TC Electronic Flashback Mini Review – 2017 Edition
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Delay pedals are great for creating reverberant musical effects. When I was looking for a delay pedal to take on tour with me, I was overwhelmed with how many options there were. That's why I'm here to tell you about a small, portable delay pedal: the TC Electronic Flashback Mini.
Things to Consider Before Buying the Flashback Mini Delay Pedal
Like all TC Electronic products, you can be sure you're getting a quality product when you purchase with this company. Delay pedals are great for rock genres, but can be used in almost any style of music and create unique echo effects.
The Flashback Mini pedal will give you great delay effects with simple controls. If you want a more complex pedal, check out my “Alternatives” section below.
If you’re new to pedals, you can learn more here.
Things to consider:
- How complex you want your pedal to be
- Your experience with pedals
- Your budget (this is a medium priced pedal)
The Flashback Mini Pedal
Delay pedals are built to take an audio signal and then repeat it back to you. This means you’ll be able to create cave-like effects in your music. The leading delay pedal on the market is the MXR M169 Carbon Copy because of its 100% pure analog delay and warm tone.
While this is a great pedal, the Flashback Mini Delay pedal will work better for you if you’re looking for a compact pedal for an affordable price. You’ll be able to set your delay time, how many times you hear the delay repeat itself, and the intensity of your effect.
- Small size
- Great sound quality
- Audio tapping setting
- Simple pedal (may be a pro or con)
- Small knobs
- Not the highest quality
Despite its small size, this TC Electronic model will create surprisingly strong and clear effects. This pedal will be great for you if you’re looking to find a pedal that won’t take up a lot of room on your pedal board, but you still want to maintain the sound quality.
The Flashback Mini will allow you to delay your audio signal for up to 7 seconds, which is a significant amount of time and will allow you to hear some pretty extreme delays.
Keep in mind that because of this pedal’s small size, you’ll also have a really small footswitch. Let’s take a look at the three knobs included with this model:
The delay knob will allow you to select the speed by setting the amount of time that will elapse between your delayed repeats.
If you turn this knob down to the lower settings and strum a chord on your guitar, you’ll hear a really quick succession of repeats. This creates a stuttering effect, kind of like the music is tripping on itself.
A good image to think of is a rock being skipped on water. The strums will sound choppy and sharp.
If you turn your delay knob to the other extreme, you’ll hear much more time between repeats. This pedal will give you up to seven seconds of delay time, which, in my opinion, is more than you’d ever need.
Most musicians will stay around a couple of seconds of delay time, but it’s always great to have the option to take things further if you like to experiment with different sounds.
This knob will let you choose how many repeats you hear. If you turn your feedback knob to the lowest setting, you’ll only hear one repeat. By setting your feedback knob to the highest setting, you’ll hear an infinite number of repeats.
Like the Delay knob, you’ll probably find yourself mostly sticking to the middle settings of this knob, but that being said, a really high number of repeats in an open tuning on guitar can sound truly amazing.
This knob will allow you to adjust the volume of your delayed repeats. This is a great knob to use if you want to leave your pedal on during a performance, but don’t want to hear the effects the entire time.
You can simply turn the volume of your repeats down to zero when you want a clean tone, and turn the volume back up later while not needing to adjust your preset feedback and delay knobs.
One of the best features of TC Electronic products is the TonePrint setting. This setting means you’ll be able to load your new delay pedal with your favourite artist’s tone, which is great for cover songs.
The pedal also comes with a TonePrint editor, which will allow you to create your own custom delay. TonePrint is one of the features TC Electronic has received recognition for, and the software will allow you to experiment with different types of delay tones rather than just the 2290 digital delay sound that comes with the pedal.
The possibilities are endless.
The Flashback Mini tap tempo setting on this model is great if you want to set your delay time by playing, rather than fiddling with all of the knobs.
To set your delay time using this method, press down and hold your tap function switch (which is the circle at the bottom of the pedal) and then strum your strings at your preferred speed.
When you let go of the tap switch and strum a chord, you’ll notice the pedal’s delay time has adjusted to the speed in which you were strumming.
I couldn’t possibly cover all the ways to use a pedal in one article, so if you want to read more, follow this link.
After reading tons of Flashback Mini review posts on the internet, I’m confident that this pedal is a great investment for musicians. Many reviews praise the pedal for its simplicity and ability to create such a strong sound despite its size. Here’s what some owners are saying:
1. TC Electronic Flashback X4
If you like TC Electronic but want something a bit more complex, you should consider this model. You’ll have more settings to experiment with, including a feature that will help you learn how to get dotted eighth delay effects.
2. Red Panda Particle Pedal
If you’re interested in a pedal with an abstract sound, then you should consider the Particle. Like most Red Panda products, the Particle has obscure effects and will let you venture outside the box.
3. blueSky Reverb Pedal
The blueSky pedal might be a good fit if you want to play with many delays and mixing features. This device also has a “Favorite” setting to save your preferred settings for quick access.
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It can be difficult to find a small pedal with powerful effects, but the Flashback Mini solves this problem because of its TonePrint setting. This is the best delay pedal that fits these criteria, but you can check out other pedals here. Hopefully, this review helped you with your decision!