The Flashback is incredible! Looking for a grail-esque delay? The TC Electronics Flashback X4 Delay Pedal!
For years my friends had been showing me their Line 6 DL4’s and what they can do to a guitar signal. The delay depth, repeats, and echoes it produced was mind-boggling. I wondered, however, why I wasn’t okay with spending the $250 Line 6 was asking for these beasts. Was it the fact that they also ran off of ‘C’ batteries? The plastic casing? The cheap knobs? Was there any alternative?
My delay journey:
- Ibanez DL5 – I know, cheap plastic casing, but also a cheap price tag…
- Danelectro Dan-Echo DE-1 – Great delay, horrible switch
- Visual Sound H2O v1 – Great echo, not enough ms time.
That’s it. Pretty short, now that I think about it. The H20 really filled in the gaps.
Then I read about the Flashback, a single switch pedal offered by TC Electronic. I wanted more switches, however.
The TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay showed up thereafter and I love it.
I know not if I have the best ear to see if an effect is up to snuff enough for a ‘pro’. I can just tell you that as you play, you can feel the sound. This pedal, while components and the like, is as emotive as it’s counterpart the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb (Currently on my board). It is an amazing pedal.
As a person who wants Echo more than delay, the tube delay settings didn’t disappoint when attempting droning lead tones. The 2290 delay setting retained all of the characteristics of my signal as well when going for stacatto-y arpeggios. The toneprint spaces on the Flachback X4 delay are generally ignored by me.
Honestly, I am a sophomoric delay user. I use this thing for 1/3 of what it can do.The knobs and switches do what they should do. There have been some complaints that the switches used on the Toneprint units are garbage and end up costing 80-90% of what the NIB effect would cost. I’m just glad that isn’t my story as of yet.
The looper is great for practice. Again, it works, what more do I want?
There are dip switches within the unit that alternate between True bypass and Buffered bypass (left), and then Kill-dry signal (right). True bypass cuts off the signal immediately while the buffered bypass selection allows the sound to fade… The Kill-dry dip switch removes the dry unprocessed signal of your guitar in the chance that you’d like to use the Flashback X4 in your effects loop.
Mine is set to factory default: True bypass, Kill-dry off.
After considering the number of one-trick ponies that are out there, including the MXR Carbon Copy Delay, the Strymon El Capistan and Timeline, I stuck to this one. It’s a lot of bang for your buck.
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Is this the Delay for you? Don’t know, but it works great for me!
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TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay
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- TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay