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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 22 reviews )
 16 reviews73 %
 4 reviews18 %
 2 reviews9 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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SonicPulverizer10/09/2012

SonicPulverizer's review"Well priced super delay"

Eventide TimeFactor
The Eventide brand has always made world class effects with inspiring amounts of flexibility in terms of crafting unique sounds. Until the Factor series stompboxes were released, it was hardly attainable as the larger, more powerful rack units offered were thousands of dollars. The TimeFactor is my first experience with the line, and so far I'm significantly impressed with what is offered. The unit features 10 individual time based effects (Digital, Vintage, Tape, Mod, Ducked, Band, Filter Pong, Multitap, Reverse, Looper), 100 factory presets, as well as midi capability. The front panel of the unit sports an impressive number of rotary controls for effects parameters as well as selecting effects to use. Touching on the looks of the pedal, the TimeFactor is very sleek and modern. An expensive looking pedal bound to add flash to your pedalboard.




UTILIZATION

The amount of real time control available through midi support and expression pedal compatibility, coupled with the stereo options in the I/O make this pedal a dream for gigging musicians. The sound quality may be not quite at the level of other boutique manufacturers such as Strymon and JHS, but the amount of presets and the room to create large volumes of instantly recallable patches makes up with quite a competitive edge.


SOUND QUALITY

The sounds of the TimeFactor are great. The loop feature is very well laid out with the footswitches, allowing you to create nice ambient moments inside a set. A lot of the presets are perfectly useable and make for light work dialing in a sound that fits for a particular part.

OVERALL OPINION

The Eventide TimeFactor is an excellent delay for gigging musicians especially. If you need midi control and enough storage room to fit patches for recall, you will be served well with this pedal. The direct competition to the TimeFactor is the Strymon Timeline. The TimeFactor can be had commonly for around $299 on the used market, while the Strymon is a rare catch altogether in the used market.
VishNuRoXoUt11/30/2011

VishNuRoXoUt's review"Favourite digital delay on the market!"

Eventide TimeFactor
The Eventide Timefactor is a "do-it-all" digital delay unit that is know for it's studio quality delay sounds. It has 10 different delay types including ModDelay, Tape Echo, Ducking Delay, Vintage Delay, Band Delay, Filter Pong, Multitap and reverse. Then has a 12 second looper. The unit has stereo ins and outs with switches for both sides for line level or guitar level. Very convenient. It's many features can be controlled via midi, expression pedal or an auxiliary footswitch. The firmware can be updated via USB and a download from the Eventide site. It's very simple. Everything is solid when it comes to construction. The pedal and the switches feel like a tank to me.

UTILIZATION

This pedal has a lot going on and can be somewhat overwhelming to someone who is new to Eventide's pedals. But once you understand how to edit the sounds it gets very easy. You can pretty much get any delay sound out of this thing. The 11 knobs control an insane amount of parameters, if you cannot get the sound you're looking for it's probably your fault. The manual goes over each knob and how to edit the presets very clearly. One of the more usable manuals I've used for a pedal. This pedal really opens up with the 3 button auxiliary switch. I would completely recommend getting one if you purchase this unit.

SOUND QUALITY

I've used my TimeFactor for guitar, keys and vocals. It works wonders on all of them. This pedal is very silent and has true analog bypass. I haven't experienced any popping when I engage any switches. I was very happy about that.

More than any other sound I use the modulation delay and the tape echo the most. They can be tweaked down to the tee. I have a very nice Deluxe Memory Man sound on mine, it's very accurate. I also really like the multitap. You can set two delays to numbers in the Fibonacci sequence and get some very very cool sounds with that.

OVERALL OPINION

There is nothing about this delay unit that I can complain about. It was everything I expected and more and I have had zero issues in the entire time I've had it. I've used the DD-20, DL-4, RE-20 and a few other small digital delays and this thing takes the cake and more. The quality and sound is above par with anything I've used the price is sort of high but it's definitely worth it. I found mine on a forum with a auxiliary switch built by Dan at T1M for only $325 in very great condition. Worth every penny.
James...08/03/2011

James...'s review"Powerful delays"

Eventide TimeFactor
At a high price, the timefactor comes with a high level of features. Some players might scoff at paying this much for a digital delay, but the features are great on paper. Two delays at once, bank mode, repeat switch, a large library of delays including tape, mod, ducking, reverse, and multitap delay. It's even got a looper. There's not much you can't do with this unit. The editing is quick and easy. The control layout is a great relief to anyone who's used a pedal delay before. Everything is organized well and needs little explanation. On top of that, the timefactor has midi and usb, and stereo functionality.

UTILIZATION

The manual is great. Really. Eventide explains everything you would want to know. I typically use the unit in bank mode. When I'm at home editing presets I just switch to play mode and start twisting knobs. I have used it with a midi controller and that's easy too. I have not used the looper but from reading the manual it seems very functional. The tap feature was a deal maker for me. I love the dotted 8th tap and it's easy to use on the timefactor.

SOUND QUALITY

I primarily use the vintage and tape delays with a Gretsch Duo Jet and a Vox AC30HW. The modelling for these sounds is spot on, and with Eventide's updates they are even better. The vintage delay responds just as it should, getting muffled as the feedbacks trail off. The tape delay also sound 100% real to me. You can adjust how "old or vintage" you want these effects to sound via the modification knobs, which is a plus. Overall you can get any sort of delay you need. Classic eventide delay sounds can be had or you can get some very ethereal sounds with the reverse and mo delays.

OVERALL OPINION

As far as functionality and features, this unit kills. I've heard a lot of people say the sound quality isn't quite up to par with a truly analog delay, but I disagree. I think this is a great sounding delay that delivers what it promises. The midi is great to have. This is a chameleon of a delay pedal in that it can fit any player's needs.
iamqman07/18/2011

iamqman's review"One of the best"

Eventide TimeFactor
I know that many musicians claim that this is the best digital delay units on the market. I wouldn't disagree, but I just couldn't jive with it. For me this unit is in someways over produced. There are so many tweaking capabilities that I found myself playing with this thing more than playing the guitar itself. There is so many options that is got to be too much for me. I like things simple and easy. I don't like things to be too complicated. I like plug in and go.

UTILIZATION

Eventide TimeFactor Features:

* Studio-quality Eventide sound in a stompbox
* Two independent 3 second delays
* 20 presets/unlimited via MIDI
* MIDI sync, tap tempo, and an input for an expression pedal
* True analog bypass
* Instant program change
* Guitar or line level inputs
* Class compliant USB for computer control
* Rugged cast metal construction
* 10 of Eventide's best delay effects in mono or stereo:
* Digital Delay
* Vintage Delay
* TapeEcho
* ModDelay
* DuckedDelay
* BandDelay
* FilterPong
* MultiTap Delay
* Reverse Delay
* 12-second Looper with VariSpeed


Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Power Supply Included Yes
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.12"
Depth 4.8"
Width 7.5"
Weight 2.15 lbs.

SOUND QUALITY

I played this unit with an assortment of rigs. I tried it will my Gibson Les Paul and I tried it with my Fender STratocatser and several different amps and I just couldn't get a tone that I liked. I also found that the volume would drop when I would engage the unit. I had it on the guitar line out puts and inputs and there was a noticeable differ3nce in volume when I clicked this thing on. Perhaps I need to have the output the line level out or whatever it read. Either way it was enough for me to dump it. I'm sure I could have with a little more time figured out how to run this ting properly but I am impatience and it didn't hit me right off the bat. There update via the internet are very easy and I like that capability. I really like Eventide but my patience in thin and they have so much tweak ability in their products that I would not find pleasing.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these units come in at around $399. On the used market you can get them under $300. Not a bad price for this unit. It definitely is the best delay out there but too much figuring out for me. I don't use that much effects in my gigging rig anyway so this thing was just overkill for me.
synfactory07/18/2011

synfactory's review"Flexibility and awesome sounds. What else you want from a pedal?"

Eventide TimeFactor
Studio quality Delay Pedal.

9 Stereo or Mono Delay algorithms (+a Looper) taken from the Eventide flagship rackmount units H8000FW and Eclipse V4.

- Digital Delay
- Vintage Delay
- Tape Echo
- Mod Delay
- Ducked Delay
- Band Delay
- Filter Pong
- Multitap
- Reverse
- Looper

100 User Presets

Stereo in (Guitar, Line) Stereo Out (Amp, Line)

Included power supply (9 VDC, 1200 mA, Tip hot (+) )

MIDI control via USB or MIDI in, out/thru

Software upgradeable via USB 2.0

True hardware bypass.

Expression Pedal and External Aux Switch

Tap tempo and MIDI clock sync

Real-time control with 10 knobs, MIDI, or Expression Pedal

Pc and Mac Compatible Software Editor.


UTILIZATION

I’ve used mine in conjunction with a Eventide Space delay, in front of an amp, in the Fx loop, and in the studio with an Apogee Duet 2 soundcard. Can't be simple than this

Deep and powerful stombox, that sounds great, but can sound stellar if you read the very well written manual.



SOUND QUALITY

First of all let me say what kind of bands I like and play.
Tool, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Meshuggah, Massive Attack.
Ambient, trippy prog rock.
As also stated in my Eventide Space review, I’am a real delay and reverb junkie, and all I can say is that only this box can satisfy my needs completely.

It has the possibility to use it as a Twin Delay, with up to 3 seconds each.

Like my Space Reverb stombox, I’ve used it extensively in the studio too as an Fx processor, and It replaced my Soundtoys Echoboy plugin.
Use it on guitars, drums, synth, vocals and everything will come to life with just the turn of a few knobs.

The key feature is the Xknob.
Based on what Algorithm is selected, it is used to Simulate analog hiss (TapeEcho), select the number of bit resolution (VintageDelay), select the Modulation Wave Shape (ModDelay) and so on.
By now the 3 above plus the Multidelay are my favourite algorithms.

The Looper is fantastic. It can record up to 12 seconds at normal speed, and up to 48 seconds at ¼ of the speed (the signal get degradated at slower speeds.

The pedal didn’t colour in any way your sound, and it can goes from fat, overdriven delays tails, to Modern Hi-Fi repetition with just a few knobs turned.


OVERALL OPINION

The new dropped price is a bargain for what you get..

Usb Upgradable, 100 presets, and line in and outputs connections and you will understand that the price is not soo much after all.
It is however a really deep pedal, but if you read the manual, and watch the really helpful online tutorials (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHo9prBN1R4 ), you will have tonal options for years to come.
wwhhhaatt07/13/2011

wwhhhaatt's review"A raqck of delay on the floor"

Eventide TimeFactor
The eventide Timefactor is a stomp box that has the capabilities of a much larger rack unit. It has 9 different delay models and a modestly featured looper.
Standard 1/4" stereo inputs and outputs, jacks for an expression pedal and external footswitch, and DC power jack. There are also switches to set the input and output levels to match the signal with an effects loop or guitar.

It can store 50 banks with two presets each giving you 100 user writable spots. Each preset can have two different delay times synced to a tap tempo in BPM or milliseconds with many subdivisions. There are filters available to tailor the delay sound and the list of features goes on and on.

UTILIZATION

With all the options available it is surprisingly simple to set up and get going. The pedal can easily function like a standard delay stomp box without getting into all of the other options. The manual is written very well and easily clears up any confusion about the features. In addition to the manual there is a very good support forum on eventide's website.

SOUND QUALITY

I use the timefactor in a guitar setup running through my amp's effects loop but I can definitely see this being useful as a piece of outboard gear for a live PA rig or in the studio. Being able to choose between a true bypass or relay bypass is great for people worried about their tone being altered. I keep mine set on relay bypass and I don't notice any ill effect on my sound. The ad/da conversion is very well done. All of the delays are very clear unless you want them to be murky and even the biggest mix levels never seem to muddy everything. Can't really ask for more.

My favorite sounds are the tape and band delays. The tape has a saturation control that allows you to determine how gritty the echo is. Add that to the filer section and you can get a great amount of different sounds that are perfect for adding a warm echo. The band delay has basically allowed me to remove my modulation pedals from my board. I pretty much never use modulation on distorted sounds and always use delay on clean sounds so having it in one stomp is great.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a beast of a delay pedal that may be overkill for some people. The amount of options can be overwhelming but you don't have to use them all. The standard delays alone are better than any other digital pedal I have ever owned. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a feature full delay or anyone who is concerned with sound quality above all else. The only issue I have ever had is with the power adapter. It is not as tight as others and can be bumped out causing a power outage. It reboots quickly and surprisingly my signal has stayed intact the few times this has happened. I have read others complaining to eventide about this so let's hope for a future fix,
Hatsubai06/01/2011

Hatsubai's review"Top notch delays"

Eventide TimeFactor
This is probably Eventide's second most famous pedal they have released. It contains all of their super famous delay algorithms and a looper. It's fully MIDI, updatable by USB 2.0, true bypass, can work in guitar or line level applications and can work in either mono or stereo.

UTILIZATION

Eventide did an awesome job in making this pedal. First of all, it's extremely sturdy and built like a tank. You could hurl this thing off the top floor of a building, and it should still work. The switches are extremely high quality, and it's true bypass so there will be no direct harm to your tone. The menus themselves are a lot easier to use than the rack stuff, I've found. There are tons and tons of features in here, so it's hard to exactly explain every little detail, so it's best to read the manual. The Eventide manuals are fairly long and a bit boring, but if you take the time to sit down with them, you'll know the thing in and out. The best thing is that this pedal is fully MIDI. You can have tons of presets set up and switch them all with a MIDI board. That means no fumbling around on the ground all the time every time you want to switch to different presets that are a few banks away.

SOUND QUALITY

The delays in this pedal are truly spectacular. First of all, it contains a basic delay. With so many other huge delay pedals like this, they forget that all you need is a basic delay for most part. That's a big thing I wanted. On top of that, they have tons of different delays such as reverse and modulated delay to help give unique sounds that can't easily be created with run of the mill delay pedals.

OVERALL OPINION

If you don't need any of the pitch effects that the PitchFactor offers, this is the pedal you'll want to try to get. It's a bit expensive, but it's worth every penny. The delays are top notch, it's built like a tank, has full MIDI implementation and is true bypass.
moosers09/20/2009

moosers's review

Eventide TimeFactor
The Eventide Time Factor is a digital delay pedal that is made for guitar and features a wide array of different types of delays.  The pedal has two 1/4 inch inputs and outputs as well as 1/4 inch connections for an expression pedal and an aux switch.  It also has a USB connection and is powered by the 9 volt power supply that comes with it.  It isn't a rack mountable piece of gear as it is foot pedal.


UTILIZATION

The make up of the Eventide Time Factor is pretty easy to follow.  The pedal has a large variety of parameters including ones for mix, delay mix, delay time A and B, feedback A and B, tempo, depth, speed, and filter.  You can record loops as well as tap out the tempo as well.  While it does take a little bit of playing around with to get used to how to use everything that this pedal has to offer, everything is pretty user friendly so they do make it as easy as possible to do so.  The manual for the Eventide Time Factor pedal is pretty complete and easy to follow, but unless you are a beginner I don't think that one is necessary.


SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the Eventide Time Factor is really clean overall and since this a versatile pedal you can get all sorts of different types of delay sounds.  It has a whole bunch of delay types including digital, vintage, tape, modulation, ducked, and reverse, as well as a looper a few other types of delays.  I usually use the Eventide Time Factor with a Fender Strat and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb amp, so I'm getting a pretty accurate read as to what this pedal really sounds like and I definitely like what I am hearing.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Eventide Time Factor guitar pedal for a few months and it is definitely a powerful, versatile delay pedal for guitar players as well as others who want to add delay to their sound.  While this might be a bit too clean and digital sounding for some, I do think that most users will like the way this sounds as it does do a good job of emulating vintage and tape delay sounds.  The price of the Eventide Time Factor is quite expensive for a pedal, so I know that this will shy most people away, but if you can afford this it is definitely worth it.
rafi-m04/18/2013

rafi-m's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Eventide TimeFactor
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UTILIZATION

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SOUND QUALITY

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OVERALL OPINION

<p>It sounds terrible, it is well designed, practical requirement to use an additional footswitch, but it is very fragile. I brought it in for repair because it took my sound for 1/2 second when I activais / désactivais, the store eventually pass me a new, service too long ... Changed 2 times because of power supply cable cuts alone to wear, footswitches unreliable because they do not work every time (very annoying for tap tempo), selector guitar / line broke while I was there never touch ... In short, the components used on the air cheap.
Otherwise, it sounds terrible anyway! Rafi M is a moron and too stupid to know what good sound is. </p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Zak5812/31/2012

Zak58's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fabulous pedal ..."

Eventide TimeFactor
Everything has been said, I'm just trying to complete the previous reviews, hoping that this opinion (purely personal) will be helpful (I want to thank this site and all Fanziens because their opinions help me a lot in my choice)

For simplicity, we underfoot a delay pedal with 9 types of delays and a looper.
Each of the models proposed delays to setup two delays A and B with their own mix, feedback ... etc..
The pedal is digital. It can connect to a console (live or studio) or directly into the amp (or amp loop)
Via USB, you can also save presets on computer and make updates provided by Eventide (the current version, 3.5, has significantly improved the pedal, I will come below)
It has 100 presets recordable (50 banks of two presets). All we want to noon. But you can program the machine to display only a few presets (I reduced to 20 presets for not juggle footswitches for example)

UTILIZATION

The manual is very well ... And especially essential! Nothing too complicated but it will venture into the menus.
For example, I activated two interesting features: catchup (uh, I'll explain that another day!) And bypass + delay (the delay tail is not cut when cutting effect is great. However, this mode is not true bypass but nothing to indicate the level of sound quality)
Then, we must admit that the pedal is not plug and play. It takes a little fiddling ... But quand'on is accustomed to delays, not need a degree! Knobs at the top are normal.

You can program a delay, as with any matter, with a latency in milliseconds but also, and especially, according to the tempo. Small aside: I'm rather remained, analog with all my gear but the delay effect is certainly the first that can not cross the fearful to the digital sound is very good, there may be a delay deteriorating as repetitions own (so you win on all fronts). But the possibility of programming the tempo provides flexibility fabulous (very important when you love delays specific to The Edge for example) can be defined as the pulsation (foot or by turning the knob) and then we chose the small delay the black one in the dotted eighth ... etc.. (Anglo-Saxon ratings, 1/4, 1/8). Rehearsals are very accurate (without tedious calculation) and you can then change the pulse delay while keeping a snug.

There is a mode bank (there are two presets under foot rested and sailing in the memory of the machine) and a mode where you play program where the beast and a footswitch can freeze the delay to make a kind of water . Cool.

The new update will always be remembered in advance but now we can walk down (we have two seconds to turn the knob). Eventide therefore takes into account critical to improve beast!
You can also name the presets (I love!)

It remains to speak of the looper, I find it best but I confess that I do not utiilise this pedal for it (I prefer the jamman)

SOUND QUALITY

Its level, there is nothing to throw!
Having memories is really handy live.
You can get a lot of different effects, and the pedal is still be a creative tool: Eventide offers its factory presets of beautiful models and sounds of space we can still modify the environ.
We can even recreate the effects of flange, phaser, leslie, chorus (which are ultimately based on a sound delay) convincing (or even extra reverb).
But the basic function remains the Delay and TimeFactor shines in the area. It is certainly in the high end. Whether the delay in subtle or more now, I love what comes out of this machine.

Note: With an optional footswitch, it was even more opportunities to walk and creativity needs to be multiplied with an expression pedal, but I have not had the chance to try it.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had two years now.
The more time passes, the more I love this pedal. I more control and more I like it actually.
Before I had more modestly a Boss DD 6 and my little Line6 Echopark two good pedals but there we go to the next level.
The pedal is very expensive (I got it secondhand, and it was already bad), but now I understand that breaks his piggy bank for such a wonder. Eventide and thanks to updates, further improving the machine (some caveats previous opinions are obsolete!)
I can only advise ...