I think I speak for us all when I say “WANT! WANT!” Vox has officially unveiled the Joe Satriani Time Machine pedal, which Joe has been testing while out on tour, and it looks to be a very cool mix of analog-style control and digital flexibility. The old school vibe is beefed up about tenfold by those groovy chickenhead knobs. And I love that it includes wet and dry outputs. This would be a great companion for my
MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay. Plus they’re both green.
This is from the Vox site:
The “time machine” dual-mode delay pedal is the second effect pedal created in collaboration between the world-renowned guitarist Joe Satriani and VOX. With two delay modes and a Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi switch, it delivers a wide range of delay sounds and yet remains remarkably easy to use
Dual-mode delay: “modern” and “vintage.”
Two EQ modes: “Hi-Fi” or “Lo-Fi”
Broad delay time range, with tap tempo control
Independent wet and dry stereo outputs
Two delay modes to handle any situation
The time machine provides both “modern” and “vintage” delay modes. The modern mode mirrors your original sound with full clarity and fidelity, and will fit any style of music. As its name suggests, the vintage mode delivers the sound of a classic tape delay unit. A proprietary saturation circuit creates a warm, analog sound with a nice sense of distortion. Gentle modulation is also applied in the vintage mode, reproducing the slight warbling produced by a tape-based delay. The amazing effectiveness is the result of an uncompromising process of testing and refining carried out by Joe and VOX.
Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi switch summons up Joe Satriani’s custom tone
Joe wanted to get a sound that blends nicely with the other performers – whether you’re on stage or in the studio – and yet also has some thickness to the tone. The solution was to add a Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi switch to the time machine. The Hi-Fi mode delivers a transparent, uncolored sound. The Lo-Fi mode, on the other hand, provides a distinctive EQ, combining both high-pass and low-pass filters. This EQ uses filters that have been precisely adjusted to Joe’s taste, so that your guitar sound will blend naturally in the mix – without obscuring or interfering with the other players.
Versatile functions equal a diverse range of sound
The time machine is a pedal like no other, one that expands your sound-creating potential through a variety practical functions. The delay time is adjustable over a broad range – from 30ms slapback to nearly six full seconds of delay*. You can also use the tap tempo switch to set the delay as triplets, eighth notes, dotted eighth notes, or quarter notes depending on the delay range position setting. The chicken-head knobs that are a VOX tradition (and also favored by Joe) allow you to make fine adjustments – even while holding a pick – so it’s easy to make quick yet precise changes. There are also two OUTPUT jacks, so the unprocessed “dry” sound and the processed “wet” sound can be output separately. By connecting these two jacks to different amps, you can obtain spacious delay sounds that are highly effective in any playing environment.
(*) Maximum delay is 5800 milliseconds when using the tap temp switch and 1000 milliseconds when using the delay control.
Time Machine specifications
Controls: Level, Delay Range, Time, Feedback, ON SW, Tap & Modern/Vintage SW, Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi SW
In/Outputs: 1 x INPUT, 1 x OUTPUT, 1 x DRY OUT, 1 x DC9V
Max Delay Time: 5800 milliseconds via Tap-Tempo, 1000 milliseconds via Delay control
Input Impedance: 1M-ohms
Output Impedance : 1k-ohms
Power Supply: 9V alkaline battery(6LF22/6LR61) or AC adapter(sold separately)
Current Consumption: 60mA
Dimensions: 143(W) x 121(D) x 58(H) mm / 5.63”(W) x 4.76”(D) x 2.28”(H)
Weight: 600g /1.32 lbs (without batteries)
Included Items: 9V alkaline battery (included)
Options: 9V AC adapter (not included)
You can also read about the Time Machine on Guitar Noize.
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