REVIEW: Strymon TimeLine Delay

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.

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REVIEW: Vox Time Machine Joe Satriani delay

Joe Satriani has always been a fine proponent of great-sounding delay – where would a track like ‘The Forgotten Pt. 2’ or, well, “Time Machine,” be without those haunting echos? Or, for that matter, the song “Echoes”? Satch has used all sorts of different devices to generate his delays throughout the years before designing the Time Machine with Vox. It’s part of a series of Joe Satriani effects by Vox which currently includes the Ice 9 Overdrive, Big Bad Wah, and the one that started it all, the Satchurator Distortion.

The Time Machine is a large-ish pedal (in a groovy metallic green finish with creme chickenhead knobs – cool) which may take up a decent amount of space on your pedalboard. It contains four knobs: Level, Delay Range (abbreviated to “D. Range” – geddit?), Time and Feedback, as well as a Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi switch. The D. Range control offers four (maximum) settings: 125ms, 250ms, 500ms and 1000ms, which you can fine tune with the Time control. Or you can get up to a whopping 5800ms via the Tap Tempo switch. The minimum delay time is 30ms, which makes for a cool doubling effect.

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