Among the new products TC Electronic introduced at the 2011 Winter NAMM show were their TonePrint line of pedals. The models include:
So if you’re like me your first question is “what the heck is TonePrint?“ In as short of an answer as possible, it’s a setting on each TonePrint pedal that allows you to load up a preset tone from world famous guitarists onto your pedal! TC is working with a wide variety of guitarists from different genres to have them create their own TonePrints. Guitarists include John Petrucci, Pete Thorn, Matt Beck, Bumblefoot and more.
How does it work?
Each TonePrint pedal has a USB port that allows you to sync up the TonePrint that you want on your computer with the included USB cable. It’s that simple!
Why would I want someone else’s TonePrint?
If you ever use multi-effects modelers you know that most presets are based on famous tones of guitarists: “Jimi’s Fuzzy Facey”, “Stevie’s Pride & Joy” “Delay on the Edge” etc. The TonePrint is the ACTUAL tone created with that exact pedal by the stated guitarist! No emulation, no approximations – the real thing. TC also offers a number of TonePrints that they’ve created. I don’t know this for a fact, but it’s possible that TC could enable the TonePrint creation to become public so that guitarists around the world could quickly and easily share their own TonePrints.
I can turn knobs. Why would someone else be able to get any different sounds than I can create?
Great question. The answer is that TC allows the creator of each TonePrint patch to define parameters that can’t be adjusted by the pedals knobs. Twelve o’clock on the Tone knob might be voiced darker or brighter from TonePrint to TonePrint depending on the creator. Simply put, the TonePrint patches allow you to get tones out of each pedal that you can’t get just by turning knobs on the other factory settings.
I don’t know if I would ever use the TonePrint setting.
Fair enough – maybe you’re the type of guitarist who does your own thing and has no desire to copy anyone else’s tone. That’s the great part about these. The TonePrint pedals are first and foremost great stomp boxes. Their compact, well built, sound fantastic with plenty of options and parameters and best of all, they’re priced right. Between $129 and $169 street price! Maybe you’d never use the TonePrint setting, but that shouldn’t stop you from considering one of these pedals. If you were looking at cars and didn’t need a great stereo system would you rule out a car that had a $2000 system but still fit all your needs and your budget? I’m just saying….
TC Electronic is consistently coming out with great products that have well thought out features, sound great and offer great value for the money. The TonePrint line is no exception!
A few facts about the TonePrint pedals:
- Each TonePrint pedal will store only 1 TonePrint at a time
- USB cable included with each pedal
- TonePrint setting comes preloaded from the factory with a preset
Check out all of TC’s TonePrints here.
Here’s a video from TC talking about the TonePrint and showing how it works.