Yesterday I posted about the Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay, and on Facebook, Aljon Go mentioned that he was using the JS Time Machine. I’ve heard of that unit, but never really looked too closely at it. The JS or Vox Joe Satriani Time Machine Delay is collaboration between the legendary Joe Satriani and Vox to develop a pedal that merges the worlds of analog and digital. By switching to Lo-Fi, you will get some warmer delay tones with slight break up and darker signal, Hi-Fi will retain your tone 100% within the delay.Â I’ve seen a few other digital units that can simulate analog style delays, and that is definitely an important feature if you like that sound, but want additional functionality that goes beyond the analog capability.
Here is the official description:
The Vox Time Machine dual-mode delay pedal was created in a collaboration between 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.
Two delay modes to handle any situation
The Time Machine has 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 pedal. 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 performersâ€”whether you’re on stage or in the studioâ€”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 mixâ€”without obscuring or interfering with the other players.
Versatile functions equal a diverse range of sound
The Vox Time Machine is an effect pedal like no other, one that expands your sound-creating potential through a variety of practical functions. The delay time is adjustable over a broad rangeâ€”from 30ms slapback to nearly 6 full seconds of delay*. You can also use the tap tempo switch to set the delay as triplets, eighth notes, dotted 8th 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 adjustmentsâ€”even while holding a pickâ€”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.
I found two videos on this pedal. Here is one by guitarworld:
That was a fine video, but seem to just go over the features, without going into too much detail, but I found this by gadottiguitars where he demos this pedal pretty thoroughly:
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