The TC Electronic X4 is the latest delay pedal from TC building on the success of the original Flashback Delay with a huge pedal that includes a looper, 3 presets and the ability to load and save 4 Tone Prints. The great thing about the size of this pedal is that the control knobs are very easy to adjust on the fly when playing which is very important when you are using the looper, because as you will see in the demo below you can change the settings for each loop that you record. In my demo below I recorded a dry rhythm part over loops that used various types of delays for instance. There are 12 different Delay types which I have illustrated in the above demo ranging from the classic 2290 (also available as 2290 with modulation) to Tape Delay, Ping Pong, Reverse etc. and of course 4 tone print slots that are selectable too. Then you have Delay Time, Feedback and Delay Level controls as you would expect as well as a Looper Level. There is also a control to switch the delay repeats from quarter notes (or crotchets) to dotted eighth notes (dotted quavers) or finally a setting that combines both, this is useful in combination with the Tap Tempo footswitch to create exactly the effect you want. Over to the right of the Delay Level is a mini toggle switch to flick between Delay and Looper and once in Looper mode the Preset footswitches become your record, play/pause and play once buttons while the Tap Tempo switch becomes the Undo control and if you hold it down it clears the memory.
The TC Electronic X4 Delay is extremely simple to use and sounds brilliant, some people may be slightly put off by the size but to make a looper usable you really need to have clear separation of footswitches, as you will see in my demo below even at this size it is easy to make mistakes and kick pause instead of record if you are clumsy idiot like myself. I’m sure with a bit of practice I’ll get the hang of this looping lark!
A longer Looper demo: