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TC Electronic Flashback Delay 2 X4

Digital Delay Pedal
By Paul White

TC Electronic Flashback Delay 2 X4

Boasting three pressure-sensitive footswitches, this delay pedal puts more control at your feet than most.

TC Electronic's Flashback Delay has undergone a number of reincarnations over the years — I found their 'Alter Ego' version, which was designed to emulate vintage delay hardware, particularly interesting. Today there are still various 'standard' Flashback pedals available: the smallest and most affordable is the three-knob Mini, and this is joined by the four-knob 'standard' format pedal and the large-format Flashback Delay 2 X4. It's the last of those we're reviewing here.


As with the earlier X4 model, the Flashback Delay 2 X4 is large beast, measuring some 230mm wide and 135mm from front to back, and it is finished in the familiar bright blue. The top of the case is adorned with five large knobs and four footswitches, with status LEDs that allow two banks each of three presets to be called up, and the fourth switch acts as a tap tempo. The six TonePrint slots around the selector switch can all be filled with patches of the user's choice, though they already come loaded with default patches.

At the back of the case are stereo inputs and outputs on metal jack sockets (true stereo ins and outs are supported, but the pedal is just as happy to work in mono if you prefer), and an expression pedal...

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Published December 2019