TimeLine support

Download the user manual, read FAQs or contact us if you need more help.

User Manual

Download the TimeLine Delay manual here.

FAQs

Usage

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:

How to Set My 2 Button Strymon Pedal for Stereo Input

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.

For the 1.33 firmware revision we implemented a new feature which allows for MIDI preset dumps directly from TimeLine to TimeLine or from TimeLine to a MIDI host software like SNOIZE Sysex Librarian (Mac) and Bome’s SendSx (PC).
Below illustrates how to back up and save presets, as well as load presets back into your TimeLine using SysEx Librarian on a Mac.

Step 1: Download SysEx Librarian

  • Download SysEx Librarian HERE.
  • Install the software.
  • Connect your MIDI interface to your computer and then to your TimeLine.
  • NOTE: Make sure to double check the connections on your MIDI cable to ensure you have them connected correctly to the TimeLine.

 

Step 2: Launch SysEx Librarian and choose main input source.

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Step 3: Navigate to the Global menu on your TimeLine and scroll to the PR DMP option.


 

Step 4: Record MIDI data from the TimeLine into the software.

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Step 5: Verify that your screen looks like this once recording has begun.

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Step 6: Save the preset(s) as a SysEx file.

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This FAQ illustrates how to assign a physical knob parameter on the TimeLine to an expression pedal. This process works exactly the same for Mobius.

  1. Access the Globals Menu on the TimeLine by holding down the Value encoder for about two seconds.
  2. Using the Value encoder, scroll through the menu options and stop when you see EXP MD
  3. Press Value to access the menu option and set it PEDAL
  4. In your delay machine, press (but do not hold) Value to access the Parameters menu
  5. Using the Value encoder, scroll through the menu options and set EP to ON
  6. In the Parameters menu, access the EP Set option and select Heel and then turn the physical knob you want to assign to its minimum position
  7. Now select TOE and turn the physical knob you want to assign to its maximum position
  8. Press Value to exit the EP SET menu
  9. Press Type to exit the Parameters menu
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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.
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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
Bank 00B – Send program change #1 to recall
etc…

Click on the button below to download the full reference chart.
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Although the TimeLine can accept a TAP command via the expression pedal input from an external TAP foot switch, it cannot send a TAP command out to another pedal.

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.

Below are some common settings you may want to dial in on your TimeLine to achieve some classic dual delay sounds.

For more information on the Dual Delay machine in the TimeLine please see page 9 of the TimeLine user manual. You can download the manual on our support page HERE.

TAP Subdivision Delay 2 Delay Ratio
Quarter Triplet 1/3
Quarter 8th 1/2
Quarter Dotted 8th 3/4
Quarter 16th 1/4
Quarter Quarter 1/1

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.

This feature was added to the TimeLine with the release of firmware version 1.23. If you haven’t updated to this version yet please see the following FAQ’s to help you get going on how to do that.

TimeLine Update Instructions

TimeLine Update Help and Tips

First Steps (these only need to be done once):

  1. Access the Globals Menu on the TimeLine 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.

Naming Presets:

  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.
  6. Note: Your custom name will not be saved unless you save your preset after naming.

Saving Presets:

  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.

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No. Although the TimeLine will accept MIDI beat and time clock from external devices it will not send it out.

Some have asked us for a detailed list of TimeLine’s factory preset settings. Here is a PDF (file size is 14mb) that contains info for all of the factory presets. 🙂
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The TimeLine is a multidimensional digital delay with 12 unique and fully tweakable delay machines with some delays that have similar settings to our smaller delay pedals.

The dTape mode within TimeLine will feature the Single head sliding machine, with full control over each parameter. El Capistan is a dedicated tape echo experience, giving you more in-depth control over tape echo sounds, including the Multi-head modes, Fixed head modes, Sound on Sound, and spring reverb.

The analog bucket brigade delay sounds from the Brigadier are available in the TimeLine’s dBucket setting.

On the Dig dual delay, the tone of the delays are different than those on the TimeLine’s DUAL delay machine.  The closest to the TimeLine’s Digital machine is the DIG’s 24/96 setting, however, it has some subtle dynamic ducking of the delays that the TimeLine’s Digital setting does not.  Feature-wise, the DIG has the unique digital voicings for 24/96, ADM, and 12 bit delays, the ability to set the output configuration to ping pong between the left and right outputs when used in stereo, and the Golden Ratio tap division which provides delays that will never step on the repeats for getting a great ambient sound with long trails.

This is on page 5 of the user manual.

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.

The TimeLine’s delay algorithms are computationally complex, and require the full capability of the SHARC processor to run. This presents a challenge regarding spillover, in that an additional processor would be required to run two simultaneous algorithms.

TimeLine enables spillover by recording the wet signal and playing it back when a new patch is selected. When a new patch is selected, the wet signal from the first patch is ‘looped’ at the first patch’s delay time interval,  and played back while reducing in level based on the repeats value. In addition, the spillover signal is ramped down over a time period of 4 seconds. By ‘looping’ the wet signal, spillover can occur without the requirement of two simultaneous processors needed to run two algorithms.

When changing patches, the spillover delay needs to complete its fade-out before the spillover buffer can start recording the new patch’s wet signal. This means that switching patches quicker than 4 seconds will result in no spillover.

If the Repeats are set to zero, there will be no spillover signal as the spillover signal is multiplied by the Repeats level. Remember, the dry signal isn’t being recorded because that would require an additional processor to produce simultaneous spillover with the new selected patch.

A PDF of TimeLine factory preset settings can be found here.

Each effect machine within your BigSky, TimeLine, or Mobius have both COMMON and UNIQUE parameters. COMMON parameters are available on all effect types. UNIQUE parameters are specific to an effect type.
Here’s what happens when the TYPE encoder is turned:
  • New effect machine is loaded
  • COMMON parameters are loaded with settings from the current preset
  • UNIQUE parameters are loaded from background memory, using values from the last time that effect type was used
Firmware

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 TimeLine and issues we’ve resolved.

Current Release

TimeLine Firmware Rev. 1.58 (Released February 2015):
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What’s New:

  • Added MultiSwitch EXP controller support with TAP, Bank, Preset, and Looper EXP modes.
  • Added MIDICL global parameter to allow for turning off response to MIDI clock.
  • Added input level test to TEST mode.
  • Added MIDIST global parameter to turn on “send state on preset change”.
  • Added Continue-Clock midi message to realtime midi handler.
  • Improved MIDI thru.
  • Improved TAP average precision.
  • Improved MIDI throughput rate.
  • Alias Looper MIDI note messages to higher octave.

What’s Fixed:

  • Resolved issue where MIDI clock start/stops can cause loss of wet signal.
  • Resolved issue in Looper where half speed only dubs right channel.
  • Resolved display issue with invalid characters and decimal points in a name.
  • Resolved issue where the Bank Up feature can get stuck.
  • Resolved issue with Delay Trails cutting off when delay preset is BYPASSED while the pedal is set to FEEDBACK LOOP mode.
  • Resolved issues with entering GLOBLS menu while in LOOPER mode.
  • Resolved issue where FILTER effect does not apply to delay repeats in PRE location.
  • Resolved issue where continuous midi commands may prevent GLOBLS mode from being entered.
  • Resolved issue where using dual delay can cause loss of dry signal.
  • Resolved bounds to midi clocking.

 


Archived Releases

Firmware Rev. 1.43 (Released June 2013):

Firmware revision 1.43 is an archived release and is no longer available for download.  All features and fixes in this revision have been ported over to our current release version 1.58.

What’s New:

  • All new features ported over from firmware 1.42

What’s Fixed:

  • Fixed an issue that involved saving different TAP subdivisions per preset

 

Firmware Rev. 1.42 Public Beta (Released March 2013):

Firmware revision 1.42 is an archived release and is no longer available for 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 and Half Speed = 104
  • 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

Firmware Rev. 1.33 (Released February 2013):

Version 1.33 is an archived release. While this release does make some improvements over 1.23, we noticed some minor issues with the new features that were added in 1.33. Specifically, there is an issue with the new global tap per preset feature, and in some instances you may hear a subtle audio tick when using the looper via MIDI. If you already have v1.33 installed on your TimeLine, you may feel free to continue to use this version. We also have a public beta version (downloadable above) that you may install.

What’s New:

  • Improved Swell Delay triggering:
    • We’ve made improvements to the way the swell is triggered when using the Swell Delay machine.
  • “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:

  • 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

 


Firmware Rev. 1.23 (Released February 2012):
What’s New:

  • Preset naming
    • Display an (optionally) scrolling 16 character preset name, or the bank number
  • Global Tap tempo
    • Keep the most recently tapped tempo across all of your presets
  • 5 second Spillover
    • Once you’ve played for at least 5 seconds on a patch, the current sound will spill over when you change to a new patch
  • Tap averaging
    • Tap tempo now averages your taps to more easily zero in on the desired tempo. Some have better rhythm than others 😉
  • Kill dry
    • Mutes your dry signal for use in a parallel effects loop
  • Looper Undo to initial loop & Redo
    • Undo all overdubs and revert to the first recorded loop. Redo will bring back the recorded overdubs.
  • New dedicated MIDI CC for Bypass
    • Bypass or Engage TimeLine via MIDI regardless of which preset you are currently on
  • Also … new MIDI CCs for Looper Level, Looper Undo, Looper Redo, and Infinite Repeats
  • Loop transitions are now smoother
  • Ability to record 100% wet with the looper
  • Save to MIDI patch number – when a MIDI program change message is received during a save, the patch will automatically be saved to that location.
  • Some miscellaneous “under the hood” bugs were also addressed with this update.

Firmware Rev. 1.14 (Released August 2011):

Version 1.14 is an archived release.

What’s New:

  • Tap subdivisions are now always applied when TAPDIV is set to something other than quarter notes. Delay time is always displayed in quarter notes.
  • The TAP LED now changes to amber color if TAPDIV is set to something other than quarter notes. When quarter notes are selected the TAP LED is green.
  • If BPM/Time is currently displayed, it will now still be displayed after banking up/down to change presets
  • Dedicated MIDI CCs have been added for control of the looper. MIDI note messages were already supported to control the looper and now CCs can be used if a MIDI controller doesn’t support note messages. The looper CCs have been posted in a new revision of the user manual.
  • A few “under the hood” bugs were fixed

Yes, it is possible to update TimeLine via MIDI syses.

The current shipping firmware version is 1.58 (released February 2015).  The update file, release notes, and instructions can be downloaded at the following link.  Update instructions are included as a PDF with the download. 🙂

For a list of all firmware revision release notes, please click HERE.

To check the firmware version on your TimeLine:

  1. Power up while holding down the TAP footswitch.
  2. Turn the TYPE encoder until REVISN is displayed.
  3. Push the TYPE encoder, and the firmware version will be displayed.

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If you are having problems updating your TimeLine these tips should help you get going.

If your update is failing check the following:

Ensure your MIDI cables are connected properly – When connecting two devices via MIDI you typically want to connect the MIDI OUT from one device to the MIDI IN on the other.  Some MIDI interfaces label their cables in the opposite manner with “TO MIDI IN” and TO MIDI OUT”. So in this case connect the “TO MIDI IN” to the MIDI IN of your TimeLine and the “TO MIDI OUT” to the MIDI OUT of your Timeline.

Use a dedicated MIDI interface – Many times firmware updates via MIDI won’t play nice with devices that are not dedicated MIDI devices. We recommend performing your MIDI updates using a dedicated MIDI to USB interface. The Roland UM-ONE, Yamaha UX-16, and iConnectivity Mio devices are just some that work very well. You may run into problems trying to update through your MIDI jacks on something like an audio interface or keyboard. This is one of the most popular causes of a MIDI update failure.

Download the latest drivers from the manufacturer of your MIDI interface – Try not to use class compliant (plug and play) drivers. These types of device drivers are typically not robust enough to handle even a small firmware update via MIDI. Whenever possible, download the latest and greatest device drivers directly from your MIDI interface’s manufacturer website.

With releasing the new Strymon Nixie preset editor and librarian as a public beta software, we have also released new beta firmware versions for our pedals to work with Nixie.   To update your pedals to the latest beta firmware, please go the Nixie Support page to download the application to update the firmware on your pedal(s):
When first launching the Nixe software, it will automatically update the firmware on your attached TimeLine, BigSky, or Mobius to a beta firmware version compatible with Nixie.  With any beta software, you may come across an issue here or there, so we don’t recommend updating the firmware on a gig-critical setup.

Beta Firmware Release Notes:

***BigSky Beta Firmware Rev. 1.36***

What’s new?

  • Compatibility with Strymon Nixie preset editor software.
  • Set send current MIDI state on preset change global to OFF by default.

What’s fixed?

  • Fix for MultiSwitch LED preset change issue.
  • Fixed bug where first time thru a new midi sync 23 pulses get counted.

 

***Mobius Beta Firmware Rev. 1.29***

What’s new?

  • Compatibility with Strymon Nixie preset editor software.
  • Added anti-alias filter to combat noise from devices with internal charge pump components.
  • Added phase reset support for all effect machines via MIDI CC.
  • Changed Tap switch MIDI output to TAP message instead of footswitch message.
  • In BPM display mode, quantize MIDI clock to whole number bpm.
  • Set send current MIDI state on preset change global to OFF by default.

What’s fixed?

  • Fix for MultiSwitch LED preset change issue.
  • Improved phase reset behavior.
  • Fixed MIDI CL bug when pedal is receiving MIDI Clock.
  • Fixed bug where first time through a new midi sync 23 pulses get counted.

 

***TimeLine Beta Firmware Rev. 1.77***

What’s new?

  • Compatibility with Strymon Nixie preset editor software.
  • In BPM display mode, quantize MIDI clock to whole number bpm.
  • Set send current MIDI state on preset change global to OFF by default.

What’s fixed?

  • Fix for MultiSwitch LED preset change issue.
  • Fix for LO-FI Vinyl bug. Also, adjusting vinyl level while in bypass no longer turns on Vinyl.
  • Fix for MultiSwitch when pedal is in looper mode.
  • Fixed repeated UNDO press bug.
  • Fixed bug where remote tap controller message is not sent out via midi.
  • Fixed bug on FILTER delay where GRIT set to 0% kills effect.
  • Fixed bug where first time thru a new midi sync 23 pulses get counted.
  • Fixed bug where selecting a preset with full wet mix made the dry signal come on.
  • Fixed looper UNDO issue.
Looper

This may be because you have the looper level on the TimeLine turned down.

To access the Looper Level parameter

  1. Navigate to the Globals menu by pressing and holding the VALUE knob.
  2. Once in Globals, scroll through the menu options by turning the VALUE knob clockwise. Stop when you see “LP LVL”.
  3. Press down the the VALUE knob to access the looper level parameter and then scroll turn the VALUE knob clockwise to adjust the looper level.

This is on page 24 of the user manual.

You can set up your MIDI controller with either MIDI CC (continuous controller), or MIDI note numbers.

MIDI CC values:

Record – CC# 87, any value
Play – CC# 86, any value
Stop – CC# 85, any value
Reverse (toggle) – CC# 94, any value
Full/Half Speed (toggle) – CC# 95, any value
Pre/Post (toggle) – CC# 96, any value
Undo (to initial loop) – CC# 89, any value
Redo – CC# 90, any value
Looper Level – CC# 98, value range 0-17

Note values:

Record – note 0, velocity > 0
Play – note 2, velocity > 0
Stop – note 4, velocity > 0
Reverse (toggle) – note 14, velocity > 0
Full/Half Speed (toggle) – note 16, velocity > 0
Pre/Post (toggle) – note 17, velocity > 0
Undo (to initial loop) – note 7, velocity > 0
Redo – note 9, velocity > 0

If you want to record to the looper while the delay is bypassed, you’ll need to ensure you’re in Buffered Bypass mode. If you’re in True Bypass, the pedal is being mechanically bypassed, which means the looper doesn’t have any input signal to record.

To switch to Buffered Bypass: You can set this in the Globals menu. Select BYPASS, and change to BUFBYP. Alternatively, you can set the last preset you were using to have Delay Persist ON, which essentially turns on Buffered Bypass for that preset. In the Params menu, select PRSIST, and change to ON.

Power

TimeLine requires a power supply that provides 9VDC (center negative) at a minimum of 300mA.

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

TimeLine requires 300mA of current, and the PP2+ only provides a maximum of 250mA on outlets 5 and 6. While TimeLine 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 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

Preset Librarian

Strymon Preset Librarian Download:
Mac » Download
PC » Download

Current Release:
Version: 0.9.4.3

Supported Platforms:

Mac OS X – 10.6.8, 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x
Windows – XP, Vista, 7, 8

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.

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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.

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Updating Firmware

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:

  • Swap – Swaps two presets from their original preset locations.
  • Replace – Replaces or overwrites a preset with another specified preset.

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.

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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.

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You can also use Save One button on the right side of the Librarian to save a single preset from your pedal to your computer.  Just highlight a single preset in the Work List, then, click on the Save One button to save that preset to your computer.

 

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.

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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.

You can also load a single preset to the pedal by clicking on a preset you would like to replace in the Work List to highlight it, then, clicking the Load One button to select the new preset to load to the pedal.  The new preset will show as red in the Work List and clicking on the <=Sync button will write this new preset to the pedal’s memory.

 

Troubleshooting

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 support@strymon.net. 🙂

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.

Strymon Preset Librarian Download:
Mac » Download
PC » Download

Current Release:
Version: 0.9.4.3

Supported Platforms:

Mac OS X – 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x
Windows – XP, Vista, 7, 8

What’s New:

  • Improved preset fetch performance (verify you have latest firmware)
  • OSX 10.10 support
  • Mac version has been code-signed for trouble free Yosemite support
  • Improved error recovery and support for problematic MIDI interfaces
  • Proper behavior after canceling operations

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.

Specs

All of the inputs and outputs on our 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.

All Strymon products are crafted with love in the USA, right in the Los Angeles, California area.

TimeLine is 6.75″ wide x 5.1″ deep.

General Product Information

Yes, they feature high-impedance inputs and accept up to +8dBu, instrument or line level.

Warranty

Strymon Non-Transferrable Limited Warranty

Warranty

Strymon warrants the product to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. If the product fails within the warranty period, Strymon will repair or, at our discretion, replace the product at no cost to the original purchaser.

Exclusions

This warranty covers defects in manufacturing discovered while using this product as recommended by Strymon. This warranty does not cover loss or theft, nor does the coverage extend to damage caused by misuse, abuse, unauthorized modification, improper storage, lightning, or natural disasters. Damage caused by any of the above circumstances may result in a non-warranty repair fee.

Limits of Liability

In the case of malfunction, the purchaser’s sole recourse shall be repair or replacement, as described in the preceding paragraphs. Strymon will not be held liable to any party for damages that result from the failure of this product. Damages excluded include, but are not limited to, the following: lost profits, lost savings, damage to other equipment, and incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, or inability to use this product. In no event will Strymon be liable for more than the amount of the purchase price, not to exceed the current retail price of the product. Strymon disclaims any other warranties, express or implied. By using the product, the user accepts all terms herein.

How to Obtain Service Under this Warranty

For North American customers: Contact Strymon through our website at http://www.strymon.net/support for Return Authorization and information. Proof of original ownership may be required in the form of a purchase receipt.
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.

Email

General Inquiries info@strymon.net

Technical Support support@strymon.net

Questions About Orders orders@strymon.net