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TC Electronic has just launched a new multi-fx pedalboard! The Plethora X5 includes the Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb, Corona Chorus, Vortex Flanger and a whole lot more – every single one of its TonePrint effects, in fact – all packed into one compact digital pedalboard. That’s a lot FX in one unit. And it brings in all that clever TonePrint tech, wireless connections and whatnot that have helped make the TonePrint series a big seller.
TC Electronic Plethora X5
Due out later this year, the new Plethora X5 includes all of TC’s TonePrint effect pedal algorithms to date. But TC wants to make all those FX useful to you. So they’ve built the Plethora to let you organize these as “virtual” boards in any combination or order. Up to 127 of these virtual boards are available.
You can also program 75 different TonePrints for each of these effects. Five of these are then available for control using the touch-sensitive MASH Expression that utilises the footswitch, giving you control for many parameters by using your foot.
The system uses TC’s TonePrint App to let you edit and adjust the individual effects to taste. The TonePrint world also has lots of artist signature tones ready for download and use as well. And it’s all accomplished wirelessly via Bluetooth to your smartphone or iPad.
You can easily integrate the Plethora X5 into your existing rig via the FX Loop or set it up using the four cable method. TC is clear that it doesn’t see you chucking out your entire rig to replace it with the Plethora. Instead, they see its value as an add-on to your existing gear that integrates with the best parts of your amp and effects setup. But you could use this as a compact all-in-one touring solution thanks to the built-in cab sim to go straight to a front of house desk or your DAW for recording.
The Plethora seems to pack a lot of sounds and useful functionality into one box. Its price of USD 399 puts it into the category of the Hotone Ampero, Mooer’s GE250 as well as Line 6’s Helix Effects and HX Stomp. I’m not sure if it’s going seriously impact sales of the HX Stomp, though. But I’m looking forward to hearing the first reviews.