Delays belong to the ever elusive category of temporal effects. To some, delays are a one trick pony. You will often find that one guitar player who has dozens of distortion or overdrive pedals, but just a single Boss delay. However, the truth is that delays are a rabbit hole you can easily get lost in. Need proof? Just check out Eventide TimeFactor Twin Delay. Not only does this thing completely change the game when it comes to adding that delay to your signal chain, but it looks like a panel from a space shuttle. Today we are going to check it out and show you just what kind of performance you can expect to see from this thing.
Eventide TimeFactor Twin Delay Review
Eventide is known for pushing the envelope all the time. Sometimes they do it even if we don’t need nor want such solutions. Even so, we are always appreciative of their effort considering how much of an impact they have. TimeFactor twin delay is no different in this sense, aside from being extremely useful and reshaping the way we experience delay pedals. They have built so much functionality into a single stompbox, thus giving us a true multi tool. With that said, there should be a word of warning printed on every TimeFactor box. This pedal requires effort. Not that much skill, but effort. If you are wondering why, you are about to find out.
It may be hard to make sense of the mess that is the control panel on TimeFactor. However, the closer you get, easier it becomes to decipher. For starters, you need to look at it as a sound processor rather than an average delay. Go one level deeper and we can break that description down into a more manageable chunks. TimeFactor features two independent delays, both of which are paired with the main processing unit. Interestingly enough, you can use both delay channels at the same time. Each channel is fully configurable and adjustable, however the core of the magic happens in the processor.
Eventide has packed this pup full to the brim with all kinds of modes, options and features. We have 100 built in presets, a full fledged looping station, LFO, filters and a whole lot more. Controlling this beast is done using three footswitches, a series of 11 knobs and a built in LED display. With that said, the most practical point of control you have are the two main modes. You have Play mode and Bank mode. Former turns the pedal into a relatively standard delay. In other words, you can select the type of delay you want, dial it in and use it in real time. Far left switch is your bypass in this scenario, far right switch is the tap temp, but the middle switch is where things get crazy. By pressing the middle switch, you engage the infinite repeat feature.
In Bank mode, you can store various patches into the memory of the pedal and access them at any time in the future. TimeFactor comes with full MIDI support, thus allowing you to pair it with various controllers. In short, Eventide has given you all the tools you could ever need to dial in a vast variety of delay types.
Speaking of delay types, there are 10 of them in total. You have your digital delay, vintage delay, tape delay and all the usual suspects you can think of. Some of them are strictly mono, but many of them work in stereo as well. Plugging this pedal into stereo mode adds an additional layer of awesomeness to the whole equation.
The abundance of features has made TimeFactor a very hot piece of gear to have. However, where most other pedals are limited to stage use, this one comes to shine when put to hard work in a recording studio. The level of complexity, number of delay types and sheer quality of sound make it a prime piece of gear for this application. That one knob which allows you to blend in both delay channels is enough to earn it this title, let alone everything else.
With all that said, it is worth mentioning that Eventide TimeFactor takes some getting used to. Figuring out all of this won’t happen over night. Fortunately, this pedal is one of those which work at the pace you set, not the other way around. If you don’t feel like recording a patch, looping it through one channel while you push something completely different through the other, you don’t have to. As a matter of fact, you can use it as a most basic delay package. Spending time with TimeFactor will slowly start revealing some of its numerous traits. In all honesty, getting comfortable with each layer of its performance is the best way to approach it. Of course, if you have plenty of experience with guitar effects pedals, TimeFactor will come across as an unusually large blank canvas. This probably explains why John Petrucci, Robin Finch and many other legends of our time are using this delay as a part of their standard setup.
What Eventide did with TimeFactor isn’t new in a sense that no one has done it before. There are similar pedals out there. They did, however put a whole new spin on the idea of a versatile delay package. There is a good chance that TimeFactor is simply the most capable pedal of its kind out there. If you think about it, every single aspect of TimeFactor’s existence is geared towards professional use. From its sturdy chassis, impressive I/O cluster, to the colorful offering of controls, modes and presets. Sure, it isn’t the cheapest thing in the world, but the amount of value it brings to the table largely outweighs the price. As a matter of fact, we could even go so far as to say it is a bargain.
Check out this demo tutorial video for the Eventide TimeFactor to get a closer look at this baby.