment to export its settings ... which means any note on a sheet (+ screenshot) if you do not want to "lose" your values by creating another TonePrint ... (The black spot for me).
So I put him 8/10, I think it is hard to beat in this range ...
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Oliver Sp@rk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a reference!"
super simple ... no manual (download from tc electronic)
true bypass, the delays are excellent!
the looper function is a real plus!
I have not tried the TonePrint ... I carve my own delays
I highly recommend!
1 of 12 people found this review helpful