tc electronic Flashback X4

Selectable delay and looper

  • 16 Selectable delay types
  • 4 TonePrints
  • 40 Second looper
  • Tap Tempo
  • True Bypass
  • 3 Switches for direct access to storage locations
  • Analog stereo input: 2x 6.3 mm Jack
  • Analog stereo output: 2x 6.3 mm Jack
  • Expression pedal connector
  • MIDI in/thru
  • Micro USB connector
  • Incl. external power supply
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Digital Yes
tap feature Yes
Battery Operation No
PSU included Yes

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It's almost perfect

andipandi, 24.03.2017
Ok, so this is an incredible sounding delay, but there are some catches that I wasn't counting on.
First the pros: very solid, well built, easy to use and control.
9V DC supply (around 200mA), center negative, very silent, almost no tone sucking/volume drop, buffered or true bypass modes available, rhythmic sub-division switch, looper with undo/redo functions, and, oh, an amazing sound!
Best of all: the tone editor application. That doesn't give you access to programing tone prints nor all the parameters TC uses to make their artists toneprints, but you can make some serious sounding stuff with this, from assigning multiple parameters to the knobs to controling them with an expression pedal. TC suggests a 25k log exp pedal, but I've used the M-Audio and it worked.
Take time with this application and you'll get yourself some very cool sounding delays. Check out youtube demos on this.

Now the cons: footprint (it's big) but hey, if you want three presets at the tip of your foot, you'll need to get room in your board.

Now for the serious cons: first, analog delays do not change pitch when you change delay time. This is something any analog delay emulation should do. Analog delays do not re-calculate time, they change frequency. I don't know why TC wouldn't do this...
Second, no matter what I tried (including the 25k log pot they suggest on the exp pedal) there is no way you can control parameters without afecting the delay time. This is a serious issue, and reported by several users: the only way I found to avoid this was to program from scratch some delay tones and NOT assigning delay time to any knob. The drawback is, since you cannot access artist toneprints programs or any pre-defined delay on the Toneprint Knob, you cannot use them if you want to use the expression pedal.

The way I use delays is with an expression pedal, so this one is not for me. 4 stars.
If you don't use an exp pedal, go for it, this is a good investment.
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overly hyped

15.08.2016
While this product looks sturdy, well constructed, and seems to be offering a lot of delay options, it lacks in that what is THE most important factor : TONE

Marketing slogans like 'Analog-Dry-Through' are nice for fan boys but taste a bit 'hollow' at the moment when I put my guitar in and hear a distinct difference between the pedal being in the chain or not.

A little tonesucking due to an effect pedal I can live with...
BUT the soundquality degrades further when a delay is engaged... it sounds like speakers get covered with a pile of blankets ! ( even when I dial all the echo out and only keep the, so called, dry sound I lose a lot of original guitarsound)

So my final conclusion is that TC has a fantastic marketing department !
Now they should start and invest in their products!
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