TC Electronic Alter Ego X4 Delay Pedal
TC Electronic Alter Ego X4 - Twelve Vintage Analog Delays In One Pedal
When TC Electronic announced the Alter Ego X4 a few weeks ago it got guitarists very, very excited indeed.
But if you are new to the world of analog delay then you might be wondering why anyone would even consider paying £199 for one pedal. Let us try and shed a bit of light onto this.
The first thing to do is listen to the pedal. This demo by PGS is brilliant - listen to this whilst you read on and check out those lovely sounds!
Collection of Vintage Analog Delays - Tweaked To PerfectionFirst of all, the Alter Ego X4 is not 'one' pedal. It has twelve extremely accurate repliaces of the most iconic vintage analog delays of the past half century, including the Binson Echorec and Roland RE-301 Space Echo. The cost of one of these vintage units alone would cost more than the Alter Ego X4, so when you consider you are getting 12 then it's actually a bargain. It is not an analog pedal itself, but even tone snobs don't seem to be bothered by this - once you listen to the AE X4 it sounds very analog. The Alter Ego X4 also has a built-in looper for hours of fun, just like the previous Flashback X4.
Here is the collection of boutique analog delay sounds you can get out of the Alter Ego X4 - you'd have a hard time getting hold of some of these nowadays...
- Binson Echorec 1
- Binson Echorec 2
- Electro-Harmonix blue face Deluxe Memory Man (chorus)
- Electro-Harmonix blue face Deluxe Memory Man (vibrato)
- Tel-Ray Super Organ Tone
- TC Electronic 2290 with modulation
- Reverse delay with modulation
- Boss DM-2
- Watkins Copicat
- Maestro EP-2 Echoplex
- Electro Harmonix Echoflanger
- Roland RE-201 Space Echo
Beam In Tones With TonePrintAnd on top of the lovely collection above, the Alter Ego X4 comes TonePrint enabled. You can beam in tone banks made by famous guitarists from your smartphone within an instant. Perfect if you want to get a specific sound without any messing, and very easy to do (even for less tech-savvy people!).
If you want to see exactly how it works, TC Electronics have made a demo here:
What Do The Other TonePrint's Sound Like?
If you're still here then you have good taste. These two videos show the Alter Ego X4 in action with some TonePrints - the Deluxe Memory Man Chorus and the Copykat.
Should You Buy The Alter Ego X4 Delay?
If you are going to buy any boutique guitar pedal, let it be a delay. The Alter Ego X4 will only appeal to some guitarists due to the price, but to those who are willing to spend that much, they definitely won't be disappointed by both the sound and selection of the Alter Ego X4.
If you want something a bit more affordable but like the idea of 'beaming in' your tones, be sure to look at the Flashback Mini.
Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo’s Features
- Twelve exclusive gorgeous Delay sounds, lovingly crafted
- TonePrint® enabled
- Beam enabled
- Pedal simple - don’t read, rock!
- Three Presets
- Tap Tempo
- 16 Delay Types
- 40 second looper with undo/redo function
- Independent loop and delay engines
- True Bypass (optional buffer)
- Expression pedal input
- Stereo inputs and outputs
- MIDI enabled
- Subdivision selector including dual delay
- 9 Volt DC power supply included
- Humongous headroom
Where To Buy The Alter Ego X4 in the UK
We know you want your pedal for as cheap as possible and as quick as possible. That's why we are offering the TC Alter Ego X4 currently at £199 with free next day delivery. We are one of few UK guitar shops that have the Alter Ego X4 in stock which can be ordered here.
TC Electronic has a legendary reputation when it comes to delay. The Alter Ego X4 Delay became an instant classic so fast it made our heads spin. Maybe it was the wide range of classic delay sounds, maybe it was the instant access to spot-on tributes to the legendary delay units of yesteryear. We’re not sure - and we’re not…