The Time Machine is a multi-function delay designed to the exact specifications of world-renowned guitar icon Joe Satriani. Joe wanted a delay that would offer the best of modern delays combined with the warmth, musicality and character of the best vintage delay pedals. He also wanted to incorporate his favorite EQ points that he uses to sculpt delay effects on stage and in the studio to make the guitar sit perfectly in the mix. The result is the Time Machine.
The Time Machine has a dual nature complete with two delay modes. Mode 1 is Modern – mirroring your original sound with full clarity and fidelity. Mode 2 is Vintage – limiting the frequency response and adding in soft distortion – along with subtle analog-accurate tape warble. Further tone enhancements come from the Hi-Fi/ o-Fi switch. The Hi-Fi setting delivers a transparent, uncoloured sound, while the Lo-Fi setting serves up Joe’s custom EQ filter settings, allowing smooth blending into any musical situation.
The delay time ranges from a 30ms slapback to nearly six full seconds (5,800ms) of delay. Use the Tap Tempo function to quickly set the delay time on the fly – including straight eighths, triplets and more. The original signal and the delayed signal exit on different outputs, allowing either one to be further processed individually.
The Time Machine is like having two delays in one – Modern and Vintage. Both delays are quickly accessible via footswitch. The Modern delay is a full-range, crystal clean delay suitable for virtually any style of music. The Vintage delay adds a subtle modulation effect and a saturation circuit to simulate the characteristics of vintage tape delays.
Based on the tone and response of a sought-after vintage delay unit, this asymmetrical saturation circuit gives the Vintage mode its classic warmth.
This is another very useful feature designed exactly to Joe’s specifications. In Hi-Fi mode, no EQ is applied, and the delay sounds are produced purely as they were originally voiced. In Lo-Fi mode, high pass and low pass filter EQ is applied to the delay signal, in both Modern and Vintage mode. These EQ points are the exact settings Joe uses in the studio and on stage to create huge guitar tones with delay that sit perfectly in the mix. Think of this switch as your instant access to a professional mixing engineer!
Tap your desired delay time into the Time Machine with the Tap foot switch. The Tap switch also doubles as a mode select switch to allow you to change between Modern and Vintage delays.
The Time Machine lives up to its name. In addition to offering extremely precise control over delay times up to 1000ms using the Delay Range and Time knobs, the Tap switch enables delay times up to 5800ms!
The Time Machine has two 1/4″ outputs for full stereo operation. This means you can run the Time Machine into two different sound sources (such as two different amplifiers) for huge, stadium-ready delay tone. It’s also great in the studio.
There were a lot of practical reasons Joe chose these knobs over something more modern looking. For one, they just look cool! Joe and the Vox team also agreed that it was essential to give you the most precision possible in exploring and documenting your own favorite sound settings. Joe chose white so you can see them in dark places, like on stage or in your basement.