Okay, we all know that TC Electronic makes incredible effects. Their 2290 delay is legendary. Their G System, G Major and G Force: legendary. Their Nova series of pedals: legendary. But the TonePrint series of pedals is a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that’s going to become legendary. Because TonePrint pedals allow you to dial in your own sounds, sure, but they also give you access to finely tweaked effects designed by some of the best ears in the biz, including Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, Steve Stevens, Paul Gilbert, Bumblefoot and many, many more. Continue reading
Hot off the success of their first studio album release in 20 years, This Is Not The End (and its Top 20 ARIA Album Chart debut), iconic Aussie rockers The Baby Animals are hitting the road for the national Feed The Birds tour. The tour will be filmed for the band’s first ever live DVD, to be called Feed the Birds (Live). And Baby Animals can always be counted on for great guitar moments courtesy of lead guitarist Dave Leslie and vocalist Suze DeMarchi. Dave’s one of those incredibly adapatble players who is able to sound perfectly at home whether he’s playing a simple rhythm part, dishing out the shred or – and this seems to be his most impressive skill – playing the kind of stuff that sounds simple until you try to play it yourself, whereupon you learn that it’s impossibly perfect and unpredictable. I Heart Guitar caught up with Dave right before the tour kick-off to talk shop. Continue reading
Aww, look at this little cutie: the TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster. I reviewed its big brother, the Spark Booster, last year and pretty much instantly fell in love with it. And I experienced a similar thing with the Spark Mini Booster as soon as I saw the box it ships in, because it’s o-so-teensy and cute. Y’know, like when you see a little kitten or puppy and you’re like ‘awww.’ The Spark Mini Booster is designed to combine the very best qualities of the original Spark Booster – including its clean boost and dirty drive capabilities – with a miniature footprint. Review coming soon, but in the meantime here’s the press release. Continue reading
Risskov, Denmark, June 11th 2013 – TC Electronic is excited to announce one of the biggest names on the TonePrint artist roster yet – Steve Vai! The creative genius has contributed a TonePrint for Hall Of Fame Reverb entitled Ocean Machine. This TonePrint is available immediately and free of charge through www.tcelectronic.com/steve-vai or through the free TonePrint app for iOS and Android phones. Steve Vai’s signature Ocean Machine reverb is a very natural sounding reverb, with a bit of chorus and Steve’s artistically precise parameter and EQ settings. Both introspective and flowing, Ocean Machine truly lives up to its name. Continue reading
Funeral For A Friend’s sixth and latest album is Conduit. It’s one of the heaviest records the band has ever done, yet as always the brutality is tempered by some rather complex, almost jazz-like chords. Okay, maybe ‘jazz’ is stretching it a bit but they’re certainly more intricate than the voicings employed by most heavy bands. “It’s funny how other people interpret it,” guitarist Gav Burrough says. “When you’re writing it, it’s organic and it just comes out. So what we try to do is to not think about it. Continue reading
YES! You asked for it, you probably even dreamed about it, and now it’s here and it’s free: the TC Electronic TonePrint Editor. Get in there and create your own settings! Save them! Share them! Beam them around the world! And most importantly, make great music with them!
Here’s the press release:
Free TonePrint Editor Available Now
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Risskov, Denmark, April 5 2013) TC Electronic announces immediate availability of the much anticipated TonePrint Editor, the free software that allows guitarists and bassists to craft their own version of a TonePrint effect pedal. Following the massive success of TonePrint pedals and signature effects by the best in music today, the guitar community has been screaming for access to the TonePrint pedal parameters in order to create their own custom sounds. TC Electronic has not been deaf to the massive demands and is pleased to announce the TonePrint Editor as a completely free download at tcelectronic.com/toneprint-editor. Continue reading
YES!!! Every single person I’ve ever spoken to about TC Electronic TonePrint pedals has said ‘love the idea but I wish I could create my own TonePrints.’
TC Electronic Announces Free TonePrint Editor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Los Angeles, CA, 23 January 2013) TC Electronic announces the TonePrint Editor, the free software that allows guitarists and bassists to craft their own version of a TonePrint effect pedal. Following the massive success of TonePrint pedals and signature effects by the best in music today, the guitar community has been screaming for access to the TonePrint pedal parameters in order to create their own custom sounds. TC Electronic has not been deaf to the massive demands and is pleased to announce the TonePrint Editor as a completely free download at tcelectronic.com/toneprint-editor. The TonePrint Editor will be released March 23rd 2013. Continue reading
TC Electronic’s TonePrint line of effects ignited a revolution in the way guitarists approach stopboxes. These compact but powerful little pedals give you all sorts of effect parameters which you can set by yourself, but they also reserve a separate memory slot for you to load presets designed by some of the greats, who have access to even more parameter control than the pedals themselves let you tweak. You can beam these presets to your pedal via an iPhone or with a USB cable, and sound like your favourite artist. The Flashback Delay is a very versatile little pedal with six seconds of delay time, multiple delay types and a handy toggle switch for varying between quarter, 16th or dotted 8th notes, but it’s a little too simplified for those with complex delay needs. Enter the new Flashback X4.
The original TC Electronic G-System is pretty hard to top. An integrated effects and switching system, it’s been at the heart of the guitar rigs of some pretty influential artists, including Steve Vai, Peter Thorn and Bullet For My Valentine. Pro players love the way it brings together all the essential elements of their rig (more on that in a minute) along with some very high-quality effects. But TC Electronic knows good advice when they hear it, and the G-System iB Modified was born out of some helpful suggestions from a few industry insiders.
Check out this video of Rob ‘Chappers’ Chapman explaining the new TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay and Looper.
I’d love to hear what Matt Stephens would do with this pedal.
Many years ago TC Electronic released the Booster + Line Driver & Distortion. This classic pedal did all sorts of things and was favoured by players from Allan Holdsworth to Anthrax’s Scott Ian to add some oomph to their tone. The Spark Booster is the next evolution of that pedal, and while on the surface it appears to offer some of the same features, inside it’s a different beast.
TC Electronic is particularly known for their amazing reverbs and delays, but the company has quite a handle on gain-based effects as well. Case in point: their brilliant Nova Drive, a programmable, digitally-controllable analog drive unit. But not everybody wants to sift through digital presets and learn parameters and memory banks and the like. Some players just want to turn some knobs, dial in a killer tone and play. That’s where the Röttweiler Distortion comes in.
The Röttweiler Distortion is built using the same basic ‘hammerhead’ rugged die-cast aluminium chassis as TC’s excellent TonePrint pedals and the revolutionary PolyTune tuner, and purely from an aesthetic perspective it looks really cool. I like TC’s design sense. There are four control pots, Gain, Level, Bass and Treble, along with a two-way Voice switch which governs the midrange profile. There’s an input, an output, a True Bypass switch, a really quite bright red LED to indicate that the effect is on, and a 9v DC supply jack. Battery access is through a handy little turn screw on the bottom.