Review: Crucial Audio Time Warp

Differing from most analog delays by virtue of having a pair of 12AX7 tubes in the audio path, the Time Warp delivers 60ms to 500ms of BBD-generated delay time, and features a pitch-shift effect of sorts (more on this later) that’s activated by pressing the Warp footswitch.
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Differing from most analog delays by virtue of having a pair of 12AX7 tubes in the audio path, the Time Warp delivers 60ms to 500ms of BBD-generated delay time, and features a pitch-shift effect of sorts (more on this later) that’s activated by pressing the Warp footswitch. The green anodized-aluminum enclosure sports Delay, Feedback, and Mix controls for the delay side; and Depth and Rate knobs for the Warp function. The I/O complement consists of a High input, a Thru/Low input (which can be used for high-output instruments or for sending a signal to a tuner or other device), and a mono output. An included 16VAC adapter that uses the same 2.5mm plug found on most standard 9v adapters supplies power.

With a footprint of 8" x 6" x 3", and weighing in at 3 lbs, the Time Warp is a fairly buff box to mount on your pedalboard. That said, there’s no arguing with its rich delay sound and ability to deliver spacious effects with multiple repeats (to the point of self oscillation) all the way down to fat slapback echoes. Clicking on the Warp switch brings on the “pitch bend” action, which is actually like turning the delay-time knob back and forth on a standard analog delay. In other words, you get zippery, pitch-shifted sounds that, while somewhat trippy, I didn’t find much use for. It’s definitely not like the modulation option available on many modern delay units. The Rate control allows for speeds ranging from nearly static to hummingbird flutter, while the Depth control mainly affects the timbre and range of the pitch bending. The Time Warp can double as a tube preamp when the effects are off (sans EQ or volume controls), although this also means that it is non true-bypass. Bottom line: The Time Warp certainly offers possibilities for sonic mischief, but I’d recommend it primarily for its cool delay sounds.

Kudos Nice range of warm sounding delays.
Concerns Warp feature isn’t for everybody. Uses a dedicated AC power supply with a plug that could allow it to be accidently connected to a 9VDC pedal.
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