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There have been many colourful characters in the world of studio equipment design, but perhaps few more colourful than Stephen St Croix. In his relatively short life — he was only 58 at his death in May 2006 — he patented dozens of inventions, and was equally at home designing analogue and digital gear. For the last 10 years of his life, he was a partner in Intelligent Devices, who produce advanced tools for forensic audio analysis, as well as plug‑ins for music mixing and mastering. The former are only available to authorised government agencies, which rules most of us out, but, thankfully, anyone can get their hands on the three audio effects in the current Intelligent Devices range.
The first of these is a software emulation of Stephen St Croix’s most famous analogue design, the Marshall Time Modulator. By the time the original was launched in the mid‑’70s, the idea of using delay lines and LFOs to mimic the flanging sound that was first created using tape machines was not new. However, few pieces of studio hardware had taken it as far as in the Time Modulator; with its exceptional audio quality and remarkably long (for the time) delay times, it could produce a range of effects that went far beyond basic phasing, chorus and flanging.
Refreshingly, although Intelligent Devices have gone to some lengths to recreate the sound and feature set of the original device — this is much more than just a generic modulated digital delay — they haven’t felt compelled to package it in a photo‑realistic rackmount front panel. Instead, the controls are laid out along the bottom in an easily digestible fashion, while the upper two‑thirds of the screen provides a schematic signal flow diagram, with the controls duplicated in appropriate places.
As on the original, there are two modulated delay lines, called ‘A’ and ‘B’, which are tied together in such a way that the ‘B’ delay is always twice or four times the ‘A’ delay. The delay times are set using a large Time Delay knob, which is graduated from 0 to 100, and the actual range of this knob is chosen by selecting one of six presets. The three shorter presets are designed for flanging, phasing and similar effects, while at the other end of the spectrum, the longest delay available is 400ms, so the three longer presets can generate interesting pseudo‑reverb effects, as well as vibrato and the like.
The delay time is, in turn modulated by an LFO with a decent range of waveforms, including a proprietary ‘SSC’ (for the unit’s designer) shape. The ‘A’ and ‘B’ delay lines can be independently panned and polarity‑inverted, and there’s a global Feedback control.
It sounds relatively simple by today’s standards, and in many ways, it is. Yet what you don’t learn from the modest feature set is how the Marshall Time Modulator sounds — and it sounds lovely! Used as a flanger, it somehow manages to provide a chunky, substantial sound that is nevertheless controlled, with no massive volume spikes or metallic resonances. There’s a sort of airy, almost hi‑fi quality to the flanging that makes an interesting contrast to typical stomp boxes or tape emulations, and whether you’re after drums that go ‘whoosh’ or subtle movement to add interest to clean guitars, you’ll find it here.
It’s certainly not limited to flanging, either. Time Modulator is one of the few devices I’ve encountered that can make vibrato sound good, especially on guitars and Rhodes piano, while it also does a nice line in slapback delays and so forth. In these applications, it has a distinctive, rich sound that is not coloured like a spring reverb or tape delay, yet is warmer and more pleasant than a typical plug‑in. Intelligent Devices have resisted the temptation to add features that weren’t on the original, so there is, for example, no way to sync delay time to host tempo, but I didn’t find myself wanting to do so very often. More annoying is the lack of support for the mono‑to‑stereo version in some hosts (see ‘Installation & Routing’ box), though that’s not Intelligent Devices’ fault!