What is The Time Modulator?
CONTROL TIME ITSELF! - with The Marshall Time Modulator (now in a convenient, cross-platform plug-in size!)
Once in a while something is created that is so good, so unbelievably useful, it becomes "timeless"...
The Marshall Time Modulator is one of those creations. Before there was much "digital" anything, and before records were considered something anachronistic and nostalgia evoking, back when "Dark Side of the Moon" was new and Hip-Hop kind of a distant dream, Stephen St. Croix had an idea: What would happen if you took the the longest analog delay line possible, gave it the greatest signal to noise ratio in a piece of outboard gear, and then made the modulation of it possible over such a wide range that it could effect sound in ways sublime AND outrageous. Something so utilitarian and necessary that it could fit in equally well on Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life," or as the means of giving extra gravitas to the sound of a bad acid trip. Stephen called it: The Marshall Time Modulator. You'll call it "indispensable".
We’ll say this much: there is no flange like it, and hasn’t been for the past 25 years.
Two separate delay lines, in a ratio of 1:2 or 1:4., each with their own volume, phase and pan controls and a joint feedback control.
Once modulation is added, the ratios between the delay lines don’t change, but together the delay lines can be continuously swept over the range from minimum to maximum time over the LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) rate. This is a function of the interaction between the Time Delay, Preset, Time Modulation, LFO Shape and LFO Speed parameters working together.
From subtle thickening, to reverb loving "spin", to the sound of vinyl left out on the hood of an '84 Camaro in the Black Rock Desert in the last week of August, The Marshall Time Modulator has all the bases covered - and then some.