Mother of All Effect Emulations - TC2290
by, Dec-22-2012 at 01:44 PM (2782 Views)
TC2290The TC 2290, where to start? This iconic device hardly needs an introduction. Designed and built by TC Electronics in 1985, this effects unit was well ahead of its time. Sporting delay times of up 32 seconds (after upgrade), stereo output, tap tempo, sampling, automated and triggered ducking/expanding, panning and tremolo capabilites, not to mention 5 effects loops and dynamic range >100db; this rack unit took delay to a new level.
As has been stated, the TC2290 is primarily a delay unit. However it can do so much more. It is a capable chorus, flanger, and ADT (automatic double tracker). Moreover, it allows for compressing/expanding, panning, and tremolo. It also allows these dynamic effect to be controlled by an Sine or Random LFO or an envelope triggers. The amount of parameters that this unit can control rivals the Axe-fx’s delay block. It is truly remarkable how programmable this unit was for its day.
With so many definable parameters, it is hard to nail a 2290 signature sound. However, there are some settings that are common w/ the 2290. In particular, when used in stereo on side of the delayed signal is phased inverted. This creates a larger than life stereo field and is extremely spacious. Also, taking the LFO 180 degrees out of phase additionally can add even more space. Add all the panning features and phase reversal options with that and the ducking/gating. It is no wonder this delay is so sought after
The specifications and parameters include:
Frequency Response: 20-20 kHz, +0 / -0.5 dB, 25 kHz, -3dB
Dynamic Range: >100 dB
Sampling Rate : 1MHz
Delay Time: up to 32 seconds with upgrade. Normally 4-8 seconds max
Delay resolution: .1 ms to 1 second then 1ms after that.
Feedback : 0-99%
Hi/Low Cut control: Low Pass at 8, 4, 2 kHz,Hi Pass at 100, 200 (6db/oct rolloff),
400 Hz Level in % and Phase inversion of feedback.
Adjustable input levels
Output Level Controls: Delay, Direct, Direct+Delay
Individual Control of Pan, Dynamic, Modulation
Panning of direct, delay, or both signals
Dynamics allows for gating, ducking, sampling, and auto-trigger
LFO times between .1-10hz
Depth control of panning, modulation, and dynamics (attack/release)
There are so many more things that this unit can do. This document just scratches the surface. Included is a few preset matching the Axe-fx to the TC2290. Clips A/Bing the original as well.
"Bad" comparison - reamped (not me)
Axe-Change - Download Preset - 2290 Delay Bad - by javajunkie
Typical medium delay, medium mix
Axe-Change - Download Preset - 2290 Delay - by javajunkie
TC2290 Preset 82
Axe-Change - Download Preset - 2290 Preset 82 - by javajunkie
TC2290 Preset 83 - using the panning
Axe-Change - Download Preset - 2290 Preset 83 - by javajunkie