FabFilter Timeless 2 provides a rich variety of input and output options. In the main section
interface, you will find basic volume controls:
Located on the left of the main interface section is the main input volume control. This will
set up the amount of signal going into the delay lines. Remember that overdriving the filter
gives an more harmonically rich sound so feel free to experiment with higher levels.
On the right of the main interface section, the Dry Level and Wet Level knobs control the
amount of dry (unprocessed) signal and the amount of delayed and filtered signal that is coming
out of the plug-in. Panning settings are also included.
Located above the Dry Level knob, the Dry Enabled button is an easy way to stop dry signal
coming through. Since a delay is often used as a send effect (inserted on a bus) you wouldn't
want dry signal coming through in that case. This is a valuable feature when you are browsing
presets which were not specifically designed for this kind of usage. The Dry Enabled setting
cannot be saved in a preset and therefore will not be altered when browsing presets. However,
you can save the current setting as the start-up default by clicking Options > Save
As Default in the presets menu (useful for example if you always happen to use
Timeless 2 as a send effect).
In the bar at the bottom of the plug-in, there are additional options:
The Channel Mode option lets you choose between Left/Right and
Mid/Side operation of Timeless 2. In Mid/Side mode, the incoming stereo
signal is converted into Mid (mono) and Side parts, which are then routed to the separate
delay lines. This enables you to delay the stereo part differently than the mono part of the
signal, ensuring interesting and totally original stereo effects! At the end of the plug-in,
after the Dry/Wet Level knobs, the signals are converted back to a normal stereo
Note that Mid/Side mode also allows you to easily adjust the balance between Mid and Side
using the panning rings around the Dry Level and Wet Level knobs.
Auto Mute Self-Oscillation
The Auto Mute Self-Osc option reduces the resonance of the filters if there is no incoming
audio signal. Depending on the filter characteristic you can push the filters into
self-oscillation with increasing peak values. The auto-mute feature will make higher peak
settings possible while the filters will not be howling continuously when you stop playback in
The audition switch (recognizable by its headphones icon) lets you listen to either the normal
output signal (default setting), the input signal (bypassing the entire plug-in) or the side
chain signal. When setting up side chaining in your host this is very useful to confirm that
the correct side chain signal is routed to the plug-in.