The idea came to Tim back in his student days when he was fiddling around with the music software package “Reason”. After developing a VST-plugin incorporating this concept, he decided to build a standalone hardware prototype for his graduation project at the HKU (Utrecht University of the Arts) in 2007. His (Dutch) thesis about the underlying principle can be found here.
Although it more or less worked, it was a very basic and crude device. Oscar, being an industrial designer and a flatmate of Tim at the time, was playing a lot with it and became enthusiastic about developing it further.
Years later, the idea was still very much alive between the two of us. With the advent of things like crowdfunding and 3D-printing, we realised that creating an improved and sleeker prototype was definitely something that we should do. After spending many evenings after work, we managed to produce two prototypes that were more up to date. Because we were still experimenting, one had RCA-connectors, while the other had jack-plugs and a higher quality audio chip.
In October 2017 we went on our first public show at Amsterdam Dance Event. This festival turned out to be a turning point for us, as it was our true introduction to a growing worldwide music scene. Because we received so much positive response, we grew a lot more confident on Timetosser's potential. It's features were still open for discussion, so meeting people involved in the music industry proved to be very useful as a recource for new ideas and further improvements.
After ADE, things really picked up and alter.audio was getting official. Timetosser travelled the world to get reviewed by several renowned DJ's and musicians, from who we received terrific feedback. Multiple parties took an interest in Timetosser, but after our experiences at the Sonar 2018 Startup Garden we became certain that launching a crowdfunding campaign was our way to go. We have collected all feedback and implemented great new ideas for improvement. Now we are ready: let's get these units made!