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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Looking forward to new firmware
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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It can be one of the best multi-fx pedal out there.
tiagosc, 20.04.2020
There is a lot that can be said about this pedal.
TL, DR: if you wait for future upgrades, you'll be very much satisfied with it. Great sounds, simple, but for now there is a lot that TC needs to tell their customers how to use it.

First, this provides most of the TC toneprint pedals - not all of them, for now, but in future updates, they should be all here. This is great because most of those pedals are already awesome on themselves.
Now, as this is still very fresh, so there can be bugs (some of them have already been corrected with the last update, actually). My experience, nothing that bothered me enough.

What bothers me the most is a lack of a user manual with the complete description of Plethora's features. TC Electronics should invest some time here.

However, I love its features: switching pedals easily, tuner integrated, mash on all pedals, change boards quickly, edit them quickly, and so many others... This can be, without a doubt, one of the greatest multi-fx, and its price gives you more than many pedals combined.

Pros:
- Many, many configurations
- Easy edit mode
- Many toneprints already included in every pedal (you can add more via the app)
- Great sounds
- FX loop, it's the main use in my pedalboard.
Cons:
- No user manual
- Some bugs (I suppose that will be solved soon)
- If you want to fully customize every pedal in this board, you need the Toneprint app, which is not the best app to use, in my honest opinion

Nevertheless, this is a great buy. I am super happy with it!
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All my favorite sounds in one box....almost
Torgeir, 17.05.2020
This is a new product as of now, and some of the issues I have will hopefully be dealt with before long. But as of mid-May 2020:

Love having all these pedals in one box, a great way of making my pedalboard more compact. Everything that is hinted at coming in the future updates will presumably make it better still. However I am having some issues with the app. I keep getting massages about toneprints not being compatible. Yes, I have updated the firmware, and is spesifically searching for Plethora X5 toneprints in the app menu. But there seem to be neither rhyme nor reason to which toneprints I can load onto my P-X5. Some will and some won't. There is also very little information I could find about this on the TC-E webpage.
Apart from this it is a very good device, all the features that were preloaded are easy to use. Making custom boards is a quite satisfactory experience. The videos from TC-E on youtube makes it easy to comprehend the process of setting up the P-X5, and understanding the scope and limitations.

In conclusion: I will probably not regret this purchase.
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Kim Renk, 18.07.2020
The product is first class as TC products always are, but and l have seen this mentioned by many people, to get the software to work can be a problem. Service response was great, but the upgrade took a whole day to complete and l suddenly found every thing was working just out of the blue, Would say it is worth sticking it with it, so do not be put off, but be prepared to take some time updating etc and no Phaser yet! But despite my moans it is a great product,
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