The Quantum Time Modulator is yet another example of the kind of stompbox that could only come from Pigtronix, the makers of such eclectic devices as the Philosopher’s Tone compressor and Mothership Analog Guitar Synthesizer pedals. The Quantum Time Modulator seeks to emulate the sounds of such classic rack units as the MicMix DynaFlanger, TC 1210 Spatial Expander, and Roland Dimension D while forging ahead into new sonic territory. Is this the best chorus/vibrato pedal in the known universe? Keep reading our Pigtronix Quantum Time Modulator review for a lesson in quantum theory.
The Quantum Time Modulator differs from traditional chorus and vibrato pedals in that its rate of effect can be controlled by either picking dynamics, LFO, or a combination of both. This means that you can use it like a traditional LFO controlled chorusing effect or control the rate of change by how you attack the strings or adjust the input source. With the Quantum Time Modulator’s dual bucket brigade delay lines, you can even utilized both envelope and LFO sources simultaneously for a chorus / vibe sound only found in this unique offering among Pigtronix guitar pedals.
Let run down the features and dive into the review.
Sensitivity knob controls how hard you have to hit the string in order to produce a modulation voltage from the envelope circuit.
Speed knob controls the rate of the LFO modulation.
Source knob controls which of the two modulation sources (LFO or Envelope) is acting on the bucket brigade delay line.
Chorus/Vibe switch determines if the effect output carries a mixture of clean and modulated audio (Chorus) or just a pure modulated signal (Vibrato).
True bypass for letting your signal passed unaffected when disengaged.
Powered by included 18VDC 300 mA adapter.
Sound & Performance:
If you’ve heard one chorus, you’ve heard them all, right? Wrong. The Quantum Time Modular shows that there is still plenty of room for innovation in the world of stompbox chorus and vibrato pedals.
I went for a clean amp sound and plugged my American Stratocaster into the Quantum Time Modulator. With the Source knob fully counter-clockwise, I engaged the pedal in the Chorus mode. With moderate Sensitivity levels, you can play softly for a dry sound and play more loudly to add emphasis with the chorusing effect.
This is a very unique effect that you have to experience firsthand. Reading about it or even listening to a sound clip doesn’t do it justice. You really need to play this pedal to feel how the Quantum Time Modulator responds to your playing.
With the Sensitivity rolled all the day down, the chorus stops being affected by the envelope. This allows you to use the Source knob to control depth like on a standard chorus pedal.
The Quantum Time Modulator is just as interesting in the Vibrato mode. You can play a passage with your normal clean tone and then dig in a bit to suddenly detune and warp your sound. The bucket brigade warping offers a unique time displacement effect that you won’t find in any other pedal.
In the Vibe mode, there is further otherworldly bizarreness to be found by turning the Source and Speed knobs all the way to the right for a warbling, horror film sound effect. Thanks to the warmth of the all-analog design, this extreme effect can be surprisingly musical.
With all the knobs set around noon, you can start blending the different modulation sources to taste. I like the gentle whooshing sound of a slower Speed setting around 9 o’clock. With careful listening and Sensitivity adjustment, you can find some really cool, spontaneous, dual-chorusing sounds. The Quantum Time Modulator delivers a kind of controlled, yet chaotic chorusing sound never before heard in a convenient stompbox enclosure.
Despite the Quantum Time Modulator’s ultra-modern F.A.T. (Futuristic Analog Technology) design, this 100% analog pedal is exceptionally well-suited for creating vintage-style effects. With the slightly raised noise floor of the analog circuitry, you can get a really cool warped record or tape sound by using your picking dynamics to detune the sound. Only Pigtronix can fuse the past and future with such great-sounding results. The did it with the Mothership and Philosopher’s Tone, and they’ve done it again with the Quantum Time Modulator.
The Quantum Time Modulator is certainly one of the more unique chorus effects to come along in recent years. Let’s see the final result.
The Pigtronix Quantum Time Modulator is a brilliant throwback to such classic rack units as the MicMix DynaFlanger, TC 1210 Spatial Expander, and Roland Dimension D. Yet this pedal makes its own statement as a truly one-of-a-kind chorus/vibrato stompbox. The Quantum Time Modulator forges ahead with bold dual modulation abilities thanks to its separate LFO and envelope-controlled bucket brigade delay lines. This pedal can even deliver traditional chorus and vibrato sounds as desired. If you’re looking for one of the best chorus/vibrato pedals out there, the Pigtronix Quantum Time Modulator delivers classic and cutting edge modulation you won’t find anywhere else.
That concludes our Pigtronix Quantum Time Modulator review. Thanks for reading.
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