Review: TC Electronic John Petrucci Dreamscape Signature Toneprint Pedal
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In 2011, TC Electronic introduced several stomp boxes that employed its TonePrint technology, which allows users to download new effects programmed by various artists, including well-known players like Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse, Joe Perry and Steve Stevens, from a computer or iPhone/Android smartphone.
Many of these artist downloads proved to be quite popular, so it seemed like only a matter of time before TC combined several of them in one pedal. That’s exactly what the company has done with the John Petrucci Dreamscape Signature TonePrint pedal. The Dreamscape presents six of the Dream Theater guitarist’s custom-tweaked tones in one box. The signature sounds comprise two choruses, two vibratos and two flangers, including Petrucci’s brand-new Vortex Flanger TonePrint. Plus, the pedal has room to store an additional TonePrint download, for a total of seven effects in one compact pedal.
While the Dreamscape’s controls are similar to those of a standard stomp box, it’s capable of creating a much wider variety of sounds than the average pedal thanks to the flexibility of its digital circuitry. There are controls for effect level, speed and depth; a seven-position switch for selecting presets; and a three-position mini toggle for bright, normal and dark tone settings. Other pro-quality features include stereo input and output jacks, an easy-access single-screw battery compartment, a jack for an optional nine-volt adaptor and a mini USB jack for downloading new TonePrint effects. TC currently offers 33 TonePrint effects for the Dreamscape, with more to come in the near future.
The Dreamscape is not a multieffect pedal but rather a versatile single-effect pedal that provides a variety of short delay-based modulation effects. However, it can easily replace the need to have separate chorus, flanger and vibrato pedals on your pedal board as you can access entirely new effects in seconds by rotating the effect selector switch. Plus, you can load new TonePrint effects from a computer or by beaming them from a smartphone pointed at your guitar’s pickups, all in less than 10 seconds.
The effects boast the superb, noise-free sound quality for which TC is known. Both chorus effects are thick and lush, with a three-dimensional shimmer. Flanger 1 is subtle but effective for adding motion and dynamics to clean chord and arpeggio patterns, while Flanger 2 provides a dramatic, jet-like sweep. The vibrato effects produce a woozy, seasick wobble, but the pitch pulsations are subtle, so players don’t have to worry about sounding out of tune.