Strymon’s TimeLine delay is a modern classic. It does everything you’d expect a good stereo delay to be able to do, but it also does so much more – and it does it with suitable sonic integrity whether you’re after pristine digital delay or dirty, noisy, funky old-school echo. And the TimeLine is no fluke. Just check out the Lex Rotary or Blue Sky Reverberator for examples of their other work. But a modulation pedal is a somewhat trickier option than any of those dedicated effects. Whether the TimeLine is handling a pitch-shifted ping-pong stereo delay or simulating an old tape echo, it’s all still delay. The Mobius has a lot riding on its blue shoulders and 12 ‘Modulation Machines.’ Continue reading
There are so many different delay pedals out there. Digital, analog, hybrid… some give you a huge amount of features, but are fiddly to use. Others are dead-simple but they don’t offer much flexibility. I guess the ideal for many players would be a delay that offers incredibly fine control over every parameter like a rack unit, but in an easy-to-digest pedal format.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Strymon TimeLine.
I’m not going to waste time here: the TimeLine is probably – no, scratch that: definitely – the best delay pedal I’ve ever used. I like it so much that I’m not even going to save that grand statement for the end of the review. In fact I’ll say it again. The TimeLine is the best delay pedal I’ve ever used.
So why? What is it about this pedal in particular that gets it so right? Well it’s a combination of things: ease of use, quality of sound, depth of available editable settings, flexibility in sound types. Let’s break it down and see exactly what’s going on.
Strymon is putting the finishing touches on their Lex Rotary pedal. I had the pleasure of hearing this incredible little device first-hand in January. It sounds amazing and I was really blown away by just how accurately it captured the minutiae of a real rotating speaker. Check out some pics of the Lex Rotary’s creation here, and watch the demo video below.