TC Electronic is very well known for their rack mounted effects for guitarists and recording studios. Now they’ve included the features of their great reverb machines into a stompbox: the TC Electronic Hall of Fame.
Here is an introduction of the pedal by TC Electronic.
You have to be sure that this is a great reverb pedal: it’s been awarded as the Editor’s Pick award by Guitar Player, MI Press Award, and Editor Award by Bass Player.
Think of a song with reverb on it you’ve heard in the last 20 years and chances are it’s us
TC Electronic is synonymous with some of the best sounding reverbs out there – think of a song with reverb on it you’ve heard in the last 20 years and chances are it’s us. We’re talking from Michael Jackson to Dire Straits all the way up to Lady Gaga and back and everything in between. We collected the iconic reverb sounds you know and love into a neat little package that simply sounds so insanely good, you gotta try it.
That is what you will read in the Hall of Fame official website. And you know what? It’s true…
You can read here what other people say about the Hall of Fame.
Features and controls
As one of the greatest signs of identity by TC Electronic pedals, you will also find the Toneprint feature in the Hall of Fame. What is Toneprint? It basically allows you to greatly parametrize your reverb sound with an App (Toneprint Editor) and download the setting to your pedal. You will find in the App great signature reverbs created by top guitarists, and it’s very easy to use. That is a big score for TC Electronic.
It features 10 types of reverb:
Room and Hall and Church recreate closed natural ambiences, from small rooms up to huge caverns.
Spring and Plate recreate vintage spring and plate tanks respectively.
MOD adds a little Chorus to the reverb for a warmer tone.
LOFI stands for Low Fidelity and is defined as a “down and dirty” reverb.
TILE emulates the ambience of a small room where a lot of reflections are produced, think of a bathroom-like sound.
AMB gives you a little ambient. A short reverb, just to smooth the dry sound coming out of your cabinet.
GATE is classic reverb type typically heard on snare and kick drums on many records of the eighties.
Toneprint to play with your tone prints.
This pedal has 2 inputs and 2 outputs for stereo connectivity, and is powered via 9V negative supply, drawing a current of some 100mA. It also includes a Mini-B USB to download your favorite Toneprints from your computer (Mac and PC).
You can also use the Tone Transfer. It is so cool… I won’t tell you how it works, you better watch it in action in the following video.
The Hall of Fame has 4 knobs: Mode, FxLevel, Decay, and Tone, a toggle switch to change the pre-delay features and a single stomp switch to activate the pedal.
- Mode allows you selecting between 10 different reverb modes: Room, Hall, Spring, Plate, Church, Mod (Modulated), Lofi (Low Fidelity), Tile, Amb (Ambient), Gate and Toneprint.
- FxLevel controls the level of the reverb.
- Decay sets the length of the reverb.
- Tone control changes the emphasis on high and low frequencies, giving you darker or crispier tones.
- Pre-Delay is a small switch that allows you switching between long and short delay times at which the reverb appears.
How does it sound like? Great. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see this pedal in that many pedalboards out there. This guy is super popular.
I think this pedal is the perfect solution for setting a permanent reverb sound to your guitar tone, and let it there onstage. You will have a great time by playing with the Toneprint Editor, and you can download your presets with a cool feature: Tone Transfer.
Check out the videos in the playlist below and watch the Hall of Fame in action.
Should you buy this pedal?
If you are on a budget, YES. No way. If you are looking for a reverb pedal that sounds great and got a lot of features, buy one.
If you also like to play by tweaking parameters, you will enjoy using the software that allows you setting different toneprints. There is room for geeks with this pedal…
You can use this pedal for your home studio too. You can use the stereo output so the sound has more 3D presence, but you can use its stereo in with stereo instruments too, like synthesizers.
The only reason that I can think about why you shouldn’t buy a TC Electronic Hall of Fame is because perhaps you’re looking specifically for a great spring reverb pedal, like the Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb; or perhaps you want to spend more money and get something like an Strymon blueSky, a JHS Alpine Reverb or a Electro Harmonix Cathedral. Maybe because you either prefer the features of those, or just because how gorgeous they look.
Alternatives to the TC Electronic Hall of Fame
The only alternative that comes to mi mind is the Electro Harmonix Cathedral. It’s got similar features (although the reverb modes are different) and is also true stereo. However, the Cathedral is more expensive than the Hall of Fame.
You can watch these two pedals face by face in the following video.
There isn’t really any alternative that sounds as great, has that many features and controls, within the same price range than the Hall of Fame.
The TC Electronic Hall of Fame is one of the most used reverb pedals. Why?
- Great versatility thanks to its 10 types of reverb
- The Toneprint feature is soooo cool
- The dry signal stays fully analog and the pedal is true bypass
- Stereo in and stereo out
- Great value. The price of the Hall of Fame is great
- I have to say something here, so I would just say that I don’t like how it looks. At least, I must recognize that there are a few reverb pedals that look awesome out there.
My conclusion is clear. The TC Electronic Hall of Fame is great, has a lot of features with its reverb types, includes a very cool feature like the Toneprint, is true stereo and the price is great. You know what? You better buy one.