TC Electronic TC2290-DTAdopted by producers and FOH engineers as well as musicians such as David Gilmour, The Edge and Robben Ford, TC Electronic’s 2290 Digital Delay set the benchmark for delay units on its release in 1985. Its popularity ensured it of one of the longest production runs of any rackmounted processor made and, since its discontinuation in 2005, it has become highly soughtafter on the vintage market.

The new TC2290-DT plug-in and dedicated hardware interface aims to take on the sonic mantle of the original 2290, while reinventing the delay unit for a new generation of musicians, producers and engineers.

‘Because we still have the original blueprints, we’ve been able to rework the 2290 from the ground up,’ says, TC Electronic Director of Product Management, Thomas Valter. ‘It retains the beautiful and dynamic modulated delays of the original, and fuses the plusses of plug-in technology with all the benefits of having a tactile control unit at your fingertips.’

Over the course of more than a year, TC Electronic had a team of engineers take apart four original units, each with their own distinct character, and measure their components from top to bottom. By cross referencing the data step-by-step with the original schematics, their software engineers then recreated all the parameters until they achieved the unique 2290 sound.

‘We have put a lot of effort into making it authentic in both its tone and controls. It is undoubtedly the ultimate emulation,’ says Valter.


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