Combining FREE THE TONE’s analog and digital technologies and achieving high-speed calculation by using a 32-bit high precision DSP, we have realized a sound quality that far exceeds that of usual pedal type delays.
By concentrating a vast amount of accumulated knowledge of analog and digital technologies into its new product “FLIGHT TIME,” Free The Tone has realized a sound quality that goes far beyond other pedal type delay units. With high-speed calculation performed by a 32-bit high-precision DSP, the FLIGHT TIME pursues sonic quality equal to that of famous classic rack type high quality delay units, without using simulation or modeling. Further, the FLIGHT TIME implements two ground-breaking features: Realtime BPM Analyzer and Delay Time Offset.
The Realtime BPM Analyzer adjusts the delay time by automatically trimming the BPM based on realtime tempo analysis of the current performance within the range of ±20% of the tempo (BPM) information tap-entered by using a footswitch. Delay Time Offset can shift the delay time slightly against the set BPM by entering the desired numerical value.
With a shorter delay time setting, you can give a high-speed impression to your playing. Reversely, a longer setting can help to render broader expressions with plenty of time for each tone. “FLIGHT TIME”, a delay effects unit that pursues better sound quality and higher usability and enables more musical expression.
World-First: Realtime BPM Analyzer *
The Realtime BPM Analyzer adjusts the delay time by automatically trimming the BPM based on realtime tempo analysis of the current performance within the range of ±20% of the tempo (BPM) information tap-entered by using a footswitch.
World-First: Delay Time Offset Feature *
A common delay setup is to offset the delay time compared to the BPM of the tune being played to make the delay sound of a guitar or bass more easily heard. When the delay time is set to be equal to the actual BPM, the delay sound will be masked by other on-beat sounds and become difficult to hear. With a shorter delay time setting, you can give a high-speed impression to your playing. Conversely, a longer setting can help to render broader expressions with plenty of time for each tone. Since the delay time offset amount can be set for each preset, you can keep the setting best suited to each tune.
- * As of September 2014, based on Free The Tone’s research
- Note 1: If the BPM of the tap-entered tempo information differs more than ±20% from that of the actual performance, then there is no automatic adjustment of delay time.
- Note 2: The realtime BPM analyzer may not be able to recognize BPM for performances with irregular meters, performances by orchestra or piano, etc.
- * BPM ANALYZER is a function that was jointly developed by Faudio and FREE THE TONE.
FLIGHT TIME FT-1Y Manual
FLIGHT TIME FT-1Y Factory Presets
- FLIGHT TIME FT-1Y Firmware 1.4 Download
If the version number of the firmware to be downloaded from here is higher than the one you saw on your FLIGHT TIME’s display, please proceed to the update steps according to the update procedure manual. If the version numbers are the same, then the latest firmware has been installed in your unit before shipment from our factory and you do not have to perform the firmware update.
Click here to download the Firmware Update Procedure Manual
FT-1Y Firmware Version 1.4（2016/1/6）: [DOWNLOAD]
- ・A backup memory area has been added to protect Preset Data data in the event of a loss of power.
- ・Improved stability when operating the FLIGHT TIME with external MIDI equipment.
- ・Minor software bugs have been fixed.
Warning to customers:
Please use the MIDI Interface we recommend (Yamaha MIDI-USB UX16/Roland UM-ONE MARK 2/M-Audio UNO*) to update the firmware of the FLIGHT TIME. FREE THE TONE and our dealers will not accept returns for refund due to problems updating caused by using an incompatible MIDI Interface. Before purchasing the FLIGHT TIME please be certain that you have access to the right MIDI interface.
*The MIDI Interface of the M-Audio Uno may not work correctly under MAC OS X after Yosemite. Please contact M-Audio for information on compatibility between your OS and MIDI interface.