With THYME, Bastl Instruments presented on Superbooth 2017, a unique digital tape machine that can be used as instrument or effect processor. One of the highlights of this device is that musicians can activate robot like modulators to sequencer parameters. The results are very different and unique.
The creators Cuckoo and Hainbach show in their style how to use the devices. Especially Cuckoo goes deep into the features and gives a nice musical overview. Anyone who prefer more sound demos, should definitely watch the demos of Hainbach about THYME.
What Is The Bastl Instruments THYME?
The 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.
In Depth Overview By Cuckoo
THYME Soundscapes By Hainbach
THYME is now available for a price of 439€ excl. tax.
More information here: Bastl Instruments