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TC Electronic Vortex Mini Flanger review

Flange that's worth a whirl

  • £85
  • €118
  • $136
There's a USB port, allowing you to load new settings and tweak existing presets with the free TonePrint editor software

MusicRadar Verdict

A very capable flanger that makes the most of TC's TonePrint tech.

Pros

  • +

    Lots of flexibility from the onboard controls. TonePrint editing really opens up your options.

Cons

  • -

    The minute size will annoy some players.

The flamboyant flanger is famed for its swirling jetplane swoosh, but it's capable of much more than that - and TC Electronic's new Vortex Mini ably demonstrates its potential.

"There's a surprising amount of flexibility available from the three knobs"

There's a surprising amount of flexibility available from the three knobs, especially the feedback dial: take it out for Andy Summers-style chorus tones, or turn it up for EVH whoosh.

As with all of the new Mini range, the Vortex supports TC Electronic's TonePrint technology, allowing you to wirelessly beam new presets via a iOS/Android app, plus tweak your own sounds with the PC-based TonePrint editor and USB connection.

The TonePrint Editor proves extremely useful for tailoring the flanger's sweep, and the zero-through flanging tones offer almost Uni-Vibe-ish sounds.

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).