With its interesting effects and amps, NUX has been quietly making a name for itself in the guitar gear market for quite some time. Less than a month ago, the company from Shenzen, China presented the Mighty Plug, an amp for your guitar output with a built-in Bluetooth interface. Its latest product, the Duotime, returns the company’s focus to affordable effects with a digital stereo delay that should make some friends, not least because of the price.
NUX Duotime Stereo Delay
The Duotime has five different types of delay – Analog Delay, Tape Echo, Digital, Verb and MOD – covering a lot of bases. The controls consist of Level, Type, Time 1, Time 2, Repeat 1, Repeat 2 and Parameters. The footswitches are labelled On/Off and Tap Tempo; pressed together they activate the Looper mode and can then double as Rec/Play/Dub controls. As far as we can tell, the Duotime can be used mono, stereo and dual mono modes.
Delays and Loopers
Depending on the selected delay type, the Parameter knob has a different function, controlling Mod Depth, Saturation, Hardness and Reverb/Shimmer.
Amongst the rack and pedal delays from the 1980s emulated here are:
- Analog (BBD)
- Tape Echo (Roland Space Echo)
- Digi Delay (Lexicon)
- Modulation Delay (Ibanez DML)
- Shimmer (known from Atlantic Delay & Reverb*)
With all that going on, it’s clear you can use the Duotime to create exciting stereo setups thanks to the good range of options on tap. It’s a shame that the delays cannot simply be switched in series and can only run in parallel. I would also have found a stereo mode with panning useful, but you can’t have it all.
Below are the suggested setups taken from the NUX site, these include Stereo or Mono In to Stereo Out, or regular Mono In to Mono Out and last Delays 1 and 2 in Serial to Mono Out, which uses an extra cable to setup.
The Duotime offers 1800 ms delay time, 40 seconds loop time and a display showing you MS/BPM (can be set separately for both channels) and the current mode. I think you should be able to do a lot with that.
Price and launch
The NUX Duotime will cost 149 USD, but the exact shipping date hasn’t yet been announced. But it shouldn’t be long. If you’re in the Eurozone, expect to pay close to €149.