Hands-On Review:Dazzling effects & delays for stage and studio
by John House
Their high-end effects have earned TC Electronic world renown. Now the new M•One and D•Two offer award-winning TC quality at the friendliest prices ever.
The Amazing M•One: The M•One is a general purpose, dual-engine effects processor offering some of TC Electronic’s most coveted algorithms. You’ll find, for example, some nice, enhanced reverb based on all-new research – from the classic halls and rooms to new and shimmering snare reverb such as Live and Plate. All told, you’ll find a dazzling array of effects, including classic “golden ratio” chorus and tremolo. There’s a total of 25 different algorithms in all, each accessible via a simple, intuitive user interface.
Among the M•One’s 100 factory patches are TC’s unique compressor and limiter algorithms. And that’s along with incredible 5-second delays, wide chorus, and parametric equalizers to enhance the details and to splash some depth into your musical mix. Additional algorithms include the dual-voice pitch shifter that will shift an octave up and/or down. You can use both engines to crank out thick, creamy, 4-voice pitch-doubling gravy. Very tasty, indeed. Additional effects include a flanger, gate, expander, de-esser, tremolo, and phaser. It’s big fun to experiment with the M•One to hear which settings suit your material best. On top of that, the M•One can store up to 100 of your own custom presets in its User memory bank.
You can also use the M•One’s 2 processor engines independently in a Dual Send/Return setup. Just connect one auxiliary signal to the left input of the M•One, and a second to the right input. The M•One will then mix the 2 effects down to a single stereo output, which you can send to the return on your mixing console. This will give you 2 full-blown stereo effects, letting you control each independently. And an easy parameter level control gives you more flexibility to create cool effects and to control all important parameters on the fly.
The M•One features full resolution 24- bit A/D and D/A converters with 24-bit internal processing driven by a powerful 100MIPS (million instruction per second) DSP engine. You get 1/4" analog I/O connectors for fast and simple connectivity, plus a S/PDIF digital I/O for a pure, all-digital, 24-bit signal path at both 44.1kHz and 48kHz rates. This makes the M•One an ideal A/D converter with your digital recorder or workstation.
You can access all of the M•One’s effects parameters via standard MIDI controllers, allowing realtime control and automation with virtually any sequencer or other MI-DI devices. You can also use MIDI to dump and save the entire user bank to a MIDI se-quencer. Additionally, you can lock the TAP function of the M•One to the incoming MIDI clock.
The Dynamo D•Two: Delay is one of the most widely used effects, and the TC Electronic D•Two provides guitarists, keyboard players, and studios with a high-quality, affordable, dedicated delay processor.
The D•Two delivers up to 10 seconds of delay and provides 6 direct-access add-on effects, including Spatial, Ping Pong, Reverse, Dynamic Delay, Chorus, and Filter. The Filter effect reduces the high frequencies of your delay to give you a softer, warmer, and more natural-sounding delay effect. The Spatial Delay adds more width to the sound of your material. Extra width is generated either by offsetting the left channel up to +/-200ms, by reversing the phase on any channel, or both. The Reverse Delay effect processes the signal and adds a backward delay. I call this the instant psychedelic effect. The Dynamic Delay lets you reduce the delay level as much as you like while the signal is fed to the Input, or lets you enhance the delay level when the signal is at a lower level. This gives you a delay effect that seems to be present only in the pauses between phases from a vocalist, a guitar player, or other soloist. Ping Pong lets your material jump from left to right, left-center-right, or the D•Two can dynamically fit the panning to your chosen number of taps. If you combine this panning style of delay with the unique Tap function, you get a delay effect that’s way beyond the capabilities of most delay processors you’ll find on the market these days.
Based on the classic TC Electronic 2290 Delay, the new D•Two offers a very musically oriented rhythm tap feature. You can easily apply the rhythm tap to live sound and recording applications – and also to post production, broadcast, installed sound, and other situations where a creative delay can move your music further. Just tap in any rhythm pattern up to 10 taps long and the repeats come back in that exact rhythm pattern!
The TC Electronic D•Two also features 50 ROM presets, 100 customizable user RAM presets, and 24-bit A/D and D/A converters with 24-bit internal processing driven by a powerful 100MIPS DSP engine. For analog connectors, 1/4" jacks are provided. S/PDIF digital I/O is also included for a pure, all-digital, 24-bit signal path supporting both 44.1kHz and 48kHz rates.
Two Winners from TC Electronic!: For multi-effects and delay, these TC Electronic processors will provide you with exceptional sound quality and flexibility for live performance or studio recording. Musician’s Friend will give you a great price, and their Platinum Card can make good gear more accessible than ever
- Dual-engine effects processor
- 25 algorithms
- 100 factory presets
- 100 user presets
- World class reverbs
- Dual-voice pitch shifter
- Compressor & limiter
- Delay, chorus, parametric EQ
- Flanger, Pitch, Gate, Expander, De-esser, Tremolo, and Phaser
- 24-bit A/D & D/A converters
- 24-bit internal processing
- 1/4" connectors
- S/PDIF digital I/O
- MIDI capabilities
- Dedicated delay processor
- Up to 10 seconds of delay
- Six add-on features include: Spatial, Ping Pong, Reverse, Dynamic Delay,Chorus, and Filter
- Rhythm tap
- 50 ROM presets
- 100 user presets
- 24-bit A/D & D/Aconverters
- 24-bit internal pro-cessing
- 1/4" connectors
- S/PDIF digital I/O