Originally Posted by Fargonof
I've tried those, I never seem to find one I like much. I usually just work out my own with the modes so expansion of the params is cool. The tape and tube mimics are very good and they do have a great tone, I just tend to eventually return to a cleaner more controlled delay. The 2290 modes are the best sounding delays in that regard and they just tend to add filters and what not to make the delay dirty up in the mimic of tape and such. I was someone vindicated on its use as I saw Jeff Beck's rig was using a rackmount 2290 and a Lexicon for reverbs. Which are totally clean.
The presets that come w the X4 are quite good especially B which is a marvelous sounding Edge U2 2290modulated dual 1/4,1/8 dual delay that nails the Edge thing. I tend to leave that one in place. I think anyone who tries that one is going to be sold on this unit. Much less its vast delay time range, long loop time and dual engine looper. I have just been getting into using the looper and that is a lot of fun. It does allow you to put delay in the loop but it is limited to what is loaded on preset A or at least that is what my unit does. If you want clean loops just turn down the delay mix.
The X4 is a great sounding and versatile delay loaded with features few units can equal. I really liked the smaller Flashback and having some preset ability and storage of 4 toneprint changeable slots is very cool indeed. Once we get the editor having 4 customized settings using the vast params inside the unit will surely make this one of the most sought after delays. Sure Strymon is king and such but a lot more bucks and simply does not have these features. tc needs to step up the reliability of these units and they will become the goto pedal.
Everyone seems to go for the tape or tube modes but I find I like the 2290 better. I do have tape or tube preset which I modified from the Joe Perry lead preset. Will be so nice to be able to set up a personal customized delay. The X4 holds 4 so that will be the great feature of this pedal. I hope it holds up but the sound and tone are certainly better than the build quality. Why they use these fragile switches is anyone's guess. The bottom plate screws you have to remove to try out the buffer or the direct bypass toggle are these ridiculous TorX 10 screw heads which are so uncommon. They never actually tell you this in any manual or FAQ you just have to try various ones realizing nothing fits. One of my screws had been machined into the unit and stripped out I could never get it out. Frustrations with it and the failure of the A switch completely made me return the 1st unit to my vendor. The 2nd one has been fine and I am really careful with it. Others have complained of switch failures. Maybe it's because they wanted these silent switches but they are fragile. One does not "stomp" of them or make sure you do not miss and pop one.