TC Electronic’s Hall of Fame Reverb pedal is one of my all-time favourites, an incredibly versatile yet foot-friendly little stomper that you can use as-is, or with TonePrint — presets made by your favourite artists or even yourself, and beamed to the pedal by holding a smartphone up to your pickups (or byUSB). TC boiled the Hall of Fame down to its barest essentials with the Hall of Fame Mini pedal (with just a lone Reverb knob — all the other controls are handled via TonePrint). The T2 Reverb may share a basic layout with the Hall of Fame, but it’s designed from the ground up with ten exclusive reverbs crafted by TC Electronics and ProGuitarShop’s tone connoisseurs.
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The controls include a mode selector rotary switch, pots for Mix, Tone and Decay, and a mini toggle that governs the pre-delay time — in other words, the length of time between striking the note and having the reverb start. There are stereo inputs and stereo outputs, you can select between true or buffered bypass, analogue dry-through so your original sound remains unaffected, and spill over so you can either cut your reverb off abruptly when you bypass the pedal or let it tail off naturally.
So let’s look at the different sounds lurking in here. Reverb I is a warm space and slow modulation with stretchy, elastic qualities. Reverb II is a long sustaining reverb mixed with a watery, organ-like vibrato. Reverb III is a clear, glassy reverb with an ominous low end throb. Reverb IV is a huge cathedral-type reverb without any boundaries. Reverb V is a slow pitch-bending reverb with doubling effect. Reverb VI is a “syrupy” plate reverb with warm tails and subtle modulation. Reverb VII is a flanged reverb with classic 80’s sweep that stays in tune. Reverb VIII is a deep, natural hall reverb with maximum allowed decay. Ethereal 1 is pure reverb interacting with itself, bouncing around to create a perceived upper harmony. And Ethereal 2 provides a pulsating drone behind the notes generating an eerie wall of sound. There’s also a TonePrint setting so you can load in whatever you like.
T2: JUDGEMENT DAY
TC Electronic and ProGuitarShop have done something pretty amazing here: they’ve conjured up a suite of reverbs which sound moody, atmospheric and musical, but with a hint of magic. In other words, it’d be really easy to take the processing power of this pedal and crank out a bunch of reverbs that come across like sound effects from one of the Star Wars prequels, but instead they’ve harnessed that power for the forces of good. For instance, Reverb V’s pitch bends could have sounded synthetic, but instead they have an eerie beauty. And if you’re a fan of Devin Townsend’s approach to reverb, you’ll hear all sorts of great ambient washes and swooshes in Ethereal II. This is a pedal that works best when you’re using it with a clean sound because it enhances it and shows it in its best light — but then when you use it with overdriven tones you can create these otherwise unattainable sound scapes and sonic environments that take rock guitar into weird new dimensions, in the best possible way. There isn’t a single sound here that you won’t find yourself lost in for hours.
ECHO. ECHO. ECHO.
If you’re after recreations of specific types of echo, this isn’t the pedal for you. If you want to see where reverb can go when some very creative and inspired minds really get to run wild with algorithms and parameters and textures, this is one of those rare pedals that inspires you to create worlds of music you would otherwise not have ventured into.
Hits and Misses
Unique, otherwise-unattainable sounds
Easy to control
Flexible routing options
None. If you want traditional, check out the Hall of Fame Reverb instead
- Bypass mode — True Bypass (Buffered Bypass optional)
- Signal circuitry — Analog dry-through
- Dimensions — 72 mm x 122 mm x 50 mm
- Input connector 2 Standard ¼” jacks – mono/TS with automatic mono/stereo sensing
- Output connector 2 Standard ¼” jacks – mono/TS with automatic mono/stereo sensing
- Power input Standard 9 V DC, centre negative >100 mA (power supply not included)
- Battery option Standard 9 V (battery not included)
- USB port Mini USB connector for uploading and editing custom TonePrints and for software updates