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TC Electronic Flashback Delay review

An extremely versatile delay pedal at a very good price!

Thursday, 11. August 2011  -  by  Fabrizio Barale

The Flashback packs in every kind of delay you could wish for: there are 10 styles to choose from, including TC Electronic’s legendary 2290 sound and a slap-back effect, all with up to seven seconds delay time. The pedal also doubles as a looper and comes with TonePrint, a system that lets you download new delay settings created by top musicians.

If you want to run things manually, TC Electronic’s audio tapping technology lets you set your own delay times by strumming your guitar. A toggle switch also allows you to shift between 16th or dotted 8s, if you're after that U2 sound.


Fx level: controls the level of effect applied to your guitar sound. It only alters how much effect is applied to your sound; the level of your original (or 'dry') signal remains unchanged.

Delay: controls the delay time. The delay types have a range between 20ms and 7000ms (that's seven seconds in real time!) apart from the snappier 'slap-back' sound, which ranges from 20ms to 300ms.

Feedback: lets you control how many repetitions of a note you'll hear by controlling the amount of delay applied to the input signal.

Delay type selector: allows you to choose between the different delay effects and the looper and TonePrint functions.

Delay audio tap funcion & subdivision: you can set the delay time with the 'Delay' knob (as above), or you can use this function to tap it in manually to fit the song you're playing. Once the tempo is set, the 'Subdivision' selector lets you choose between quarter notes or dotted eight notes to create that rippling delay sound used by players like The Edge.

Overall Rating

This pedal offers excellent value for money: you get an innovative, reliable and extremely effective delay sound for less than 150Euro. We'd recommend it as an addition to any player's setup, both in the studio and playing live. 


71 Gibson SG with Bigsby, Vox AC30 with celestion greenback


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