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Intelligent Devices releases Marshall Time Modulator and Slip-N-Slide
Once in a while something is created that is so good, so unbelievably useful, it becomes “timeless”…
The Marshall Time Modulator is one of those creations. Before there was much “digital” anything, and before records were considered something anachronistic and nostalgia evoking, back when “Dark Side of the Moon” was new and Hip-Hop kind of a distant dream, Stephen St. Croix had an idea: What would happen if you took the the longest analog delay line possible, gave it the greatest signal to noise ratio in a piece of outboard gear, and then made the modulation of it possible over such a wide range that it could effect sound in ways sublime AND outrageous. Something so utilitarian and necessary that it could fit in equally well on Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life,” or as the means of giving extra gravitas to the sound of a bad acid trip. Stephen called it: The Marshall Time Modulator. You’ll call it “indispensable”.
The Marshall Time Modulator features
- Two separate delay lines, in a ratio of 1:2 or 1:4., each with their own volume, phase and pan controls and a joint feedback control.
- Once modulation is added, the ratios between the delay lines don’t change, but together the delay lines can be continuously swept over the range from minimum to maximum time over the LFO (Low frequency Oscillator) rate. This is a function of the interaction between the Time Delay, Preset, Time Modulation, LFO Shape and LFO Speed parameters working together.
- From subtle thickening, to reverb loving “spin”, to the sound of vinyl left out on the hood of an ’84 Camaro in the Black Rock Desert in the last week of August, The Marshall Time Modulator has all the bases covered – and then some.
Slip-N-Slide features several different frequency domain effects, each with a significant amount of control over the effected as well as uneffected portions of the sound and each affording either a little or a lot of randomness.
With Slip-N-Slide you can create almost anything from shimmering, temporally rigid, spectral tremolos to slurred speech, to quirky, reverse-gate sounding effects, to new ambiances to continuously new rhythmic and sonic artifact riddled accents. The combination of spectral processing with controllable randomization is very powerful.
- Unique frequency domain audio morpher/mangler.
- Modify existing sounds or to create whole new sounds from existing material.
- Create patterned or random slides of the spectral content, create a spectral sample and hold.
- Pluck out individual components from complex sounds.
- Or mix and match.
The Marshall Time Modulator and Slip-N-Slide are available for Windows and Mac (VST) for respectively $149 USD and $79 USD. Demo versions are available for download.
Visit Intelligent Devices for more information and audio samples.