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Flashback X4 Delay & Looper - 5 Things to Know

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Flashback Delay. The sounds, the vibe, TonePrints, the entire package - it was a smash hit that rocked the world. But at TC, we're more about moving things forward and listening to the feedback from the guitar community. And so, when wishes for things like presets and tap-tempo started rolling in, we listened. And boy, did we knock it out of the park.

 

  • 16 delay types
  • Three presets
  • Tap Tempo

Delay Done Right

Think of your favorite delay sounds and chances are it's a TC sound. Our delays are the industry standard, and our 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay is one of the most coveted pieces of gear out there today. We know and love delay,  and have made sure Flashback X4 delivers the legendary TC quality at every turn. From the awesome digital 2290 sounds to beautiful analog tape echoes and more exotic vibes of a reverse delay, Flashback X4 delivers every delay sound under the sun - past, present and future.

The Delay Guitarists Deserve

Flashback X4 is so much more than the sum of four Flashback pedals. Sure, we do what we do to pay the bills, but at the core, we do this for the love of guitar. Our guitar team is dedicated to contributing to the guitar community because we are part of it! So, when feedback from Flashback Delay users started pouring in, we listened.

So many guitarists out there wanted presets, and the ability to switch between delay sounds instantly. Using Flashback's amazing sounds but switching between flavors made tons of sense to us, and so Flashback X4 caters to that wish perfectly with three presets that can be as different and varied as you need them to be.

Creativity In Your Own Tempo

The tap tempo feature was a no-brainer as that is already a fan favorite with some of our other delay pedals. You can easily set delay times or sync up with for example a drummer. Match delays to your guitar rhythms or solo ideas and diversify your playing with different tempos.

TonePrint® - Signature Effects!

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The Artist Entrance

TonePrint means signature effects - and signature effects means truly creative tones. From classic innovators to the guys shaping the future of music, we've asked the coolest artists around to come up with their customized signature version of a TC Electronic effect - and make them available to you for free!

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Beam!

Download the free TonePrint app for Android and iPhone, choose the TonePrint you want to hear and beam it instantly from your phone through your guitar's pickup into your TonePrint pedal. No cables needed! Learn more about beaming TonePrints.

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Your Vision, Your Sound!

Music is the truest expression of self. That's why it is your right to have your effect sound the way YOU want to, no holds barred.

With the TonePrint Editor, you get full control over all effect behavior, knob ranges and everything in between so you can create your signature TC sound.

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TonePrints for Flashback X4 Delay

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True to Tone

You love tone, so do we, and our design philosophy testifies to that. So whatever route you wanna go, we got your back. With optimized headroom, True Bypass or Buffered Bypass switch and Kill-Dry on/off, this pedal guarantees optimal tonal integrity and zero loss of tone. And, no matter if the pedal is on or off your precious dry sound is always passed through the pedal unharmed in all it's pure analog glory due to an Analog-Dry-Through.

Sounds

Sound examples by Soren Andersen

Backstage Pass - All Access

Flashback X4 Delay does two things: minimize hassle and maximize sounds. It’s simple to operate but has many options while the sounds and TonePrint functionality span the complete spectrum of delay in the most musical way possible. All that is fantastic, but take a closer look and find out that X4 is totally dedicated to the beauty of delay.

Separated At Birth

In Flashback X4, the delay engine is completely separate from the one handling looping. This means total dedication to the sound you want to get and the cool ability to add delay to your loops.

Delay’s Delight

15 delay types are at your disposal, all done in world renowned TC quality. Have a look, you know you wanna try them :-)

Room To Rock

Flashback X4 is equipped with 4 TonePrint slots, allowing you to load your favorite signature delay effects as done by the artists on our TonePrint roster. Oh, and since this is the 21st. century, you can load TonePrints via your smartphone.

Mix And Match

The subdivision selector on Flashback X4 allows you to choose quarter notes or dotted eights, but has a nifty feature that allows you to select or mix either/both when using dual delays, adding flexibility, creativity and unexpected results!

Positive Feedback

No, this is not the Marshall-like squeal we know and love, but it does allow you to set the number of repeats you want from short and slappy to total timewarp.

Ember To Inferno

Subtle to screaming, this is the knob you rely on for setting the volume of your delay level.

Time For Tones

Turn this dial all the way down for really short repeats. Turn up until you find your preferred amount of delay. Turning it all the way up will give you a whopping 7 seconds of delay time in most modes.

Simply Delay

Flashback X4’s controls and I/O options are aimed at one thing: making life easier for you. Dialing in sounds, loading TonePrints and integrating it into your set-up is a synch. There’s Mono and Stereo options and even an expression pedal, allowing you to control any delay parameter available.

Level The Playing Field

Change how loud the loops that are being played back to you are. Turn clockwise for maximum you, counterclockwise for a more conservative approach.

The World At Your Feet

A much requested feature from the original Flashback Delay: presets. here they are, three presets at your disposal but now the questions becomes: how to divide your time between three great accesible sounds?!

Creativity In Your Own Tempo

Instantly synch up your delays with your band’s tempo, the ideas in your head or whatever else is guiding you without taking your hands of the guitar or bending over the pedal. Simply tap the tempo with your foot and get on with things!

X4 Gives Great Headroom

From guitar- to amp effect loop signals, Flashback X4 handles anything you throw at it with ease.

Express Yourself

Flashback X4s total dedication to delay shines brightly in the expression pedal input. Many guitarists dream to have direct control over delay parameters and Flashback X4 gives you exactly that. But it’s just not one parameter you can control, you can choose to control either the delay time, the feedback or the delay level of your sounds, giving you unprecedented control (and a good reason to pretend you are Steve Morse).

USB / Beam

Yep - there’s a USB port. But it’s not for boring stuff, we’ve got some features in store that we want to put out once we’ve perfected them or once music is ready. And those updates would be free. You can also load TonePrints via the USB, but all the hip kids are doing it via the TonePrint app on their smartphone. It works wirelessly and flawlessly and it’s also totally free.

I/O Stealing The Show

Flashback X4 allows for MIDI clock sync - perfecting delay times to your exact wishes. You can change presets and control X4 externally, for example if you wanna have it in a rack or safely in your backline.

No Time Wasted - Plug And Go!

One of life’s nice little surprises is that Flashback X4 comes with a 9 V DC power supply included, so you dont have to waste any time and can get straight to rocking.

Loopy For Creativity

Flashback X4 has a 40 second looper so you can jam to your heart’s content - oh, and we’ve added an ‘undo’ function to speed up workflow and increase fun.

Maximum Signal Integrity

Flashback X4 goes with the flow like our other TonePrint enabled pedals. Whatever your set-up or situation, Flashback X4 can adapt and guarantee optimal signal integrity - via small dip switches, Flashback X4 can be set to either True Bypass or Buffered Bypass.

Flashback X4 Delay’s Resume

  • TonePrint® enabled 
  • Beam enabled
  • Pedal simple - don't read, rock!
  • Three Presets
  • Tap Tempo
  • 16 Delay Types
  • 40 second looper with undo function
  • Independent loop and delay engines 
  • True Bypass (optional buffered)
  • Analog-Dry-Through
  • Expression pedal input
  • Stereo in- and output
  • MIDI enabled
  • Subdivision selector including dual delay 
  • 9 Volt DC power supply included
  • Humongous headroom

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Flashback X4 Delay & Looper - Feature Rundown

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Artists Using Flashback X4 Delay

Reviews

Guitar World
by Chris Gill

The TC Electronic Flashback X4 provides an impressive collection of delay and looping effects with the pristine sound quality that has made Tc effects a studio standard and the choice of countless pros.

Guitar Player
by Barry Cleveland

The Flashback X4's overall audio quality, longer delay and looping times, updating and TonePrint capabilities, and MIDI functions put it over the top. They also qualify it for an Editor's Pick Award.

Premier Guitar
by Matthew Holliman

The Flashback X4 is an excellent sounding delay by any measure. And it’s home to an absolute wealth of features—including more delay voices than can be covered in the space of this review.

Check out the full review by Premier Guitar
Guitarist
by Trevor Curwen

The combination of three different, instantly selectable delays plus tap tempo has proved to be an extremely practical configuration for any delay pedal, and the X4 carries on that tradition while adding something new. It's a very easy pedal to set up and use, and very reasonably priced

Check out the full review by Guitarist
iGuitar
by Tom Quayle

Superb sounds, flexibility, ease of use and expanded I/O options make this a very attractive and pro-level delay pedal that is affordable for all but the most budget conscious of players. TC is leading the way once again. I recommend you check one out as soon as you can!

Check out the full review by iGuitar
nickguitarify.com
by Nick Ioannou

A behemoth of a unit, the TC Electronic Flashback X4 is the bigger brother of the massively acclaimed Flashback pedal. Whilst we have plenty of the famous digital delay sounds that have made TC a top choice for pedalboards worldwide, the most impressive feature for me is the inclusion of “proper” looper functionality. It has made my practice time ten times more enjoyable.

Check out the full review by nickguitarify.com
Macworld/Tech Hive
by James Galbraith

The FlashBack X4 is a ton of fun. It sounds great whether using it as a looper or as a delay. The ability to download custom TonePrint delays from star players is really cool and then beaming them from your iPhone through your guitar pickups to the Flashback X4 is nothing less than geeky greatness.

Check out the full review by Macworld/Tech Hive
Technology Tell
by David Temple

With so many cool artists and effects only a few seconds away, you can really explore the sonic frontier to your heart’s delight. I plugged this into both my digital and tube amps and the sound was clean and full. There was almost no noise or distortion or attenuation of signal.

Check out the full review by Technology Tell
Gitarre & Bass
by Thomas Berg

This unit is nothing less than state-of-the-art. The sounds are of legendary TC quality, the TonePrints are great and it offers tons of handy features like switching between true- and buffer bypass. Besides all that: when you are on stage and you need a looper, you simply have to check out X4.

Guitar Part
by Nicolas Sevestre

Now, it will not be easy to find such a complete, simple, compact and good sounding delay… Competitors should be developing a counter-attack by now!

Guitar
by Jens Prüwer

Despite the simple layout and friendly user interface, X4 produces some serious sounds. There is simply nothing left to wish for in the types of delays found here and the default sounds simply sound great. All this makes Flashback X4 a serious contender for pros and hobbyists alike, regardless of style or musical orientation.

iHeart Guitar
by Peter Hodgson

I plugged the Flashback X4 into the effects loop of my Marshall DSL50, which the pedal handled with ease thanks to its monstrous headroom. Cycling through the various modes revealed a few standouts: Space is great for Devin Townsend-style ambience; Reverse is killer for psychedelic mindstorms (turn the Feedback control all the way down for just the backwards sound); 2290 is a very pure, ‘honest’ repeat; and the Munky TonePrint, which stalks your guitar with a big greasy modulated echo. But all of the sounds are useful and musical.

Check out the full review by iHeart Guitar
The Loop
by Jim Dalrymple

One thing I’ve found is that the Flashback X4 isn’t just about delays, it’s about the flexibility to create sounds and tones with delays. I have yet to find a pedal that sounds as good as the Flashback X4 and allows me to do so much. The possibilities of what you can do with the Flashback X4 are virtually limitless.

Check out the full review by The Loop
Lone Phantom
by Stephen Smith

if you are looking at getting yourself a powerful delay pedal that can do more than your mind could even think of coming up with you owe it to yourself to try this pedal out.

Check out the full review by Lone Phantom
Best Guitar Effects
by Gabriel Tanaka

The TC Electronic Flashback X4 is quite possibly the most versatile delay pedal in its price range and can contend with pedals costing much more thanks to its simple plug-in and play operation and integration with TC Electronic’s TonePrint Editor.

Check out the full review by Best Guitar Effects

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