TC Electronic Alter Ego - Delay

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TC Electronic Alter Ego Flashback Delay

A joint collaboration between TC Electronic and Pro Guitar Shop, the Alter Ego Delay is a new take on the very successful TC Electronic Flashback. Featuring two new presets modeled after a couple classic delays: the Binson Echorec, and the EHX Deluxe Memory Man.

In February of 2010 TC Electronic flew Andy and I to the TC Electronic headquarters in Denmark. Andy went along to create a number of Toneprints, and I was presented with the possibility of a custom Flashback. I saw this as a really fun project to work on. We get to do some really cool custom products with our manufacturers, and it's the part of my job that I enjoy the most. I mean really, who gets to do this kind of stuff?

After spending about 30 minutes with the Toneprint software, I realized that this software could create nearly any sound that you want it to. My mind began to race with the possibilities, and I knew relatively quickly what we would create.

Being a complete delay geek, I own so many delays that it's quite frankly embarrassing. There is no excuse for it it's an addiction. There are two delays that I own that I consider some of my most prized possessions. Very dear to my heart are my original Binson Echorec, and a vintage Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.  

The Echorec

In the mid 80's I was a teenager in high school and I had just discovered Pink Floyd. I remember coming home from school everyday for weeks and sitting in my room and listening to Dark Side of the Moon on my gigantic Sony Walkman. I barely knew how to play guitar back then, but later on in life when I was gigging in Portland I had the opportunity to pick up a Binson Echorec. I couldn't resist the chance to have one of those rare units that Gilmour had made famous.

After I had the Echorec for a few years it began to develop a very unique modulation that I fell in love with. Typically when you think of delay and modulation you think of a chorusing effect. My unit developed more of a vibrato than a chorus. On lower settings it just added a very subtle 3D effect, but if you would crank the volume (mix) it would give you a nice warble, giving you a slight leslie type effect. This is what we modeled the ER setting of the Alter Ego after. You will notice this warble at around 300ms repeat times. It morphs into some great swirling upper harmonics at higher delay time settings.  

The DMM Setting

The other delay that fits into my all time favorites category is the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. I have had one of the early models for years and it is a delay that I continue to come back to. The DMM is a classic delay that everyone is very familiar with. We aren't the first to model it, but I think we did a pretty darn good job of capturing the original sound. We really focused on capturing the nuances of the echo and mimicking the unique decay heard in its repeats. The DMM setting is based upon my Memory Man pedal.

One thing I do want to say about the Alter Ego pedal is that we aren't claiming that it's better than the original Flashback. It was just intended to be an alternative to the original Flashback pedal with a couple of unique presets not found on the original. This pedal was a labor of love for the PGS crew and me, and we really enjoyed putting the project together.

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