TC Electronic D-Two Multi-Tap Delay
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Lets you tap in not just tempos, but actual rhythm patterns!
The TC Electronic D-Two Multi-tap Rhythm Delay is an easy-to-use, high-quality digital delay unit. When it comes to delay effects this unit has you well-covered for live-sound production as well as in the studio. The D-Two covers not only all the traditional delay functions, but also a few brand new ones. With traditional delay units, it's generally only possible to control feedback and level on a specified fixed delay time. With the D-Two you are now able to tap actual rhythm patterns consisting of up to 10 taps directly into the unit.
The D-Two can provide up to 10 seconds of delay, features 24-bit A/D-D/A conversion and 24-bit internal processing, comes with 50 factory presets and 100 user, and provides S/PDIF digital I/O at 44.1kHz and 48kHz. 6 unique direct-access features include Spatial (provides extra-wide delay at a single keystroke), Ping-Pong (pick any 5 patterns and set the relationship between panning speed and delay tempo), Reverse (reverse delay with the flick of a key), Dynamic (sets the release time and threshold to let the input signal control level of delay), Chorus (hit a single key to instantly add chorus or flange to your delay), and Filter (increases filtering as repeats decay).
Cutting Edge Technology
With the introduction of the D-Two, TC Electronic have once again succeeded in developing cutting edge technology, expanding the way you work with your effects processor! Your creativity will be the only limit when it comes to exploring the endless number of delay possibilities within the D-Two.
State-of-the-art hardware provides you with true 24-bit resolution A/D and D/A converters and true 24-bit RAM memory. The unique hardware design ensures that the delay effects you get from the D-Two only come in one variety: The best possible audio quality.
The introduction of the D-Two adds a brand new feature to TC´s ultimate sound machines: Affordability! Behind the cool-looking exterior of the D-Two Rhythm Tap Delay lies more than 20 years of know-how and experience.
When TC Electronic introduced the TC 2290, the audio industry was given an exceptional tool for creating stunning delay effects. With the introduction of the D-Two Rhythm Delay, TC once again revolutionizes the concept of delay effects processing by adding the possibility of actually creating rhythm delay patterns. The Rhythm Delay feature makes the D-Two the most unique dedicated delay unit ever!
Standard Delay Line
The standard delay line of the D-Two is based around a delay line with a feedback loop. The audio is fed back via the loop, which results in repeats.
The D-Two Delay Line
The delay/feedback strategy is different from ordinary delay products. In the D-Two, the repeats are caused by a number of taps that are not fed back into the delay line. That enables the D-Two to output a specific number of repeats, providing you with ultimate control.
It is also possible to feed the last tap back into the delay line, generating a complete rhythm sequence, which is repeated when you have the Feedback active. This unique feature allows you to exactly match your effects to your music.
TC introduces the truly musical Rhythm Tap feature: Not only tempo, but actual rhythm patterns can be tapped directly - or quantized according to a specific tempo and subdivision. The delays and rhythm patterns can be up to 10 seconds each. Control the exact number of repeats with Absolute Repeat Control.
Setting up your D-Two is extremely easy. Either choose Regular mode for standard delay applications or choose the Unique D-Two Rhythm mode. Simply tap in a specific rhythm and match this to your source material. You automatically enter the Rhythm mode when you tap the Feedback/Rhythm key.
An ultra detailed Multi Spectral LCD display provides you with a complete overview of what is going on in your processor. Every feature has its own section in the display. This makes it easy to take advantage of the many unique possibilities integrated in the D-Two.
The D-Two Delay processor comes with six unique add-on effects. You can access all parameters of the six effects directly from the front panel.
A great-sounding pitch-modulated delay in the form of TC's world-acclaimed chorus is included in the D-Two as well. Double-clicking on the Chorus key provides you with instant access to all chorus parameters.
The D-Two filter reduces the high frequencies to give your delay to get a softer, warmer, and more natural-sounding sound to fit in better with your overall mix.
Use the Spatial Delay effect if you want to add more width to the sound of your material. Extra width is generated either by offsetting left channel up to +/-200ms, or by reversing the phase on any channel or both.
The Reverse Delay effect processes the signal, and adds a backward delay.
Get one of the most useful delay functions with the D-Two: The Dynamic Delay effect. Reduce the delay level as much as you like while the signal is fed to the input, or enhance the delay level when the signal is at a lower level. When using this function you get a delay effect which seems to be present only where and when it does not disturb or interfere with the source material e.g. in the pauses between phases from a vocalist, a guitar player or similar.
Let your material jump from left to right, left-center-right or let the D-Two 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 takes your production to dimensions like you have never experienced before.
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Comments about TC Electronic D-Two Multi-Tap Delay:
Let me start this review by saying that I will own my TC Electronic D TWO Delay unit for as long as I continue to make music AND if anything happens to it, I'll have to replace it with a new one. It's become a must have piece of gear to me. I use this as a recording tool and as a live music tool. I actually keep mine in my guitar rig rack and that's where it gets the most use. I've been playing guitar for decades. I've owned numerous amps, guitars, floor pedals and rack units. Many pieces of gear have come and gone. Few became permanent. Every guitarist I've ever known (and this includes myself) has always been in search of the perfect sound and the perfect gear to make the perfect rig. Occasionally we buy and plug in a piece of gear that shines far above previously tried gear. For me, the D TWO is one of those instantly obvious keepers. I hesitated for a while before I bought this because it seemed like a big chunk of change to lay out for a one trick pony. I thought "Wow, It's just a delay unit? No reverb? No other effects? Do I want to spend that much for just a delay?". I took a chance because of the great TC Electronic reputation and didn't hear it until I took it out of the box and plugged it into my guitar rig. It's not "Just a Delay unit". It's a really impressive delay unit. Although it has several types of delays, I found one extra appealing delay that really enhanced my playing and guitar sound and I usually just use that at different tempos. I have some user presets that I programmed with different tempos and I also set up a pedal for tap tempo when I need to have a new tempo on the fly. The Rythm Tap and Rythm delay options are very cool too, depending on what I'm working on. The quality of the delays is what makes this a keeper. It has an open, pro studio characteristic that puts it over the top. Compared to the TC Electronic G Major that I bought after the D TWO ( and all other delays I've owned), The D TWO delays sound far superior to me. The G Major delays are nice and the G Major has many additional and cool effects, but I think that the delay quality of the D TWO is a big step up. It only does delays, but it does delays very well. It's easy to program (Much better than some of the other units I've owned), so that's another big plus. The only unpleasant experience I've had with it was when I lost my grip on the front cover of my gear rack and it broke one of the delicate knobs off of the D TWO. I only had the D TWO for a week or two when it happened. There's nothing like a great new, broken piece of gear to cloud up your sunshine. The great news though is that The TC Electronic people were extremely friendly, responsible and helpful. Great communication. Fast responses. I sent the D TWO in and had it back, good as new in a few weeks. It was the best customer service experience I've ever had with music gear. One last thing I can add that people are curious about with effects is that this unit really is an add on enhancement to my sounds. It doesn't become the sound or dominate the sound unless I intentionally max out the mix that way. A lot of gear claims to have those qualities, but this does. SO, if you're still on the edge of the stage about it, let me sum this up for you. I think this is a solid investment. It sounds great. It's easy to use. It's been completely reliable. It always gets compliments and it looks really cool too! I love it! I think it will impress anyone.