We've taken a high-performance SHARC DSP and dedicated all of it's horsepower to doing one thing—providing the most lush and organic chorus pedal and vibrato pedal sounds ever heard. Our hand-crafted, processor-intense dBucket algorithm delivers all of the warmth and sonic complexities of analog choruses and vibratos.
Mobius gives you twelve legendary, versatile, and inspirational modulation machines, all in an easy-to-use package. Go from lush, mouthwatering, vintage chorus pedal sounds all the way to syrupy psychedelic phasers. Get classic, pulsating tremolos all the way to warbling crushed bits.
This week, we’re going to utilize the Mobius Chorus machine to showcase a straight-forward chorus that’s clean, uncolored, and won’t “take over” your sound.
The Digital chorus mode fits the bill nicely here. Speed and Depth are set to 12:00 o’clock. Both the Mix and Tone secondary parameters are set to 50%. The result is a balanced, understated, and tasteful chorus sound. And it’s easy to set up. All knobs at noon!
Clips starts off with Mobius bypassed, and is engaged at 0:07.
Below are the knob and parameter settings for this preset. Dial it up on your Mobius and try it out.
Made your own tweaks to this preset? Post them below or share online using hashtag #strymonpreset. Are there other preset types that you’d like to see in upcoming blog posts? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Killian 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:
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).
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.
The reviews for Mobius have been rolling in, and we’re very excited about what everyone has been saying!
Featuring 12 different types of modulations – chorus, flanger, phaser, a flexible rotary effect and more – “the amount of high-quality effects [Mobius] crams inside is amazing,” writes guitar blog GuitarNoize.com.
Within each modulation type lays a wealth of mod effects that Premier Guitar magazine describes as “shockingly accurate.” The “sonic undulations” of the rotary effect, PG continued, are “deep and complex, and at times sound impossibly real.” We’re deeply honored to have received the Premier Guitar “Premier Gear” award, which the magazine bestowed upon Mobius earlier this year.
In its popular audio blog, The Deli magazine is “extremely excited” about Mobius’ release. It calls the mod pedal “super diverse” thanks to its wide variety of classic mod effects including “everything from lush choruses to pulsating tremolo as well as unlikely additions.”
In a shootout versus some classic mod pedals, Mobius won Sound On Sound magazine’s praises for its “clarity, warmth, smoothness and depth.” With “sounds as glorious as its tech-spec suggests,” Mobius “more than held its own” against its predecessors. SOS ranks Mobius “among the best [mod pedals] of its type.”
Our friends at Premier Guitar think “it’s getting harder to surprise folks with how good Strymon pedals sound,” which makes us really happy. Sound On Sound noted that we’ve “quickly gained a loyal following” in the three years since we began making pedals. And The Deli made us blush when they called us “one of the sickest companies making stompboxes right now.” Thanks, guys, we really appreciate it! :)
We just read Premier Guitar magazine’s review of our new Mobius modulation— and we we’re extremely excited to announce that Mobius has received their coveted Premier Gear award!
Here’s what they had to say:
“The Mobius is a pedal of very deep capabilities that exponentially widens the sound potential of a pedalboard, opens up studio and production possibilities, and can inspire whole tunes.”
“The sonic undulations are deep and complex, and at times sound impossibly real—to the point of being confounding. Just how is a 4′ tall Leslie with wildly spinning drum and horn speakers hiding behind that practice amp?”
“The quality of the Mobius is superb. It’s dead silent—quiet enough to use for outboard mix buss duties. And it’s difficult to imagine a modulation unit doing much more as capably as the Mobius does.”
“If you’re an incurable studio tinkerer, session expert, or a gigging guitarist who plays in a classic rock cover band one night and a post-rock project the next, the Mobius gives you just about every modulation weapon you could ever need.”
We’ve been hard at work building Mobius pedals! We’re busy shipping out pre-orders to our North American customers, and will be making a large shipment to our international distributors in early January. Here are some photos of our recent activity:
Circuit boards complete!
Chassis anodized and ready to go.
Audio testing and programming. Jorge keeping it real.
Contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeff Goldey from Parker, CO. Stay tuned for other giveaways!
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!
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!
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 ]
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 ]
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!
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.
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 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: