Published On: Tue, Jan 5th, 2010

Eventide TimeFactor

Eventide made its name back in the 80s with a line of studio-quality rackmount effects, and now the best sounds have been crammed into three stompboxes. Review by Huw Price

This pedal contains Eventide‘s nine best delay effects plus a 12-second Looper with Dubbing and Speed control. Maximum delay times reach three seconds and there are 20 user presets. The delay types include Digital Delay, Vintage Delay, Tape Echo, Mod Delay, Ducked Delay, Band Delay, Filter Pong, Multi Tap and Reverse.
There are two independent delay lines, each with Time and Feedback controls, plus controls to set the balance between the two and between dry and wet. The remaining knob functions depend on the delay category selected, but operation is very intuitive and the parameter you’re changing flashes up in the display window.
Digital Delay sounds straightforward, clean and noise-free. The Vintage and Tape Echo names are only there to tease you; this is no modelling pedal, so if you want recognisably characterful delay you’re probably better off buying a dedicated pedal or a real tape delay.
Overall, the settings deliver plenty of vibe but you’re really hearing filtering and pitch modulation applied to a clean digital delay. It’s all superbly useable, and you can dial in some hissy noise with the Xnob control, but it won’t completely satisfy the analogue anoraks. Ducked Delay turns down the effect when playing then swells it back up in the gaps; Band Delay lets you choose between band pass, high pass and low pass filtering and even modulate the centre frequency for eerie, ethereal sounds. Reverse Delay won’t be confined to Hendrix freaks, as the Time Factor dishes up all kinds of metallic and pitch-shifting weirdness too.

 

 

Verdict

Eventide's new pedals do indeed have the sonic character of the fabled rack gear, but they're far easier to use. The emphasis is on studio quality - clarity, user-programmability and vanishingly low noise. If you're a fan of scuzzy lo-fi analogue effects the Factor range really isn't for you, but if you appreciate clean processing and are content to get your dirt elsewhere, these pedals offer a world of fun for experimental musicians and recording engineers alike.

Build Quality Playability Sound Value Vibe Score
18 20 18 15 16 87

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