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Wanting a Timeline

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I have a Timefactor, and love the customization on it. However, I really want to try the Timeline because I'm all about quality delay and from what I've heard, it's just a bit better. Does anyone object to this, and does anyone know somebody interested in that trade?
 

Jules-RM

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I'm still using my TimeFactor, not a fan of the odd ambiance Strymon stuff tends to have. Maybe their stuff is incompatible with my setup.

The grass isn't necessarily greener. I'm sure you'll find 10 former TimeFactor owners that disagree with me by the end of this page tho ;)
 

earwax

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I have a Timeline now. Had it for about a year I think. To me its not clearly superior to the Timefactor. I am thinking about going back because I liked the digital sound better and I thought the vintage and tape were slightly better as well. I think I was just a sucker for the ice delay and the ability to put an effect in the loop were what sold me. Now that I don't use those options very much I am considering at least picking up another timefactor to a/b again just to make sure. They are both really good delays. For me its hard to know which one is best.
 
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just got a timeline after living on some other big delays for years.

meh...
its super neat-o and all, but i am yet to find a sound that really gives me goosebumps.
found a lot of those on some other boxes, such as the empress. but it sounds super clean and that goes a long way. i like the interface of the factor pedals more.
 

mcdes

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Wow, little bit of timeline hate! Hahaha

I agree, your best bet is to try one first, by borrowing a friends, or renting, to make sure it is for you. Love mine!
 

jb4674

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IMO, the TimeLine has the ability to sound a bit more analog-ish than the TimeFactor but, that's just about it. Sure, you can put effects in its loop and you have the ice mode but, I don't think is miles away from the TimeFactor in terms of features (and I have both).

Each pedal has its advantages and disadvantages but, if I had to choose one to use at a given moment, I'd probably use the TimeFactor because it's simpler to use and you can tweak it without having to dig into menus, as the controls are all in front of you.
 

Abandoned

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I know there seems to be some timeline dislike/dissapointment lately but maybe this will help you. I was talking to Andy Timmons a few weeks ago and we were talking about some gear and he brought up the Timeline and how he has one and really like its functionality and practicality for live playing. He was also mentioning how close it can get the the sounds of the DMM... in fact he said "the Timeline gets about 90% there when comparing it to the sounds of my DMM's".
Now obviously he doesn't appear to be constrained to financial restraints when it comes to gear so I don't think he has to choose one or the other. But none the less he thinks the TL can get pretty close to the sounds of the DMM.
 

Footbutt

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former Timefactor owner/current Timeline owner here.

to generalize it:
Timefactor is really, really good at digital delays
Timeline almost specializes in analog, tape, other sounds

i loved how i could sync up my Timefactor and Space, and having the 3-button Aux switch was a HUGE plus.

call it 'cork-sniffer' but i sold my Timefactor to get a Timeline. i really like it A LOT, but there's something Andrew Osenga said to me when i asked him about him using a Line 6 M13 for the bulk of his delay/reverb live on tour.
"It's just... not inspiring."
^that thing about all-in-one type pedals is partially true for me and the Timeline. i rarely spin the dial and i find myself sticking to Tape, Analog, and Digital mostly. sounds like "lo-fi" are never used.

i think if you could try out a Timeline, you could find out if it can get close to your current likeable settings on the Timefactor. otherwise, i would listen to the soundclips on Strymon's site and see which modes you enjoy the most and pickup either a Diamond ML jr or QL, or other for that matter.

just my $0.02.
 

jb4674

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i think if you could try out a Timeline, you could find out if it can get close to your current likeable settings on the Timefactor.

just my $0.02.
I have to disagree. The TimeLine shines in its emulation of analog delays but, it can't come close to the digital delay sound that the TimeFactor can produce.

Now, if you combine both of them together...... :rockin
 

Footbutt

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I have to disagree. The TimeLine shines in its emulation of analog delays but, it can't come close to the digital delay sound that the TimeFactor can produce.

Now, if you combine both of them together...... :rockin
sorry, i meant he could get close to the analog and tape settings he likes on the Timefactor.
and yeah, a TF/TL would be a kick-butt.
 

AtlMusicMan86

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I went from a Timefactor to a Timeline recently and can say that both are fantastic units.
I like the interface on the Timefactor more since its pretty much all there in front of you leaving you to change things on the fly easily without having to go into any menus. But I like the banking selection better on the Timeline which allows you to go up and down without an external pedal like the Timefactor and the T1M E3. Either unit has a trade off but both have great delays. I have the Timeline and Empress VMSD and love it.
 
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I play guitar for my church worship band so I am all about delays that fill space. One thing I find with the Timefactor is that it's really hard to get a warm analog delay that I can use with a rhythm part. When I'm just strumming or picking some chords, I really like a wet, warm tone where you can't really hear the repeats. I have a Carbon Copy, but really only use it for swells right now. I guess I could use that for songs, but I feel like it would be in the way without the tap tempo. Anyone have suggestions for a setting where tempo wouldn't matter?
 

mcdes

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Anyone have suggestions for a setting where tempo wouldn't matter?
I have a DMM 'like' setting with about 4 repeats, but the mix is down really low. doesnt matter what tempo, but nice enough to just subtly sit beneath you....... or, id recommend the stereo WET reverb! lol
 






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