TC Electronics has just announced its brand new Flashback 2 Delay pedal and, just like the recent Hall Of Fame 2 pedal, it has their new MASH pedal expression functionality as well.
The pedal design is almost the same: four controls for Delay, Feedback, Level and Mode, plus a small subdivision lever in the centre. The real changes for the updated version are in the finer details, amounting to more of a refining of the old Flashback that make it more versatile.
You can now select three instead of only one TonePrint preset, and a new Crystal algorithm has been added. This delivers the octave sounds from the Sub’n’Up pedal. The ‘old’ tape analogue emulation algorithms have also been revised and TC is convinced that they sound even more realistic.
But the special new feature is the MASH foot switch. If you hold it down, it acts as an expression pedal. Depending on the preset selected, one or more parameters can be changed this way. You can run the pedal in either mono or stereo, and use input 2 to add a tap controller footswitch.
I’m not sure how roadworthy these switches are, and it will be interesting to see how they hold up in the real world. However, the pedal is obviously a reasonable upgrade on the previous edition and so I can see it being fairly well received, especially as TC has a great history of making good quality delays.
I like that you can now have up to three TonePrint presets loaded into the pedal at any one time. The inclusion of the other new features is welcome, as well. This could be a good buy for many players looking for a versatile, compact delay pedal. Definitely one to go and try out as soon as s they are released next month.
RRP – USD 169.99 available mid-July
TC Electronics Flashback 2 Delay product page