Amped Review: TC TonePrint Pedals

Five new pedals with star qualities   12-May-11

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Where to start? Five pedals, packed full of cool features, and the unenviable task of reviewing all of them. The Hall of Fame Reverb, Flashback Delay and Looper, Corona Chorus, Vortex Flanger, and the Shaker Vibrato. I must say out of all of these, the Reverb and the Delay pedals stole my heart. You really get the feel that a great deal of time and effort has gone into the development of these pedals, they've thought of all eventualities, and all guitarists' needs.
 
Also, let's not forget that these pedals are all Toneprint enabled. Don't know what Toneprint is? Well TC have essentially rounded up a bunch of top guitarists and given them access to parameters that aren't available on the interfaces of the pedals. The guitarists then come up with their sound, and you can load it on to your pedal via USB connection. People are going pretty crazy over this, and so they should, it's a great idea. But for my money, this is just an extra selling point, rather than the main selling point of the pedals. It's so easy to build your own distinctive sound with all of the effects, but with Toneprint, you can get other people's distinctive sounds too.
 
So, here's some of the key features of each pedal:
 

 

Flashback Delay Features

11 delay types including looper, analog, modulated, ping pong, slap back.

Range of delay rhythms including crochet and dotted 16ths.

Audio Tapping - set delay times by strumming your guitar

6 seconds delay

Stereo in & out

True Bypass (as with all of the pedals featured).

Analog-Dry-Through

Delay Time, Feedback and Repeat controls

Spillover on/off - super-smooth and natural transitions between sounds

Small footprint

Hall of Fame Reverb Features

10 reverb types - a wide range of reverbs including gated, spring, hall, modulated, and plate.

Stereo in & out

True Bypass

Analog-Dry-Through

Decay, Tone and Level controls

Small footprint

High-quality components

Vortex Flanger Features

2 flanger types (standard and tape emulation flange)

Wide range of sounds from classic rock rhythm to the roar of a 747 taking off.

Stereo in & out

True Bypass

Analog-Dry-Through

Speed, Depth, Feedback and Delay Time controls

Small footprint

High quality components

Shaker Vibrato Features

2 vibrato types

Latch vibrato only activates

True Bypass

Speed, Depth, Rise-time and Level controls

Spillover on/off

Small footprint

High-quality components

 



Corona Chorus features

 

3 chorus types

Speed, Depth, Color and Level controls

Tri chorus mode

Stereo in & out

True Bypass

Analog-Dry-Through

Small footprint

High quality components

 

Pricing

Flashback Delay & Looper

US $170 Street

UK £125 Street

EU €149 Street

Hall of Fame Reverb, Vortex Flanger, Shaker Vibrato, Corona Chorus

US $130 Street

UK £109 Street

EU €129 Street

 


 

 

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Eric    Said...

One drawback that should be mentioned in my opinion is the battery issue. On the "Hall of Fame" pedal, that I own, the battery dies after only 30 minutes. I suppose it must be the same for the other pedals... It's just not manageable in a session, and would be a disaster live. I won't be using it with batteries anymore (tired of replacing, re-charging them over and over). Other than that it's a fantastic reverb pedal, with an extremely deep and detailed sound. I like it a lot.

14-May-11 06:02 AM


Rich Beech    Said...

Yeah I totally agree with that comment, the Flashback does the same thing. I try not to rely on batteries too much anyway, but I did notice when I was first testing these that the Flashback died VERY suddenly, which is odd. I'd say more like 20 mins haha!

18-May-11 05:36 AM


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