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Deep Purple’s Steve Morse + Roger Glover Create Custom TonePrint Sounds

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Deep Purple have been around for a long time, and they have continued to influence musicians and entertain fans with their heavy sound and unique tones. Now, thanks to TC Electronics, guitar and bass players have the ability to utilize some of the signature tones developed and used by guitarist Steve Morse and bass player Roger Glover.

TC Electronics created the TonePrint technology to work with a wide array of pedals and even two amps. The Toneprint-enabled products work by themselves right out of the box, but the TonePrint technology gives musicians the added benefit of getting artist-developed sounds on their pedalboards without any guesswork.

Users can download artist presets from the TC Electronics website and upload them directly to their pedals via a USB. Or they can use the free Android or iOS app to beam the sounds straight to the pedals and amps. And all of the custom TonePrint sounds are free.

Steve Morse has been playing guitar with Deep Purple since 1994. Before that, he established himself as a guitar hero in the Dixie Dregs. He contributed three different sounds to the TonePrints library. The first, which works with the Flashback Delay and the Flashback X4 Delay, is Morse’s own take on echo. With all knobs set to 12 o’clock, the delay sounds the same as it does in Morse’s lineup. When the delay time knob is turned down, the pedal creates a chorus effect, which Morse also uses regularly.

Morse also created two TonePrints for the Hall of Fame Reverb pedal. The first one, called Beautiful Reverb, Morse created to work best with big, clean guitar tones. The second, called Spring, replicates, as one might guess, a vintage spring reverb tank. The Spring is designed to work especially well with overdriven and distorted guitar sounds.

Roger Glover’s contributions are also both reverbs made for the Hall of Fame pedal. The first, called Spare Room, was influenced by the lead sound of famous jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius. TC Electronics says of Spare Room, “Characterized by a nice round ‘quack’ and an easy attack, this reverb accompanies your playing in sweet excellence, without overstatement.”

Glover’s second reverb, called Fun at Home, was designed to give users the sound of a big concert hall in any recording or playing environment.

To get more information on these and other TC Electronics TonePrints, check out their website.

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