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 way around!
KUDOS Robust features in compact package. Versatile. Quiet. Superb sound quality.