Chase Bliss Audio Thermae Analog Timeshifter
Analog delay that thinks it’s a synth.
Thermae is constructed around four reissued versions of the legendary MN3005 bucket-brigade delay chip, that can be sequenced, modulated, and overworked to reveal all the character analog delay has to offer.
It lets you push these chips beyond their intended purpose to generate melodies, reveal hidden textures and explore impossibly long delay times (up to 32 seconds). Round that out with synth-inspired controls, and you’re set to filter, glide and step your way somewhere new.
The invention of bucket-brigade (or BBD) chips is what first made delay pedals possible, and there’s still nothing else like their characteristic decay; each echo woolier and warmer than the last.
What Thermae does is explore how far we can take these chips. What happens when we push them to their limits by putting them under digital control? Lots of things, it turns out.
Thermae creates melodies by shifting the delay time of its analog BBD chips. These time changes create musical harmonies, with the added benefit of spatial and textural shifts: Lower notes are spaced out and gritty, higher notes are tightly packed and clear. The result is a sequence with built-in variance.
Stop Thermae’s internal sequencer and use the footswitch to progress manually, like an analog delay with some interesting bonuses.
Create extremely long delay times that churn with analog degradation and noise; tap in flourishes of time-bending pitch-shifting when the time is right.
Expand and integrate
Thermae features advanced connectivity and customization options including MIDI, CV and Expression control, sync, presets, and internal modulation of any or all its knobs