This is a killer delay by TC Electronic. It has this cool feature called tone print, which allows you to get pre set delays made by many guitarists out there and put them on this pedal. It works really well for doing this and is very simple to put the tone print on the pedal. The pedal it self is the best sounding delay I've ever used. It has 8 different types of delay and they all sound great. It is a compact pedal and has a mini toggle switch to choose between quarter notes, dotted 8th and 16th notes.
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!
10 delay types including the 2290-style delay
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.
The TC Electronic Flashback is a great little delay unit from TC Electronic that offers the versatility of many much larger and more expensive units in a small, easy to use, and affordable package. There are various different types of delays ranging from the famed TC 2290, through to analog, tape, lo-fi, modulated, slapback, stereo and even reverse delays. It also has a wonderful looper that allows for up to 40 seconds - great for rehearsing ideas quickly. It's a pretty simple delay as far as the controls go, just standard time, feedback and level controls plus a switch to go between quarter notes, eighth notes or dotted eighth notes. It also has a stereo output to go to separate amps to make best use of some of the thicker sounding delays too. It's housed in a pretty small box with a convenient thumbscrew to get to the battery.
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.
Flashback Delay Features
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!