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Today we’re going to look at what is one of my favorite pedals, the Strymon Timeline. This is one of the most popular delays on the market, but for many people it can seem a little overwhelming at first. So let’s go ahead and talk about the basic controls and how to start using this pedal to make it work for you.
The Timeline has 100 banks with 2 presets each, the A preset and the B preset. Then there is the tap tempo. This can be changed to be a global tap, which means that it stays the same tempo for all presets or you can change it to set the tap tempo per preset. This can be helpful if you have a planned setlist or are playing with loops. It is also great if you have MIDI sent from Ableton or a time clock.
Next, you have your delay selectors so you can choose between different delay types, whether it be tape, digital, pattern reverse, etc. Next you have your value which when pushed, you basically open up a deeper level of parameters that you can change. Then you have your time, repeats, and mix. Time is as it sounds; this knob just changes your BPM of the delay. You can also go ahead and go back and tap in the tempo as you play with everyone. Next you have repeats which is just how many repeats you have in your delay sound. And finally, mix which just mixes in the delays with your original signal.
The bottom row of knobs is your filter, grit and your modulation section, or your speed and depth. These two are pretty basic. You’ve probably heard a sound like this before and have seen speed and depth on other pedals, but filter and grit might be a little new to you. Grit just affects how much the strength of the input signal and filter changes your resonance of that signal.
So basically, from here you have your cleanest sounds. According to Strymon, at 12-2 o’clock you have your analog delays, and at full setting you get closer to a tape delay sound.
This is a basic overview of what these knobs and buttons are and details about their functions. Join us as we go through different delay sounds and their settings and parameters and hopefully by the end you’ll have a better understanding of what it all means and does.