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Hopeful Sinner
11-10-2012, 11:52 PM
This is my new toy! It's a TC Electronic Flashback X4 and if you are in the market for a delay, get your hands on one of these and give it a try! I've felt for a long time that the Line 6 DL4 was the standard for delays and I truly believe this dethrones it hands down. Great tones, super versatile, tap tempo, a great looper, quarter notes, dotted eighths or mix both, offers true bypass and buffered option, just so good on so many levels... Haven't really downloaded any of the artist preset "Tone Prints" yet but I'm looking forward to comparing my settings with those of the "Pros"...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40066608/fx4.jpg

Mikegarveyblues
11-11-2012, 12:02 AM
Sweet!

My trusty old DD-3 is playing up so i've been looking at this and a couple of others as a replacement.

Hopeful Sinner
11-11-2012, 12:14 AM
Sweet!

My trusty old DD-3 is playing up so i've been looking at this and a couple of others as a replacement.

It's so good Mike. You would not be disappointed if you go with this one! I'm going to try and shoot a little video sometime this week to show off some of the sounds and features...

sleary
11-11-2012, 06:49 AM
Just looking at the flashback the other day. Like the idea of a looper and well tone print is just awesome. Might do it lol.

sleary
11-11-2012, 06:53 AM
Btw tc electronics have surpassed anything I've tried so far. I have the Dreamscape, polytune and mojo overdrive.

Mikegarveyblues
11-11-2012, 10:13 AM
It's so good Mike. You would not be disappointed if you go with this one! I'm going to try and shoot a little video sometime this week to show off some of the sounds and features...

Cool, I look forward to seeing it in use. This is definately one i'm going to try out for sure.

Rango
11-11-2012, 10:13 AM
I have the TC single Flashback - love it.
The 4X should be really good! The looper level is a really nice addition!

Egads
11-11-2012, 11:22 AM
I've got the Flashback single, too. I really like the tones and flexibility, but really dislike the rhythmic tempo setting function--your signal gets cut when you strum out the tempo. This X4 looks awesome, since it has tap tempo. I also use the Line 6 DL4 strictly for the multiple delay programs and looper, but it's not been the most reliable pedal--it's been repaired 3 times in 6 years.

Glad to hear you like the X4 so much. It'll be on my list when the Line 6 craps out...again.

TDPRS1
11-11-2012, 04:51 PM
+1 for TC Electronic! Their pedals are fantastic!

LSchefman
11-11-2012, 06:35 PM
Looks like it's a terrific pedal. I've been a TC fan in the studio since the late 80s when they had the 2290, and later on, the M5000. They do a great job with digital delay.

I currently use a Nova delay on my board.

Hopeful Sinner
11-11-2012, 07:30 PM
Looks like it's a terrific pedal. I've been a TC fan in the studio since the late 80s when they had the 2290, and later on, the M5000. They do a great job with digital delay.

I currently use a Nova delay on my board.

The 2290 mode is one of my favorites right now. I just can't say enough good things about this pedal.

LSchefman
11-11-2012, 08:45 PM
The 2290 mode is one of my favorites right now. I just can't say enough good things about this pedal.

Does that mode do the "ducking" delay thing, where the volume of the delays drops while you're picking a new note? That's a fave of mine as well, and was introduced on the old 2290.

wilerty
11-11-2012, 09:49 PM
I look forward to trying one ...

However, at this point the Stryman El Capistan is my favorite. I'm old enough that I like a delay I can adjust the wow and flutter on ...

Hopeful Sinner
11-11-2012, 11:48 PM
Does that mode do the "ducking" delay thing, where the volume of the delays drops while you're picking a new note? That's a fave of mine as well, and was introduced on the old 2290.

The "Dynamic" mode accomplishes the "ducking" delay effect very well on the X4. Especially good for soloing and single note lines.

CoreyT
11-12-2012, 06:33 AM
I have the Wampler Faux Tape delay pedal which is pretty nice, but I really like this TC one.
I have the TC Poly Tuner and the Dreamscape, I may have to pick up one of these.

Found two good vids of it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1l4Zjqoqdg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KqdMAaVRiA

Mikegarveyblues
11-12-2012, 11:58 AM
Pro Guitar Shop for the win... I'm sold!

Looks like i'll be spending Xmas re-organising my pedal board... :)

hippietim
11-13-2012, 07:26 AM
I was going to get the Flashback X4 but it is so ridiculously huge - no way!

garrett
11-13-2012, 11:46 AM
Size isn't bad at all considering what it does and compared to the competition from Vox, Line6, Visual Sound.

I'm so tempted to get one of those. I have the regular Flashback, and think it's awesome. The X4 may be nearly perfect, but it would mean taking my trusty Ibanez AD-99 off the board and losing true analog slapback sounds.

Mikegarveyblues
11-13-2012, 01:22 PM
I was going to get the Flashback X4 but it is so ridiculously huge - no way!

Lol, I didn't notice the size in the first vid. But you can clearly see it in the second one. Yep, it's pretty big. Not too big a deal for me as it's replacing a pedal or two. Does do a lot though.

hippietim
11-13-2012, 02:29 PM
I need something smaller. I don't like how big my Strymon Timeline is - I'm going to probably go with two small delay pedals since I only use two settings.

Here's a pic of how big this thing is:

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y213/pimpst4r/Guitars/_DSC4581.jpg

CoreyT
11-13-2012, 02:35 PM
Dang, that is big.
No room on my board.
I just put the TC Dreamscape on yesterweek.

http://www.pnw4runners.com/guitar_stuff/pedaltrain/10.jpg

garrett
11-13-2012, 03:59 PM
As far as size goes, consider what this pedal does, which is a lot. You'll see it's actually not very big at all once you "size" up the competition:

Vox DelayLab: 10.23 x 6.45
Line6 DL4: 10 x 6
TC Electronic Flashback X4: 9.2 x 5.3
Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay: 9.1 x 5.1

whiskeyzulu
11-13-2012, 08:58 PM
Nice pedal & slick features, but it takes up to much real estate for me. Although I really like pre-sets and tap tempo I can still run 2 separate delay pedals (long Flashback & short mxr cc) in less space.

sleary
11-17-2012, 04:57 PM
Just ordered the smaller version, the flashback. Pretty impressed with anything that comes from tc electronics.

sleary
11-19-2012, 06:04 PM
My flashback is ordered. Should be here either Tuesday or Thursday. Really looking forward to it. Oh and the Grover tuning pegs come too. Lol

JDBRADSHAW
11-24-2012, 02:22 PM
Currently I am using and endorsing the Hardwire DL-8 Extreme Performance Pedal....True by pass and has a wonderful array of delays settings

sleary
11-24-2012, 03:07 PM
My flashback came, mounted and has been used..love the thing. Tc Electronics make great pedals, I haven't liked any pedal this much since the late 80's.

Polytune
Dreamscape
Mojo
Flashback

Next week....rottweiler

David Eaton
11-24-2012, 04:10 PM
Has anyone tried the visual sound dual delay?

andy474x
11-24-2012, 05:07 PM
I have the "single tap" version, great pedal. Real simple to use and sounds great. Might not not be the ticket if you're looking for a lot of fancy features, but if you don't like a hassle it's sweet.

CantankerousCarl
11-24-2012, 08:29 PM
I like the TC stuff alot, have the Corona Chorus and Spark Booster.

For delay, I use a Red Witch Titan - three separate analog delays you can run series or parallel. There's an effects loop on the first one. Not sure how useful it is, but it's really fun to play with...for those late night "science experiments" if you will...

I like stacking the three delays, and hooking up a my wah to the effects loop (which also has a gain on it). I play clean, set the delay with the dirty wah for a rapid decay at high volume, set the second one long decay lower volume, and the third just in the background at double the interval. TRIPPY!

I was thinking about the x4 because the Titan is a ton of fun to play with but no super practical for live use...

Richard Lainegard
11-25-2012, 03:46 AM
A/B'd that against the Strymon Timeline in Tokyo, both have loop-function as well.
However, the Strymon is much more expensive
However, the Strymon definitely sounded better to my ears,
and the option of sending different delaytimes to left/right output
was a cool feature for those like me that sometimes wanna use 2 1x12 cabs/amps
with deeflexx on stage, give it a HUGE sound!

Bottom-line though? I ended up using the TC for my clinic, simply based on how easy it was
to use. Also a VEYR big plus for the fact that the TC has a "mix" button for the loop level!

garrett
11-25-2012, 03:49 PM
Has anyone tried the visual sound dual delay?

A friend has one. Sounds great, but it's had some reliability issues. The X4 certainly does more.

CoreyT
12-05-2012, 06:46 AM
I added the Flashback X4 to my board Sunday.
I pulled off the Wampler Faux Tape Echo, and the EHX Sitar pedals.

Been watching more vids, and here are a few that show how to do the looping.
I am going to experiment with looping this weekend.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYayH59R-tk&NR=1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieSAulLQzdw

Vox is suppose to be coming out with a big delay pedal shortly, not sure how it stacks up against the TC X4.

CoreyT
12-10-2012, 03:12 PM
I watch The Tone Kings videos daily, and right now he is doing a 30 pedals in 30 days thing for this month.
http://www.youtube.com/my_subscriptions?feature=mhee&s=3uXtfr_DTt-JU1RT6T3fJvRoO4IUXlImYP9JW8OtUnE

Today I watched his review of the Flood Delay by Jet City, and I wrote him via his comments page that he should cover the new TC Electronics Flashback X4.
He wrote on his page that he may be covering it tomorrow, so check out his page after he uploads a new video tonight.

prsrocker1988
12-10-2012, 08:28 PM
I will give it a try. I've been using the regular Flashback on the "Joe Perry Tape Lead" toneprint. Works great for me.

Hopeful Sinner
12-11-2012, 10:05 AM
I will give it a try. I've been using the regular Flashback on the "Joe Perry Tape Lead" toneprint. Works great for me.

Hey this got me thinking, if anybody makes a toneprint I would love to try them, please post if you upload one of your own or favorites from the "Pros"...

CoreyT
12-11-2012, 12:37 PM
The Tone King came through today :D


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_beU-hWVmY

CoreyT
12-12-2012, 05:19 AM
Here is another delay pedal, I saw the ad in Premier Guitar for it, and it looks like it has now hit the market.
I like my Flashback X4 better though.
The Vox also has a built in looper.

Vox Delaylab


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWBdjp8Ucrw