Delay Doppelgänger.

DIG unearths the true soul of digital delay and doubles it—two simultaneous, integrated delays with the captivating rack delay voicings from the 1980s and today, for incredible expressive potential.

Effortlessly create your own world of intricate and synchronized echoes, along with hypnotic and atmospheric repeats that blur the line between delay and reverb. Stretch your sonic horizons with five musically satisfying rhythmic subdivisions and three dual delay routing options. Go from syncopated, pulsating delay patterns, to evocative, spaced-out echo trails all in a compact, pedalboard-friendly format.

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Rack to the Future.

Rack-mount digital delays of the ’80s ushered in a new era of audio effects. The innovative electronic designs generated the cleanest delays yet to be heard, but also created their own special and intriguing sonic characteristics. Thirty-plus years later, these sounds remain as distinctive and inspiring as ever.

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Our thorough investigation of digital delay technology reveals the unique personalities that these delays possess. Delve into DIG’s three digital delay voicings: the early ’80s adaptive delta modulation mode, the mid-’80s 12 bit pulse code modulation mode, and the modern high-resolution 24/96 mode.

Multiply these distinct voicings by two and get DIG—your perfect dual delay ally.

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Two Simultaneous, Integrated Delays.

 

DELAY 1 – The Master Delay.

Free-running delay time allows you to easily dial in delays from 20ms to 1.6s with the Time knob or Tap Tempo switch. Longer delay times lend themselves to more ambient soundscapes while doubling and slapback effects can be achieved at short delay times.

 

DELAY 2 – The Companion Delay.

Set the ratio between the two delays with one of five rhythmic subdivisions: triplet, eighth note, dotted eighth note, dotted quarter note, and the golden ratio. Don’t want synchronization? Engage Free Mode to disable subdivisions and allow Delay 2 to be its own independent, free-running delay. Dial in short delay times for chorus/flange sounds to run alongside Delay 1.

Listen

  • ADM Sounds
  • 12 Bit Sounds
  • 24/96 Sounds
  • Synth Demo
  • Config:
    ● Series, ●● Parallel, ○○ Ping Pong

    Audio Samples

    • Driven Out ●
      The dotted quarter setting creates a driving rhythm that’s filled out by deep modulation.
    • Untitled Avenues ○○
      A dotted eighth rhythm makes good use of the percussive nature of the ADM delay type in ping pong configuration.
    • Nameless Corridors ●
      With similar settings to the previous clip, the delays are now configured in series to create a different dynamic.
    • Present ●
      A fast delay time with deep modulation highlights the presence and clarity of the ADM delay type.
    • Free Chorus ○○
      Effect is engaged at :03. Using Free Mode, Delay 2 is set to a short delay to create a chorus/flange effect, feeding into Delay 1 with full-bandwidth repeats.
    • Free Flange ●
      Effect is engaged at :04. By using Free Mode and setting Delay 2 time to minimum, a heavy flanger-style effect is created to feed Delay 1.
    • Removing the Lows ○○
      The Golden Ratio subdivision is paired with a high-pass repeats filter to progressively remove the low-frequency content of the regenerated repeats.

  • Config:
    ● Series, ●● Parallel, ○○ Ping Pong

    Audio Samples

    • Filtered Repeats ○○
      The eighth note division creates a double-time repeat while the Mix settings accentuate the down-beat. Repeats filtering adds further complexity.
    • Unequal Rhythm ●
      Effect is engaged at :03. The dotted eighth note subdivision from Delay 2 is mixed higher than the quarter note from Delay 1, creating a syncopation for the rhythm chords.
    • Digital Dirt ○○
      With high repeats for Delay 2, the short regenerating delays are filtered to create a dirty digital delay.
    • Building to Chorus ●
      We start with a single medium length delay with deep modulation. Using Free mode, Time 2 is set to minimum. At :14, Mix 2 is turned up creating a chorus that accompanies Delay 1.
    • Finding the Chord ●
      The dotted eighth syncopation drives some arpeggiated chords that are filled out with light modulation.
    • Epic Flange ●
      Effect is engaged at :04. Using Free Mode, Delay 2 can be set to very short delays, creating chorus and flange tones. Here a heavy guitar tone highlights a flange sound from Delay 2 feeding a short delay.
    • Slappy ●
      Effect is engaged at :04. A dirty guitar gets doubled with a short slap delay from Delay 1.
    • Golden Oceans ○○
      The Golden Ratio creates an ambient wash with deep modulation and some repeats filtering.
    • Mood Swings ○○
      Heavy repeats filtering is showcased with deep modulation to create a moody ambience with the Golden Ratio subdivision.
    • Full Mood ○○
      With similar settings to the previous clip but without any feedback filters, the ambient wash sustains at full bandwidth.

  • Config:
    ● Series, ●● Parallel, ○○ Ping Pong

    Audio Samples

    • Bounce House ○○
      The Ping Pong configuration creates a bouncing stereo movement to the dotted eighth syncopation.
    • The Letter ○○
      With the repeats filter set to remove the low-end, a big ambient delay setting provides a great canvas for some ethereal E-bow explorations.
    • Triplet Triads ●
      The triplet subdivision sets the rhythm for the arpeggiated triads.
    • Fleeting ○○
      A fast-paced riff gains added rhythmic complexity from the dotted eighth subdivision.
    • Separates ●●
      The delays are synced by an eighth note subdivision, while the Parallel configuration keeps them from interacting with each other.
    • Soft Tempos ○○
      High Repeats with the Golden Ratio subdivision creates a soft pad, while the high Mix 1 setting emphasizes the tempo of the music.
    • Nightly News ●
      Some light modulation adds depth to this fast and clean dotted eighth delay.
    • Deep and Wide ●
      Effect is engaged at :04. An eighth-note subdivision propels the transparent, wide-bandwidth 94/96 delay. With repeats at minimum, the rhythm stays focused.
    • Dominant Accent ●
      Effect is engaged at :07. The dotted eighth subdivision adds an accent to the dominant quarter note of Delay 1.

Tone Adjustment and Shaping

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  • Front Panel Controls
  • Secondary Functions
  • Ins & Outs
  • Time controls delay time for Delay 1, and acts as a master time control for both delays.
    Mod sets the amount of modulation added to the delay lines. Select from Off, Light, or Deep.
    Type allows you to choose from three delay conversion process voicings.

    24/96 - Modern, pure, high-resolution delay paired with subtle dynamics processing.
    adm - Early 80s adaptive delta modulation process, providing snappy, percussive delays reminiscent of some of the first available digital rack units.
    12 bit - Mid 80s 12 bit pulse code modulation conversion method yields slightly darker and warmer delays.
    Mix controls the wet/dry mix for Delay 1. Full clockwise is 100% wet.
    Time 2 sets the rhythmic subdivision between Delay 1 and Delay 2. Select triplet, eighth, golden ratio, dotted eighth, or dotted quarter.
    Repeats sets the amount of repeats for both delays.
    Mix 2 controls the wet/dry mix for Delay 2. Full clockwise is 100% wet.
    The Tap footswitch allows you to tap quarter notes to set the delay time. The Tap LED will flash to indicate the tempo. Press-and-hold to generate circular repeats.
    The Bypass footswitch engages and bypasses the effect.
  • Delay 1 Subdivision sets a Tap Tempo subdivision for Delay 1. Turn left for Dotted Eighth note, center for Quarter note, right for Half note. Quarter note is default operation.
    Filter sets a feedback filter response. Turn left for High Cut, center for Flat response, right for Low Cut. Flat response is default operation.
    Sync/Free Mode enables and disables time sync and subdivisions.

    Right side of knob engages Free Mode. Disables time sync and subdivisions between Delay 1 and Delay 2. Gives Time 2 knob a full delay range from 20ms to 1.6s.


    Left side of knob engages Sync Mode. Enables time sync and subdivisions between Delay 1 and
    Delay 2. Sync Mode is default operation.
    Delay 2 Repeats sets the number of Delay 2 Repeats. Turn fully right to Track Repeats which ties Delay 1 and Delay 2 together. Track Repeats is default operation.
    Config alters the delay signal routing. Turn left for Series, center for Ping Pong, or right for Parallel configuration. Series is default operation.
  • Input – Plug your instrument in here. Default is mono input. Can be used as TRS stereo input by switching internal jumper.
    Exp – Connect an expression pedal and control any one knob with your foot. Or use an external tap switch to tap in your tempos. Or plug in a favorite switch to save and recall a preset.
    Left Output – Connect to your amp, mixing board, other pedals, etc. Acts as a mono output when only one channel is being used.
    Right Output – Connect to your amp, mixing board, other pedals, etc.
    Power - Maximum 9 volts DC center negative, with a minimum of 250mA current.

Features

  • Series, Parallel, Ping Pong
  • Free Mode
  • Circular Repeats
  • Expression Pedal
  • TRS Stereo Input
  • DIG - Series, Parallel, Ping Pong

    Series, Parallel, Ping Pong

    Set up your two delays in one of three configurations. Series is like setting up pedals in a chain on your board, feeding Delay 2 into Delay 1. Parallel will orient your delay lines so that they remain independent—Delay 1 in the left channel and Delay 2 in the right channel. With Ping Pong, each delay acts as a ping pong delay, interacting together when both Mix knobs are turned up.

  • Free Mode

    Don’t want your delays to be synchronized? Free Mode disables time sync and subdivisions between Delay 1 and Delay 2, giving the Time 2 knob a full delay range from 20ms to 1.6s.

    Free Mode

  • Circular Repeats

    Circular Repeats

    Holding down the TAP footswitch enables circular repeats, where both delay lines maintain a static volume and repeat continuously until the TAP footswitch is disengaged. At this point, all previous settings will be restored.

  • Expression Pedal Jack

    Expression Pedal

    Input allows for the connection of either an expression pedal, external tap, or Favorite switch. Plug in an expression pedal and control any one knob with your foot. Plug in an external tap pedal to remotely tap in your tempos. Plug in a Favorite switch to save and recall a favorite preset.

  • Selectable TRS Stereo Input

    TRS Stereo Input

    We know that there are some out there that like to run stereo rigs. This is why we’ve added the option of running the input of your DIG in stereo. Flip a jumper inside your pedal, use a TRS splitter cable, and now you’ve got yourself a stereo input.

In-Depth

Sound designer Pete Celi gives you an in-depth look at DIG.
  • In-Depth Video
  • Advanced Features Video
  • The Dawn of Digital
  • The Dawn of Digital.

    Don’t all digital delays sound the same? What gives a digital delay its own unique personality? Digital conversion technologies in the late 70s was advancing rapidly, and clever electronics designers were on a quest to squeeze out the best possible performance specs, with fidelity not possible from tape or analog circuits. Their imaginative solutions achieved pristine delays that posess some unintended, unique characteristics as they sought to overcome the limitations of the conversion processes. Our careful study of digital delay technology reveals their individual personalities.

    ADM – A one bit, high sample rate conversion technique that evolved from telecommunications voice coding. The conversion and supporting signal conditioning, limiting, and pre-emphasis/ deemphasis create a percussive wide-band delay that adds more character when input dynamics increase.

    12 bit – A 12 bit, 32kHz PCM conversion made possible by monolithic IC chips developed in the late ’70s. Pre-emphasis/de-emphasis and companding combine with the converters to produce a warm delay with a dimensional sense.

    24/96
    – A clean, high-resolution, high-bandwidth delay with a hint of dynamics that allow the delay to sit nicely with the analog dry signal. 24 bit resolution and a 96kHz sampling rate ensure uncolored, artifact-free repeats.

    Read our Digital Delay White Paper to learn more about the research and development behind DIG.

Specs

  • Sound Design
  • Ins, Outs, Switches
  • Audio Quality
  • More
  • Sound Design

    • Two simultaneous, integrated delays, with unique digital rack delay voicings
    • Five dual delay adjustment and tone shaping knobs: Time, Time 2, Mix, Mix 2, Repeats
    • One modern and two classic digital delay voicings: 24/96, adm, 12 bit
    • Five rhythmic subdivisions: Triplet, Eighth, Golden Ratio, Dotted Eighth, Dotted Quarter
    • Three choices for delay line modulation: Off, Light, Deep
    • Five “hidden” knobs for deep dual delay control: Delay 1 Subdivision, Sync/Free Mode, Filter, Config, Delay 2 Repeats
    • Selectable Free Mode disables subdivisions and synchronization
    • Press and hold Circular Repeats effect
    • 20ms – 1.6s delay range (40ms – 3.2s with Half Note Delay 1 Subdivision)
  • Ins, Outs, Switches

    • High impedance mono input, with selectable TRS stereo input
    • Stereo output
    • Three signal routing configurations: Series, Parallel, Ping Pong
    • Tap tempo and Bypass footswitches
    • Expression pedal input allows the connection of either an expression pedal (for selectable control over any knob parameter), external tap pedal (for remote control of tempo), or Favorite switch (to save a Favorite preset)
  • Audio Quality

    • Super low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters
    • 115db typical signal to noise
    • Analog dry path for a zero latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
    • +8dBu maximum input level easily handles instrument and line signals
    • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response
    • Premium analog front end and output section
    • Super high performance SHARC DSP in a compact form factor
    • 32-bit floating point processing
  • More

    • True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching)
    • Selectable Trails Mode with high quality, transparent Analog Buffered Bypass mode
    • 9V center negative DC power supply included, 250mA current draw
    • Strong and lightweight anodized carnation pink chassis
    • Designed and built in the USA

Reviews

  • Ideal for guitarists who love the fat, warm tones of Eighties digital processors as well as the precision and clarity of modern, state-of-the-art delay effects, the Strymon Dig is an incredibly versatile digital delay pedal for delay connoisseurs.
    Paul Riario
    Guitar World
  • ...big, clean, warm and beautiful are the only words to describe the DIG.
    Fletcher Stewart
    Tone Report Weekly
  • With twin delay lines, one can easily start galloping into soupy sub-divisions of rhythmic atmospheric bliss.
    Fletcher Stewart
    Tone Report Weekly
  • ...it sounds like any number of delays and reverbs twirling around each other in a bewitching cosmic dance of love.
    Guitar & Bass Magazine
  • Planning to create some ambient electronica to soundtrack a documentary about the beautiful and mysterious world of the jellyfish? You might not need to buy a synth after all.
    Guitar & Bass Magazine
  • Dig’s smart, intrinsically rhythmic, and interactive controls also generate uncommon and radical textures...
    Charles Saufley
    Premier Guitar

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