Digitech TL-2 Effects Pedal : Review

TL-2

For professional players

The HardWire Series is designed for professional players. Quality, reliability and a good sound. These are the most important characteristics of the HardWire devices.

All the necessary

The equalization section is complete, with 4 controls on 2 knobs. Low/High adjusts bass and treble, while the Mid knob features a control for the frequency, with a 200 Hz to 5.0 kHz possible range. In addition it provides the Level and, obviously, the Gain.

Knobs for the equalization

Voicing switch

An interesting and effective function is a 2-way switch for the Distortion.

Tight and Loose
  • Tight
  • It provides an articulated low-end response with smooth high frequencies, perfect for aggressive, modern playing styles.

  • Loose
  • It creates a thick heavy low end that is suitable to rhythm playing. Perhaps, the amount of low frequencies, with this setting, is excessive, therefore the sound turns out a bit too fuzzy, but this is my personal opinion.

Specifications

The TL-2 is a modern device with an advanced electronics. Let's see the main technical characteristics.

Input Impedance(>)500 kOhms
Output Impedance1 kOhm
Power Supply9 V Alkaline Dry Battery or Harman power supply
Battery life14 hours
Power Consumption225 mW
Weight1.3 lbs.

Accessories

It comes with some accessories that have been designed to easily integrate it in a pedalboard.

Pedalboard pad Glow sticker StompLock

Opinion

Dialing in a good tone is easy and fast. It works well and the sound is of quality. I have no doubts on this. Yes, Metal is the only genre you can play. Forget to use it in other contexts, but if you send it in a good amp it is an awesome device. The bypass is a real bypass, so, when the TL-2 is off, it is transparent and doesn't colour the guitar tone. The price, 99 Euros, is good.

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