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DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal  

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    Virtually unlimited delay possibilities with the strum of your guitar.

    Delays used to be one sound, analog or digital and then one fixed delay time. The TimeBender does just what the name implies—bends time.
    The DigiTech TimeBender is a delay effect pedal featuring 10 delay types. Included are: Analog, Digital, Moving Head Tape, Fixed Head Tape, Dynamic (ducking delays), Reverse and Time Warp delay modes. Sophisticated functions include full-time tone control, modulation, multiplier, tap tempo, and repeat ping-pong patterns on all delay types. For the first time from DigiTech you get a Fixed Head Tape delay sound with the tone rolled of, modulation effect, the ability to easily set repeats in triplets.

    Go Beyond

    The DigiTech TimeBender delay pedal goes beyond normal delays to create custom repeat rhythms or patterns on the fly as you strum your guitar. Set up to 6 taps to quickly create delays that would normally take a rack of effects and hours of programming. For instance; a 6 tap moving head tape delay can be created where the delay taps are not equally spaced but fall on beats set by you.

    New Tones

    Topping off the TimeBender delay is the ability to add intelligent harmonies to your delays. Choose from over 100 different voicings including octaves, 5ths, 3rds, and more. When the repeats are turned up, layers of singing angelic tones are created to form never before heard effects.

    Power at your feet

    The DigiTech TimeBender delay pedal offers more than a full rack of delay effects topped with intelligent harmony and the ability to quickly set the repeat rhythms. Never has a delay packed into a single pedal been so advanced and easy to use.

    Features
    • 10 Delay Types:
    • Digital
    • Analog
    • Variable Speed Tape
    • Moving Head Tape
    • Dynamic (ducking) Digital
    • Dynamic (ducking) Analog
    • Dynamic (ducking) Tape
    • Time Warp (wide delay time modulation)
    • Reverse
    • Envelope (chopping delay)
    • 20 Second looper
    • Unique Strum Tempo lets you create delay "rhythms"
    • 100 Intelligent Harmonies on delays creating new delay tones
    • Full-time tone control on delay
    • Multiplier to change from whole notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, etc.
    • Tap Tempo
    • 4 Memory settings

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    DigiTechTimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.6

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    5.0

    Fantastic delay, full-featured

    By Mo

    from Urbana, IL

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    Pros

    • 4 Presets
    • Add-on Switching
    • Fast Tweaking
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Multiple Delay Types
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Needs Power Supply

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I have always been wary with Digitech products. They have typically seemed middle-of-the road pedals, certainly better than Behringer but not up to par with hand-wired boutique pedals and most of the Boss line. I decided to give the Timebender a chance, after reading the technical specs on the pedal and watching reviews. I was one of the first to purchase this when it was made available on the market.

    Having played with it for a couple years now, I can tell you that it meets or exceeds the standards of other delay pedals. Others I have played include the Boss DD-20, TC Nova Delay, the Line 6 DL4, TC Flashback, and the Eventide TimeFactor.

    As with all digital delays, the real value is in sound quality and features. As a stereo delay, with a wide variety of delay options, it does great in the features department. It features a lot of neat delay simulation, including analog delay, reverse delay, tape simulation, and a neat option I haven't found anywhere else called dynamic delay, where it only engages when the sound input stops (think of it as a cool delay that doesn't play during solos but engages when you stop playing).

    You can use an expression pedal to shift between 2 delay presets one each of the actual presets, which actually results in having 8 different delay types. You can also attach a 2-button footswitch to select presets.

    I think the real limitation lies in its power requirements. the Boss DD-20 and other pedals can be powered by a Voodoo Labs PP2+ because of low current, but the DigiTech requires 9V at 1.2A to run it, which is beyond any power brick I've found. So for those who try to conserve space or only have one outlet available, it will require a power strip to keep everything going.

    Bottom line, this is a great pedal at an amazing price point. I think DigiTech is discontinuing the item or reducing its availability but it is a worthwhile investment for a professional musician.

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    5.0

    Well worth it if you need what it has.

    Comments about DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Some general observations first:The unit is extremely solid - close to Boss brick if not for the knobs. The knobs feel cheap but adjust exceedingly smoothly, so I can forgive it. Sound quality is very, very, very good. I can't tell the difference bypassed or not, and fidelity (or lack thereof, if you've set it that way) of the echoes and effects is exceptional.I've fed it abusive source material without choking - it does its thing to bass, regular guitar, ebow, synth units, and vocals without complaint, in front of an amp, in the effects loop, or in the send/return on the mixer.User settings are minimal for a unit of its cost - 4 presets. If it wasn't criminally easy to dial in new settings, I'd be angry. Similarly, lack of MIDI control hurts - this unit would be anabsolutely amazing rackmount with a little more control depth (dedicated dry/wet outs and level controls, I'm looking at you and wishing you were included) - the hardwired optional footswitch doesn't really add much. An on/off switch would be nice as well if you don't want a $300 light show on the floor.The looper feels like an afterthought. Yes, it works, yes it sounds decent, but the lack of options versus a dedicated device makes itsuperfluous if you already have one or need one for serious use. In an otherwise stunning array of neat toys, it just feels cheap. Thatsaid, if you're looking for the more extreme end of sounds that the unit can produce, chances are you already have a dedicated looper.That said, there's nothing quite like it out there. Expression pedal setup is a breeze, and shifting between heel and toe settings on apatch adds a great deal of depth and dimension to the unit. It's especially good controlling the runaway analog/tape echo spaceman noises or shifting intervals on the harmonized repeats. Whether using an expression pedal or manually tweaking knobs, the unit handles change well - delay doesn't abruptly cut off or operateinconsistently, which is a rarity for a digital unit.Dialing in whatever sound you want, once you've experimented with the unit and know your way around, is extremely fast - whether you'rehappy using tap tempo (an undocumented feature, tap right pedal after holding it down to set 'strum' patterns), the strum to multi-tapsetting, or manual BPM or standard delay length times.And the sounds are flat out amazing. The ducking delays actually respond well, and the built-in limiter lets you get runaway delay effects without increasing in volume to obscene levels. The tone control is extremely responsive and adds choice to the sounds the unit produces, and the harmony repeats are a take it or leave itproposition, but where else can you become the world's most effective blues-Devo hybrid band in existence?For more traditional sounds, it does a very credible analog and tape echo emulation with functional runaway effects with moving tape heador tape speed emulated as well. There realistically isn't a standard delay effect I can't get with the unit, and it has options nothing else out there in the price range even contemplates - and does some things that more expensive units would balk at.I should add that the reverse delay and the envelope effect are actually playable and usable, and can be more than a novelty if youput the time into learing to play with it.Don't let the initial negatives here chase you away; once the initial learning curve is overcome, it's a quick to deploy and frankly amazing unit that does more than I expected. There just isn't another delay that goes from straight ahead normal jazz fattening to faux MicroMoog slicer harmonizer out there.

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    2.0

    Not as useful as I hoped it would be...

    By ThatOneGuy-okSI5

    from Houston, TX

    Comments about DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Alright I want to be objective here and give an honest review of this delay and focus on the good and bad.This delay is extreeeeeeeemely cool. The harmonizing and arpeggiating abilities are way beyond what I expected. It is really nice and moderately controllable. The delay sounds are good not great. I have an old Vox Tonelab SE and I think the delay on it sounds much better. On to the bad. I felt that the overall design of the TimeBender made it a little difficult to use in live situations. For example if you want to switch delays mid song or switch to a harmonizing delay you have to tap both pedals to toggle on or off the preset bank then select then change the key of the harmonizer and it was honestly not really something I was able to successfully do especially while singing. There are only 4 presets, and you can't use a 9v adaptor with it, making things a headache for your power supply. Honestly I wouldn't buy it again. In fact I wouldn't buy any multi effect delay again. I would stick with the Boss DD7 and a tap tempo controller. It's just easier for me. I don't have a need for 5 or 6 delays in a song and $300 is just too much to pay for a neat toy that isn't really all that usable.

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    5.0

    Absolutely Awesome!

    By Chad M. Bedwell

    from Anniston, AL.

    Comments about DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I would Like to say that this Pedal Sums up what I have been Looking for in Delay units for years.It's Amazing there is so much endless things to do on this unit,and I run it With my Digitech RP1000,and it is just Amazing when I need that extra touch of Delay during Solo's I have been Working on and Recording,Overall Every Feature is Amazing.It will be Hard for anyone too BEAT,This Unit. Thank You Digitech for the Hard work in Creating this Unit.... It's Flawless

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    5.0

    Worth the money

    Comments about DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I've got to hand it to Digitech with putting out this delay. I wasn't even in the market for a another delay pedal but this offered so many new cutting edge features coupled with high end sound I had to make the purchase. Visit the demos on Digitech's website and prepare to be amazed. A neat little discovery, it can also be used to make the guitar sound like a bass very cool!

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    5.0

    Most Advanced Delay Effect

    By tonequest-7Fu3q

    from Northern Cali

    Comments about DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I used most high-end delay effects including racks.But not only does this sound high-end,this has the most advanced features,i.e. stroke tap-tempo, multi-tap delays and stereo loop, envelope,dynamic delay, etc.It beats all the competitions out there.Do the research yourself.

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    5.0

    Time Bender Delay Review

    By slider_62

    from Victoria, BC

    Comments about DigiTech TimeBender Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Time Bender Delay is the most versatile delay that I have ever used. This pedal goes beyond a standard delay pedal allowing the player to conjure up complex rhythmic pitch shifted delay patterns in addition to sounds that should be in a sci fi movie. Although the number of knobs makes the pedal seem intimidating it is easy to get going with some basic delay sounds. The built in looper is a nice feature and allows you to pitch shift individual loops (including down an octave down for laying bass lines). The unit unfortunately only has 4 presets so be prepared to write some favorite settings down. The unit has solid construction, an easy to read display, and a blue LED that flashes the delay speed(its very bright when your face is up close) . I have also used the Boss DD-20 and while I have no faults with it do not compare it against the TimeBender because of their similar form factor; the TimeBender offers so many more sounds in the pitch shifting and rhythmic delay features.

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