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So, should I get the Timeline?

BGrizzMayne

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I have a Line6 DL4 right now, and have been getting annoyed with the volume drops/etc. Also, there's no dotted eighth setting with out tapping it in (I'm lazy). Lastly, I have a Musicomlab EFXIII+ and would like a midi controllable delay.

Timeline seems to be the hot topic and I am a sucker for atmospheric tones, even though it's still a digital pedal. It's midi controllable and seems pretty awesome.

Are there any of you that have one/have regrets/don't like it? Seems like everyone's got one, so it must be a very solid pedal.

The only other thing I see comparable would be a timefactor, which is a bit cheaper, but I like the tones I've heard from the Timeline more. I don't want to turn this into a timeline vs timefactor debate, but I'm about to order one tomorrow, and I thought I'd see if anyone had any 'last words' before I pull the trigger.

So, TGP, should I buy a timeline?
 

cookedbutok

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Am I living in an alternate reality, or wasn't there a thread with the exact same title, like yesterday?
 

cookedbutok

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Short answer: Prioritize needs. Research. Demo possible candidates (if possible). Select and Purchase. (Lather. Rinse. Repeat).

I'll point you in the right direction for step 1: Search "Strymon Timeline" on here and YouTube.
 

jondom22

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I have a Line6 DL4 right now, and have been getting annoyed with the volume drops/etc. Also, there's no dotted eighth setting with out tapping it in (I'm lazy). Lastly, I have a Musicomlab EFXIII+ and would like a midi controllable delay.

Timeline seems to be the hot topic and I am a sucker for atmospheric tones, even though it's still a digital pedal. It's midi controllable and seems pretty awesome.

Are there any of you that have one/have regrets/don't like it? Seems like everyone's got one, so it must be a very solid pedal.

The only other thing I see comparable would be a timefactor, which is a bit cheaper, but I like the tones I've heard from the Timeline more. I don't want to turn this into a timeline vs timefactor debate, but I'm about to order one tomorrow, and I thought I'd see if anyone had any 'last words' before I pull the trigger.

So, TGP, should I buy a timeline?
I think I was helping you out on TGP the other day about getting a good clean tone/EP Booster. Anyways, I used a DL4 for about 8 years, and after a while, it wasn't working as well and I started noticing the vol drops as well. Did my research on TGP/Youtube/etc and made the jump to the timeline, and am definitely not looking back. I think it sounds amazing and offers a lot of different varieties of delay and modulation, and if you're planning on using more than a couple delay sounds, or hate having to step on 2 pedals to go between 2 different delays during live playing, the timeline is a good choice. If you can demo it, that's also really cool. I personally love the lofi delay and the tape delay a lot, and I've barely tinkered with it
 

BGrizzMayne

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Short answer: Prioritize needs. Research. Demo possible candidates (if possible). Select and Purchase. (Lather. Rinse. Repeat).

I'll point you in the right direction for step 1: Search "Strymon Timeline" on here and YouTube.
Not sure if there was a similar thread the other day, my bad if I'm making a thread that's been repeated! I've looked around and can't really find a negative for the Timeline regarding my needs, other than price and etc. I'm almost looking for some negative feedback before i buy it, hah. Seems like everyone's got one these days.

JonDom- thanks for the help with the EP booster a while back, I'm actually gonna borrow one from a friend and try it for a few gigs.

Regarding the timeline, the unfortunate thing is that I play in a bar/wedding cover band, and I really only use delay for my lead parts. but I also play in a P&W band in addition to some church playing every once in a while, so for worship stuff, it'd probably be great.

What do you guys think about the Timeline being a main delay in a very versatile board that can do tunes from hard rock to P&W?
 

jondom22

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Not sure if there was a similar thread the other day, my bad if I'm making a thread that's been repeated! I've looked around and can't really find a negative for the Timeline regarding my needs, other than price and etc. I'm almost looking for some negative feedback before i buy it, hah. Seems like everyone's got one these days.
based on the threads at tgp, it seems like a lot of people went for the timeline, and then a bunch of them got rid of it cos they felt like it was too cumbersome and that they wanted a simple delay setup of a couple nice analog and digital delays (seems like a lot of people went for the diamond memory lane). With that said, tone-wise, you could probably get a better delay sound if you ended up buying 3 or 4 high quality delay pedals (old DMM's, Diamond Memory lane, etc), but it depends if you have the pedalboard space, feel like dancing over your pedalboard more, and don't care about saving presets/morphing between them with an expression pedal/having a looper/midi controllable/etc. I went for the timeline because of those reasons, and it sounds 20x better than my old DL4 and you can make a lot of really ****ed up sounds
 

BGrizzMayne

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Sounds cool for me. Yeah, I'm looking for a pedal where I can save presets, control via midi, and use an expression pedal to control mix. Sounds like the timeline would be a great option, so thanks for the input man!
 
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I keep saying it: If you like the sound of DL-4 models, you may be disappointed that the Timeline can't replicate them. I couldn't get close enough to my favourites, "Tube Echo" and "Auto Volume Echo", with the Timeline. Bought a M5, very happy now with the Timeline + M5 combo. Timeline is great on many things, but I strongly prefer "Auto Volume Echo" to Timeline's "swell" modell (Timeline can only swell the delayed part of the signal BTW, while Line 6 also swells the dry part). And Timeline cannot do the "dub style washed out echoplex delay with strong bass cut" as good as the Line 6 boxes.

So, if you like the sound of your DL4 delays, but want dotted eights, less volume drop issues, less alteration of the dry part of the signal ("dry thru" models), named presets and some quite useable non-delay effect models (like tremolo, pitch vibrato, whammy, reverb), think about getting a M5. Downsides: No analog dry path (just as on the DL4), no looper, preset changing is kinda cumbersome (but can be easily done via MIDI).

If you want a looper, too, and want to use two or three FX simultaneously, think about the M9.

If you're ready to spend quite some money, want an analog dry path with the option of a progammable analog 3dB boost/cut, want the more "HiFi" sounding Strymon delay models and can live without the Line6 models, want maybe crazy stuff like Trem, Filter and Shimmer ("Ice") delays, get the Timeline. Downsides: Less WYSIWYG (M5 always shows you current parameter settings, expression pedal settings, current tap subdivision; Timeline's display is brighter and easier to read, but limited to 6 characters), tap tempo not as good as on Line6 (less subdivisions, like no quarter triplets, and worse averaging algorithm), if you want looper control to be on par w/ a M9/M13, you will need an external MIDI controller.
 






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