TC Electronic is a Danish audio equipment manufacturer, founded by two brothers, Kim and John Rishøj, in 1976. Its product range includes guitar effects, audio interfaces, audio software, equalisers, studio processors and computer hardware.
TC Electronic created the TC Group in the year 2002 after acquiring TGI plc. TGI was consisting of Tannoy, GLL Goodman, Lab.Gruppen and Martin Audio. Martin Audio was sold again and Goodman was closed. TC Works (software development) used to be part of the TC Group but was reintegrated with TC Electronic in the year 2005. The TC Group is currently consisting of Tannoy (speakers and studio monitors), Lab.Gruppen (amplifiers), TC Electronic, TC-Helicon (harmonisers and vocal processors) and TC Applied Technologies (digital-audio semiconductor development). Furthermore TC Electronic co-develop products with Dynaudio Acoustics (speakers and studio monitors).
The success of the black low noise guitar effect pedals like the SCF Chorus allowed the development of the 2290 delay 19" effect. Released in 1985, it was far ahead in sound quality, delay time (up to 32sec) and modulation features and thus remained a studio standard for decades.
System 6000 is an audio mastering system, built around
the Mainframe 6000, which houses the DSP chips needed to perform
the processing, and which also houses all the audio inputs and
outputs. The Mainframe 6000 is connected via Ethernet to either the Remote CPU 6000 and
the TC ICON hardware controller or to a computer running
TC ICON emulation software.
The System 6000 comes in two versions: Reverb 6000 and Mastering 6000. The difference between them lies in the included processing algorithms:
Reverb 6000 comes with reverb and delay effects for stereo and multi-channel purposes, while Mastering 6000 comes with algorithms suited for stereo and multi-channel audio mastering purposes, and includes pitch-shifting tools. Several other optional algorithms are not included with any of the two variants and need to be acquired separately.
The Finalizer is a audio mastering tool, which comes in two versions: Finalizer 96K and Finalizer Express. Both of the Finalizers have a compressor, limiter, equaliser and a "Gain Maximiser". The Finalizer Express is a less-functional version of the Finalizer 96K, and it is unable to perform 96 kHz processing.
The guitar effects TC Electronic manufactures are split into several categories: Vintage, Classic (reissues of the effects pedals TC Electronic produced in the 70s), Nova (digital delays and reverbs) and the G-Series (guitar multi-effect processors), with G-Major multi-effect processor as their current headline guitar solution.
In 2009, TC Electronic released its brand new transistor bass amplifier, RH450 (previously called as Rebel Head 450, but this name was cancelled later). RC 4 footswitch was made especially for RH450. In addition to this, TC Electronic began to produce cabinet speakers for RH450 and other bass amplifiers: RS210 (2x10 inch speakers), RS212 (2x12 inch speakers) and RS410 (4x10 speakers).
Also, shortly after the presentation of the RH450 at NAMM'09, TC Electronic engaged a special Test Pilot program, selecting 24 bass-guitarists worldwide to test the amplifier on their concerts and rehearsals, and then share their opinion with the world bass community.
PowerCore is a series of computer hardware and software, somewhat similar in concept to the DSP card in Digidesign's Pro Tools. At the base is a PowerCore unit, which allows the PowerCore VST or AU plug-ins to run, and performs all the processing, thus allowing lower latency and higher audio quality to be achieved.
PowerCore hardware is available in these versions:
PowerCore Firewire - a 1U rack unit which connects to the computer via
PowerCore X8 - same as the Firewire edition as above but double the processing power (8 Freescale processors instead of 4)
PowerCore 6000 - same as the X8 edition as above and also includes licenses for the System 6000-ported plug-ins
PowerCore Sonnox Edition - same as the X8 edition as above and also includes licenses for Sonnox Dynamics & EQ
PowerCore Compact - a smaller-sized unit which connects to the computer via FireWire
PowerCore PCI mkII - a PCI card
PowerCore Express - a PCI Express card, otherwise similar to PowerCore PCI mkII
PowerCore Unplugged - a PCI card, with no plug-ins included and a lower price. It can be used with specific optional plug-ins and as an addition to an existing PowerCore system.
TC Electronic develops a range of plug-ins for its PowerCore
system. They are all in the VST or AU formats, but cannot run without the
PowerCore hardware. Some of these plug-ins are included with all of
the PowerCore systems, except PowerCore Unplugged.
The plugins include equalizers, noise removal plugins, reverbs, analog filter banks emulators, compressors and psychoacoustic effects.
TC Electronic also manufactures plug-ins for the HD version of Digidesign's Pro Tools and Soundscape software. These plug-ins are also available in a PowerCore version (some of them are ported from the System 6000). They include vocal harmonisers, mastering plugins, reverbs and compressors.
TC Electronic also developed a two-track digital audio editor, which featured mastering tools and different effects.