I designed and built the V1 version of the circuit in 2016 for the legendary German guitar company Höfner Guitars. This pedal was named Time And Again (Analog Delay / Echo). It was a limited edition, with a total of less than 50 pieces made from it. It was an exciting challenge for me to create this pedal, as I wanted to achieve the best, most authentic, vintage, pure (analog) analog delay sound possible without compromise. What you need to know about BBD-based delay circuits is that it is a very complex and intricate system in which you need to sort, pair, and coordinate the components responsible for the sound. The long and persistent work not only brought its fruit, but it brought me the greatest and most valuable achievement for me, the professional recognition I have never dared to dream of. My pedal has landed on the pedal board of my greatest role model and inspiration – Paul McCartney – and has been a prominent tool on it ever since. It’s the honor and a huge pleasure for me that with my work and art, if only a little, but I can contribute to the sound of records like Egypt Station and McCartney lll.
In 2020, the idea has popped out of my head that it would be a shame to lose such a well-done pedal, so I decided to rethink the circuit as Version 2. This is how Time Trap was born. Like its predecessor, I thought only and exclusively of uncompromising solutions, so I think it will be worthwhile to continue Time And Again but now, with a more improved version, with new solutions applied perfecting it into a next product.
The wonderful graphics decorating the Time Trap pedal are also the work of Eszter Budavári, as is the Höfner Time And Again graphics. I love both masterpieces!
All of my pedals are strictly handmade one by one and I meticulously test each one of them. I will not release them to you, unless I am 110% satisfied that it has that truly authentic sound that I am searching for. I am a musician. To make it sounds good to you, I first make sure it sounds good to me as it would be my one and only personal pedal.
This pedal is designed to give you the genuine classic, vintage, warm analog delay sound that cannot be simulated with a digital circuit. It is alive! That is the difference between simulation and the physical capabilities of the true components that handle the electrons delivering your sound.
And to give the living body a soul, Time Trap uses a “bucket-brigade device” (BBD) the legendary and very rare by now MN3005 chip. A full analog circuit is creating the delay effect, not affecting your instruments tone, giving the freedom to the notes you are playing to keep their personality.
Three simple controls Echo, Feedback and Blend so you can familiarize in a few seconds with it. You can control the delay times from 30 to 300 milliseconds, from doubling to quick slap back to long repeating echo.