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Vortex flanger?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Musicman1901, Feb 5, 2013.


  1. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Has anyone used the TC electrons vortex flanger? I'm kinda interested in picking one up but would love to hear a few opinions first. How is it compared to the Boss BF-3? Tone wise, versatility, etc. Thanks everybody
     
  2. bass.player

    bass.player

    May 30, 2006
    Belgium
    I bought one recently to replace my beloved BF-2 because it eats too much lows from my bypass signal and on my board there is no room left for an extra looper.

    Soundwise not the same as the BF-2 but after a bit of tweaking close enough that I can live with it. The effect is more audible in the mix than the BF-2 but not as warm.
    As a bonus you get kinda two pedals in one with the tone prints, I love the Mark King tone print!
     
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  4. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    There are some youtube clips of this pedal demonstrated on bass. it sounds pretty cool on bass. check it out.

     
  5. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Thanks guys. I think I might try to pick one up to replace my BF-3. I want something with true bypass
     
  6. i picked one up a while back & am a bit dissapointed with it. there's something stair step & not smooth about the sweep to my ear. TC announced the Toneprint Editor & i wanna give that a shot before i decide to dump it.
     
  7. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Yeah i'm not totally sold on it but i'm thinking about it. I like the bf-3 but i feel like it colors my tone too much when I kick it on. Not to mention it lacks true bypass.
     
  8. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    The vortex flanger is a true bypass pedal and it doesn't seem to color your bass tone that much. I think it's a safe buy if you want an analog flanger pedal.
     
  9. bass.player

    bass.player

    May 30, 2006
    Belgium
    It's a digital flanger...
     
  10. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Yeah i'm pretty sure it is digital
     
  11. I've been trying out some of the vortex toneprints on my amp. All of them were designed for bass. Some were subtle others were deep and sweeping. The lows and low mids were still present. They sounded nice to me, enough so that I'm working towards purchasing the pedal.
     
  12. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Really? it's digital?...I would of thought that the tone print pedals from t.c electronic are analog pedals. okay, but even though they're really digital pedals, these pedals do have decent sound quality. I once thought of purchasing a t.c electronic dark matter distortion pedal cause this pedal sounded awesome on bass. it has a pretty cool grind sound. here's a clip of the dark matter distortion pedal on bass.

     
  13. & the "toneprints" are downloading new analog circuitry over usb?
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  14. Picking one up, tomorrow.... used $50.
     
  15. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    I know I'm a little confused about that. I would of thought that it was analog because most stomp boxes are analog and this pedal does seem to sound like it has some warmth to it. well if it's really digital, that's cool. personally it doesn't matter to me if certain pedals are analog or digital...it's if they have a pretty cool sound. that's all it matters to me.
     
  16. Picked it up today... I'll post thoughts on it, later.
     
  17. lovefist

    lovefist

    Mar 27, 2008
    Wanted to get rid of one of my fuzz pedals and trade for a vortex for quite some time
     
  18. Got it, tried it last night, like it. No tone suck and veristile.
     
  19. lovefist

    lovefist

    Mar 27, 2008
    I got it as well and love some of the toneprints ("Desert Flower" and "Tom"). I'm going to experiment with it on upright. Would this go before or after my chorus?
     
  20. bass.player

    bass.player

    May 30, 2006
    Belgium
    As long as you don't use them together at the same time you don't care. But typically flanger behind chorus....but then again....
     



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