TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal Review
The shiny red reverb pedal is back after the roaring success of the previous flagship model, packing a real punch. The Toneprint slot has been extended from 1 to 3 by 'TC Electronics', a notable improvement direction provided that the Toneprint feature is what first and foremost clinched the deal for most guitarists.
There is a new shimmer reverb that rivals some of the other competitive pedals, in addition to the extra 'make your own' slots, and most notably, it has been fitted with their new MASH pedal switch. In a short while, we will dish the dirt a little more on this tough but tiny switch's clever capabilities, but first, let's analyze the build and layout.
The Hall of Fame 2 has a sturdy stomp-proof enclosure and compact dimensions to match the set-up of a pedal chain. It has two quarter-inch quality inputs and two outputs, which can be used in a mono or stereo fashion.
With a plain layout, the top has four sturdy dials. They are well-spaced and are visually labelled (so you won't find them too fiddly at night); the first is for decay, the second dials in the sound. You have a Level Control, and your reverb selection dial is critical.
There are various reverb settings, including your usual plate and spring reverb, to choose from. For others, the spring reverb is not as impressive as other spring reverb pedals on the market, and they have similar algorithms to the original model. But we love the spatial reverb settings in the room. You get a bed, a hall, and a church, and you can adjust the scope of all the presets once you open up the app.
A combination of some of the other pedals from TC Electronics is the newest polyphonic octave algorithm (named 'shimmer'). It uses parameters that provide a beautiful effect from their famous Sub'N 'Up Octaver pedal circuitry.
A Mod setting and a Lo-fi setting are available, totaling seven prests, plus three Toneprint spaces for ten reverb sets in total. Y with the decay, stage, and tone dial, which is basically an EQ-based dial that enables you to draw the attention of the filter to the low, mid, or high end.
A small flip-switch to toggle the impact length from short to long and vice versa is nestled between the decay and tone dials. On the dialed-in tones and settings, this often has a dramatic effect.
You have a complimentary app that allows you to take the preset reverb and tweak it until it is practically unrecognizable in addition to the on-board hardware changes. For easy recovery, you can then imprint your freshly molded impact into one of the three Toneprint slots, and again play on-board with the levels and decay.
The most important aspect of the Hall Of Fame 2 is its previously described MASH foot-switch, which effectively turns what looks like a conventional stomp-box trigger into a miniature pedal for speech. It responds to pressure, so it can be used to regulate the effect parameters as a wah or whammy pedal.
For your Toneprint slots, you can also customize the MASH control inside the app. This is a little bit of a game-changer. To change the decay tone or volume, you can use the editor to delegate the pressure control and even stack all three if you wish. When you add more pressure to the foot, the impact will then worsen.
Tc Electronic Hall Of Fame 2
The Hall of Fame 2 is an amazing updated model that still features all of the original pedal's previous algorithms on board. A beautiful new shimmer environment, which was created from shaping the algorithms on TC's Sub'N 'Up Octaver pedal, has been modified. With delay, sound, and level dials on-board as well as a short/long flip-switch, it has ten total reverb settings.
As well as the new edition functionality, there is no question that the Toneprint program was a nice selling point for the first pedal: two extra slots for storing your imagination, for easy retrieval.
The switch has been replaced with a MASH pressure-sensitive switch that allows you to use the pedal in the same way you would with an expression pedal in a live environment. This helps you to regulate the strength of your decay and levels with foot operation from afar and increases the dynamics of your style of play.
+ Heavy-duty construction.
+ 10 settings with reverb (3 are Toneprint slots).
Two outs + 2 Ins 2.
+ MASH switch that allows you to monitor your results with pressure.
+ Access Toneprint Tools
- The Spring reverb might not be the strongest reverb out there.
Why We Like It
Although there are many fans of more complicated reverb pedals, we feel the Hall of Fame has the right balance. The on-board settings have a wide enough range of traditional reverb settings, the tone dial helps to differentiate them in a distinguishable way, and the decay and lengthening switch often helps to significantly adjust them.
In a live scenario, preferring to retain the more intense tone and effects sculpting inside a software addition helps keep the pedal simple, clutter-free, and easy to use. We love the inclusion of the MASH turn and think it has oodles of potential.