TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay

Electric Guitar Effect Pedal

  • Delay
  • With three independent delay engines that can be used simultaneously
  • 16 Types of delay
  • 11 Different subdivisions
  • Serial and parallel switchable
  • Tap tempo
  • True bypass (optional buffered)
  • TonePrint compatible
  • Beam compatible
  • Input for expression pedal
  • Stereo input and output
  • MIDI compatible
  • Analogue dry through
  • Including 9V DC power adapter
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  • E-Organ Off-On
  • Prog Off-On
  • Rotary Off-On

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Digital Yes
tap feature Yes
Battery Operation Yes
PSU included Yes

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Close but no cigar!

Mombasaflash, 02.05.2018
At first sight the TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay seems like a fantastic solution. Three totally separate delays with your choice of echo type, repeats and volume that can be activated individually or in any combination together, either in parallel or in series, PLUS a Tap function that all three delay engines conform to. And it has True Bypass when no delays are activated.

Once you get into it though, the cracks start to show. The first thing is really just a niggle. But annoying just the same. When any of the delays are edited, you cannot compare it to what you had before and you must save it if you do not want to lose the new setting. Saving it will overwrite the previous setting, which is now lost forever. If you do not save your edit and switch that delay off, all of your editing is lost and that delay will return to the previously saved settings.

It would be helpful to be able enter an 'edit compare mode' in order to test your new settings before overwriting the previous saved version.

To be fair, in practice it is unlikely that you would be changing the basic settings of each delay once you have had time to get accustomed to the whole unit and have arrived at your preferred general settings.

The second thing is MAJOR. Or at least, it is to me.

The True Bypass works a treat and your pristine, breathing guitar sound is absolutely unaltered when all the delays are off. But as soon as one or more delay is activated, your clean guitar sound goes down the tube. Not a very large tube, but still, the edge is taken off the highs and there is a general vaguely electonicky sort of air to the whole sound.

It is quite okay for the tone of the wet sound to be different from the dry sound because, after all, if you have selected tape echo as the tonal characteristic of the echo, the wet sound is going to sound very different to the dry.

What I did not appreciate is that the original guitar tone gets muddied when a delay is activated and this is not OK.

For example, if you turn the echo volume down, so that only the dry sound will be audible, your guitar sound suddenly goes slightly dull when you activate any of the three delays.

If crystal sound is not your thing then this would not bother you, but for me this is a deal breaker and I was very disappointed to have to send it back, because otherwise it really was ticking every box.
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Great Delay, but limited functionality...

21.04.2016
The quality of this unit is superb when it comes to sound and construction. The unit is really 3 independent flashbacks, so each switch controls an independent delay unit. The tap tempo affects the active units, and the routing is controlled by a small switch on the top right.
Unfortunately, every change you do to each delay is forgotten as soon as you turn off that bank, that means that if you tweak any of the parameters (tap tempo, feedback, anything) it will be forgotten right away if you turn off that preset and then turn it on right away. This may or may not be a problem, but certainly render the unit a bit more difficult to use in certain live situations where you may need to make little adjustments or synchronise the tempo between the different banks, which means a lot of switching toggling to set the right delay bank to save them all. The interface could have been simpler, on the other end the unit is very flexible and sounds awesome, and you can totally do Brian May style of sounds!
Recommended if you do ambience, or already have a primary delay unit, even like the classic flashback itself.
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