Lately, it seems like the stomp-box world has focused on building a better delay pedal, with dozens of contenders offering powerful new effects. While a few traditionalists have steadfastly clung to the analog realm, the most significant progress has taken place in the digital-modeling world with delay units that offer accurate reproductions of tape, analog and digital delay effects, and much more.
Effects are like jellybeans. You can’t have just one — and is there really a flavor you don’t like? They’re all good. But since I must, I have to give you a list of the best flavors of effects this year. Keep in mind, if I could, I’d give you a top 20 list of my favorite stomp boxes of 2012, but I’ll limit it to five because I need to hold your attention and honestly, I’d be splitting hairs with some because there were so many good ones to pick from.
TC Electronic has teamed up with Guitar Center to create the Transition Delay, a new addition to its TonePrint series of pedals. Transition Delay features all the sounds of TC Electronic’s Flashback Delay pedal, with four exclusive TonePrints that were customized by guitarist Barry Mitchell, Guitar Center’s director of merchandise.
Fast, bright, sleek, accurate and polyphonic, the TC Electronic PolyTune chromatic tuner is pretty hard to top. Even so, TC refused to rest on its laurels. First, it developed the ultracool PolyTune iPhone app; now it’s introducing the PolyTune Mini, which provides many of the PolyTune pedal’s features in a box that’s about half the size of the already compact original.
Last month, TC Electronic officially released the new John Petrucci Dreamscape Signature TonePrint Pedal, the first custom pedal to capture the Dream Theater guitarist's signature tones in one small package.
This afternoon at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, TC Electronic introduced the PolyTune, a tiny version of its popular PolyTune tuner. No pun intended, but the new PolyTune Mini leaves a smaller footprint for musicians and can fit on any pedal board. In fact, it leaves more room for other pedals.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario looks at the new Rottweiler distortion pedal from TC Electronic, which features controls for gain, level, bass and treble, along with a voice switch with two distinctly different midrange voicings.
Ever dream of a room full of guitar pedals that you can try for as long as you like with no sales pressure and all your questions answered? So did New York’s The Deli Magazine, so they put together their CMJ StompBox Exhibit, a sort of petting zoo for pedal-files.
TC Electronic raises the bar once again as it introduces a new mind-blowing technology guaranteed to take inspiration to new heights! Guitarists everywhere -- prepare to be blown away, as TC Electronic is about to introduce a new technology that will take tonal flexibility and creativity to a level that is one step below pure magic.