It’s amazing how some things get better with age. The TimeFactor has been around for several years now, having garnered accolades among its dedicated users. Countless little updates have also been made to the TimeFactor to enhance sound quality, including more pristine looping audio fidelity, improved Tape Echo, improved Vintage Delay, and more. But ultimately what it all comes down to is sound quality and just how easy this pedal is to use. (The TimeFactor is built like a tank, so reliability should be a non-issue.) You can easily dial in the delay time and feedback for both delays as well as blend them to taste with your dry signal via dedicated control knobs on the top row. The bottom row of knobs covers modulation with Depth and Speed, various Filter effects, and other algorithm specific parameters with the Xnob control. The knob on the bottom left is for turning the tempo on and off (BPM or Milliseconds), scrolling through delay machines, and saving presets.
The TimeFactor has 3 footswitches and 2 modes: Play and Bank. Play Mode provides 3 functions for the currently selected delay preset: Active/Bypass, Repeat, and Tap. You can name presets and set precise tempos for each preset to be instantly recalled by a couple taps.
The TimeFactor’s array of delay algorithms are in a class of their own in terms of sound quality and playability. The DigitalDelay setting is pristine and vibrant, providing clear replications of your playing. VintageDelay lets you degrade the delay quality by lowering the bit depth, resulting in warm low-res delay effects. TapeEcho is another standout with its convincingly analog vibe, complete with Wow, Flutter, and tape Saturation controls for capturing classic tape delay tones. The DuckedDelay is Eventide’s take on a dynamic delay that reduces the delay volume while you’re playing and swells up into the mix in the spaces between. The ModDelay, BandDelay, MultiTap, and Reverse delays cover a range of interesting delay sounds if you want something a little less traditional.The TimeFactor offers a full range of MIDI implementation for controlling various parameters in a live performance situation with an external MIDI controller. There’s even a dedicated expression pedal input which allows you to control the functions of multiple knobs in realtime for all manner of modulated delay insanity.
The TimeFactor’s Looper offers robust mono looping capabilities which make it a great jam companion for coming up with new ideas or a solid tool for adding looping to your performances.
Perhaps the biggest strength of the TimeFactor for many guitarists will be having twin delays that can be used with all 9 of the pedal’s unique delay effects. This delivers rhythmic delays and syncopated echoes beyond those offered from any other dedicated delay pedal.
The Eventide TimeFactor is a formidable delay pedal that offers a myriad of rhythmic possibilities across a diverse range of stellar delay algorithms. It sounds fantastic and is easy to dial in thanks to its thoughtfully placed surface controls. If you’re looking for the best twin delay effects pedal, definitely give the TimeFactor an audition.
What started in a New York basement in 1971 has become a ubiquitous name in audio broadcasting and recording. Eventide revolutionized the industry with their H910, Harmonizer, Instant Phaser, and they’re incorporating today’s technology with more recent favorites like their stompboxes and plug-ins. With more than 40 years in the business, it is testament to their dedicated delivery of relevant products that artists are excited to record with. We have loved Eventide for years, since the day of their rack mounted effects in our studios to now with their Factor series and H9 pedals. Eventide has pioneered much in the way of wet effects over the past 40+ years and we are excited to include them in the products we offer! Look for Eventide products at Lucci Music, online and in store located in Colorado Springs, CO. If you’re looking for pedals and sounds that have pioneered the modern effects market and keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible to shove into a stomp box, Eventide is the company for you!