Strymon News - news from the lab


We’re doing a Reddit AMA!

Posted by Ethan

Reddit Ask Us Anything!

We’re going to be doing a Reddit AMA “Ask Me Anything” Tuesday June 24 at 12:00PM PDT (3PM EDT). Have any questions for us? Just about all of us here will be available to answer any questions that you might have.

Mobius Modulation pedalOn that day we’ll also be giving away a Mobius Modulation pedal to one lucky Redditor. Stay tuned for more details.

This post will be updated on June 24 with the link to the AMA. See you there soon!

EDIT: Here is the link!

Ask Us Anything




BigSky factory preset settings list

Posted by Ethan

BigSky factory preset list PDF - downloadHi BigSky users—many of you have asked us to put together a detailed list of the BigSky factory preset settings. Here is a PDF that contains settings for all of the factory presets. :)

download BigSky factory preset list PDF

 

 




BigSky reviews!

Posted by Ethan

BigSky ReverberatorThe reviews for BigSky are now appearing through the clouds of the interwebs, and we’re incredibly excited to hear what people have to say.

Featuring 12 unique reverb machines – from rooms, halls, and plate reverbs to “cloud”, “bloom” and “magneto” and more – “Big Sky is something of a triumph, producing hyper-realistic rooms, ambient space trips and everything in between with ease and finesse,” writes Sound on Sound magazine.

» Read the Sound on Sound review

Magazine logos - Sound on Sound, Premier Guitar, SonicState, Best Guitar Effects

Our friends at Premier Guitar think that BigSky is a “virtual mad-scientist lab for those who are endlessly fascinated with the possibilities of audio signals bouncing off unseen objects—and then being twisted, warped, chopped, and vaporized.” It’s so great to hear that what they call “otherworldly and authentic vintage tones” within BigSky provoked such a colorful and evocative reaction.

» Read the Premier Guitar review

Gabriel from Best Guitar Effects attended our recent Strymon Social event, and used that opportunity to spend some time talking with our co-founders Gregg, Dave, and Pete. To learn about his “intel-gathering reconnaissance mission” at the Strymon labs, click on over to his incredibly in-depth BigSky review. We’re pleased to learn that he ranks BigSky as “simply one of the best reverb processors available today.” And we’re glad to hear his praise for the wealth of “studio-grade power” in it’s performance-friendly form-factor.

» Read the Best Guitar Effects BigSky review

Guitarist magazine also has some very nice things to say about BigSky. They noted that the reverberations within BigSky “make your jaw drop and your playing soar” and that it makes them “want to write poetry to the soundtrack of its glorious ambience.” We’re so glad to hear that BigSky got their creative juices flowing!

» Read the Guitarist BigSky review

We’re incredibly honored that BigSky has received the SonicState Best Effect Pedal of 2013 award, with their team noting “everything about it is stunning.” When it comes to creative inspiration, they cited the real-time tweakability of BigSky as being “on a different level to any reverb we’ve tried before.” And they totally made us blush when they said our “products sound great, they look great, they’re perfectly engineered, and they essentially fit a whole studio rack’s worth of effects and patches into a tiny little box for using on the road.” Thanks guys, we’re so glad you’re enjoying what we’re up to here in the labs! :)

» See SonicState‘s Best Effect Pedals of 2013




Strymon Preset Librarian update – with BigSky support

Posted by Ethan

BigSky, Mobius, TimeLine - preset librarian

We’ve made some updates to our open source Preset Librarian. The latest version adds support for BigSky Reverberator, allowing you to organize and back up any or all of your presets (when connected to a Mac or PC with a MIDI to USB converter). We’ve also added support for Mac OS X.9 Mavericks, as well as a couple other cool features.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Added support for BigSky
  • Now supports Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks
  • Includes a firmware update feature that can check for and program firmware updates
  • Shift-Click a preset in the Work List to transfer it to the device’s “edit buffer”
  • Control-Click a preset in the Work List to switch the device preset

Supported Platforms:

Mac OS X – 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x
Windows – XP, Vista, 7, 8

Current Release:
Version: 0.9.3.9
Released: Nov 7, 2013

Usage Instructions and Download:

» Usage instructions / Download page

If you have any issues with the software, please feel free to email us at support@strymon.net and we’ll help you out. Thanks!

Developers’ Corner:

» Strymon Preset Librarian project on GitHub

 




Thanks for hanging out with us!

Posted by Ethan

Well that was a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone that came out to our first ever Strymon Social. It was great to meet all of you, hang out, jam a bit, and have a chance to show you what we’ve been working on over the last year. With your help we plowed through all of the tacos, and all of the beer is gone. We’ll be sure to do another Strymon Social in the future.

If you were at the event please feel free to post your photos and videos online and tag them #strymonsocial. You can also find other photos that were posted from the evening on our Strymon Social tagboard. And one of our guests Joseph Yoon posted some great photos as well.

Thanks again for hanging out with us!

 




First Ever Strymon Social

Posted by Angela

Strymon Social

We are having our first ever Strymon Social!

Saturday, October 12th, 5pm – 8pm

At the Strymon Headquarters in Westlake Village, California.

Come and join us. We will have tasty tacos, frosty beverages, a raffle to win a Strymon pedal, a limited edition t-shirt for all, an area to check out pedals and jam, and all the Strymon folks will be here to talk music, pedals, physics, whiskey, technology, dogs…

Space is limited!

Our shop is small so unfortunately we can’t fit everyone. If you’d like to come, please send a request to strymonsocial@strymon.net. We will confirm if there is still room to join us, and if so will put you on the list and send you the details. We can’t provide transportation, so probably best if you live in the Greater Los Angeles area or Ventura County.

And for those of you that want to join and can’t, we plan on doing more of these in the future!

The Strymon Social has filled up! We will have more in the future. Please join us online at http://tagboard.com/strymonsocial on October 12th.

We haven’t posted photos of our shop recently, so here you go. :)




Preset Librarian – open platform developer’s edition

Posted by Ethan

TimeLine and MobiusWe recently decided to develop an open source preset librarian for TimeLine and Mobius. Our main goal was to assemble the infrastructure for an extendable librarian that could be customized and tweaked by developers in many different ways.

We’ve just finished putting together this initial version, which will allow TimeLine and Mobius users to organize and back up their presets, when connected to a Mac or PC via a MIDI to USB converter. So, for the non-coder, you can go right ahead and use this version and access basic organization and back up functionality.

For the code monkey, you’ll be glad to hear that we’ve added all sorts of hooks under the hood that can be accessed and customized. While this current version is very bare bones, we have left the door wide open for additional developers to build in their own features and user interfaces.

We plan to make updates in the future, in parallel with any open source developers that choose to come on and work on their own versions. If you have any issues with the software, please feel free to email us at support@strymon.net. Thanks!

Supported Platforms:

Mac OS X – 10.6.8, 10.7.x, 10.8.x
Windows – XP, Vista, 7

Current Release:
Version: 0.9.1.1 (developers edition)
Download the latest version HERE

Usage:

» Usage instructions

Developers’ Corner:

» Strymon Preset Librarian project on GitHub

 




A chorus of praise for Mobius!

Posted by Ethan

Mobius modulation pedalThe reviews for Mobius have been rolling in, and we’re very excited about what everyone has been saying!

Featuring 12 different types of modulations – chorus, flanger, phaser, a flexible rotary effect and more – “the amount of high-quality effects [Mobius] crams inside is amazing,” writes guitar blog GuitarNoize.com.

» Read the GuitarNoize review

Within each modulation type lays a wealth of mod effects that Premier Guitar magazine describes as “shockingly accurate.”Premier Guitar, The Deli, Guitar Noize, Sound on Sound magazine The “sonic undulations” of the rotary effect, PG continued, are “deep and complex, and at times sound impossibly real.” We’re deeply honored to have received the Premier Guitar “Premier Gear” award, which the magazine bestowed upon Mobius earlier this year.

» Read the Premier Guitar review

In its popular audio blog, The Deli magazine is “extremely excited” about Mobius’ release. It calls the mod pedal “super diverse” thanks to its wide variety of classic mod effects including “everything from lush choruses to pulsating tremolo as well as unlikely additions.”

» Read the Deli review

In a shootout versus some classic mod pedals, Mobius won Sound On Sound magazine’s praises for its “clarity, warmth, smoothness and depth.” With “sounds as glorious as its tech-spec suggests,” Mobius “more than held its own” against its predecessors. SOS ranks Mobius “among the best [mod pedals] of its type.”

» Read the Sound on Sound review

Our friends at Premier Guitar think “it’s getting harder to surprise folks with how good Strymon pedals sound,” which makes us really happy. Sound On Sound noted that we’ve “quickly gained a loyal following” in the three years since we began making pedals. And The Deli made us blush when they called us “one of the sickest companies making stompboxes right now.” Thanks, guys, we really appreciate it! :)




TimeLine firmware public beta 1.42

Posted by Ethan

TimeLine firmware updateWe always work hard to improve the experience our customers have with our products. We have been working on adding a few new features and improvements to TimeLine.

We are releasing this version as a public beta to allow additional testing in many different real world usage situations. This is not a required update— please feel free to continue using your current version. Should you choose to update your TimeLine you are always allowed the option to roll back.

Update instructions are included as a PDF with the download. If you have any problems updating, please take a look at these updating troubleshooting tips. :)

Download

What’s New:

  • MIDI Clock Sweep (MC SWP) global parameter:
    • We’ve added the option to keep or remove delay pitch artifacts when changing TAP tempo from external MIDI Clock source.
  • MIDI Clock Reset (MC RST) global parameter:
    • Now, you have the option to re-sync TimeLine back to an external MIDI clock source tempo after manually tapping in a new tempo or sweeping the Time knob on TimeLine.
  • Added new MIDI Commands for looper:
    • We’ve added two new absolute MIDI commands for Reverse and Half Speed looper controls. Reverse = 103
  • Changed MIDI Preset Recall Behavior
    • In older code revisions, recalling presets via MIDI automatically altered the bypass state of the preset to ON. Now, if your preset is bypassed before you send a new MIDI preset program change, the new preset recalled will remain bypassed.
  • Improved Swell Delay triggering:
    • We’ve made improvements to the way the swell is triggered when using the Swell Delay machine.
  • Global Tap Tempo per preset:
    • You can now turn Global Tap Tempo on or off per preset. Useful when you have some presets that require Global Tap and others that don’t.
  • “SUCCESS” indicator when installing factory/user presets:
    • Now, when a factory or user preset SysEx file is loaded into the TimeLine, the LED will display “SUCCESS” indicating a successful file transfer.
  • Preset Dump:
    • We’ve added a Preset Dump function in the Global menu. This is a great way to make a backup of your TimeLine presets.

What’s Fixed:

  • Improved looper design to remove audible ticks when controlling looper reverse and half speed functions with a MIDI controller
  • Fixed and enabled Global TAP per preset feature. You can now turn Global TAP Tempo on and off per preset. Useful when you have some presets that require Global TAP and others that don’t.
  • Fixed an issue caused when using the looper with the pattern delay machine
  • Kill Dry function now kills dry signal when TimeLine is bypassed
  • Fixed audible glitch in spillover from dBucket to Dual delay machine when in parallel configuration
  • Resolved an issue caused when utilizing the feedback loop while TimeLine is bypassed

If you come across any issues with this beta release, please email us at support@strymon.net. Thanks very much! :)

 




Tap Favorite – favorite switch / tap tempo pedal

Posted by Ethan

Tap Favorite - external tap tempo switch and favorite preset switchIntroducing the newest and smallest member of the Strymon family: Tap Favorite.

Want to store a preset of your Favorite settings on your Brigadier, El Capistan, Lex, or Flint? Or remotely tap tempos for your TimeLine, Mobius or Flint? Add our tiny Tap Favorite switch and connect to your Strymon pedal with the included 1/4″ TRS cable.

With the Favorite mode enabled, saving and recalling your Favorite preset is a snap. When you turn off your Favorite, it reverts back to the current knob states of your pedal. It’s like having two pedals ready to choose from.

When using Tap Tempo mode, you can place your TimeLine, Mobius, or Flint anywhere on your pedalboard and tap in your tempos remotely. Perfect for large rigs or boards with pedals fighting for real estate.

Learn more at the Tap Favorite site.




Mobius factory preset settings PDF

Posted by Ethan

Mobius factory preset list PDFHi Mobius users—many of you have asked us to put together a detailed list of the Mobius factory preset settings. Here is a PDF that contains settings for all of the factory presets. :)

download the PDF

 

 




Building Mobius pedals!

Posted by Ethan

We’ve been hard at work building Mobius pedals! We’re busy shipping out pre-orders to our North American customers, and will be making a large shipment to our international distributors in early January. Here are some photos of our recent activity:

Circuit boards complete!

mobius_boards

Chassis anodized and ready to go.

mobius_chassis

Final assembly!

mobius_withboards

Audio testing and programming. Jorge keeping it real.

mobius_jorge

Just waiting for knobs.

mobius_nearcomplete

Getting ready to box up!

mobius_boxes




Preset Librarian – going open platform

Posted by Ethan

TimeLine and MobiusWhat? A librarian?

As you may have heard, we have been planning to develop a preset librarian for our TimeLine delay. The goal of the project is to allow users to connect their TimeLine to a computer and organize and back up presets.

First, an apology.

We recently posted a video on our Facebook page that showed an incomplete development version. Since then we have come to realize that our approach of building a proprietary, closed system was flawed. We also may have raised your expectations as to when software would be available. We always do our best to exceed the expectations of our customers, and in this case we did not. And for that we apologize.

Ok, so what’s next?

Instead of developing a closed, proprietary design—or software that we would potentially need to charge money for—we have opted to move forward with a new project utilizing an open platform. While this may cause a delay as we change direction, we feel in the long run it will offer more benefits over the version that we abandoned.

An open design.

As you may know, many preset librarians are proprietary systems. Some of these are not well supported, and never evolving. Many of them are not extendable to take advantage of new technology. By going with an open platform, users can get exactly what they want by interfacing directly with open source developers. And if you are technically savvy, you can customize for your own purposes and share the results with others.

Here’s the plan.

Within the coming weeks, we will be providing a core foundation that open source developers will be able to build upon. This early version will be for developers and coders, and will allow very basic command line preset management. If you’re a code monkey, this is the platform you’ll be able to start with to develop your own custom librarian.

Within the coming months, we will be working with an open source developer that has committed to building in additional features and providing a preset librarian that can be used by everyone. The plan is for his version to work on Mac and PC—and will work with both TimeLine and Mobius.

Thanks!

We are very excited about the possibilities of shifting the librarian to an open platform— and we hope you are too. Ultimately, going open will allow all sorts of customization, and can open up the door to new ideas one might not even imagine possible. We appreciate your patience as we change direction here. Keep an eye on our blog— we will post updates on our progress and software downloads when they are available.

UPDATE – April 8, 2013:

We planned on first releasing a developer version of the librarian in a command line format. Now, as useful as this will be for code monkeys and programmers, we felt that we simply couldn’t release something that every TimeLine and Mobius customer could not use right from the get go. So we decided to take it several steps further and ensure that this first offering has a simple and easy to use user interface that everyone can take advantage of.

We still intend on releasing this librarian as an open platform and because of this, various research needs to be done to ultimately decide which code licensing makes the most sense for us and to our developer level customers. We are actively researching all of our options.

Thanks again for being patient with us while we work on getting this out to you. We will continue to post updates on our progress as it’s made.

UPDATE – May 22, 2013:

We’re just a few days away!

UPDATE – May 29, 2013:

Click here for information on the recently released developer’s edition.




Strymon at the Stomp Box Exhibit

Posted by Ethan

Stomp Box ExhibitWill you be in the Brooklyn, NY area on October 19-20, 2012? be sure to visit the 2012 Stomp Box Exhibit, put on by The Deli Magazine. There are two complete Strymon pedal boards there for you to check out.

Haven’t checked out an Orbit, Ola, Lex, or Flint? Now is your chance. Want to rock out with an El Capistan, Brigadier, TimeLine, and OB.1? Head on down to Main Drag Music in Brooklyn this weekend!




Flint Receives the Premier Gear award

Posted by Ethan

Premier Guitar magazine cover October 2012

We’re very excited to announce that the Flint tremolo & reverb has received the Premier Gear award from Premier Guitar magazine. Check out the review by Charles Saufley here.






 
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