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FREE THE TONE’s high sound quality digital delay “FLIGHT TIME” with the world’s first Realtime BPM Analyzer and Delay Time Offset features, reappears with even more improvements!

Responding to strong requests from players all over the world, the FLIGHT TIME FT-2Y is now being introduced as the successor to the FT-1Y (FLIGHT TIME) that ended production in 2016. For the FLIGHT TIME FT-2Y, we have redesigned not only the analog and power supply circuits but also the digital circuits and firmware to realize dramatic improvements in sound quality. While keeping all of the FT-1Y’s ample feature set (including the world’s first Realtime BPM Analyzer*1, *2, Delay Time Offset features, etc.), the FT-2Y has further advanced in both sound quality and functionality with the addition of instrument/line level switching, instant preset switching, MIDI out function. Pursuing higher sound quality and ease of use we concentrated the latest technologies of FREE THE TONE upon this unparalleled delay effects unit “FLIGHT TIME FT-2Y”. Experience its sound!

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.

FEATURE

32-bit High-precision DSP
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.
Instrument/Line Input Level Switching*
This switch selects the FLIGHT TIME’s input level according to the output level of a device connected to the INPUT terminal. When connecting an instrument level device, set this switch to the rear position (closer to the input/output jacks). To connect a line level device, set it to the front position. Use a small flat blade screwdriver to slide the switch.
HTS Circuit and Analog Mixer
Original (dry) sounds go from input to output as analog signals and are mixed with delay sounds at the internal analog mixer. This allows the output to keep the sonic quality of the original sounds. Also, thanks to implementation of the HTS (Holistic Tonal Solution) circuit that comprehensively manages signals from input to output, effect sound and bypass sound always keep the same texture, essentially solving a problem that has annoyed players in the past.
MIDI Function #1
Each preset can be recalled by a MIDI program change number. Various features can be remote-controlled by receiving control change numbers assigned to them.
MIDI Function #2*
The MIDI OUT feature has been added to the FT-2Y. This allows you to store preset contents into a personal computer or recall them by using exclusive information.
Instant Preset Switching*
With the newly added Instant Preset Switching function, Preset 1 and Preset 2 can be switched instantly by one action.
HPF (high-pass filter) and LPF (low-pass filter)
A LPF (low-pass filter) that cuts high frequencies is useful to get a warm delay sound. Phrases can loose sharpness if there is a lot of low frequency components in the delay sound. The HPF (high-pass filter) that cuts low frequencies can also be helpful in such a case. This can be set for each preset.
Modulation Feature
Modulation effects can be applied to the delay sound. You can make widely varied sounds from a beautifully modulated, open delay sound to an extreme siren noise.
Sound Hold Function
The FLIGHT TIME has a unique Hold function. Even when it is in effects off status, pressing an external footswitch connected to the rear panel triggers the delay sound stored in the unit. You can also play your instrument over the stored delay sound.
Rec & Repeat
Incoming signals can be recorded and looped. A preset delay effect is applied to both the repeated sound that was just recorded and the sound played along with the repeated sound. A 20-second recording is possible. Only one phrase can be recorded; recording cannot be layered.
Trail function
This function allows you to switch to a new preset while keeping the previous delay sound. A natural effect switching is obtained because the trail of the previous sound will not be cut off when the presets are changed. When the Trail function is turned off, the new preset is activated without keeping the delay sound. This function can be set for each preset.
Delay Phase Function
This function inverts the phase of the delay sound. When there are sounds from other instruments, the delay sound of a guitar or bass can sometimes be difficult to hear even if its level is raised (this may not be noticed if you are hearing the guitar/bass sound only). This problem can be solved by inverting the phase of the delay sound.
Subdivision Function
This function defines the beat count for the delay based on BPM. This function can be set for each preset.
Dry On/Off
There is a switch on the rear panel to turn on/off the dry sound. This can be helpful when putting together a system with an external mixer, etc.
Boost Function
Output level of the FLIGHT TIME can be set for each preset. The output level can be boosted by up to +3 dB.
Tap-Preferred Mode
In normal operation mode, the delay time stored in a preset or the BPM value has priority and is recalled along with the preset. In Tap-Preferred mode, a preset is recalled after applying the tempo information lastly entered from the footswitch. For example if you switch presets after tapping in the tempo at the beginning of a tune, the tempo information remains unchanged. You do not have to enter the tempo again by tapping the switch.
*New functions added to the FT-2Y.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Number of Presets : 99 (User Presets: 90, Factory Presets: 9)
  • Input Impedance: min. 500 kΩ
  • Output Load Impedance: min. 1 kΩ
  • Max. Input Level: INST +2 dBm / LINE +13 dBm
  • Terminals: Standard 1/4" phone jack (IN, OUT, HOLD)
  • Power Supply: Dedicated AC adapter
    For USA: FA-1220D-JA
    For UK: FA-1220D-UK
    For Europe: FA-1220D-EU
  • Power Consumption : DC12V, approx. 400 mA(max).
  • Dimensions: 146W x 120.5D x 57H mm (incl. protuberances such as jacks)
  • Weight: approx. 560 g (excl. accessories)

DOWNLOAD

FLIGHT TIME FT-2Y Manual

FLIGHT TIME FT-2Y Preset Data Dump & Download

FLIGHT TIME FT-2Y Firmware 2.0 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-2Y Firmware Version 2.0(2017/5/24): [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.

DEMO

Q & A

Q:Must I update the firmware in the order of release to step up the versions?

A:No. We create the latest firmware based on its previous version and therefore it contains corrections done in all of the preceding versions. So simply install the latest version.

Q:Can I use the Flight Time with my amplifier’s send/return (effect loop)?

A:The Flight Time can receive signals up to +4 dBm but will distort if the level exceeds this limit. If your amplifier’s send/return circuit has a send level trim, then lower the send level in order not to distort the Flight Time. If you need to use the send/return of an amplifier whose send/return level does not support -10 dB or-20 dB, then additionally connect a mixer to adjust the level.

Q:When do you use the Flight Time’s DRY ON/OFF switch?

A:The Flight Time’s DRY ON/OFF switch should be turned off (no original sound will be output) when you mix original and delay sounds using the amplifier’s send/return circuit or a mixer.

Q:What is your recommendation for the MIDI interface for firmware updates?

A:We recommend the following MIDI interfaces. Refer to the release notes for firmware update procedures.
Yamaha MIDI-USB UX16
Roland UM-ONE MARK 2
M-Audio UNO

Q:Is the Flight Time a stereo device?

A:No. It is a mono delay unit.

Q:Can I switch presets by just one press of a footswitch?

A:No. It is impossible to switch presets instantly by using a footswitch on the Flight Time.
The Flight Time was designed to be more convenient when it is used with a routing controller such as the ARC-3 or ARC-53M. There are many modes available to recall programs on the Flight Time unit. Please refer to its manual.

Q:After firmware update, I turned on the power to the Flight Time in Edit mode while holding down the Enter and Store switches. But it did not initialize itself but the screen indicated “SO  OF”. Is this a failure?

A:Yes. The firmware has not been installed correctly. If installed correctly, such a problem will never occur. Please try to update the firmware again.