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Old 25th September 2004
Originally posted by e-cue
The 2290 does things the 42 just doesn't do, or does them in a different capaicity that can or cannot work better, depending on the situation (also depending if the unit has upgrades). The PCM42 is great for a quick, basic delay that sounds good. The 2290 is more indepth. Chorus, Flanger, Tremelo, Autopan, Pan envelope, sample replacing, and things as simple at the 'learn' function. Both are great units, and there's a reason the 42 is usually more expensive than the 2290 on the used market. IMO, that reason is it's ease of use.

Even though the TC2290 has certain things going for it, the PCM 42 is still king for 2 reasons in my opinion:

1) The PCM42 rocks on vocals more than any delay bar none and for this alone it will always be lusted after.

On guitars it stellar, but so is the 2290 and the Roland SDE-3000.

2) The 2290 is not a true stereo unit. Some of the cool choruses and flanges you can create disappear in mono. You need 2 of them linked together(can be done with the latest software).