Categories: Feature Descriptions, Time Patterns
Written By: TimeBender
The TimeBender includes several ready-made delay patterns you can choose with the Pattern knob. They’re described here and in the table that follows, but you may find it easier to sit down and listen to each one while using the TimeBender. Each pattern has one or more “taps” where the delays occur, represented in the pattern symbols by a vertical line. Each tap happens at a certain “chronological distance” from the original note, described in the table below as a percentage of the total pattern’s length of time. Each tap is also panned (left, center, or right), and each tap has a voice assigned to it.
There are five types of delay time patterns: Simple Delays, Dual Delays, Multi-tap Pattern Delays, Root-Based Pattern Delays and musIQ SmartStrum Pattern Delays. Each type is described below. With all these delay patterns, the TimeBender can be used as a traditional delay, where the input is delayed and played back unshifted, or in combination with pitch shifting (using the Voicing knob), where the input signal is shifted before being delayed.
Simple Delay (Pattern 1)
The Simple Delay has one tap and just repeats whatever you’re playing. As the Repeats knob is turned up, you’ll hear more and more repeats until the signal dies out.
Dual Delay (Pattern 2-4)
A Dual Delay is really just two simple delay lines that can be independently configured. So you can have different repeat rates for each line. When using a stereo setup, these lines are hard panned to the left and right channels. The TimeBender includes three dual delay configurations in which the left channel repeat rate can be 1/2, 3/4, or 1/3 of the right channel delay which is controlled by the Delay Time knob.
Root-Based Pattern Delay (Pattern 5-8)
The Root-Based Pattern delay is a new concept that, when combined with the TimeBender’s pitch shifting abilities, can create a wide variety of new sounds. Unlike Multi-tap Pattern delays, every repetition in a root-based pattern begins with the original unshifted note that you played. You always hear this unshifted note repeat at the specified delay time, followed by the rest of the notes in the pattern. The pattern gets its name from the fact that it is commonly used for arpeggiation. For example, with 3H and 5H voicings, playing a note with a root-based pattern will result in a musically intelligent arpeggio starting with the note you played. As you turn up the Repeats knob, the arpeggiation will repeat over a longer time. And because of the root-based nature of the pattern, you’ll hear the root of the arpeggio during each repetition.
Multi-tap Pattern Delay (Pattern 9-10)
A Multi-tap Pattern Delay is a delay line with more than one tap, resulting in a more complex delay effect. The TimeBender includes two different multi-tap patterns: three-tap and six-tap.
musIQ SmartStrum Pattern Delay (Pattern 11)
See musIQ SmartStrum Description for more information on creating your own patterns.
The individual time patterns on the knob can be described as follows: