TC Electronic Flashback Digital Delay and Looper Pedal (Discontinued)
The Flashback is very similar to the Alter Ego, featuring a similar looping functionality as well as TC Electronic’s TonePrint Software. With that being said, there is one important difference that separates these two pedals.
Basically, the Alter Ego comes pre-loaded with more spacey delay models while the Flashback uses more traditional delays. Like the Alter Ego, the Flashback sports a model of the TC Electronic 2290. However, it also includes an analog delay, a tape delay, a lo-fi delay (squashes the tone down during consecutive repeats), dynamic delay (works to keep repeat volume consistent), ping pong (stereo delay), slap, and reverse delay.
- Controls: Delay, FX Level, Feedback, Mode
- 10 Delay Modes and Tone Print
- Delay Time: Up to 7000ms
- Stereo Input/Output
- True Bypass or Buffered Bypass
- 9-Volt Battery or Power Adapter (not included)
As you see, the two pedals cover a lot of similar ground. Like the Alter Ego, the Flashback also has access to T.C. Electronic’s TonePrint software. As previously discussed, this software allows you to use and create different preset delay models.
While the pedal is designated as a “delay and looper”, the looping functionality is the same as the Alter Ego. You shouldn’t purchase this pedal if you’re looking for a dedicated looper, but if you’ve never experimented with the technology and you want a delay you may find that its inclusion adds more value. If you’re looking for a great delay and a great looper don’t think that this unit is going to be a two-in-one effect, because if you go in with this expectation you’re going to end up disappointed.
Unfortunately it's no longer widely available in stores so if you're looking for alternatives then take a look at our guide to The Best Delay Pedals.