Alter Ego V1 custom delay Review

Alter Ego V1 custom delay Review

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!?

As a Bass player, pedals and effects make up a big part of my sound, which stems from several of my musical influences using them, although I never thought delay would be an effect I would use as part of my own pedalboard set-up. 
However, some effects that I think sound good on Bass, such as chorus and flanger, are built upon a very short delay (a few milliseconds);

Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Overview:

The first version of the Alter Ego pedal is based on the legendary TC Flashback delay (and looper) pedal, but with two custom sounds (the EHX Deluxe Memory Man and Binson Echorec) that are not available in the Flashback pedal. Instead of these two settings, the Flashback has the Lo-Fi and Dynamic delay settings – not available on the Alter Ego.
Apart from this (and the primary colour difference), the two pedals use exactly the same, and the Alter Ego works with all Flashback TonePrints.
The Alter Ego V1 pedal is rarely available new, and you might expect to pay up to £150 for one (brand new) or from £80 to £120 at auction, in fully working condition, and with the original box.

Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Operation:

The Alter Ego V1 has 11 delay types, which includes a looper – 40 seconds in mono and 20 seconds in stereo; and a further slot (‘TP’) where you can store a free (totally free!) artist approved signature TonePrint.
This can either be beamed into the pedal, via the TonePrint app, or uploaded via USB into the pedal. There is also the option to design your own sounds using the totally free TonePrint software, which is available to download via the TC Electronic web-site.
The Alter Ego has four knobs and a toggle switch: –
My review of the Alter Ego custom delay and looper pedal 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!?
⦁ ‘Delay’: Controls the delay time, which apart from the Slapback (SLP), can go up to 7 seconds;
⦁ ‘Mix’: FX Level. How pronounced the effect is. From subtle to time warp!
⦁ ‘Regen’: Feedback. Set the number of repeats and how much effect is fed back to the input – short and snappy or infinite;
⦁ Rotary knob: This sets the type of delay;
⦁ ‘Mini-toggle’: Select quarter notes, dotted eighth notes or a combination of both.
Although not immediately obvious, the delay tempo can be set (via audio) by pressing the foot-switch and rhythmically hitting the strings.
Here’s how to set the tempo: –
  • 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 also have a Tri-chorus pedal. Don’t tell any one ~ 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 delay type for all things country or as an alternative to reverb.
  • RVS: Reverse delay. This is a classic effect which still seems to inspire people to try out new things. Try this: Turn the Mix knob all the way down to hear only the reversed signal (!).
  • LP: Looper. Set the Delay type selector to ‘LP’ to use the built in audio 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 | 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 V DC, centre negative >100 mA (power supply not included)
  • Weight: 420 grammes (16 oz.)
Follow the link to download a free copy of the Alter Ego v1 Manual >>

Alter Ego V1 custom delay | In use:

I acquired my Alter Ego pedal back in 2013, and it’s one of my favourite pedals. It is so versatile, not least because with the delay knob turned ‘OFF’, you also have a very good Tri-Chorus pedal.
Of course, the Deluxe Memory Man by electro-harmonix and Binson Echorec delay emulations sound great, but the 2290 (with or without modulation) is right up there with the very best of delays too.
TC Alter Ego custom delay | Review | 2018 
“I love how you can create driving rhythm’s with this pedal, which adds another dimension to my sound. It’s great to practise with and also inspired a song I wrote called ‘Alter Ego’, where I recorded some solo bass, which was a lot of fun to do”.
However, there is one thing that drives me nuts about the Alter Ego, and that’s the dark mustard pedal colour with white labelling, which I believe was based on the original Echorec delay. Perhaps dark mustard and white labelling on a black pedal might have been a better choice?

Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Sounds like:

You can’t judge low-end sound on laptop, tablet or phone speakers! 
Please use headphones or ‘real’ speakers. The sound clips were recorded with: –
⦁ Jaydee GA24 Custom Infinity 4-string Bass (Active)
⦁ Trace Elliot GP12VX valve preamp (set flat)
⦁ Tascam US-322 Interface
⦁ DAW: Reaper 5 | 24 bit (44.1HZ) uncompressed
I’ve chosen six of my favourite sounds from the Alter Ego (which includes a TonePrint); The clips are recorded with a short 8th note delay, and high feedback setting: –
⦁ ‘2290’ delay: –

⦁ ‘TP’ Tape delay: –

⦁ ‘ER’ Echorec delay: –

⦁ ‘DMM’ Deluxe Memory Man delay: –

⦁ ‘RVS’ Reverse delay: –

⦁ ‘TP’ Colheita Chorus: –

Rasmus Brinkmann Andersen created a chorus TonePrint for his Alter Ego delay pedal. Using a Tri-Chorus TonePrint as the foundation, a drive element is used from within the TonePrint Editor, which adds a warmth to the chorus tone.

Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Citations:

* TC Electronic: Copyright © 2018 MUSIC Tribe Global Brands Ltd. All rights reserved.
Simon Edward | | Updated: April 3rd, 2018

Christmas | Blog | December 2017

Christmas | Blog | December 2017

Christmas time is here! And who knows? This could well be my last blog post.. until the next one.

Christmas | 2017 | | Blog

Christmas Eve:

One of my favourite days’ of the year. “Thank God It’s Christmas!” to which I hear you say, “Bah Humbug.”

What’s good about it? The songs. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. Let it snow. Let it snow. Jingle Bell Rock!

The Presents. Whatever happened to new socks and selection boxes? or a new pair of slippers??

A ticket to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi if you’re lucky. Fifty Shades Darker or The Emoji Movie, if you’re unlucky.

The true meaning of Christmas has well and truly gone out of the window. Unlike the DFS sale, which feels like an all year round event, except for the week when they sell everything at full retail price – for legal reasons, probably.

Then it’s got to be; The ending. The worst thing about Christmas is when it ends. Secret Santa, carol concerts, early closing at work, stockings above the fireplace, happiness and cheer, gone and forgotten for another year.

Not to mention taking down the tree, and the decorations.

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EarthQuaker Devices | Blog | July 2017

EarthQuaker Devices | Blog | July 2017

EarthQuaker Devices

EarthQuaker Devices ™ “quite possibly the best pedal company in Akron, Ohio, USA” was founded in 2004 by Jamie Stillman, with his wife Julie Robbins working alongside as Vice President.

The company name comes from an idea for a fake metal band called ‘EarthQuaker’.

Jamie says, “I handle all the circuits, oversee branding and various other chores”.

“Julie is the master brain behind #EQD. She handles all the dealers, artist relations, accounting… pretty much everything at the business end”.

Stillman began building effects pedals for friends whilst playing guitar and drums in bands (punk to psychedelic rock) and working as a graphic designer. He currently plays guitar in a band called Relaxer.

He says EarthQuaker Devices started from a broken pot on a DOD 250 overdrive pedal, because the circuit schematic appealed to his life-long tinkering gene.

“I’m thankful for the faulty pot on that 250! Without it, so many promising roads may have remained un-traveled and so many amazing effects would still be lost in the ether”.

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Monday blues | Blog | January 2017

Monday blues | Blog | January 2017

Monday blues: January 16th, 2017

It came as something of a surprise to hear that the third Monday of January is thought of as the most depressing day of the year;

For most of 2017 so far, I feel there are reasons to be cheerful, and optimistic for the year ahead.

A little research has revealed that in 2005, a Psychologist thought it might be a good idea to create a scientific reason why someone might want to think about booking a summer holiday at this time of year.

This is the formula used to calculate when the day is supposed to arrive: – {[W + (D-d)] x T^Q} ÷ [M x N_a].

If you want to know more about how the formula is derived, or need some ideas to Beat Blue Monday in future, please visit the website (

The aim is to help “reduce the stigma associated with depression by talking about it”, and using Blue Monday as a day to experience more happiness.

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Shade of Red | Blog | December 2016

Shade of Red | Blog | December 2016

Shade of Red | December 2016

“Shade of Red ~ running through my head”.

I’m writing this post around the Christmas holiday, so I hope you have enjoyed the festivities, or if you haven’t, you’re probably glad it’s over for another year, and wish for a change of fortune or circumstances in 2017.

I won’t look back at the last 12-months with any degree of fondness. I have (metaphorically speaking) thrown a duvet over my head – hoping it would all go away.

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Reaper 5 Review | Why I Love Reaper DAW

Reaper 5 Review: Why I Love Reaper DAW

Reaper DAW. A blog post about why this brilliant Digital Audio Workstation is my DAW of choice: –

What is Reaper?

The name comes from; Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording (REAPER).

“A computer-based application which offers advanced multi-track audio, MIDI and video recording environment in both 32-bit, and 64-bit download versions for Windows and OS X”.

Pricing and distribution is somewhat unusual, because it relies on the honesty of the user.

Is Reaper Free?

It’s your choice to buy a license, which I think is very generous because don’t most people love everything to be free these days?

A discounted Reaper DAW license key costs $60 (around £50 UK Sterling) if: –

  • REAPER is for your own individual personal use, Or
  • You are an individual or business using REAPER commercially, and yearly gross revenue does not exceed USD $20,000, Or
  • You are an educational resource or not-for-profit.

Does Reaper stop working after 60 days?

The reaper evaluation period expires after 60 days, but the application doesn’t stop working.

The license key gives access to a crazy feature rich DAW, with more than 300 FX plugins (‘ReaPlugs‘) and a dedicated development team for just £50! which is staggeringly good value for money.

Licensed by Cockos Incorporated Copyright © 2004-2018 (founded by Justin Frankel) and based in New York City | NY 10012

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