At AES 2018 it appears audio engineering equipment manufacturers from near and far are revealing big pieces of equipment that have been under wraps for quite a while. TC Electronic was undoubtedly no outlier to this unwritten rule, as it made its appearance at the showcase with not 1, but 2 brand new pieces of equipment for engineers to use and enjoy. Both of which have setups that combine hardware and software technology. One of them being the TC1210-DT spatial expander — which we will be covering in this article — and the other being called the TC8210-DT reverb unit.
The newly released TC1210-DT from TC Electronic is a fantastic unit for any producer or engineer working out of a smaller-scale studio space to achieve a crystal-clear chorus or modulation effect to add to their mix. Its setup is similar to that of its brother release, the TC8210-DT, in that its powerhouse for all audio processing is done internally, through the plugin software. The hardware included acts as a remote so that the user has a more tactile control over functions such as the speed, depth, delay and intensity of its stereo chorus effect, allowing a more limited need for mouse clicks. There are a handful of modulation effects that can be selected — including chorus, vibrato and two different flanger effects. Within, the engineer can also create, store and load presets as well as bypass all effects. The TC1210-DT hardware remote is also powered and run entirely off of USB.
Like its twin release, the TC1210-DT is not yet publicly available, but TC Electronic plans to ship to retailers worldwide, making the unit available for purchase by the end of 2018. The company has set a minimum advertised price of just $200 for this unit, which makes it completely accessible and affordable to producers regardless of skill level or wallet size.