Inspiration Machine.

When we decided to create a studio-class stereo delay effects pedal, we knew we must go well beyond what has been done in the past—in sound quality, sonic flexibility, hardware design, and processing power. We spent months locked up in the Strymon sound design labs dreaming up the most spacious, lush, creative, and tweakable delay effects ever heard. It was a monumental task—a relentless study of delays and their nuances, and a continuous pursuit of innovative and musically inspirational sounds. Utilizing a ridiculously powerful SHARC DSP, every drop of processing power is harnessed.

TimeLine Multidimensional Delay

Explore Your Creativity.

TimeLine provides you with twelve unique delay machines, each with extensive control over sonic character and feel. Go from crisp and clear, studio-quality digital delays all the way to the saturated and fluctuating sounds of tape delay machines. Get warm and fuzzy analog style repeats all the way to shimmery, sparkling, and crystalline ice delays.

Tweak to your hearts content and save up to 200 presets of your favorite sounds. Top it all off with full MIDI implementation and a routable, 30-second stereo looper and you’re on your way to delay bliss.

12 Delay Types, 200 Presets, 30 Second Looper, MIDI, SHARC DSP

12 Unique Delay Machines

TimeLine provides twelve studio-class, fully tweakable delay machines.
  • Digital
  • Dual
  • Pattern
  • Reverse
  • Ice
  • Duck
  • Swell
  • Trem
  • Filter
  • Lo-Fi
  • dTape
  • dBucket
  • A crystal-clear digital delay that can be endlessly tweaked and enriched with the Filter, Grit, Smear, High Pass, and Modulation controls. A wide range of delay tones can be achieved with this classic “voiced” digital approach. In addition, a non-linear mode allows the repeats to fade more quickly, while still retaining a natural feel.

    Audio Samples

    • Digital Delay with Filter and Grit
    • Gritty, Watery Digital Delay
    • Slapback Funk
    • Hi Passed Crunch
    • Clean and Simple
    • '90s Sparkle Delay
    • Smokey Ethereal Repeats
    • Ambient Drone

  • Two independent delay lines can be configured in series or parallel (right/left split). The second delay has independent Mix, Repeat and Time values, and can also be set to track the first delay’s knob values.

    Audio Samples

    • 1/8 Dual Delay
    • 7/8 Dual Delay
    • Parallel or Series
    • Staccato Picking
    • Delay as Chorus

  • The Pattern machine gives you a variety of multi-tap patterns that span from rhythmic to ambient to percussive and everything in between. Filter, Grit and Mod knobs deliver a wide range of delay experiences.

    Audio Samples

    • Simple Pattern with Modulation
    • Sparkle Vision
    • Following Me
    • Slow Pattern
    • Lots of Dots
    • Big Stadium
    • Little Footsteps
    • Bouncy
    • Drone with Time Shuffle
    • Delay as Reverb (with Infinite Repeats)

  • You play frontwards, it repeats backwards. Your playing triggers the delays, producing predictable, repeatable, and extremely useful reverse effects. Add some Smear to soften the attacks—smearing transients while retaining full frequency response.

    Audio Samples

    • Spacey Reverse
    • Backwards Lead
    • Backwards Warble
    • More Spacey Reverse
    • Drippy Reverse
    • Reverse Drone (with Time Freak Out)

  • The Ice machine slices and dices your input and plays the pieces back with a selectable Interval shift amount—from an octave down to two octaves up, and anywhere in between. You can Blend the ice amount from none to all. Selectable Slice size allows further possibilities, changing the size of audio chunks that get shifted.

    Audio Samples

    • Majestic Chords
    • Snow Starts to Fall
    • Little Buggies
    • Subtle Ice with Fifths
    • Majestic Chords Part II
    • Frozen Lead
    • Subtle Major 2nd
    • Bass Follower
    • Super Modulated
    • Freezing Rain
    • Levitating Major Thirds
    • Ice Time Craziness

  • Duck — and cover. You get a ducking delay with adjustable Sensitivity and Release Time, along with a switchable Feedback duck option. This allows for a wide variety of dynamic delay effects.

    Audio Samples

    • Roasted Duck
    • Extreme Ducking
    • Maximum Repeats Duck
    • Ducking Lead
    • Creeping Delay
    • Sensitivity and Release Time

  • Variable swell time allows you to match the swell with the delay time. Turn the Mix to full wet and turn up the repeats for ethereal ambient effects. Adjust the Rise Time to set the time constant for the swell effect. Add some Smear to soften the attacks—smearing transients while retaining full frequency response.

    Audio Samples

    • 100% Wet Swell
    • Floating on Air
    • Make Believe
    • What Repeats?

  • The Trem delay machine provides you with a synchronized tremolo with Waveshape, Depth and Speed for cool new sounds. Choose from triangle, square, sin, ramp, and saw to vary the delay amplitude.

    Audio Samples

    • 3/1 Sine Tremolo
    • Speed Control
    • Square Pegs
    • Spooky 3/1
    • Twang Thing
    • Ramp Trem

  • The Filter delay gives you a synchronized Filter that can be placed before or after the delay. Waveshape, Depth, Speed, Resonance, and Filter Location are all adjustable parameters. Choose from triangle, square, sin, ramp, saw, random, up, and down to vary the delay amplitude. Limitless filter possibilities!

    Audio Samples

    • The Juno Echo
    • Random LFO (Depth Control)
    • See Saw (Speed Control)
    • Filter Sweep
    • Extreme Heights
    • Randommmmmmmm
    • 1/8 Ramp
    • Quiet Time

  • Crush some bits with the Lo-Fi delay machine. Adjust Bit Depth and Sample Rate while blending the results with the full resolution signal. Select from several hand crafted lo-fi Filters, spanning transistor radios, telephones, phonographic horns, and other “collectibles”. Top it off with our exclusive dVinyl record noise, adding a scratchy record complete with dust and dirt.

    Audio Samples

    • Fun with Fidelity
    • It Sounds Broken
    • Filtered Lo-Fi
    • War Zone
    • Fidelity Killer
    • Instant Bitcrusher
    • 10-Bit, Heavy Modulation
    • Pretty Little Bits

  • The dTape machine delivers the complete experience of sought-after sliding-head tape echo machines, with every attribute relentlessly studied and faithfully recreated. Full control over Tape Age, Wow & Flutter, Tape Crinkle, Tape Bias, Low End Contour, and Tape Speed.

    Audio Samples

    • Oscillating Particles
    • Short and Sweet
    • Fast Warble
    • Slapback Crunch
    • Dirty Magnets
    • Low End Contour (Off, then Max)
    • New Tape Machine

  • The dBucket machine provides you with a deep and nuanced recreation of analog bucketbrigade style delay types. Two delay time ranges are available, for single or multiple BBD chip delay times. Utilize our exclusive Bucket Loss control, along with dedicated Filter and Mod controls.

    Audio Samples

    • Warm and Toasty
    • Bucket Loss Adjust
    • Bucket Filter Adjust
    • Bucket Range (Single to Double)
    • Crunchy Analog
    • Clean Analog Repeats
    • '80s Nostaligia

Controls and Routing

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  • Front Panel Controls
  • In & Outs
  • The Display can show your delay time (in milliseconds or beats per minute) or your preset bank number. When editing a sound it will display your delay parameters.
    Value gives you complete control over delay parameters, global settings, and fine-tuning of delay time.

    Each Delay Machine type has it's own set of easily tweakable delay parameters.
    Time controls the delay time according to the Delay Machine type.

    The full range of the Time knob varies depending on the Delay Machine you select.
    Repeats sets the number of echoes you hear.

    Set to zero to hear one repeat. Set to 100% and hear sustained infinite repeats and the accompanying regenerating oscillation.
    Mix controls the balance of your analog dry signal and your wet signal, from 100% dry at minimum to 100% wet at maximum. The mix occurs entirely in analog.

    50/50 mix occurs when the Mix knob is set to 3:00.
    Type allows you to select your Delay Machine type.

    Choose from Digital to Tape and everything in between. Press to toggle the display between Bank and Time. Press and hold to save a preset.
    Filter controls the shape of the repeats filter.

    In the dTape machine this controls Tape Age, and in the dBucket machine it controls the lowpass filter cutoff frequency. In the Filter machine, it controls the center frequency of the LFO filter.
    Grit is a lo-fi process that progressively adds distortion and other artifacts.

    In the dBucket machine this controls Bucket Loss, and in the dTape machine it controls Tape Bias.
    Mod Speed controls the speed of the delay modulation LFO.

    In the dTape machine this controls Tape Crinkle.
    Mod Depth controls the intensity of the delay modulation.

    In the dTape machine this controls Wow & Flutter.
    A Footswitch activates or bypasses your preset.

    Press and hold for infinite repeats. Press A and B simultaneously to Bank Down through your presets. In Looper mode, this switch activates Record and Overdub.
    B Footswitch activates or bypasses your preset.

    Press and hold for infinite repeats. Press B and TAP simultaneously to Bank Up through your presets. in Looper mode, this switch activates Play.
    Tap Footswitch allows you to Tap in your tempos.

    Press and hold to enter and exit Looper mode. In Looper mode, this switch activates Stop.
  • Left Input - Plug your instrument in here. Acts as a mono input when only one channel is being used.
    Right Input - Plug your instrument in here. Acts as the Feedback Loop Return when Feedback Loop switch is activated.
    Left Output - Connect to your amp, mixing board, etc. Acts as a mono output when only one channel is being used.
    Right Output - Connect to your amp, mixing board, etc. Acts as the Feedback Loop Send when Feedback Loop switch is activated.
    Expression Pedal Input - Connect to an expression pedal and control any knob or combination of knobs. Can also be used for an external tap switch.
    Feedback Loop Switch - allows connecting an external effect in the delay feedback path.
    MIDI Input - Connect to external MIDI controllers.
    MIDI Output - MIDI CCs can be sent out of the MIDI output whenever a knob is turned or a switch is pressed.
    Power - 9VDC (center negative), 300mA minimum.


Presets, Expression Pedal Control, Stereo Looper, Feedback Loop, and MIDI Integration.
  • 200 Presets
  • Expression Pedal
  • Stereo Looper
  • Feedback Loop
  • MIDI
  • 200 Presets

    200 Built-In Presets

    Are presets your thing? TimeLine gives you the option to instantly save and recall up to 200 of your own presets. Easily bank up or down through your presets using the front panel switches. Or select presets externally with a MultiSwitch or MIDI controller.

  • Expression Pedal Jack

    Expression Pedal Control

    Plug in an expression pedal and control any knob or combination of knobs, all saveable per preset. Or plug in an external momentary Tap Tempo switch for remote control of your tap tempo.

  • Built-In Looper

    TimeLine comes with a built-in 30-second stereo looper, routeable pre- or post-delay. Record, overdub, play, and stop are right at your feet. Record the delay signal to your loop, or route the looper before your delay and saturate your dry loop in echoey goodness. Super simple to use and a ton of fun.

    You can also control the looper with a MultiSwitch or external MIDI controller to access reverse, half speed, undo-to-initial-loop, and redo functions.

  • Feedback Loop

    Switch to Feedback Loop mode and run an external effects pedal in the feedback loop of your TimeLine.

  • MIDI Implementation

    Extensive MIDI Support

    Have a more complex rig? TimeLine offers a complete MIDI implementation to connect to your MIDI gear. Sync your delay time to MIDI clock. Remote control of any knob, parameter, or switch. Select your presets via MIDI. You can even send MIDI messages to the built-in looper.


  • Sound Design
  • Hardware
  • Ins & Outs
  • Audio Quality
  • More
  • Sound Design

    • Hand crafted, studio-class delay algorithms deliver meticulous, detailed and nuanced delay experiences
    • Twelve delay machines to choose from: Digital, Dual, Pattern, Reverse, Ice, Duck, Swell, Trem, Filter, Lo-fi, dTape™, dBucket™.
    • Seven front-panel tone shaping knobs: Time, Repeats, Mix, Filter, Grit, Mod Speed, Mod Depth
    • Additional menu-driven parameters deliver extremely flexible tone shaping options and complete tweakability
    • 200 easily accessible and nameable presets, save and recall at the press of a switch
  • Hardware

    • Three rugged metal footswitches for preset selection, effect bypass, looper control, and Tap Tempo
    • LED display for preset info, BPM/time readout, and extended parameter control
    • Multi-color preset LEDs (green for active preset, amber for edited preset)
    • Full MIDI implementation allows extended control for those with more complex rigs
    • 30-second stereo Looper, routable pre- or post-delay, with MIDI capability.
    • Sturdy and lightweight gunmetal gray anodized aluminum chassis, with laser-etched artwork
    • Durable black anodized aluminum knobs
    • Studio-grade audio input and output jacks
  • Ins & Outs

    • Stereo input and output
    • Expression pedal input with selectable control over knob or combination of knobs, saveable per preset (also configurable as external tap input)
    • MIDI input and output
    • Switchable I/O configuration: Stereo Out or Mono with Delay Feedback Loop Insert
    • Included 9V center-negative power supply (300mA minimum required)
  • Audio Quality

    • Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters
    • 115dB typical signal to noise
    • Analog dry path for a zero latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
    • Premium analog front end and output section
    • Super high performance DSP in a compact form factor
    • 32-bit floating point processing
  • More

    • True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching)
    • Selectable Trails mode with high quality, transparent Analog Buffered Bypass, saveable per preset
    • +/- 3dB Boost/Cut, saveable per preset
    • Selectable Tap Subdivision, saveable per preset
    • Optional Kill Dry mode mutes dry signal, for use in parallel effects loops
    • Optional Global Tap Tempo mode
    • Dimensions: 6.75″ (171mm) wide, 5.1″ (130mm) deep
    • Designed and Built in the USA


  • While the TimeLine is an amazing tool in live contexts, many players will find it incredibly expressive in the studio, too. In addition to the deep functionality of the unit at the most immediately accessible levels, each delay machine can seem almost infinitely tweakable to suit a musical situation.
    Charles Saufley
    Premier Guitar Magazine
  • TimeLine’s variety and quality of sounds, solid construction, and ease of use— all at a reasonable price point—more than qualifies it for an Editors’ Pick Award.
    Michael Ross
    Guitar Player Magazine
  • We reckon that a comprehensive range of delay effects that is particularly strong on emulating vintage gear, plus myriad tweakable parameters to create your sounds and 200 memories so you won’t lose any of them, is a killer combination.
    Trevor Curwen
    Guitarist Magazine
  • The TimeLine is the best delay pedal I’ve ever used.
    Peter Hodgson
    I Heart Guitar
  • TimeLine is the ultimate delay pedal, whether you’re into modern sounds, vintage ones, or a modern take on vintage ones.
    Peter Hodgson
    I Heart Guitar
  • TimeLine offers a level of simplicity and incredible depth that few pedals can even come close to matching.
    Gabriel Tanaka
    Best Guitar Effects
  • If I could only own one delay pedal, the Strymon TimeLine would be my first choice without hesitation.
    Gabriel Tanaka
    Best Guitar Effects
  • I can’t believe how much detail was included in the design of this pedal and its precious algorithms. Each one has elements that I’m just in love with.
    Gus Green
    The Deli
  • The Strymon TimeLine is the best all-around delay effects pedal I’ve had the pleasure of playing. With sounds ranging from luscious tape echo and warm analog delay to pristine digital delay and otherworldly rhythmic ambience, all of the TimeLine’s delay machines are beautiful to behold.
    Gabriel Tanaka
    Best Guitar Effects