TC Electronic have been busy on an interesting new plug-in/controller package that reprises its legendary 2290 digital delay rack effect unit. The TC2290 comprises a native plug-in controlled by a dedicated desktop unit. While the plug-in is designed to emulate the sound of the 2290, the controller has buttons and a keypad and a nice retro look reminiscent of the 2290’s front panel. It has 80s-style buttons and red segment-type displays that TC says authentically model the feel of the old effect. The Stranger Days of delay effects!
The original TC 2290 Digital Delay arrived in 1985 and found its place within the rigs of artists like David Gilmour, The Edge, and Robben Ford. It became a benchmark, of sorts, for all-around delay units and established itself as an “industry standard” delay for both studio and live use. Its popularity kept it in production until it was discontinued in 2005.
Thankfully, TC still has the original schematics and it’s been able to re-engineer the 2290 delay with maximum authenticity. The 2290 could have been just another plug-in, but TC thought differently. We certainly like their approach, taking advantage of computer processing while providing tactile control via dedicated hardware. It’s a “best of both worlds” situation that certainly stands out in the market.
To give this project the best treatment, TC Electronic measured four original units and cross-referenced their data with the original blueprints. All of the unit’s parameters have been recreated to achieve the expected 2290 sound. TC says it’s the “ultimate emulation”.
The controller is USB-powered and Mac & PC-compliant. The plug-in is available in VST, AU, and AAX formats for both platforms. The product is sold with a three-year warranty program.
Price and availability
The TC2290-DT will start selling in June, priced USD 350. That’s a comfortable price for a hardware-software combo, though the product is obviously designed for die-hard fans of the original unit who demand the utmost authentic experience and are willing to pay how much it takes.