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Jul 4, 2022

Another way to think of the Plethora X5 or X3 is along the lines of this image – you buy one of the pedals in the top row and it is sort of like buying the 17 TC pedals below them (based on the current firmware):

image of all x5/x3 pedals

In fact, when you set up a virtual board on the Plethora, you scroll through an alphabetical list similar to the pedals in the above image, like:

  • Corona Chorus
  • Hypergravity Compressor
  • Flashback 2 Delay
  • Mimiq Doubler
  • Vortex Flanger
  • etc…

The pedal names in the Plethora are mostly identical to the standalone TC pedals as in the above image, except that the Ditto Looper is replaced by Tape Deck Looper on the Plethora. Also, the Plethora’s tuner differs from the other pedals in that it is not an assignable pedal on a board, but an independent function of the Plethora that can be turned on at any time. Also, the tuner is a Uni-Tune (one note at a time), not a Poly-Tune like the standalone pedal.

One minor hurdle with the Plethora is learning how to use some of the individual pedals. Delay, reverb, and many of the pedals are intuitive, and setting or changing the TonePrint is also very easy. But for some pedals it may not be as easy. For example, when using Plethora pedals like the Harmony or Pitch Shifter or Octaver (and to find out what makes them different from each other), it really helps to review the TC Electronic webpage and downloadable manuals for each of the pedals.

And if you are debating whether or not to buy a Plethora, reviewing the product info pages and manuals for the pedals that you are interested in may also help you decide on the Plethora, or individual TC pedals, or maybe something else entirely.

In case it helps, you use these links for any individual pedal’s manual. Look for the section “Product Library” > “Documentation” > “Manual” or “Quick Start Guide” on the pedal’s product page:

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