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At the 1975 AES Convention in New York, Steven St. Croix showed his prototype Marshall Time Modulator. The brilliant and unique analog effects box was an instant hit. Studios, record labels, and engineers were dazzled and ready to buy, but Steve devoted four more years to improving and perfecting the 5002A before bringing it to the market. The first batch of 5002's went straight to Stevie Wonder, who Steve played and collaborated with on the ""Songs In The Key Of Life"" and ""The Secret Life Of Plants"" albums. Steven's company, Marshall Electronic, lined up a roster of distributors, went into full scale production, and the Marshall Time Modulator has achieved fame as one of the first -- and one of the all time best -- studio effects boxes.
This unit is fully refurbished and in excellent condition. All electrolytic and tantalum capacitors have been replaced; the dbx compander cards have also been refurb’d and fully calibrated. It’s in mint condition, the only flaws are some light scratches around the rack holes. It includes a new power adaptor, XLR in/out cables, a copy of the original manual, and a CD copy of the original demo record. (Yes, you can listen to the late Stephen St. Croix explain and demo the many functions of this amazing unit, complete with ticks and scratches from the vinyl record.)
Using all analog circuitry, the MTM produces ultra high quality time related effects. Patches include deep positive, negative, and resonant flange, cardboard tube echo, automatic double and triple tracking, “Darth Vader” pitch quantizing, normal & circus vibrato, arpeggio, echo, simple delay, Leslie, doppler pan, and more. It’s easy to set up these sounds using the patch sheets in the manual, and the user can create their own custom effects/ The MTM scored rave reviews in Studio Sound and Modern Recording, has been featured on scores of hit records. (We recently learned from the engineer that mixed The Wall that an MTM was used on amazing album!)
At the heart of the 5002 are two ""black box"" analog delay modules of Steve's design, whose delay times are governed by a combination of manual and automatic controls. The primary delay, adjusted via a VCO and a manual control, produces most of the time and frequency shift effects. The auxiliary delay (adjusted by a manual control) enhances and ""triples"" the MTM's effects; variable feedback creates resonant and metallic qualities that range from subtle to absolutely bizarre. By combining dry signal with the outputs of the two delays, a wide range of excellent effects can be created. Flanging -- the so called ""jet plane"" effect -- is probably the most popular effect offered, but this versatile box will do all kinds of stuff, both subtle and wild, and is great fun to experiment with. Unlike digital delays, the MTM features continuously adjustable (non stepped) delay time, smoothly controlled by a rotary pot. Both the time delay pot and the aux delay pots are special parts with custom tapers, so that in manual mode, an even hand rotation of the knob produces smooth, musical sweeps.
Front panel controls include Input Level, Time Delay, Through Feed and Back Feed, Delay Out, Overall Out, Time CV Att., Audio Delay / Time Mod. / Phase Shift, Sin Gen, and Aux Delay. The front panel also has 1/4” input and output connectors.
This unit is fully guaranteed for 180 days. It includes a new power adaptor, XLR in/out cables, a copy of the original manual, and a CD copy of the original demo record. (Yes, you can listen to the late Stephen St. Croix explain and demo the many functions of this amazing unit, complete with ticks and scratches from the vinyl disk.)