Urei Cooper Time Cube


An Extremely rare complete system!  Sold in perfect working order with a 30 day warranty

Cosmetically the unit is well used but in keeping with a 50 year old vintage classic.

This super cool delay has now become a UA Plug in. This is a rare chance to purchase a great sounding delay which will only appreciate in value.

Below is some info from the net:

The original Cooper Time Cube was a Universal Audio/UREI-branded, Bill Putman/Duane H. Cooper collaborative design that brought a garden-hose-based mechanical delay to the world in 1971. The limited feature set of 14ms, 16ms, or a combined 30ms delay meant it was less flexible (and popular) than tape-based delays like the Echoplex.

With only 1,000 ever made, the CTC was noted for its uncanny ability to always sit perfectly in the mix and was used on many hit records, such as “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and “Low Rider” by War, for its spectacular short delay and doubling effects. Since its early discontinuation, the CTC has grown a very strong cult following and finds a home in such prestigious studios as Blackbird and Sunset Sound. Top engineers such as Vance Powell swear by the CTC for its unique effects.

A Bizarre Beauty

The Cooper Time Cube sends live audio through long pieces of tubing, not unlike a garden hose, to create a time delay. The 2′ x 2′ plywood housing is filled with coiled tubing, Shure mic capsules (of the SM57 variety) at both ends of each line used as speakers and pickups, and a series of tooled aluminum blocks with “tuning screws” at various places to tune the delay to a relatively flat response. The whole delay mechanism is suspended on springs within the housing to maintain “acoustical isolation,” and is then filled with packing peanuts, which stay in the housing, even after shipping!

The unit allows access to the provided UREI 1109 line amplifiers, and thus to the independent delay line input gains. A meter is provided to view the delay output, plus four TRS jacks for front-panel signal access and routing (this was common on certain UA and UREI products). The rear of the unit provides permanent barrier strip connections.

The original Cooper Time Cube’s front panel.
The rear panel of the Cooper Time Cube. Where’s the MIDI?