tc electronic Plethora X5

tc electronic Plethora X5; Effects Pedal for Electric Guitar & Bass; Flexible & Easy to use TonePrint pedal board; 127 customizable Board memory Presets consisting of up to 5 Toneprint Pedals; 75 Toneprint FX Memory Presets per Pedal including Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb, Flashback 2 Delay, Sub n Up Octaver, Brainwaves Pitch Shifter, Corona Chorus, Hypergravity Compressor, Mimiq Doubler, Vortex Flanger, Pipeline Tap Tremolo, Quintessence Harmony, Sentry Noise Gate, Shaker Vibrato; customizable FX signal chain; MASH technology turns all 5 footswitches into expression controllers with customizable mapping also for legacy Toneprint Pedals; customizable FX loop insert for external Pedals; built-in Chromatic Tuner; switchable Speaker Cab Simulation; Tap Tempo for time-based FX; Bluetooth connection to the free TonePrint App to import tones or to access hundreds of effects parameters and design custom TonePrints; Controls: Effect Select, assignable 1 - 3, Toneprint select; Switches: Play/Edit, Board Preset Up/Down; LED: Effect 1-5 On; Footswitches: Effect 1-5 Bypass; Connections: L & R Input (2 x 1/4" Jack), L & R Output (2 x1/4" Jack), FX Send & Return (2 x 1/4" Jack), Expression Pedal In (1/4" TRS-Jack), USB, MIDI In & Thru; Power Supply connector: Barrel Connector 5.5 x 2.1 mm, center negative; Current Draw: 600 mA; powered by a 9 V DC Power Supply (included); Dimensions: (W x D x H): 299 x 116 x 53 mm, (11,8" x 4,6" x 2,1"); Weight: 1,4 kg (3,1 lbs); Note: Battery operation is not supported

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  • Bluespicking - Pitch Delay Reverb Comp
  • Country - Comp Delay Reverb Trem
  • Crossover - Comp Gate Delay Rev
  • Fuzzline1 - Harmony Pitch
  • Fuzzline 2 - Oct Doubler Delay
  • Indie - Gate Doubler Delay Oct
  • Metal - Oct Flanger
  • Mosh - Comp Pitch
  • Progressive - Comp Chorus Reverb
  • Rock - Delay Reverb
  • Stoner - Comp Chorus Delay
  • Thrash - Gate Doubler Delay
  • Doom-Gate Doubler Oct
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Further Information

Design Floorboard
Amp Modeling No
Drumcomputer No
Incl. Tuner Yes
Expression Pedal No
USB-Port Yes
Headphone Output No
MIDI Interface Yes
Line Out Yes
Battery Powered No
PSU included Yes

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Pattepat, 21.05.2020
I bought the Plethora X5 primarily because I love the individual Tone Print pedals. Especially the Sub 'n Up octaver, Corona virus...eh, chorus, the Flashback delay, and...the Helix phaser. I needed more space on my pedal board so I reckoned I could buy the X5 which would replace all my pedals.

Well...that was a nice thought but a premature one.

Without much further thinking I ordered the X5 and sold off most of my TC pedal. I kept only the Sub 'n Up. After two days the Plethora X5 arrived at my house and I was...rather disappointed!

It turned out that the Helix phaser wasn't included! I just assumed it would be! Darn! I had already sold that pedal while I loved it to death.

The next big annoyance was that the X5 only has THREE knobs for editing and effect instead of the 4 knobs of the pedals. So actually the X5 behaves like the mini versions of the TC pedals. Eventually I found out that you can edit all parameters through the app with a bluetooth connection, but it is definitely not the same experience as having 4 seperate knobs. That's a bloody shame! For example, I cannot find the exact same tone I have on my Sub 'n Up pedal. So I cannot sell that pedal until I find it.

Fortunately the unit sounds fantastic and coming up with great sounds is rather easy. The unit is sturdy and the footswitches are very responsive and switch very lightly.

TC emailed m,e that version 1.2 of the firmware will include the Helix, so I highly anticipate that update. I just wish they would have added one more edit knob. Oh, and the unit is running on 600mA so you need the included adapter. My beefy pedal powerboard just won't power this pedal.

All in all a great unit with one major flaw: the lack of a fourth edit knob. I can get over the rest, of course if they truly deliver the Helix.

By the way, I am a bass player. For bass I will only be using delay, compressor, reverb, chorus, octaver, perhaps some flanger and tremolo and (eventually) a phaser. The harmonizer, pitch shifter, noise gate and doubler are as good as useless for my bass playing.
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THE solution!
Marco2683, 18.01.2021
I mainly worry more on my distorted and power sound. I am super picky for my clean sound and well as my hard worked distorted sound but once in a while I need modulation effects to color the music (mainly when I do covers) and sometimes having a huge pedalboard just to use the flanger, delay (or any modulation effect) in one song it’s not worth it. For years I made lots of attempts to shrink my pedalboard with mini pedals and I was happy enough BUT, when a new song was added to the gig and it needed a new pedal, here it comes again the issue. Plethora SOLVED it 200%, not only I have all modulation effects needed when and how I needed in a small space, but the quality of the effects is impressive! Although digital, it sounds really well and honestly no need anymore of my arsenal of analog pedals I was using before.

I will be honest, the size of my pedalboard is 1/4 of the size now, but maybe it will grow again because now I can add as many distortion, boost, overdrive pedals I want, and to me, THAT is fun! ;)
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It got better
Helgy_D, 19.02.2021
I bought this one with a discount and still was disapointed a bit. The problem wasn't about the sound or build quality, but as everybody knows already the software wasn't very good.
So I was judging it not for what it was, but for what it wasn't. Potential could be seen, but couldn't be fully unleashed.

Then v1.2 came and fixed a lot of the issues.
Don't get me wrong it still has a lot of small details to be improved, and some of the new features ( looper) are suffering from the same notasgoodasitcouldbe vibe that original software had. But now it is a device I honestly enjoy working with. I run it stereo into my sound card, and my pedals+preamp in the loop and it does the job.

Pros:
- It is basically a processor for people who don't like processors. You have all the digital pedals you need in one box, in stereo, without commutation and power issues.

Cons:
- no external/shared tap tempo. I don't understand why it cannot be done because external/shared expression pedal option is there
- no external looper control (same thing) and only 40 seconds for stereo looping.
- no IR cab impulses, no ability to assign cab simulation for a pedalboard, it is either on or off for the whole thing
- some minor bugs are still there, but those are managible
- toneprint app's UI isn't good
- and the last one: it doesn't have any distortion pedals. I know it is obvious, but just keep that in mind.

And though I've mentioned more cons than pros, overall it is a good value for the money, and after the 1.2 update I can genuinely recommend it if you're looking for all-in-one digital pedal.
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Worth every cent
Dmitry Dmitry, 28.12.2020
I bought this for home use and occasional rehearsals with friends. Plethora gives the impression of a quality item. The effects pedals work great and feel great. A large selection of effects and great variability are pleasing. In fact, there are incredibly many combination options and they are limited only by your imagination. I can say for sure that Plethora will come in handy for a musician playing in any style and will always be in place. If you want a huge range of different effects and do not want to choose for a long time, buy Plethora. You will definitely not be disappointed.

Pros:
- many effects
- high-quality assembly
- looks stylish

Cons:
- none
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