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    TC Electronic
    Triber Moderator
    2022-09-07

    ...and preserved his brother’s legacy

    It takes a diverse collection of skills to innovate and create the tools for which TC Electronic is famed. So, it’s only a matter of time before you come across a team member whose talents go far beyond the workplace. And nowhere is that more apparent than in TC Electronic’s Christian G. Frandsen.

    Christian has been our Product Development Engineer and Specialist for 25 years and helps develop our professional studio equipment. But being an engineer, for Christian, doesn’t stop at TC Electronic. You could even say that it runs in the family.

    The Start of a Life-Long Adventure
    Back in 1981, a 10-year-old Christian would listen to cassette tapes of a band called TV-2, a Danish pop rock group that was only just starting at that time. His older brother Anders was a Front-of-House engineer for the band and recorded an early performance of theirs in Holbaek all those years ago. This had a huge impact on Christian as it was not just the music of what would become one of the biggest bands in Denmark that resonated with him, but his brother was also part of something big. Something Christian felt was very special. This engendered a passion for sound and music that would shape Christian’s life and lead to a career in TC Electronic which persists to this day.

    Tragedy and a Renewed Purpose
    Sadly, Anders would pass away suddenly in 2008 leaving behind fond memories and some tapes of early TV-2 recordings, among others which Christian would inherit. Though rough and mixed for live sound, he had in his hands the purest sources of inspiration that set him down the path to where he is now. It deserved a lot more than to just sit in a shelf gathering dust.

    In 2016, as he was remastering his own band’s recordings, Christian decided to dust off those old TV-2 tapes from Anders and remix the recordings now with the power of modern technology that just wasn’t available back in the 80s. With a few test optimizations in hand, Christian got in touch with TV-2 who then agreed to try to remaster the concert.

    With the band’s blessing, the desire to honor his brother’s legacy and to share the recordings with other eager fans, Christian started on an adventure that would last up to five and a half years.

    Renewing a Legacy with Modern Technology
    Restoring the recordings wouldn’t be an easy task though. The mixes were recorded directly from the Front-of-House console and were mixed for live audiences not for listening at home. Distortion from the aging cassette tape plus those from the original equipment themselves had to be cleaned up along with several other anomalies that presented themselves.

    Some of the original vocals were cut out of the original recordings as they were too distorted and unintelligible. This was done with the help of a company based in Los Angeles that specialized in extracting vocals from recordings. New vocals were recorded and gently mixed in, matching the same energy and feel of the original.

    During the remastering process, Christian used several different effects, compressors and metering solutions from TC Electronic

    • The 12-band Midas powered EQ PEQ 3000 was used for all EQ tasks in mix and mastering and fixing the identified issues with the original cassette tape like rather severe stereo, left/right and mid/side spectral imbalances
    • The very flexible MD4 HD multiband compressor was used for mastering, overall dynamics control while the five bands give high spectral resolution and transparency to the delicate compression
    • The high-end true stereo reverb VSS4 HD adds club-like early reflections and stereo width help that are lacking in the original PA console output mix, which was recorded with close mic-ing and reverb tail effects only
    • The BRICKWALL HD master true-peak limiter gives an exceptional view and control of peaks and track loudness to align the project with modern streaming standards
    • The Midas powered DYN 3000 channel compressor was used in the mastering process adding just a tiny punch and was also used on the new vocal recordings where the dynamics and texture were profiled and reproduced
    • The classic delay TC2290 was used for effects on the dubbed sources like parts of the lead vocal. In the original mix there are multiple delay elements and these were profiled and reproduced.
    • The vintage reverb DVR250 was used for important 80s reverb sound on the dubbed sources like parts of the lead vocal in order for them to mix perfectly with the original concert.
    • Throughout the project the Clarity M meter was a great companion for stand-alone (off screen) metering. It adds continuous views on spectral content, center-location, loudness and phase and by using USB/plugin connection to the unit either master out, busses or channels can easily be monitored.
    Further, TC Electronic System 6000, Clarity X, Studio Konnekt 48 was used as well
    Some of the other amazing tools that were used in this project were from: Steinberg, Audionamix, iZotope, Voxengo, Waves, Klevgrand, SSL, RTW, Dynaudio and DPA Microphones.
     
    The remastered 1981 Holbaek recordings were released in January 2022, 40 years after they were initially committed to tape, and have been made available in many different streaming platforms, cassette tape and vinyl, which received great reviews and even reached no. 1 on the Danish vinyl chart; with TV-2’s early formative performances, and Anders and Christian’s hard work available for everyone to hear.

    “A circle is drawn,” says Christian “and it’s both a huge pleasure and a great challenge to help this concert on its way. I am very grateful that TV-2 has been so obliging and patient in the long process.”

    TV-2's website: TV-2 Website
    The album is available here The Holbaek Recordings 81
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    mattmcl88
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-09-06

    Bought it a year ago and now it won't turn on. I've checked the power supply and connections. Any ideas for troubleshooting?

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    • mattmcl88
      WilliamR Please be sure you use a dc 9-volt minimum 100mA negative tip power supply. If you are using a multi-power supply, try isolating it to just your ditto looper to see if it powers on.
      • Sep 6
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    Thomm6
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-09-06

    Hi i'd like to ask if anybody was able to tweak a toneprint for their amp. I'd like to change the eq of the drive because it doesn't sound great on my bass and even using the amp eq it doesn't sound better.

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    guitarch
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-09-05

    Is there a natural minor template available for the Quintessence? I only see harmonic minor... 

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    • guitarch
      PedroRodrigues Hi guitarch, thnak you for your post, please consider that the QUINTESSENCE HARMONY comes pre-loaded with various major and minor scales commonly used in modern music, the pedal will then harmonize your played notes according to the key and structure of your chosen scale.
      if you choose the “3rd” setting with the HARMONY knob, select “IOmaj” (Ionian Major) with the SCALE knob, and then play up the scale from the root note of the key, QUINTESSENCE will automatically generate the following major or minor 3rd harmonies as dictated by the Ionian Major scale:
      M-m-m-M-M-m-m
      *M = major 3rd; m = minor 3rd

      Similarly, if you switch the SCALE knob to “AEmin” (Aeolian Minor) and play up the scale, QUINTESSENCE will generate the following 3rd harmonies:
      m-m-M-m-m-M-M
      Along these same lines, if you then switch the HARMONY knob to the “3rd-5th” setting, the harmonies generated in Aeolian Minor by QUINTESSENCE will be the major and minor chords native to the Aeolian Minor scale:
      minor-minor-Major-minor-minor-Major-Major
      Here is a table of the pre-loaded scales available in QUINTESSENCE:

      Please note that all of the scales with flattened 7th scale degrees (Dorian, Phrygian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian) have been programmed so that the natural 7th degree is also available when the music calls for a half-step resolution up from the 7th degree to the root note of the scale.
      This type of resolution is common in modern “mixed-mode” music, so the natural 7th is handy to have in case you need it.
      When using the TonePrint Editor, you can also program the SCALE knob’s “CUSTOM” setting with scales of your own choosing. Possible substitute scales for unusual harmonies include:
      Lydian Dominant (1-2-3-#4-5-6-b7),
      Whole Tone (1-2-3-#4#5-b7)
      Whole-Half Diminished (1-b2-b3-3-4-b5-6-b7)

      I hope this makes it clear.

      Thank you
      • Sep 5
    • guitarch
      guitarch

      Sorry, but that's a confusing mess of a response. I now see (with a flashlight) a tiny, tiny 'm' next to the 'AE' on the SCALE knob. That works, Aeolian is natural minor.

      • Sep 6
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    Scotitus
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-09-03

    I haven't heard from anyone for days on your end. I'm supposedly waiting for someone to get back about warranty claim. My flashback 2 is not playing dry signal at any time. I need it back on my board for gigs! Please update thanks.

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    • Scotitus
      PedroRodrigues Hi Scotitus, I have checked your ticket and this matter is being managed by the Service Department. I will request the team to look in to this matter. They will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you
      • Sep 3
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    RJMayer
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-09-02

    I want to know if my TC Ditto+ charger will work on on new looper.  It's 9 volts w/ 800 mA.

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    • RJMayer
      PedroRodrigues Hi RJMayer, thank you for your post, can you please state what looper are you referring to? Thank you
      • Sep 2
    • RJMayer
      RJMayer

      TC Ditto+ looper

      • Sep 3
      • TC Ditto+ Charging
        PedroRodrigues Hi RJMayer, thank you for your reply, my question posted above was to enquire what new Looper where you referring to? With that in mind is you answer to my question the TC Ditto+ looper ? Thank you
        • Sep 6
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    GeorgW
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-09-01

    Hi everybody,

    I am wondering if this is normal:
    when I record my guitar with the Ditto Jam only the 1st take will have all the frequencies but when I overdub the loop for example with a octave bass pedal no lower frequencies will be recorder so the second take sounds very thin.

    Does anybody experience similiar issues or is my looper faulty due to a production errror?

    Any help is appreciated

    Best regards
    Georg

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    dennistamakloe68
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-09-01

    My konnekt 8 blinks blue and it not recognised by the tc near application , I have changed my firewire and downloaded all the necessary drivers by still to no avail. Am using Windows 10

    Please I need help 

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    • dennistamakloe68
      PedroRodrigues Hi dennistamakloe68, thank you for your post, please ponder that the Konnekt 8 was discontinued some time ago and we have stopped releasing any resources. To allow the Konnekt 8 full operability it must be implement exclusively on legacy operational systems. I would suggest to use a previous OS to Windows 10. Thank you
      • Sep 1
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    mtj89
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2022-08-31

    Hello, I have a Corona Mini Chorus that I am struggling to get to take a tone print. I tried to beam with the app and it did not work. Tried multiple pickups, multiple instruments and it did not respond. I tried to plug it into the computer, and followed the directions to hold down the button before plugging in power, the light was green and my computer itself recognized the device was plugged in. My toneprint app on the computer, currently updated, would not recognize that the pedal was plugged in. I could not find a firmware update file for the Corona Mini. Thanks for any help.

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    • mtj89
      PedroRodrigues Hi mtj89, thank you for your post, in this case I would suggest updating your pedal to the latest firmware version.
      Before starting the firmware updater, you need to set the Corona into boot mode, so it can receive the new firmware:
      -Connect your Corona to your computer using the USB cable
      -Hold down the footswitch while inserting the power connector
      -Release the footswitch -> LED should be green now indicating boot mode
      -Start the firmware updater and follow the instructions on screen

      To access the firmware files please follow the link below:
      https://www.tcelectronic.com/tcelectronic/product?modelCode=P0DDC
      Please make sure that you are using the latest TonePrint App version accessible via the link below:
      https://www.tcelectronic.com/product.html?modelCode=P0DD3
      I hope this helps
      Thank you
      • Aug 31
    • mtj89
      mtj89

      I have followed all of those directions and everything is up to date, and the app still won't recognize the pedal, even though it is in boot mode and the computer recognizes it.

      • Aug 31
      • Corona Mini Not Recognized
        PedroRodrigues Hi mtj89, please confirm if you are using the latest version of the TONEPRINT APP and that that the cable that you are using is in good conditions and that the pedal is connected directly to a USB port. If none of this works I would suggest t perform the same process on a different computer. I hope this helps. Thank you
        • Sep 1
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    Caught exception: Specified column "user_id" is not in the row
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