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User Manual

User Manual

FAQs

Usage

With Riverside’s on-board Favorite switch, you can save and recall a single Favorite preset setting to provide two different settings you can toggle at any time.

  • First, dial in the settings you would like to store as your favorite preset with the knobs and switches of the pedal.
    • The Favorite preset will also save the setting of the NOISE REDUCTION on Riverside so you can have independent noise gates for both the Favorite and manual settings of the pedal.
  • Once you have the pedal set the way you like, press and hold down the FAVORITE footswitch for about 3 seconds to store the setting.
  • Your Favorite setting will be stored for all future power ups until you save a new Favorite following the steps above.

 

Riverside’s PRESENCE switch tailors the highest frequencies of the pedal’s output signal for connecting to a wide variety of amplifiers with different tone characteristics.

  • The minus (-) position, provides clarity with a controlled top end that works well with many amps that have a brighter voice or extended top end character.
  • The enhanced (center) position extends the top end to allow for more sizzle on high gain tones. This works well with amps that have a warmer voicing, or if you want enhanced detail in the uppermost frequencies.
  • When plugging directly into a power amp, or into the effects return of an amplifier, the plus (+) position further increases high end detail that may be required. The plus (+) position will also deliver extended high end detail to the darkest amps.

Riverside has an optional, variable-threshold noise reduction feature to tame hum, buzz, and system noise when you’re not playing.  To use the noise reduction:

  • Press and hold the ON footswitch for a few seconds until the LEDs blink.
  • Release the ON footswitch and turn the DRIVE knob past the 12 o’clock position to engage the Noise Reduction.  The FAVORITE LED will change from GREEN to AMBER at the 12 o’clock position to indicate the Noise Reduction has been engaged.­
    • Turning DRIVE past 12 o’clock increases the Noise Reduction threshold for louder and noisier setups. The FAVORITE LED will change from AMBER to RED to indicate the increased Noise Reduction threshold level.
  • Press the ON footswitch to store the new Noise Reduction setting to the Riverside.

NOTE: The Noise Reduction setting can be saved independently for the Favorite preset and manual settings on Riverside.  To do this, set the Noise Reduction level before saving your Favorite preset.  Once your Favorite preset has been saved, change the Noise Reduction setting to work with your manual setting.

Riverside can be set to operate in either True Bypass (electro-mechanical relay) or Buffered Bypass modes.

Setting Riverside to buffered bypass mode preserves the high frequency response of your guitar signal through your pedal chain and long cable runs.  You can also use the external Boost switch and Volume pedal modes even if Riverside is bypassed when set to Buffered Bypass mode.

  • At power up, press and hold the ON footswitch while plugging in the power to Riverside.  Both the FAVORITE and ON LEDs will blink.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the LEVEL knob to the LEFT (GREEN LED) for True Bypass or turn the knob to the RIGHT (RED LED) for Buffered Bypass.
  • Once the Bypass mode has been set, press the ON or FAVORITE footswitches to save this setting and begin using the Riverside.

The Bypass mode is saved for all future power-ups until it is changed again following the same steps.

You can use a TRS expression pedal to control as many of Riverside’s knobs as you like, in any direction, throughout their range.

  • First, connect your expression pedal to the EXP jack on Riverside with a TRS cable.
  • At power up, press and hold the FAVORITE footswitch while plugging in the power to Riverside and both the FAVORITE and ON LEDs will blink.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the LEVEL knob to the LEFT of the knob range so that the ON LED lights up GREEN.
  • Press the FAVORITE or ON footswitches to store this setting and use Riverside.

To assign which knobs to control with the expression pedal:

  • Once Riverside is powered up, press and hold down both FAVORITE and ON footswitches for a few seconds until both LEDs begin blinking green.
  • Rock the expression pedal back to the HEEL down position and only the FAVORITE LED will be blinking.
    • Set the knobs the way you would like them to be in the HEEL down position of the expression pedal. The FAVORITE LED will turn red to indicate that the setting has been adjusted.
  • Rock the expression pedal forward to the TOE down position and only the ON LED will be blinking.
    • Set the knobs you would like to control to the setting for the TOE down position of the expression pedal. The ON LED will turn red to indicate that the setting has been adjusted.
  • Press the FAVORITE or ON footswitch once to save the expression settings.

NOTE: Expression pedal settings are global and will affect both the Favorite preset and manual settings on the Riverside.

You can control the overall output volume of Riverside with a connected expression pedal by setting the pedal to Volume Mode.  In this mode, the expression pedal will control the volume with a logarithmic audio taper for smooth control over the output signal.

  • First, connect your expression pedal to the EXP jack of Riverside with a TRS cable.
  • To set the EXP jack to operate in Volume mode, press and hold the FAVORITE footswitch at power up while plugging in the power to Riverside. Both the FAVORITE and ON LEDs will start blinking.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the LEVEL knob to the 12 o’clock position.
  • Press the ON or FAVORITE footswitches to store this setting and use Riverside.

In Volume mode, the LEVEL knob sets the highest volume level for the TOE down position of the expression pedal.  Also, the highest TOE down position of the expression pedal will correspond to the setting that the LEVEL knob was saved to for the Favorite setting.

NOTE:  A connected expression pedal will still control the volume output even when Riverside is bypassed if the pedal is set to buffered bypass mode.

Yes! Riverside has no low frequency roll-off and works well with other instruments including bass guitar.  Use the DRIVE and BASS controls to tailor the low end of your sound to use with bass guitar and other instruments.

Specs
  • EXP Input Jack:  Assigned to work in VOLUME PEDAL mode.
  • Expression Pedal Mode Assignment:  Assigned to control DRIVE.
  • BOOST Input Jack:  Assigned to work in BOOST SWITCH mode.
  • BOOST Amount:  Set to 50%.
  • Noise Reduction:  OFF
  • Bypass Mode: True Bypass

These settings can be restored manually or by performing a Factory Reset.

You can restore all of the modes and functions on Riverside back to factory settings by performing a Factory Reset.

  • At power up, press and hold the ON footswitch while plugging in the power to Riverside.  Both the FAVORITE and ON LEDs will blink.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the DRIVE knob from 0-100% two (2) times.
  • The FAVORITE LED will change to AMBER at the extremes of the knob range and finally blink RED to indicate that the reset is taking place.
  • Once the FAVORITE LED stops blinking RED, the reset is complete and Riverside is ready for use.
Power

All Strymon pedals sold within North America (except OB.1) include a 9VDC 660mA power supply. OB.1 includes a 9V battery.

We recommend a power supply that provides 9VDC (center negative) at a minimum of 250mA.

Do not subject your Strymon pedal to any voltage above 9V. Doing so will damage your pedal and void your warranty.

For further information, please see our blog post on powering your effect pedals at the following link:

Gear Guide: Using the Right Power Supply for your Strymon Pedal

 

We don’t recommend using daisy chain power supplies. Ground loops are commonly caused when using a daisy chain power cable to power multiple pedals. This creates a ground loop between every pedal in the daisy chain. Ground loops allow stray magnetic fields to introduce hum into your signal path.

If the only type of effect you use is distortion you may not have (or hear) the ill effects. But, if you have modulation and delay pedals the likelihood of ground loops wreaking havoc on your signal is high.

If you don’t plan on using the included power adapter, we recommend an isolated power supply. An isolated supply works by using a transformer (or multiple transformers) to keep every power outlet completely electrically isolated. We offer two fully-isolated, high current DC power supplies, Ojai and Zuma. Click below for more info:

Zuma and Ojai - High Current DC Pedal Power Supplies

Warranty

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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