TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal Review

The famous TC Electronic Hall of Fame Effect Pedal.
The very wonderful and beautiful red and silver TC Electronic Hll of Fame Reverb Pedal

Want beautiful, lush reverb? Want to add an extra dimension to your playing and tone? Consider the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal.

The Hall of Fame (HOF) reverb pedal will thicken your rhythm playing with extra ambient depth. Add extra decay and FX for extra sustain with solos and lead lines.

TC Electronics creates beautiful time-based effects (reverb and delay).  The Hall of Fame Verb, the Nova Delay and the Flashback Mini Delay deliver the goods.  I also tried out the T2 reverb pedal, which also sounded wonderful.  But the HOF reverb settings seemed to sound a little more natural when I tested it with an acoustic guitar.

 

Pros and Cons of TC's Hall of Fame Reverb

ProsCons
Beautiful toneSlightly pricey
Stereo and MonoIf you are considering getting a TC Electronics multi-effect unit, this pedal might be redundant.
10 different reverb profilesIf you want multiple, far-out reverb options (besides TonePrint) check out the T2 or maybe something by Electro-Harmonix. The HOF consists of more classic reverb styles.
Battery-powered optionIf you want a very classic spring-sounding reverb, you probably need real spring reverb. I just use the spring reverb on my amp.
TonePrint
The Tone know allows you to slightly EQ the reverb
True Bypass

Hall of Fame versus T2 versus HOF Mini

Basically, I recommend the HOF for most people.  If you want more experimental sounds, check out the T2. If you want a smaller, slightly more economical pedal, get the mini.

All three use the same AD/DA converters. Both the T2 (Trinity 2) and the Hall of Fame have the TonePrint option which allows you create your own reverb or use custom-made presets from TC.  The Mini doesn’t include space for a 9 Volt battery.

TonePrint

The presets on the Hall of Fame cover all the classic reverb sounds. TonePrint opens a whole world of ideas.  At some point I’d like to play around with an extra spacey, edgy Print. For people who want to push the tonal envelope, TonePrint holds promise.

The famous TC Electronic Hall of Fame Effect Pedal.

Johnny Hiland, HOF pedal,and the Neon Blues TonePrint

Tested Applications

Pedalboard

I’ve been using the Hall of Fame on my board for about 3 years. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the TC Electronic sound.  Per the suggestion of a fellow musician, I keep the pedal on continuously for ambient warmth. (Room setting with 1/4 Decay, 2/5 FX, Tone set to warm). For solos and more dubbed-out sections of songs, I’ll either use Hall or Cathedral for a longer bigger delay.

Also, with certain live setups, I’ll try to get the reverb and delay on a second, stereo channel connected to a DI. It allows the sound person to mix both a mic’ed amp and a direct sound.

On occasion, I’ll set up two amps.  This sounds great! You can literally play anything with a stereo delay and reverb and just sit there and say wow.

Acoustic Guitar

A few years ago, I reworked my acoustic guitar setup for live shows.  Basically my old setup consisted of a Roland MicroCube Bass Amp.  The Roland works well and sports battery-power which allows you to play anywhere.

The new setup raised the ceiling on sonic possibilities.  I currently use a PA speaker connected to the Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp with the reverb in the FX loop. The Fishman feature optional battery-power, an effects loop and an XLR output. It was the cheapest, high-quality solution for me because I already had a PA with self-powered speakers.

Mobile Mixer

Last summer, when busking with a viola player friend, we use a battery-powered mixer (by Behringer) connected to 2 Bass MicroCubes.  The TC Electronic reverb added extra depth to the sound.  We stopped using this setup because the viola sounds better going directly to the amp, even though the guitar sounded better with the mixer.

YouTube Demo

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame VS Boss RV-6 Reverb

Another Reverb Comparison

This video compares the Strymon, Neunaber, MXR, Boss,  and TC Electronic reverbs. Thanks to Ryan Lutton.

 

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