TC Electronic GFORCE Guitar Multi Effects Proces
The legendary G-Force gives you a variety of great sound effects in an easy to program and fun to operate single rack unit. State-of-the-art DSP technology and 24 bit resolution gives you massive memory, high-speed processing and the best sound quality available.
Flexible routing and control possibilities combined with 8 full-blown effects, each with sound quality surpassing stand alone units, generate sounds unlike any you have heard or even dreamt of before. With the G-Force, digital multiple effects processing has finally come of age enabling you to have high quality sounds without sacrificing the integrity of your original tone!
The G-Force is the most versatile Guitar effects processor on the market. Guitar players are a demanding group of musicians as they per tradition have very individual needs and ideas on how a chain of effects should be built, set up and controlled.
The G-Force is unprecedented in meeting these demands due to its flexible routing and versatility when it comes to external control. The know-how of TC Electronic – renowned in top-end audio hardware and effects-processing markets - is all to your disposal and benefit, guaranteeing outstanding performance.
Display & Tuner
The display consists of two sections. One for detailed Preset information and editing. The other section clearly displays Preset Number or Tuner information with large digits that are easy to see even on distance e.g. on a stage.
With a standard PCMCIA card (not supplied) you have perfect and easy backup of your favorite presets. You can store up to 10 banks of 100 presets on a 1Mb card.
All tempo-related effects can be set to respond to a tapped tempo. Either from the G-Force front panel or from a MIDI pedal or even a momentary switch connected to the Pedal Input on the G-Force rear panel. This allows the Tempo of e.g. the Delay to be perfectly matched to the song you are currently playing.
Effect Block Keys
The 9 Effect Block keys serve for various purposes and make the navigation in the G-Force a breeze. From the Recall page effect blocks can be switched on/off with a single click. In the Effects menu each block is accessed fast with a double click on one of the block keys. This means easy editing and preset configuration. No endless menus to scroll trough to achieve basic functions.
Navigating in menus is natural and logical. With two cursor keys for vertical navigation, a dedicated Parameter Select wheel and a dedicated wheel for changing Parameter values, it simply doesn’t get any better.
Building your Preset - routing your effectboard:
The G-Force is packed with 225 presets covering a wide range of styles from gentle to extreme processing. Additional xxx presets are available via the G-Card created by some of the worlds most esteemed guitarists.
Though the preprogrammed presets cover most any style, you will probably like to dive in and program or adjust presets yourself. The G-Force itself holds 100 User preset locations. With a 1Mb PCMCIA card, up to 10 banks of 100 presets can be stored additionally - Either for direct access or for simple backup. Setting up effect-algorithm blocks in the G-Force Routing matrix is extremely easy. The idea is pretty much like building a brand new pedal-board for each preset without touching a single chord or soldering a single plug. Use the PARAMETER WHEEL to select the position where you wish to insert an effect and select which block to insert using the VALUE wheel. Route in serial or parallel, three blocks in parallel or more and the rest in serial – it’s up to you.
Then go to your Edit menu using the ARROW keys, double-click on the effect block your wish to setup first and you are on your way. Setting up effect-algorithm blocks in the G-Force Routing matrix is extremely easy. The idea is pretty much like building a brand new pedal-board for each preset without touching a single chord or soldering a single plug. Use the PARAMETER WHEEL to select the position where you wish to insert an effect and select which block to insert using the VALUE wheel. Route in serial or parallel, three blocks in parallel or more and the rest in serial – it’s up to you.Then go to your Edit menu using the ARROW keys, double-click on the effect block your wish to setup first and you are on your way.
Of course you can start building each block from scratch every time, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could just extract your favorite effect blocks from various presets and mix them in one single preset without having to “dial in” all the values? You can – using the Partial Recall function. Via the Recall display you can simply chose to recall only one effect block and load this block into your current preset.
Guitarists are the most demanding group of practicing musicians when it comes to controlling their sound and effects. The G-Force is nothing less than unique; not only can you control virtually any parameter via a MIDI board and expression pedals but it is also EASY to set up.
There tend to be two main directions in controlling Guitar sound via any pedal board.
- A - Full preset change for radical changes
- B – “Stomp box” type where only single effects are turned on and off.
- With the G-Force you don’t have to decide which is for you. With any MIDI board you can utilize the advantages of both the “Preset change” and “Stomp Box” idea described above.
Instead of having to figure out which MIDI messages your board actually sends out and dialing these values into the G-Force – simply let the G-Force detect received messages in the “learn” mode.
Your MIDI board has 10 switches and one Expression pedal attached. 5 switches on the board sends program changes and 5 send control changes. On the five switches sending program changes you setup your radical sound changes e.g. 1 for clean, 1 for Chrunch and 1 for Overdrive. The last two you might use for special sounds. Each of these sounds you program with basic effects. The five switches sending Cc Messages can be used as on/ off switches for e.g. Delay, Chorus, Reverb, Compressor, and the last maybe for Tap Tempo. It is really up to you.
Use up to eight connected Expression pedals to change parameter values. Which parameter the expression pedal controls, is set at preset level. This means that even with a single expression pedal connected you can vary its function from preset to preset. In one preset it could act as Volume control, in another as a Whammy – or what about floating control of Reverb level, the Depth of a Chorus or…??? The options are endless – and you CAN really express yourself!
The MODIFIER menu
The MODIFIER menu - is the connecting link between external controllers and the G-Force effects and much more. Let us just throw a few ideas at you:
- Where you assign Expression pedals to specific parameters
- Setup the Pitch of the notes you play to control the amount of effect to be added to your sound depending on the pitch of the note you play! Imagine playing with completely dry sound at the low strings, - then as you move towards higher pitched notes the G-Force automatically detects that a higher pitch is played and the reverb output level is increased
- Let the dynamics of your playing control any parameter. You probably know this from the classic Touch Wah effect – or maybe in a Dynamic Delay where the Delay output is dampened during played phrases and increased as you “breathe” in between phases
- Adding also ADSR – Attack Decay Sustain Release and LFO’s, you can’t come to any other conclusion than with the-G Force – anything is possible