Mobius user manual REV E
Mobius factory preset list
Each of our Strymon digital effect pedals (excludes OB.1) have the ability to be used with mono or stereo connections. Here are 3 different connection setups you can use with these pedals.
Mono Input => Mono Output
For Mono input and Mono output on our small 2 footswitch pedals, just use a standard mono TS instrument cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to the LEFT OUTPUT of the pedal.
For the TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius, connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT INPUT and LEFT OUTPUT for a mono connection. Make sure the switch on the back of the pedal is set to STEREO IN/OUT.
Mono Input => Stereo Output
For Mono input and Stereo output on our small 2 footswitch pedals, just use a standard mono TS instrument cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to both the LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS of the pedal.
For the TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius, connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT INPUT and both LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS for stereo output. Make sure the switch on the back of the pedal is set to STEREO IN/OUT.
Stereo Input => Stereo Output
For Stereo input and Stereo output on our small 2 footswitch pedals, you must first open up the pedal to move the internal jumper over the LEFT 2 pins to set the pedal for TRS Stereo input. Please see the following FAQ for further information on this setup:
Once the pedal is set for TRS Stereo input, make sure to use a TRS Stereo cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to both the LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS of the pedal.
For the TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius, connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT and RIGHT INPUTS along with both LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS for stereo input and output. On the TimeLine and Mobius, make sure that the switch on the back of the pedal is set to STEREO IN/OUT.
***Please note that Stereo Input and Mono Output is NOT available on our pedals as they will NOT sum to mono when there is a connection to the RIGHT INPUT or RIGHT OUTPUT. You would need to remove any connections to the RIGHT INPUT and RIGHT OUTPUTS, and, for the smaller pedals, set the internal jumper to mono.
On the Rotary machine in the Mobius pedal, there are 2 speeds for the effect: Fast and Slow. The Fast speed is controlled by the SPEED knob, and the Slow speed is controlled by the SLOSPD parameter in the PARAMS menu (press VALUE to access PARAMS).
You can use the Mobius’ onboard TAP switch or an external TAP switch connected to the EXP input of the pedal to toggle between the Slow and Fast speeds. An expression pedal, however, will only control one of those parameters: the Fast speed which covers 255-510 bpm or the Slow speed which covers the brake (0 bpm) or 30.7 – 59.9 bpm. There is no way to control the full speed range for both Fast and Slow speeds for the Rotary machine as you can only use the TAP switch to toggle between the 2 speeds.
Chances are you have the switch on the back of the Mobius set to Pre/Post rather than Stereo.
If you are running a mono setup you’ll still need to have that switch set to its Stereo setting. The Pre/Post setting should only be used if you plan on inserting any effects into the loop of the Mobius.
Performing a factory reset will erase all custom presets you have saved in your BigSky, TimeLine or Mobius. We only suggest you do this in the event you’d like to take your entire pedal’s presets back to the factory settings.
1. Power the TimeLine or Mobius on while pressing and holding the A and TAP foot switches at the same time
2. The LED screen will read REINIT and then reset
***NOTE: When the reset procedure has completed, the display will show COMPLT and stay that way. You will need to restart your pedal to use the effects once again. This new behavior has changed in later firmware versions and is not the same as shown in the video above.***
All reverb, delay and modulation machines on BigSky, TimeLine and Mobius share a set of common parameters in addition to some unique ones. Accessing the Parameters menu is easy.
1. Press down on Value
2. Use the Value encoder to scroll through the different parameter menu options
3. Press down on Value to access a certain menu option and press down once more to exit out of that menu option after you have made your changes.
4. Press down the Type encoder to exit the Parameters menu.
Global settings changes affect the entire BigSky, TimeLine, and Mobius regardless of what preset is active.
1. Press and hold Value for about two seconds to access the Global Parameters menu
2. Turn Value to scroll through the different Global menu options
3. Press down on Value to access a specific menu option and turn Value to change the setting
4. Press down on Value to exit the specific setting menu
5. Press Type to exit out of the Global Parameters menu completely.
TimeLine and Mobius presets are arranged in 100 banks of 2 presets each for a total of 200 presets. MIDI access to these presets is available as MIDI program change messages. The presets are assigned a program change sequentially, for example:
Bank 00A – Send program change #0 to recall
Click on the button below to download the full reference chart.
We have tested the Moog EP-2, Roland EV-5, Mission Engineering EP-1, and they will all work with our pedals to varying degrees. (There may be others but we haven’t tested them yet.)
We recommend using expression pedals that have a minimum 25k ohm potentiometer such as as the Mission Engineering EP-25k. For best results to access the full sweep of the parameter range, we recommend an expression pedal that has a 100k ohm or higher potentiometer.
Yes, you can connect an external TAP switch to tap tempo remotely. Use a standard TRS cable to connect the external switch to the EXP input on TimeLine. Set the EXP MD global setting to TAP to use external tap.
We do our best to help out in giving advice on MIDI controllers. There are so many different models on the market though that it isn’t practical for us to be experts on all of them. Please study the MIDI controller manufacturer’s user manual as well as the MIDI section of our manual. Also consider contacting the manufacturer of the MIDI controller if you need more help or information on the capabilities of your particular MIDI controller.
To assign the parameter knobs, navigate to any common parameter in BigSky or Mobius , press and hold the VALUE encoder and turn the appropriate parameter button you are assigning to.
Once you have your PARAM 1 or PARAM 2 knobs assigned make sure to save your preset or your settings will be lost. Please read this FAQ for instructions on how to save presets.
No. Although the TimeLine will accept MIDI beat and time clock from external devices it will not send it out.
This info is available on page 23 of the User Manual.
Set the PRE/POST switch to the down position to use Mobius in a pre/post type setup.
Connect INPUT 2 to your other pedal(s) output and OUTPUT 2 to the input of your amplifier or other pedal(s). Then you can select whether the modulation effect occurs before or after the other pedal(s). This is selectable per preset.
When connected as above, the PRE/POST setting in the preset menu does the following:
The Rotary machine on Mobius does not have a MIX control feature.
The Rotary machine produces the sound of a rotating speaker system with independent high frequency horn and low-frequency drum components. This effect is much more harmonically complex than say, a chorus effect. Mixing in dry signal produces unwanted phase cancellations and alters the integrity of the rotary effect. For a mellower rotary experience, turn the Depth control down to move the ‘microphones’ away from the cabinet. Or you can use a splitter box to run the dry signal to a separate amp, which is sonically different than summing the dry signal with the effected signal and running into one amp.
The Filter machine on Mobius contains a WAH mode that can give you a great sounding WAH effect.
1. Set your Mobius to accept an Expression pedal in the Globals menu.
2. Navigate to the Filter machine and access the Common parameters by pressing down on the VALUE encoder. Select WAH from the MODE menu.
3. Assign either PARAM 1 or PARAM 2 to control the F MID parameter. Please refer to this FAQ to see how to assign the PARAM 1 and PARAM 2 knobs.
4. Turn on and assign the Expression pedal to either PARAM 1 or PARAM 2 (depending on what knob you assigned in step 4) by navigating to the Common parameters in the Filter machine and first scrolling to EP and turning the expression pedal ON and then scrolling to EP SET. Once in EP SET select HEEL and turn the PARAM knob to your desired minimum position and then select TOE and turn the PARAM knob to the desired maximum position. Press the VALUE encoder to exit out of the EP SET menu and then press the TYPE encoder to exit out of the Common Parameters menu.
5. Set the Depth knob on the front of the Mobius to its minimum position so to not introduce any modulation in the wah sound when rocking the pedal to its toe down position.
6. Rock the pedal back and forth and you have a great sounding WAH.
*Make sure to save your preset or all expresion pedal assignments will be lost once you power down or navigate to another preset.
No. Mobius is a multidimensional modulation pedal with 12 unique and tweakable mod machines. While there are several flanger, chorus, rotary, and tremolo sounds within Mobius, the feature sets and exact sounds between those and Orbit, Ola, Lex, and Flint are not identical.
Mobius offers most of the primary features and sonic sculpting capabilities as Flint, Orbit, Ola, and Lex and in most ways takes that even further by offering a huge palette of new and unique features. Some parameters from Flint, Orbit, Ola, and Lex did not make it into the Mobius.
The Rotary machine does not offer bi-amp, cab filter, cab direction and hold for brake options. Those features are available on the Lex pedal exclusively.
The Chorus machine on Mobius does not offer the Ramp or Envelope modes found on the Ola, but does offer five different types of chorus effect modes, 2 of which (Detune and Digital modes) are not found on the Ola.
Mobius offers every feature found in the Orbit flanger pedal as well as the tremolo side of the Flint reverb and tremolo pedal.
1. Access the Globals Menu on the Mobius by holding down the Value encoder for about two seconds.
2. Once in the Globals Menu, use the Value encoder to scroll through the menu options and stop when you see “NAMES”
3. Press the Value encoder to set the “NAMES” menu option to ON or SCROLL and then press the Type encoder to exit the Globals Menu.
1. Dial in your custom patch the way you want it.
2. Press but DO NOT HOLD the Value encoder to access the Common Parameters Menu.
3. Use the Value encoder to scroll through the Common Parameter Menu options and stop on “NAME”.
4. Press the Value encoder once to rename your patch. Use the Value encoder to scroll through characters and the Type encoder to move to the next character in the name.
5. Once you are finished renaming your patch, press the Value encoder once to exit the “NAME” menu option.
Note: Your custom name will not be saved unless you save your preset after naming.
1. Hold the Type encoder down for about two seconds.
2. Use the Value knob to scroll through the bank location where you want to save your preset.
3. Press down either the A or B footswitch to save to the specific channel you want in that bank. The LED screen should momentarily display “SAVING”. Your patch is now saved.
The Strymon TAP Favorite switch is the perfect TAP tempo switch for TimeLine, Mobius, or Flint. Please visit the TAP Favorite Product Page on our website for more information.
If you’d prefer to go with another external TAP tempo switch, we can’t recommend a specific one for you but, as long as the switch is designed with a momentary, single pole, double throw (SPDT) type switch that switches the TIP between the SLEEVE (ground or 0VDC) to the RING (5VDC) it should work fine.
If you are unsure whether or not your TAP tempo switch provides these specs we kindly ask that you please contact the manufacturer of that switch for more information.
Mobius requires a power supply that provides 9VDC (center negative) at a minimum of 300mA.
Mobius requires 300mA of current, and the PP2+ only provides a maximum of 250mA on outlets 5 and 6. While Mobius may work with a PP2+ on outlet 5 or 6, we can’t guarantee that it will work all of the time in that scenario, so we do not recommend it. You may choose to purchase Voodoo’s current doubler cable and utilize both outputs 5 and 6. This cable connects to two Pedal Power outputs and combines them to a single jack. You may also choose to upgrade to a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Digital or 4×4 which offer several 9V DC high current outputs.
All Strymon pedals sold within North America (except OB.1) include a 9VDC 660mA power supply. OB.1 includes a 9V battery.
We always work hard to improve the experience our customers have with our products. The release notes below list out new features we’ve added to Mobius and issues we’ve resolved.
Firmware Rev. 1.08 (Released June 2013)
To check the firmware version on your Mobius, power up while holding down the TAP footswitch. Turn the TYPE encoder until REVISN is displayed. Push the TYPE encoder, and the firmware version will be displayed.
Mac OS X – 10.6.8, 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x
For more details on the Librarian software, please visit the Strymon Github page.
Connecting to the Strymon Librarian
Once you have downloaded and installed the Librarian software, you will need to connect your Strymon pedal to a computer using a dedicated MIDI interface that uses developed drivers for your computer’s specific operating system. We recommend the Roland UM-ONE or the Yamaha UX-16.
On most MIDI interfaces, the MIDI OUT cable connects to the MIDI IN port on the pedal and the MIDI IN cable connects to the MIDI OUT port. However, some MIDI interfaces (such as the Roland UM-ONE or the M-Audio MIDI Sport UNO) have arrows or text on the cables to indicate the direction of the data to tell you where to connect the cables to on the pedal.
After you have installed the Strymon Librarian software and connected the pedal to your computer through a MIDI interface, launch the Librarian and click on the SETTINGS > MIDI SETUP menu option.
To choose your MIDI IN and OUT Ports and run the connection test. The test bar should turn green and display “success” indicating the software does detect your connected MIDI interface.
You can use the Strymon Preset Librarian software to update the firmware on your pedal to the latest version. Please check out the Strymon Firmware Update page for information on updating your Strymon pedal with the Librarian software.
Quick Start Guide
Device List – The Device List is the static representation of what is currently on the connected device. No changes can be made to the Device List. The Device List is populated after performing a FETCH function and all changes made to the Work List will be carried over to the Device List after a SYNC function is performed.
Work List – This is where you make all preset changes in the Strymon Librarian. After changes have been made, a SYNC action will send those changes to the Device List and connected Strymon hardware device.
Fetch – The FETCH button fetches all presets from your connected device and populates the list of presets in the Device List and Work List. This action needs to be done upon each fresh launch of the librarian software.
Sync – A SYNC action will send any changes made from the Work List over to the Device List and connected Strymon hardware. The SYNC button is only active when changes have been made to the Work List.
Open – Click the OPEN button to open and load up entire preset bundles into the Work List of the Strymon Librarian software. Any changes made to the preset bundle that may not have been synced to the device but have been saved before quitting will still be reflected in the preset bundle list.
Save All – The Save All button will save an entire 200 preset bundle list to any specified location on the computer.
Load One – Click the LOAD ONE button to load up individual presets into the Work List of the Strymon Librarian.
Rename – Allows the option to rename any highlighted preset in the Work List. Double clicking on any preset will also bring up the rename window.
Move – Allows the choice to move presets in two different ways:
Device Connected Image – Located at the bottom right hand side of the graphical interface. This confirms that the Strymon device is indeed connected to the Strymon Librarian software.
Settings – Click on the SETTINGS menu option to set up the MIDI hardware device you are using to connect the Strymon pedal to the Strymon Librarian software.
Backing Up Your Presets with the Librarian Software
The main Librarian screen features both a Device List and a Work List. All changes are made on the Work List side and can be “synced” up to the hardware device using the <=SYNC button between the two list windows. After you have successfully set up your MIDI interface in the MIDI Settings window, hit the Fetch button to load the presets from your pedal to the Device List and Work List.
Once the Librarian software has finished loading your presets to the Device and Work lists, you can save all of the presets from your pedal to your computer as single .syx file by clicking the Save All button at the top of the Librarian. A window will popup to specify a location to save the presets to.
Loading Presets to Your Pedal
To load a single preset or bundled preset file to your pedal, click on the Fetch button to load your pedal’s presets to the Device List and Work List if you have not already done so. (It is important to remember to hit the Fetch button every time you start the Librarian software before managing your presets.) Hit the Open button to load a preset bundle file (.syx) from your computer to the Work List.
Once loaded to the Work List, any presets that are different than what is in the Device List will show as red in the Work List. To load these changes to the pedal’s memory, press the <=Sync button. WARNING: Loading a preset backup file will overwrite ALL of the presets on the device’s memory with the presets from the backup file.
If you run into trouble with communicating the Strymon Preset Librarian with your pedal, this is typically due to the MIDI interface being used between the computer and your pedal.
First, make sure to download and install the latest drivers for the MIDI interface from the manufacturer’s website to ensure proper communication with that device.
Also, make sure that your connections are correct: MIDI IN cable to MIDI OUT port and MIDI OUT cable to MIDI IN port. In some cases, the MIDI cable ends tell you where to connect them (TO MIDI IN and TO MIDI OUT, for example).
And if you have any questions about managing your presets, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)
We have developed an open source preset librarian for TimeLine, BigSky, 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.
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.
Mac OS X – 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x
For developer support and previous releases of the Librarian software, please visit the Strymon Github page.
The latest release of the Strymon Librarian software makes it possible to update the firmware on TimeLine, BigSky, or Mobius directly within the application. Please visit strymon.net/update for information on how to update your pedal to the latest firmware version.
All of the inputs and outputs on our Strymon pedals use MONO TS unbalanced connections. You can use a TRS cable to plug into the inputs and outputs of the pedals, however, there is no benefit to using TRS balanced cable over a MONO TS instrument cable.
By default from the factory, the TimeLine and Mobius are set to work with Quarter note taps of the Tap switch to set your effect Time or Speed.
You can change the Tap Division of each preset on these pedals by changing the TAPDIV parameter in the PARAMS* menu of the pedal to the following options:
WHOLE – Whole note (Mobius only)
HALF – Half note (Mobius only)
QRTR – Quarter note
dotted – dotted 8th note
8Th – 8th note
TRPLET – 8th note triplets
16Th – 16th note
Once you have selected your new Tap Division for your preset, make sure to save the preset with this new setting.
*Press the Value encoder button momentarily to access the PARAMS menu.
Mobius is 6.75″ wide x 5.1″ deep.
General Product Info
Yes, they feature high-impedance inputs and accept up to +8dBu, instrument or line level.
Strymon Non-Transferrable Limited Warranty
Limits of Liability
How to Obtain Service Under this Warranty
For International Customers: Contact the Strymon dealer from which the product was purchased from in order to arrange warranty repair service.
Your warranty is valid in the region of purchase. For example, if you buy your product in Japan, any service-related issues will need to be handled in Japan. Only products purchased in the United States can be repaired in the United States.
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We try our very best to respond to requests within 1 business day.