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Rating and Reviews: TC Electronic FlashbackX4

Tap into a huge range of delay and loop settings with the Flashback X4. This versatile pedal also includes four TC TonePrint slots for downloaded presets.

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"tc electronics X4 Flashback Delay/looper Pedal" submitted November 30, 2012

By Paul A in McKinney, TX
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Musical Background: Guitarist for 40 years, retired these days but an effect user all my life
Music Style: heavy fusion: mix of blues, some jazz, metal, rock and a smattering of funk
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Sound: The various delays on this unit seem to lay back into your overall sound better than most and the various assortment of modulated and dirty analog delay filtering does a great job in the mimic of analog and tape units with the benefits of advanced technology. Those liking traditional tape and analog delays should like this unit. Feature: Easy selection of unit modes, easy to adjust and then store the preset into one of three slots simply holding down the preset button a few seconds, flash to green and it is locked and loaded. Unit holds 4 toneprint uploads which are probably marvelous for younger players looking for stars to mimic, tc apparently feels even advanced users cannot design their own preset so solution to that is find some close to something you can use and modify it via the controls and resave. Heads up, there is a toneprint that turns the X4 into a chorus unit using its internal tri chorus circuits, crank up the width on this and it is one of the best chorus sounds I have ever heard. Keep that in a preset and presto a great chorus as a change of pace from a delay unit. Ease of Use: Could not be easier to operate and uploading presets is simple enough. Download the toneprints you want to try from the tc website (I keep a folder of them) connect the provided USB cable, activate the upload simply by "run" on the toneprint and then "upload" button, a couple secs and toneprint is in. Simply turn the selector to 1 of 4 slots. Quality: tc has a name of quality and their delay probably next to their chorus has a long term name of quality. I did have a couple odd freak things happen on my unit which happens to components and such given thousands of builds. One of my bottom plate screws (torex heads by the way) was stripped out and double slotted, I could not get the plate off to try the buffer toggle. And my "A" preset switch seemed to have a bad wire connection and stopped working. zZounds changed it out for me with no issue. Value: I consider this pedal to compare to and actually be superior to similar delay units costing a great deal more and the others have no upload ability. Manufacturer Support: Well. I have to say, just deal w zZounds if you have an issue. The tech dept at tc does not seem to ever get what you are saying. I told them of the screw and they kept telling me to look at a link that did not work to read about what driver to use. Why they do not say these are blasted torex heads is a mystery to me, not something one uses in the US for a removable plate. Much less prone to cross thread and strip out. the small toneprint pedals have this great large thumbscrew for the plate. Why they went with these stupid screws on the X4 is a mystery to logic. The Wow Factor: Impressive unit really. I was impressed it had some size to it and did not seem like a small toy. Looks like it is a great pedal and that means something. Size matters, sure I know the small footprint thing is all the rage, but you can only put so much into a small little enclosure. Overall: A superb update and extension of the smaller tc Flashback with an added modes, making 16 different delay modes, 12 selectable delay modes and 4 selectable toneprint slots. A 40sec full controllable looper , very long 7sec delay range, button tap tempo. This delay for the money compares with units costing twice as much and usually has more delay time and looper time then the more expensive. Compared side by side in an A/B one cannot tell a difference in the quality of the delays. The tc X4 represents a flag ship delay unit, an excellent buy for the money, for the features nearly untouchable. There is not a bad sounding delay mode on this unit, the choice is merely what suits your needs or ideas at the time. There are dirtier, low fi, and analog delays as well as the high quality 2290 modes, reverse and ping pong. Stereo ins and outs, expression pedal jack and pretty much anything one could imagine in a delay.
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