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

Further Information

Analogico No
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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The best pedal at the fairest price
franzalicestern , 08.10.2019
This pedal quickly became essential. It was a natural expansion of my live and studio setup. You won't find anything similar in this price range, and even way more expensive pedals don't have the same features and the same audio quality. I was immediately impressed by the very low amount of noise this effect produces, blazoned pedals from blazoned brands are sometimes impossible to record without a noise suppressor.
I only find difficult and not intuitive switching parameters of every single delay. Maybe a screen would have helped reminding each delay's settings.
Nevertheless, my vote is 5 stars!
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top notch delay with some handling flaws
barefootguy, 03.11.2018
This is a high quality delay. Magnificent sounds, great design (it is very pretty) and simple interfaces.

Although... The tap tempo only works for currently activated delays so if you want to switch on and of a delay or another, you have to activate them all, set tap tempo, pull lever to delay 1 and store delay 1, pull lever to delay 2 and store delay 2 and pull lever to delay 3 and store delay 3. not very comfortable.

the time subdivisions are crazy, there's a ton of them, including quarter+dotted eighth, awesome.

i think that a simple software update might solve every issue.
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Limitless possibilities
24.11.2016
This delay is of a superb quality. It is not just a great sounding effect, it can be a source of inspiration to anyone who likes using delays.
Handling of this device is quite easy, however, there is one issue with it. Once adjusted any combination of sounds will be lost if changed to something else and there is no way to save it as a pre-set. So yes there is a way to improve this product. (But hey! One can always use the trusted method of putting all information about combination of sounds on paper. Which I personally strongly advise.)
Over all this device is great and a recommended purchase.
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