The first thing I noticed about the Flashback ($169
street) was how quiet it is—even on settings with lots
of feedback—and how intuitive it is to operate. The
three-position Subdivision Selector is a particularly nice
touch, as it works in tandem with the tap-tempo function
to choose eighth-, quarter-, and dotted-quarter-note
subdivisions. The 2290 setting is simply a pristine digital
delay, whereas Dynamic emulates the 2290’s outstanding
dynamic-delay program that ducks the repeats
when you play, but lets them through during pauses.
Tape and Analog are robust and vibey, and Slap, Ping-
Pong, and Lofi do what you’d expect. Modulation adds
vibrato to only the delay sound, which provides lushness
without mushiness. Reverse works beautifully—
particularly on long delay times with no dry signal. In
Loop, an LED glows green once you record an initial
loop, and then flashes to mark the start of the loop.
Pressing the footswitch again puts you into overdub
mode, and you can make quite a few passes without
the delays becoming oversaturated.
One of the things I like most about the Flashback
is that long delays with Feedback turned way up build
to a clear and steady state, rather than go into hyper
oscillation and become distorted. My favorite Tone-
Prints were Bumblefoot’s Galloping Delay and Backwards
Delay. I was able to load them into the pedal
with ease, even though the dialogue box flashed “Not
Connected,” which is infinitely better than the other
KUDOS Robust features in compact package.
Versatile. Quiet. Superb sound quality.
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