TC Electronic M300

Multi-Effects Rack Unit

Made by TC Electronic

Description TC Electronic Dual Engine Processor.
Posted By MIke Avery (17)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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On 10/11/2002, MIke Avery (17) posted:
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I have been repeatedly wowed by the great sound treatments that I can get from this unit, especially for the price.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $370.00 CDN (new)
Where Obtained: Steve's Music
- Dual processors (15 Reverbs, 15 Effects) - 256 ROM factory presets, 99 user patches - 24 bit S/PDIF - 24 bit AD/DA conversion - MIDI IN/OUT - Multiple mono/stereo routings - front panel / footswitch delay tap control - front panel access to reverb/effect parameter control - Internal autoswitching power supply - More... This is predominantly a reverb unit, with the ability to add one of 15 effect types to any of the 15 reverb types. This unit proides no distortions or amp simlutations, it is strictly a reverb and effect unit. All Reverbs and Effects are adjustable and can be saved using the front panel rotary knobs, and a few buttons. Its not as feature rich as some other units around this price range. And that in itself is an important feature in my opinion.
Sound Quality:
I use this unit for reverbs and effects for my guitar playing, which is mostly the blues, and some rock. My guitar is a '68 Strat reissue. My amplifier is a 1966 Fender Bassman black-face head, and a 1965 Shownman cabinet (2x15). For distortions, I use a Tubeworks Realtube. The Bassman is a wonderful amp, but has no reverb. With my setup, I get the real deal tube-driven strat sound, but I lacked a proper reverb unit. I bough this unit primarily for the reverbs, and I am reviewing it with a slant towards reverb quality. The effects are a bonus, although other than the delays, and compressor, I don't use many of them seriously. The M300 has some excellent reverbs. In this price range, I liked these reverbs the best. The other units I looked at were the Yamaha REV100/500 and the Lexicon MPX110/200. In my opinion, this unit did not colour my tone like others did. The lexicon units admittedly have some great reverbs, however, I found them to be "shaping" or "colouring" my tone. The TC reverbs are transparent in my opinion, and they sound wonderful. I can play with the reverb on, and then turn it off, and the core tone of the amplified signal does not change at all. Exactly what I was looking for. I don't want anything messing with my tone! I am also impressed by the quality of they delays. Both the delays and the reverbs no audible "digitalness" about them. They are crisp, lush, and most importantly for me, they do not alter my tone. This unit is transparent. If you have noise to begin with, you will have noise through this unit. Don't expect it to correct an existing problem. Its an effects unit, not a noise filter! If you already have a great amplified sound, but want to add reverb or reverb + one effect (at a time) treatments to your sound, this unit is a great value for the money. For the money, it is my opinion that there is no better unit.
Ease of Use:
This unit is simple to operate. All controls are intuitive and self-evident. There are a few special circumstance situations where a dial on the front panel will perform an action other than the one silk-screened on the faceplate. I suggest you read the manual, the concepts are simple enough. The M300 comes with 255 ROM factory preset algorithms, and 99 user-editable patches. Editing patches is as simple as selecting your reverb, and/or effects, adjusting the knobs on the front of the unit to get the desired sound, then simply choosing bank 1-99 and pressing the save button. Recalling saved patches is easy as well. Cycle through the patches to the desired one, and press load. Granted, to use this unit in any sort of situation where you need to change patches on the fly will require the purchase of a MIDI pedal, or some other sort of MIDI remote control. An optional footswitch can be used to "tap" delays to tempo, or toggle a global bypass. Its pretty easy to use. The manual is short and to the point and lists possible routings, unit controls, and some setup templates.
This is a rack-mount unit, so it doesn't need to be ultra-durable like a floor pedal. Still, the chassis is metal, and the mounting brackets are more than strong enough to support the very light weight of this unit.