Review of: TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay
Reviewed by: Gabriel TanakaRating:5On July 24, 2014Last modified:October 7, 2016
If you’re not familiar with TC Electronic’s esteemed pedigree when it comes to delays (and seriously, where have you been!?), just skip over to our review of the awesome Flashback X4 Delay/Looper to get the scoop on what’s current. So basically, TC Electronic have crammed several decades worth of classic delay tones into a tiny enclosure the size of their trend-setting Ditto Looper, one of the popular guitar pedals that helped fuel the mini pedal craze in the past few years. This one’s gonna be good, but is it the best micro delay pedal around? Let’s cover the features and get to our TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay review.
3 knobs – Delay (Time), Feedback (Repeats), & FX Level (Mix, Delay Output Volume)
Audio Tapping – Hold down the footswitch and set delay time by simply strumming your guitar!
TonePrint-enabled – load Flashback Mini Delay with your favorite artist’s delay tones
Free TonePrint Editor – create your own custom delay pedal
Beam enabled – send TonePrints to Flashback Mini Delay through our free TonePrint app for iPhone and Android
Room for choice – select between renowned delays including tape, analog, 2290 and dynamic delay
True Bypass – zero tone coloration
Powered by 9VDC power adapter.
Sound & Performance:
Right out of the box the Flashback Mini Delay has a warm, playable delay tone that sounds fantastic. It’s not too flashy with the heavy modulation you’ll find on some of the available custom TonePrints, but it’s certainly a solid starting point for getting acquainted with the pedal and its classic 3-knob interface. For guitarists who like it simple, this delay sound may be all you ever need. But while you could just throw it on your pedalboard as is, the real fun of the Flashback Mini Delay comes from finding your ultimate delay tone and tailoring this pedal to your individual needs.
The quickest way to add a new delay sound to the Flashback Mini Delay is to beam the TonePrint directly to the pedal using the free TC Electronic TonePrint App available for iOS and Android. While using the app with your compatible smartphone may be the most ideal way to add TonePrints on the fly, I also tested the TonePrint App with an iPad with satisfactory results. You just select a TonePrint from the huge library of custom TonePrints available in the app, make sure the volume is up on your guitar and the device you’re beaming from, and tap the Send To Pedal option while holding the device’s speaker near your guitar’s selected pickup. It only takes a few seconds, and you’re ready to rock.
You can also use the TonePrint Editor for Mac, PC, and iPad to build your delay sounds from scratch (just like with the Flashback X4, HyperGravity Compressor, etc.). Well, not quite from nothing since there are plenty of templates to get you started. The Flashback Mini Delay’s 3 knobs can also be reassigned to any parameters, up to 3 parameters each. Want some high-end rolloff as you adjust the delay time? You’ve got it. Want to adjust the Depth of the Modulation as you increase Feedback? You can do that, too, and much more. The possibilities are endless.
In addition to the unprecedented amount of delay models available from such a small pedal (2290, Analog, BucketBrigade, Dynamic, Mod, PingPong, Reverse, Slap, Tape), there are also several modulation modes available for chorus, vibrato, and flanger effects without delay, giving you a sampling of sounds from the Corona Mini Chorus, Vortex Mini Flanger, and Shaker Mini Vibrato pedals. The chorusing effects especially stand out with a lush digital chorus sheen. The inclusion of quality standalone chorus, vibrato, and flanger effects make the Flashback Mini Delay much more versatile than is advertised and one of the best values you’ll find in a stompbox.
The delay and modulation templates for the Flashback Mini Delay in the TonePrint Editor.
That’s a lot of TonePrint creating potential!
There’s not much to complain about here really. The Subdivision Mini Toggle of the standard Flashback and Flashback X4 has been removed to ensure a minuscule size. That eliminates the option for quarter note and dotted eight delays simultaneously as featured on those 2 pedals, but you can still get standard dotted eight note delays by adjusting the Delay Time manually or using Audio Tapping.
Ultimately, the Flashback Mini Delay is ideal if during a performance you need one great delay or modulation sound from a pedal that doesn’t take up much room on your pedalboard. Even if you don’t typically use delay, chorus, vibrato, or flanger effects, this delay pedal is worth considering for the fun you’ll have experimenting and expanding your effects horizons. You might even stumble on something that’ll become a new trademark of your sound.
This is a good one. Let’s see the final result.
The TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay delivers pro-level sound quality and features in a space-saving pedal that won’t break the bank. Thanks to a growing library of custom TonePrints you can audition and use plenty of great artist delays. With the TonePrint Editor you can even create your ultimate signature delay that will define your playing style. There are also a few great-sounding chorus, vibrato, and flanger options that extend the utility of this pedal from delay to modulation effects, a bonus that makes this pedal an absolutely unbeatable deal. When it comes to sheer versatility, the Flashback Mini Delay is the best micro delay pedal around.
That concludes our TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay review. Thanks for reading.
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November 22, 2019 at 11:58 am
I recently put a flashback mini on a new pedalboard. I’m disappointed that the tap delay doesn’t work. Is there a reason for that in the set-up? Shouldn’t it come with everything working as advertised without having to go USB? Did employess at Sweetwater change settings, or is it just a factory defect?
August 23, 2014 at 4:07 am
T.C.Electronics Flashback Mini has to be my favorite for simplicity and compact size for my compact board, but it still has a ton of flexibility. I have the Eventide TimeFactor and like it, but not for hauling around.