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tc electronic Flashback 2 Delay

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • Delay
  • The new TC MASH technology turns the foot switch into a pressure-sensitive expression controller
  • New Ethereal Delay algorithm
  • For mono use, the stereo input can be used as a Tap Tempo input for an external foot switch
  • TonePrint-enabled: Load Signature Tones into the pedal with the free TonePrint app or create your own delay effects with the free TonePrint Editor
  • Controller: Delay feedback level mode
  • Switch: Subdivision
  • Foot Switch: Bypass / Pressure Expression
  • True Bypass
  • Connections: Mono / Stereo Input: 2 x 6.3 mm jack - Mono / Stereo
  • Output: 2 x 6.3 mm jack
  • 9 V DC power supply connection (coaxial connector 5.5 x 2.1 mm - minus pole inside)
  • Power Consumption: 100 mA
  • Power supply with a 9 V battery or a 9 V DC power supply (not included), matching optional power supply: Art.409939
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 72 x 122 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 300 g
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  • Bluespicking Tapeecho Off/On
  • Bluesrock Delay Modulation Off/On
  • Blues Reverse Off/On
  • Fuzzline Doubler Off/On
  • Indie Vibrato Off/On
  • Jazz Steeldrum Off/On
  • Lead Delay Off/On
  • Progressive Chorus Off/On
  • Rockabilly Off/On
  • Rock Room Off/On
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Further Information

Analogico No
Delay Time 6 s
tap feature Yes
Battery Operation Yes
PSU included No

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Mombasaflash, 10.09.2020
I really like echo devices. I have a couple of Alesis Q20's with EFTP Shadows presets, a Boss RE-20 Space Echo and a TC Electronic Triple Delay.

The Triple Delay is the most recent and my Thomann review is still available to read. One of my beefs with it is that, because each of the three delay engines share the same three control knobs for Delay Time, Feedback and Mix, you have little idea where the knobs should be to reflect the settings of each of the three presets after they have been stored.

So I decided to try the same idea, to achieve multi-head delays, but with three conventional stomp boxes.

However, I have discovered something else. And it is VERY significant. TC Electronic have tweaked the tones of some of the presets for the Flashback 2 series and they are significantly more musical. I tend to use the 'Tape' preset quite a lot and these FB2 pedals are lot less clinical sounding than the Triple Delay. For example, the individual repeats of a multi-head tape delay, with more than one pedal on at the same time, do not ring out as clear and audible repeats, but tend to merge so that the effect is more like a massive sustaining reverb — but without the swampy mess.

The only thing I miss is the option to switch the three delays into a parallel mode, as one can on the Triple Delay.

Although the Triple Delay can store presets, and not lose them because a knob gets accidentally moved, these are infinitely more usable on stage because adjusting the parameters is straight forward.

UPDATE: These pedals are shipped with a firmware version that does not include the option to select either MASH or TAP as an added function for the footswitch. Download the firmware file and install instructions from the TC Electronic website. Updating the firmware is a straight forward procedure.

Once installed, you are able to select which function using the TonePrint computer app.
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Feature packed, pleasant sound, great price!
LPPT, 16.02.2021
I'm using this pedal on a bass guitar, so please keep that in mind as you read the review.

Delay models:
Some very pleasant delay sounds to play with, I particularly enjoy the first 3 models (2290 for a super clean digi delay, "analogue" for going crazy with the feedback options, and "tape" for squeezing out beautiful mellow reverb-like sounds).

I don't really care for the other models, I think they are fund to play with but not really useful on a bass, although I imagine for a guitar player that would be a different story (although the "crystal" is crazy cool as an "organ" up-octave sound when delay is set to zero, too bad you can't mute the input sound at the same time).
Still, the first three delay models already make the pedal really worthwile for me.

I would really prefer to have some more "toneprint" slots instead of having the "reverse", "dynamic" or "mod" delays for example, but that is really a personal thing, and considering this is not a bass specific pedal, I can't fault TC for that.

Toneprint:
If you are familiar with TC Electronic's "tone print" line of pedals, the "feature packed" part of the review title should come as no surprise:
the amount of crazy effects you can squeeze out of this pedal's chip using the toneprint feature in the custom slotgoes way beyond a "delay pedal": for example, you can turn the pedal into a pretty decent chorus, tweak a huge number of parameters of custom delays, including assigning custom functions to the pedal controls, or get some crazy envelope/modulation effects out of it.
There are for sure a lot of limitations in what you can customise, but still, I think TC is already giving us way more than what you would normally expect from a digital effects company.

Mash:
The "mash" feature is interesting (you can use the pressure sensitive button like if it were a -limited- expression pedal), and really opens up some options, although I ended up switching the pedal to "disable mash", so I could use the "tap tempo" feature for the button instead.I think you can have the best of both worlds if you get an extra footswitch, but in my case I didn't care that much about "mash" to justify that investment .

Looper:
The looper is pretty basic, I guess you can use it for practice, but not really practical besides that since there is no "undo" feature. It is a very cool addition for that purpose though, if you don't already own a looper.

Summary:
So, overall, I think this is a great value for the price, considering it covers so much ground.
Is it the best sounding delay pedal? No, but I think you would need to spend at least twice the price of this pedal to get there, and that would be for a single sound.

I am still finding new things to like about this pedal every day, so a big thumbs up on this one :)
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Jack of all trades (in a good way)
bananafish, 01.09.2021
TC Electronic Flashback is already a classic. It's handy to have around. I use it on my pedal board as an end-of-the-chain buffer, as a signal splitter from mono to stereo into my wet stereo amp, as a looper and, of course, as a delay. And there are toneprints that can turn it into a chorus/vibrato or a reverb type of thing. And the foot switch is also a expression controller - yes, it takes some getting used to and it's not the same as having an expression pedal, but it can be useful from time to time. And you can connect a foot switch for tap tempo option if you need it.

Flashback might not have the high fidelity sound of Strymon or other more expensive delay units, but it offers so much.
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Very good product as always
Sam De Greef, 11.09.2021
Very much what I expected. Sturdy build, great sound!!!
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