TESTED BY THE GUITAR PLAYER STAFF
DENMARK’S TC ELECTRONIC HAS A LONG HISTORY OF
creating cutting-edge effects that dates back to 1976, with the
famed Stereo Chorus + Pitch Modulator & Flanger pedal. However,
TC later moved away from stompboxes to concentrate on
processors such as the 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay, G-Force,
G-Major 2, G System, and Nova System.
This year, TC Electronic was all about stompboxes again. The
company debuted the five digital TonePrint pedals on review
here, as well as two analog distortion boxes (MojoMojo Overdrive
and Dark Matter Distortion) that we will test as soon as
they are released. All pedals are true bypass (you can opt for
a buffered bypass via an internal switch), and include rugged
die-cast aluminum housings, 2.1mm external power jacks,
and handy battery access via a single screw that can be opened
using a coin or thick pick.
The digital pedals also feature a USB jack that lets you download
custom “TonePrint” patches programmed into software at
TC headquarters by players such as John Petrucci, Steve Morse,
Bumblefoot, Doug Aldrich, Orianthi, and others. The way it
works is simple: You plug the pedal into your computer (Mac
OS 10 or Windows) using the included USB cable, log on to
the TC Electronic website, download the desired TonePrint
for your pedal, and—presto—you now have the exact sound the
artist created for a particular application.
However, as we were handed some of the first TonePrints
to see daylight at NAMM in January, we experienced a few
“early version” system issues. The only pedal that accepted a
TonePrint was the Flashback Delay, so we had to download
firmware updates for the Corona Chorus, Shaker Vibrato, and
Vortex Flanger from the TC website (the Hall of Fame Reverb
had no TonePrints available at press time). Not a big deal.
Then, after we loaded the appropriate TonePrints into each
pedal (you can load one TonePrint at a time), only the Flashback
delivered the artist patches. The Corona, Shaker, and
Vortex loaded the custom patches, but could not play them.
Despite the snags with our early-production samples, we
applaud the TonePrint concept that promises ongoing tonal
updates and custom patches. In addition, the pedals sounded
so cool that we pushed on with our tests, using a Stratocaster,
Les Paul, and a PRS SC 245, and Dr. Z EZG-50, Victoria Ivy
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