Superbooth 2017: Bastl Thyme, A Sequenceable Effects Machine With Robots & Tape Delay

An effects machine. Robots? Tape Delay? Ah... it must be Bastl Instruments at Superbooth 2017! Enjoy the video!  

At Superbooth 2017 in the foyer area you simply can't ignore Bastl Instruments. We spoke with Vaclav and Peter about their new desktop modular creations, Eurorack modules and the simply awesome Thyme. In the video below with Vaclav we take a close look at Thyme. Very, very cool.

It was due to be announced in May 2017, and will be shipping later. More details in the video!

Get ready for the robots!

Thyme is an effects processor that is best described as a sequenceable robot operated digital tape machine. With a lot of parameters at hand it enables the exploration of all the time based effects and the vast space in between their classical multi-effects categories (delay, phaser, reverb, chorus, pitch shifter, multi-tap delay, tape delay, tremolo, vibrato, compressor) and in stereo! Each of the 9 different parameters (Tape Speed, Delay Coarse & Fine, Feedback, Filter, extra heads Spacing and Levels, Dry Wet Mix and Volume) has a dedicated, very flexible modulation source – called the Robot – which can be phased out differently for left and right channel to create psychedelic new sound effects. The Robot can either be an LFO with many different waveshapes, external CV source or an envelope follower to enable effects reacting to dynamics. On top of everything there are 8 buttons to select a preset and those presets can be sequenced by a built in meta sequencer. The Sequencer, the Robots and the Delay can be synchronised to external or internal clock. Thyme interfaces with MIDI, analog clock and CV, it has a switchable stereo/mono input, stereo output, headphone output with level and foot switch jack.

FEATURES

  • analog Input Gain knob up to +20dB
  • 9 parameters: Tape Speed, Delay Coarse & Fine, Feedback, Filter, extra heads Spacing and Levels, Dry Wet Mix and Volume
  • each parameter has a dedicated modulation source called the Robot
  • each Robot is a powerfull modulation source: LFO, envelope follower, external CV
  • freeze button reconfigures the signal flow to create tape loops
  • link button compensates the change in Delay time caused by adjusting the Tape Speed
  • tap tempo
  • internal or external clock for synchronising Delay, Robot or Sequencer
  • 8 presets organized in 8 banks (64 presets)
  • 32 step sequencer with 4 patterns for sequencing presets
  • switchable stereo/mono input
  • stereo output
  • stereo headphone output with volume knob
  • MIDI Input and Output
  • analog Clock Input
  • CV input 0-5V (volt per octave for Tape Speed and Delay Time)
  • footswitch jack for bypass
  • hi-fi audio quality

 

Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & the macProVideo Hub. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic (and a self-confessed Mac fanatic) he's taught teachers, professional musicians and hobbyists how to get the best out of Apple's creative software. He has been a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University's Teacher training pro... Read More

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