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I don't think this is a good as everyone makes out! Be aware, there are better delay pedals.
on 21 January 2016
TC pedals seem to generally get a lot of good press and reviews - that's why I brought this pedal - short of a Eventide or a Strymon these are apparently about as good as it gets... I'm not convinced.
As a delay it works just fine and has lots of nice features to swap around - similar to many other pedals it does everything pretty well and offers a lot of choice. But, its not perfect... My main gripes are:
Tap tempo - it works by holding the switch down and strumming in time with the music. I found this difficult to use and neigh on impossible to get it in time with the drummer.. Unlike a separate tap switch (like Boss do) which you can press anytime to fix the delays timing, you have to get in time before you start playing - we all know drummers are loose canons, so this makes it a naff way to get the delay working correctly. Its just not good enough.
Loop - Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but the loop doesn't work like a loop should - it leaves a gap in timing so it doesn't repeat straight away, when the loop ends it pauses then restarts. In my opinion it is useless.
Toneprints - This is a gimmick and great for setting up a delay sound you like at home, but its not serviceable when jamming or gigging and you look like a right pillock holding your phone in front of the guitar - give me a straight forward pedal any day, I mean seriously you can change the setting just as quick as you can with your hand so I can't see why Toneprint is really worth the trouble and doesn't always work first time you have to fiddle about. This is one of the main selling points and for me it is again not very good - its different and no other manufacturer has this feature, but maybe there is a good reason for this other than patents.
The hype around these pedals is a bit much for me. It is a good delay, the additional features seem new age but aren't as good as the old fashioned way and the loop is rubbish.
I personally think Boss pedals (similar price point) are a better option and they don't suffer from gimmicks that don't really add value. Don't be sucked into bells and whistles, a good old fashioned delay is possibly a better choice..