Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Review
Alter Ego V1 custom delay pedal. This is my overdue review of the first version Alter Ego custom delay by TC Electronic. In fact, this review is so long overdue that TC describe this pedal as a legacy product. But, better late than never?
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- Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Review
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Overview:
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Technical spec:
- Controls: four knobs (includes one rotary) and a mini-toggle switch
- Connectors: Input x2, Output x2, AC Adaptor
- Input/output: x4 Standard ¼ inch jacks – mono/TS with automatic mono/stereo sensing
- Dimensions (mm): 50 x 72 x 122
- Current Draw: 9 volts DC, center negative >100 mA (power supply not included)
- Weight: 420 grammes (16 oz.)
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Operation:
- Hold down the foot-switch;
- With the foot-switch held down, play short steady 1/4 notes on your instrument. (The pedal mutes when you do this);
- Release the switch again.
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Presets:
- 2290: The original classic delay from 1985. The cleanest delay imaginable.
- AN: Analogue delay. An old transistor bucket-brigade delay without buying the real thing!
- TP: Tape delay. A smooth old tape echo machine with its mellow and ‘warbling’ sound.
- ER: Echorec* emulation by Proguitarshop. A unique modulated delay, with a subtle Leslie speaker effect. It morphs into some great swirling upper harmonics at higher delay time settings.
- DMM: EHX Deluxe Memory Man* emulation by Proguitarshop. The nuances of the echo and the unique decay can be heard in its repeats.
- MOD: 2290 delay with modulation. Take the 2290’s pristine sound, and send it through three chorus pedals (!)… et voilà. Also, with the delay knob turned ‘OFF’, you have a Tri-chorus pedal. Don’t tell any one, because It’s a secret!
- PP: Ping-pong delay. The repeats jump from left to right (provided you’re using both outputs for a stereo signal). The effect is really wide. It sounds great in mono, too.
- SLP: Slap back delay. A great alternative to reverb.
- RVS: Reverse delay. A classic effect which still seems to inspire people to try something different. Turn the Mix knob all the way down to hear only the reversed sound.
- LP: Looper. Set the rotary knob to ‘LP’ to use the built in looper. The duration of a loop can be up to 40 seconds in mono and 20 seconds in stereo, regardless of how many overdubs you make. The DELAY and REGEN knobs are inactive in Loop mode.
- TP: TonePrint. Set the Delay type to TP to use TonePrint. Here is a link to a handy guide
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | In use:
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Sounds like:
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Citations:
- TC Electronic >> Alter Ego Custom Delay and looper pedal product details
- Article >> TC Alter Ego delay versus TC Flashback delay
- TonePrint Junkies >> https://www.tcelectronic.com/Artists/artist/toneprint-junkies
Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Final analysis:
- Design and ease of use: 90/100 – the colour (white on dark mustard?) and the switch label (tap tempo) could be a whole lot clearer!
- Features: 95/100 – Toneprints, a looper and custom presets;
- Reliability: 95/100;
- Sound quality: 95/100;
- Value for money: 90/100 – more than £100 sterling is almost boutique pedal territory;
- Overall score (non adjusted): 93/100 — An Outstanding pedal!
In summary, I’ve owned both the ‘Flashback’ and the ‘Alter Ego’ delays, and I Love them both, but the ‘Alter Ego’ just edges it because of the custom presets. Although a legacy product and not available brand new, search on-line and see if someone will sell you one.