Superbooth 2017: Bastl Debuts The Thyme, Tape Machine Effects Processor
In this video from Superbooth 2017, provided by Ask.Audio, we get a demo (sound demo at 2:30) of The Thyme from Bastl Instruments, a new effects processor that models the warmth and sheen of a digital tape machine. It offers a built-in 32 step sequencer that can communicate externally through MIDI, CV and internal/external clock.
What makes The Thyme so special is that it offers an extensive amount of parameter-controllable stereo effects including delay, phaser, reverb, chorus, pitch shifter, multi-tap delay, tape delay, tremolo, vibrato, and a compressor. Many of these effects like tremolo and vibrato actually came from tape machines, evolving from weird anomalies into popular effects.
- 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
According to the Bastl website, The Thyme is already ready for production and pricing information is expected to be announced in May 2017. It will be nice to see more upcoming demos that explore its specific effects alongside its sequencer.