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Pedalboard Feature: Killian Gavin

Posted by Angela

killiangavinKillian Gavin grew up listening to The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac. From a young age he never wanted to do anything other than play in a band. His mum had him in piano lessons as a child, and once he hit about 12 years old he decided to learn guitar and never looked back. The first song he learned was Come As You Are by Nirvana. Killian is now enjoying the growing success of Boy & Bear.

What kind of pedalboard is this, and what is your signal path?

I had the board custom built by my best mate who’s a builder and a guitarist too. I planned out what I wanted in terms of size and shape and he put it together.

Signal chain is as follows:
Guitar in
T1M mini buffer (under the board)
Then I go into the crocodile tail loop.
Loop 1 – Sweetsound Univibe
Loop 2 – Keeley compressor
Loop 3 – Klon
Loop 4 – Analogman KOT
Loop 5 – ’85 RAT
Loop 6 – EP booster
Loop 7 – Byoc tremolo
Volume pedal and bjfe buffer (not in a loop)
Then the Strymon Timeline (not in a loop)
Loop 8 – Strymon Ola
Then into Strymon blueSky (not in a loop)
Loop 9 and 10 control which amp or both amps are on. (’68 AC30 and ’66 Princeton Reverb).

killianpedalboard

Can you share one or two of your favorite settings for your Strymon Ola?

My Ola I mainly use for vibrato. It sounds fantastic at every setting, but I have one favourite sound saved for live use, a fast speed and lower depth setting. It’s such a beautiful sound, I used it recording the guitars on ‘Real Estate’ and ‘Stranger’ from our latest record.

You are touring all over in 2014. How have your shows differed from when the band first formed in 2009 to now? How has that affected your pedalboard?

Like everything, you learn with time. I’ve found with trial and error what sounds work for me. Early on playing really small shows when we started out as band I just had a couple of boost pedals and a delay. As time went on and and my fascination with modulation surfaced and the board expanded. These days keeping a healthy signal chain is crucial. Using buffers were appropriate help both the feel and response of the amp to behave as if I were plugging directly into it.

Could you share a bit about your songwriting process? Do you use pedals during your songwriting process?

Songwriting is so liquid, and always changing. Sometimes I prefer to write without the clutter of a pedalboard, and just get the part nailed first. Other times the sound of a certain effect can inspire me to write a part with a certain feel.

Traveling with gear can always be a little nerve-racking. Do you have any advice for traveling with your pedalboard?

I kinda think if you can’t bear the thought of it breaking, then perhaps don’t bring it on tour. We are doing about 200 shows this year. That’s a lot of travelling and flying so plenty of opportunities for gear to break. Our tech is fantastic at keeping everything safe and protected, and when stuff fails he’s there to fix it. I had a ’60s Gibson 355 snap it’s headstock recently which was pretty heartbreaking, but it happens.

Please share what is on the horizon for Boy & Bear.

We will be touring for about a year and a half on this record. Hopefully in early 2015 we will start writing some new ideas for a new record. That’s about it for now.




Big end-of-year giveaway

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Kerwin from Tallahassee, FL. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

Present from StrymonWe wanted to celebrate the holiday season and give you the chance to win a Strymon four-pack! Enter to win a holiday care package that includes our TimeLine delay, blueSky Reverberator, OB.1 Optical Compressor & Clean Boost, and our brand new Mobius modulation. I’m not sure what we were thinking— that’s over a $1400 value!

All you need to do is fill out the form below. Contest ends on December 18. Good luck and happy holidays. Ok, go!!

Big End-of-year Giveaway

The rules:

  • Enter the contest form below.
  • Please only enter once. Entering more than once will not improve your odds.
  • That’s it!

The prize:

  • Strymon TimeLine multidimensional delay pedal and 9V power supply ($449 value)
  • Strymon Mobius multidimensional modulation pedal and 9V power supply ($449 value)
  • Strymon blueSky reverberator pedal and 9V power supply ($299 value)
  • Strymon OB.1 optical compressor & clean boost and 9V power supply ($218 value)

The terms:

Enter the contest:

Enter the form below.

Contest has ended.

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Kerwin from Tallahassee, FL. Stay tuned for other giveaways!




Enter to win a TimeLine, Ola, and blueSky!

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Goldey from Parker, CO. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

Win 3 Strymon Pedals!We teamed up with The Deli Magazine and Guitar World to give away a tasty prize package— TimeLine Delay, blueSky Reverb and Ola Chorus/Vibrato! Head on over to the Guitar World website to enter to win. Their contest ends October 20. Enter to win now!

Enter to Win!

And if you’re 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. We’ll have two complete Strymon pedal boards there for you to check out!

About TimeLine:

When we decided to create a studio-class stereo delay effects pedal, we knew we must go well beyond what has been done in the past. We spent months locked up in the Strymon sound design labs with an intense focus on dreaming up the most lush, creative, and musically inspirational delay effects ever heard.
[ learn more about TimeLine here ]

About Ola:

When we set out to design Ola dBucket Chorus and Vibrato, we knew that we wanted to take a high-performance SHARC DSP and dedicate all of it’s horsepower to doing one thing—providing the most lush and organic chorus and vibrato sounds ever heard.
[ learn more about Ola here ]

About blueSky:

The philosophy behind our blueSky Reverberator is simple—take a ridiculously powerful SHARC DSP and dedicate it to doing one thing only: producing the most lush, majestic and stunning reverbs ever.
[ learn more about blueSky here ]

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Goldey from Parker, CO. Stay tuned for other giveaways!




Not Your Dad’s Reverb – blueSky review

Posted by Ethan

Check out the in-depth review of blueSky reverb at Dinosaur Rock Guitar. The “Home for Heavy Guitar” reports that blueSky works great with high gain tones. Here are a few excerpts:

blueSky reverb“Naturally, it does a great job with cleans, but the blueSky is not just another take on vintage reverb pedals. It is a different animal, designed with higher fidelity to suit the needs of the modern players. Perhaps even more importantly here at the Home of Heavy Guitar, the blueSky may be the first reverb pedal designed to address the crunch tones of modern high gain amps – even when you run it from in front of the amp through the guitar input!”

“Along with its overall high quality, the blueSky’s two KEY selling points are that it responds well with higher gain amps, AND it provides usable, pedal-based reverb options from the guitar input jack for non-loop-equipped amps. As such, hard rock and metal players should give the Strymon blueSky a good hard look. It is perfect for these applications.”

“The blueSky is a fine example of creating something new from something old and succeeding. It does everything the manufacturer claims and adds some cool new things to the tonal palette. As with the other Strymon products I’ve seen, the build quality and components are all top notch. Overall, the Strymon blueSky reverb pedal gets five out of five stars. Nice job, Strymon.”

Dinosaur Rock Guitar Check out the full review below:

Read the review!




Tape Op review of El Capistan and blueSky

Posted by Ethan

Tape Op logoRecently Alex Maiolo of Tape Op Magazine had a chance to spend some time with our El Capistan dTape Echo and blueSky reverberator. Here is what he had to say:

El Capistan and blueSky

On Strymon:

“Strymon, while certainly being boutique, have unabashedly embraced the digital age – using modern technology to fix age-old problems and eliminate impossibilities. ”

“Fans of good design will notice that Strymon pedals are unique looking. They are beautiful and original, while still retaining the familiar qualities of good ol’ classic stompboxes. The layout is well thought out, and the construction is solid. The footprint is relatively small considering the controls but doesn’t seem crowded. All of the I/O is in the back panel, which is very handy if you have more than a few things on your board. I don’t think they could have done a much better job, aesthetically or functionally.”

On El Capistan:

“I went to both ends of the spectrum with these controls, which allowed me to hear what a machine new off the shelf probably would have sounded like, as well as one that was brought back into use after propping up a table for 30 years, with no servicing before powering up. After tailoring it to my needs, I used the unit for at least eight live shows with three different bands, and found it to be a joy to use, even under the pressure of a performance.”

“All in all, a fantastic, great sounding little box that delivers on its promise with no exceptions.”

On blueSky:

“The real reason to buy the blueSky is because it goes way beyond what other reverb pedals can do, almost into rack territory. When the left toggle is switched to Mod, a light chorus effect is added that is both subtle enough to not sound like you’re rehashing dated, ’80s sounds, but strong enough to add some interesting depth. It’s hard to describe what happens when the same switch is in Shimmer mode. As the reverb decays, harmonics develop and ‘bloom’ – the longer the decay setting, the more intense the harmonic development and overall effect. It’s very unique, usable, and can take things in an almost synthy direction.”

Check out the full review below:

Read the review!




5 Stars for blueSky Reverberator!

Posted by Ethan

blueSky Reverberator

The guys over at Guitar-Muse recently spent some time with our blueSky Reverberator. We’re very happy to report that they really liked what they heard! Check it out:

“An exquisitely designed, painstakingly constructed reverb box that can hold its own against some of the finest rack units.”

“This unique stompbox, coveted by surf-rockers and shoegazers everywhere, delivers studio-quality reverb with an unparalleled array of features.”

“A spacious, shimmering five stars out of five for what I firmly believe to be the best reverb pedal on the market.”

Guitar-Muse.com

Guitar-Muse blueSky review

Check out the full review below:

Read the review!




TimeLine, blueSky, and El Capistan – looping nerdery

Posted by Ethan

When I’m not busy making videos, audio demos, and doing all of my marketing stuff for Strymon, I spend lots of time in my home studio making my own videos and nerding out with music gear. Basically, I’m just always nerding out with gear. :)

This video started out as a way to test out some new looping software (Circular Labs Mobius), but I ended up getting carried away and wrote a new song. I’ve got El Capistan and blueSky on my guitar, as well as TimeLine and an old Boss DF-2 on my vocals. I’ve been using TimeLine quite a bit for vocals—for this video, I’m using primarily the TimeLine Ice and Lo-Fi machines. Hope you dig it :)




blueSky reverb with Wurlitzer/Rhodes [demo]

Posted by Ethan

Peter Dyer (keyboardist for Mariah Carey, Van Hunt, Aloe Blacc, and many others) put together this sweet demo of his Wurlitzer, Rhodes, and blueSky Reverberator. Check it out below! Learn more about Peter at his website.




Steve Lukather

Posted by Ethan

Steve Lukather, session and touring guitarist extraordinaire, is currently touring Europe and rocking our bluesky Reverberator and Lex Rotary on his touring pedalboard. He recently sent us a couple photos of his setup.


And here are a few photos taken last year, when Terry and I visited Steve while he tracked guitar for his latest album. He used Ola chorus & vibrato, Brigadier delay and blueSky reverberator.

Steve Lukather is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer best known for his work with the rock band Toto. Lukather has played with many artists, released several solo albums, and worked as a composer, arranger, and session guitarist on more than 1,500 albums. And he totally shreds!




Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes

Posted by Ethan

Nate Walcott's pedalsNate Walcott is an arranger, composer, keyboard player, and trumpet player. He is a member of the band Bright Eyes, and also plays in Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band.

Nate recently sent us a few photos of his live setup. He is utilizing a blueSky reverberator in his Hammond pedal board, and an El Capistan and Ola Chorus & Vibrato in his Rhodes pedal board. He will also be adding a Lex to his setup over the coming weeks.

In addition to his time with Bright Eyes, Nate has also toured with Lullaby for the Working Class, the Autumn Defense, Rilo Kiley, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In the studio, he has contributed arrangements to artists such as Maria Taylor, Pete Yorn, Cursive, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Rachael Yamagata, and The Concretes.

 

Here’s a video of Bright Eyes performing Jejune Stars live at Lollapalooza, August 5th, 2011:




Configure a Taylor SolidBody, enter to win.

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

Taylor SolidBody ConfiguratorOur friends over at Taylor Guitars are giving away a great gear package. Head on over to their website and try out their new SolidBody configurator. Using their configurator, you can explore different body style, color, pickup, and pickguard options and build a virtual model.

All you need to do is configure your SolidBody electric guitar, submit your design, and you’ll be entered to win the guitar, an El Capistan dTape Echo, blueSky Reverberator, a Tiny Terror electric amplifier from Orange, a 1-year subscription to Guitar World, and other Taylor guitar accessories.

El Capistan and blueSkyGiveaway ends June 30, 2011. Read their rules here.
Due to strict giveaway laws in many countries, their contest is open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec).

Enter to Win!




Interview with pedal steel guru Jon Graboff

Posted by Ethan

Jon GraboffJon Graboff has been very busy over the years, recording with artists across genres and across the planet. Possibly best known for his work with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, he has also recorded and/or toured with the likes of: Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, David Byrne, Carrie Underwood, Joan Osborn, Yo La Tengo, Ben E. King, Harper Simon, Phil Lesh and others. Recently we had a chance to chat with Jon and talk pedal steel, effects pedals, his musical experiences, and all sorts of other fun.

Can you tell us a bit about your formative musical experiences?

Well… when you’re from New York City, and there’s everything around you from jazz to hardcore, from afro-Cuban to Bollywood… it all gets inside you one way or another and informs your musical outlook. My mother was a very talented classical violinist and my dad was an artist and illustrator who played a pretty wicked clarinet. There was music of all kinds going on around me pretty much all my life.

What drew you to pedal steel guitar?

Jon Graboff pedal steel - with remote Strymon switchI’m not sure what attracted me to the pedal steel guitar but I remember the first time I heard one… even though I had no idea what it was at the time. I heard the first few notes on the Byrd’s album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” and I clearly recall being captivated by the sound of it. A few months later, I was in a roadside diner with my family. We were going somewhere and someone played “If Teardrops Were Pennies and Heartaches Were Gold” by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner on the jukebox. There is a pedal steel intro on that too and I thought, hey, that’s the same instrument! Interestingly, they were both played by steel guitar great Lloyd Green.


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Yosuke Onuma – one of Japan’s top jazz guitarists

Posted by Ethan

 
We recently heard from Yosuke Onuma, one of Japan’s foremost jazz guitarists. He’s been using blueSky Reverberator and Ola Chorus & Vibrato, and they’ve found a permanent home on his pedal board.

In the past he’s used rack reverbs running through the engineer’s soundboard. He jumped at the chance to switch to blueSky.

“blueSky sounds so good! And it’s so easy to use.”

Yosuke is quickly becoming known around the world as one of the leaders of the next generation of jazz guitarists. He’s released several highly-acclaimed albums and will certainly continue to amaze audiences with his abilities and unique finger-picking style.

» Official Website

Yosuke




Strymon all over Lyle Workman’s soundtrack work

Posted by Ethan

Lyle WorkmanWe just heard from Lyle Workman, who has been using El Capistan and blueSky all over his latest film soundtrack, Win Win, featuring Paul Giamatti. He sent a photo of his studio pedal rig. We’re super excited that Lyle is recording killer scores with our gear!

“I really love these pedals!!”

You may know him from his work with Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish, Frank Black, Beck, and Sting. Recently, Lyle has composed the scores and wrote songs for several Hollywood smash hits, including The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.

Check out Lyle’s work here:

» www.lyleworkman.com

Lyle Workman's Strymon pedals




Visit to Guitars Rebellion in Paris

Posted by Terry

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Vincent at Guitars Rebellion, our dealer in Paris. They were just a couple of days away from opening up their new location.

If you’re ever in Paris, Guitars Rebellion is worth a visit for sure:

GUITARS REBELLION – Showroom
11 rue René Goscinny
75013 Paris
France

Thanks Vincent for being such a gracious host! The new shop looks great :)






 
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