Originally previewed a couple of years ago at Musikmesse the Bastl Thyme has gone through a complete redesign and they are ready to give it another go. It’s an effects processor inspired by analogue tape delay boxes, but they say that it has a very proudly digital approach.
So what is a sequenceable robot operated digital tape machine? Well, the idea, I think, is to explore the places between all the usual time-based effects. So, delay, chorus, reverb, pitch-shift, tremolo etc. The robot element acts as a modulator for each of 9 different parameters: tape speed, delay coarse and fine, feedback, filter, head spacing, levels, dry/wet mix and volume. The robot can be a multi-wave LFO or it can be an external CV source. It can also be an envelope follower enabling it to react dynamically to the input.
The 8 buttons can change various settings and presets. But it can also be sequenced and the 8 buttons are there to help with this. Although there’s not much information on what this does exactly other than that there are 32 steps and 4 patterns.
The digital element is something Bastl really like. What this means, in reality, is rather than the smooth warmth of analogue tape we are treated to the bit crushing, artefacts and sample rate conversions that mimic the tape speed. It’s a sort of lo-fi and chiptune feel that Bastl are all about. It looks like an interesting and really playable box of crazy delay/phase/reverb stuff.
Thyme should be available in May and as yet they haven’t confirmed the price. More information available on the Bastl website.
The audio in the video below from Ask.Audio is rather terrible audio, but hopefully, some better examples with come along.