The alter.audio Timetosser has been in the works for quite some time. Now it looks like the real-time sampling / slicing box is about to make its debut on Kickstarter. If you’re a DJ or electronic live performer, mark June 1st in your calendar.
We first covered the alter.audio Timetosser back in 2017. The nifty real-time sampling box has since been refined and it looks like it’s finally ready to get out in the wild. The developer plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign on June 1st.
The idea is quite simple, but those are usually the best devices for instant fun during a live performance. Timetosser takes a stereo audio stream, such as from a turntable, looper or other device, and stores it in a buffer while passing the unprocessed audio through to its outputs. The audio is stored in 192 kHz / 24 bit, so quality shouldn’t be an issue. You can then tap the tempo and use the top row of pads to manually retrigger audio slices for instant live remixing. The size of the slices can be set to 1/4 note, 1/8 note, 1/16 note and triplet options. Reverse and mute modes allow for even more creative beat mangling.
While the original concept had RCA connectors, the production version will be equipped with 1/4″ jacks. This makes Timetosser much more useful for any kind of electronic live performance, not just DJing. The device is based on a 180 MHz ARM microcontroller. It’s powered over USB and can even be used as an audio interface. The versatile sync jack (1/8″) lets you sync Timetosser to MIDI or analogue clocks. Nice!
This looks like a very cool little box that could be a whole lot of fun for live and DJ sets. I’m glad to see that it’s about to be released.
Price and availability
Timetosser is funded through a Kickstarter campaign, which is set to begin on June 1st. If you’re interested, you should mark that date in your calendar, as there could be some early bird specials. The price is rumoured to be around EUR 295.