Pedals

TC Electronic Vortex Mini Flanger

If you haven’t figured it out already, I have a bit of a penchant for mini pedals. I love how you can squeeze them into tight spaces and add a ton of variety to your pedalboard, all while preserving that ever-so-important real estate.

The new Vortex Mini Flanger is right up my alley. And even though flange is usually more of a guilty pleasure than anything else, this one is making a strong case to land on my personal board thanks to its ultra-small design, simple 3-knob feature set and analog-dry-through “True to Tone” true bypass.

The main attraction though, obviously, is TonePrint. You can currently find nearly 50 different TonePrints for the Vortex Mini from pros like John Petrucci, Orianthi and Joe Perry on the TonePrint app. And if those aren’t cutting it, well—that’s where things get fun.

What we like: The TonePrint Editor.

Listen, it’s not every day that a pedal company peels back the curtain and allows you to run amok inside the brains of their engineers. But with TC Electronic’s proprietary TonePrint Editor, you can do exactly that.  

Imagine being able to design the exact flanger tone you’re looking for from the ground up. A little more swirl, a touch less depth—you name it. And with the TonePrint editor, you can actually do it. Without restrictions. For free. 

The TonePrint editor connects to your iPad or PC, is easy to use and features an intuitive slider-based interface that lets you hear changes in real time. Plus, it’s completely free. You can even save up to 200 of your favorite custom sounds with one push of a button. And did we mention it’s free?

Concerns: None.

Overall: A hundred bucks for all the tasty flanger tones you can dream up? It just doesn’t get much better than that. This one is a winner.

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