Posts Tagged ‘delay’

Frippertronics – A Retro Look at Sound on Sound

Posted by Michael

Although it was not the first account of experimenting with sound-on-sound tape looping, Frippertronics, the brainchild of guitarist Robert Fripp (and fellow artist Brian Eno), remains an important breakthrough in the practice of live looping.

Remember, you can enter the El Capistan’s Sound on Sound Mode by setting your TAPE HEAD switch to SINGLE and your MODE switch to C!




Guitar World is giving away a TimeLine delay!

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Montgomery Groff from Denver, CO. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

TimeLineOur friends over at Guitar World are offering up a TimeLine delay pedal. Head on over there and enter to win! Contest ends August 13. Ok, go!

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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.
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Looping with Strymon TimeLine

Posted by Ethan

Strymon TimeLine looperHey there! We just put together a couple videos that demonstrate looping with our TimeLine delay.

TimeLine Looper Basics

In this first video, we go over the basic looping features available from the front panel. All you need to do is press and hold TAP to enter looper mode, and you can access Record, Overdub, Play, and Stop. All of your delay knobs and parameters are accessible while looping. You can also set the looper to be pre-delay or post-delay. Running the looper pre-delay allows you to record your dry signal and affect the recorded signal with the delay sounds. Routing the looper post-delay will record the delay sounds to the loop. Check it out:

 

TimeLine Looper MIDI Control

If you want to take your looping a bit further, you can do so by connecting a MIDI controller to your TimeLine. Here we’re using a Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro, though any MIDI foot controller that can utilize MIDI CC or note messages should work fine. Connecting a MIDI controller will give you access to additional looping features: Reverse, Half Speed, Undo to Initial Loop, Redo, and Looper Pre/Post. In this video, we showcase of these additional features and advanced looping techniques.

 

Setting up your MIDI controller

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




I Heart Guitar Blog hearts TimeLine

Posted by Ethan

I Heart Guitar Blog

We just read I Heart Guitar Blog’s review of TimeLine, and we’re super-excited to report that they loved it! Like really loved it. Here are some excerpts from the review:

“I’m not going to waste time here: the TimeLine is probably – no, scratch that: definitely – the best delay pedal I’ve ever used. ”

“The TimeLine is simply the ultimate delay pedal which will keep up with you whether you need simple, easily controlled meat-and-potato delay effects or the most processed, unique, idiosyncratic sounds imaginable.”

Check out the full review below:

Read the review!




Enter to win the first TimeLine.

Posted by Ethan

Congratulations to Dave Young of La Vista, NE. You are the winner of TimeLine Serial #0001. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

Enter to Win - TimeLine Serial 0001

Here’s your chance to win the very first Strymon TimeLine delay pedal, to be built during our upcoming production run. Complete with a custom laser engraved serial number 0001 design on the bottom panel. Last year we gave away the very last Damage Control TimeLine pedal, the spiritual precursor to the Strymon TimeLine. We felt it was only fitting to offer up the very first Strymon TimeLine!


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Premier Guitar loves El Capistan!

Posted by Ethan

We’re very honored that Premier Guitar has deemed El Capistan worthy of their Premier Gear moniker, and extremely proud that it has received 5 out of 5 stars. They call El Capistan “one of the most ambitious and clever applications of DSP we’ve seen in a stompbox.”

Read the review!




Huge Racks Inc is giving away an El Capistan!

Posted by Ethan

Win an El CapistanOur friends over at Huge Racks Inc are giving away an El Capistan dTape Echo! Head on over to their site and enter to win. Registration to their forums is not required but suggested!

Giveaway ends November 1!

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Tsuyoshi Kon and his Brigadier

Posted by Ethan

Tyuyoshi KonTsuyoshi Kon, one of Japan’s best studio and live guitarists, just sent us a photo of him and his Brigadier! If you’re not familiar with Kon, you should definitely check him out. He’s appeared on well over 50 albums and can be found tearing it up on stages across the world.

On Brigadier:
“Sounds like studio rack processors! All [Strymon] pedals sound so good. Very good signal to noise ratio, and I can plug in any position, instrument and line level.”

On OB.1:
“Sounds just like a studio limiter. I use this a lot. I use the boost function like an EQ. Depending on the song, I’ll use all three boost functions, adjusting tone character.”

 

We’re very excited that Kon is loving our pedal lineup! Here’s a quick vid highlighting some of his skills:

 




Gearwire.com video demos of Ola, Orbit, Brigadier and blueSky

Posted by Ethan

Owen over at Gearwire recently put four Strymon pedals through their paces. Check out his demos of Ola Chorus & Vibrato, Orbit Flanger, Brigadier Delay and blueSky Reverberator:

Gearwire.com Video Demo — Ola bBucket Chorus / Vibrato

Gearwire.com Video Demo — Orbit dBucket Flanger

Gearwire.com Video Demo — Brigadier dBucket Delay

Gearwire.com Video Demo — blueSky Reverberator




Pete Thorn El Capistan video demo

Posted by Ethan

Pete Thorn, guitarist for Melissa Etheridge, Chris Cornell and Don Henley, recently put together a very cool El Capistan dTape Echo video demo. He’s only had the pedal for a day or two and already managed to whip together this excellent demo. Check it out!




Strymon Tech Corner #2 – Build your own expression pedal

Posted by Terry

Recently, I ended up with a broken crybaby wah. I was already lucky enough to own a 70′s thomas organ crybaby which I love, so sacrificing this second newer crybaby for a project seemed like a fun idea. Since the crybaby chassis is extremely rugged and I like the action of the pedal, I set out to turn it into an expression pedal for my El Capistan. This article assumes that you have experience soldering and using basic tools like wire strippers, etc. Of course, always observe proper safety precautions and wear safety goggles while working on any type of electronics.

crybaby wah sitting on green felt
Here’s my wah on the workbench.
crybaby wah pedal with back cover removed
First, opening up this box couldn’t be easier. Just remove the 4 thumb screws from the back plate and remove the plate.
crybaby wah pedal with electronics removed
Then, unscrew the two jack nuts from the input and output jacks and also remove the single screw holding the PCB (printed circuit board) to the chassis. Unplug the cable connector, remove the PCB and set aside.
crybaby potentiometer and switch with wires desoldered
Connect your treadle pot to a standard 1/4″ TRS (tip/ring/sleeve) jack according to the schematic in tech corner #1. Desolder all wires from the pot and switch and set aside.
crybaby wah pedal with original electronics removed and re-wired as an expression pedal
The “sleeve” of the jack is ground, so first connect that to the pin of the post closest to the footswitch. Then, connect a 1k resistor to the wiper (center pin) of the pot. Connect the resistor to the “tip” of the jack. Lastly, connect the pin of the pot closest to the jack to the “ring.” You’ve got an expression pedal!

Watch the youtube video for a walkthrough of the build process and an El Capistan demonstration with our completed diy project:

Happy shredding,
-terry

*All product names used in this article are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Strymon or Damage Control, LLC.




Godspeed You! Black Emperor / El Capistan

Posted by Ethan

David Bryant from Godspeed You! Black Emperor just sent us a few photos of his El Capistan at The Pines recording studio.

links: >> the pines recording studio >> godspeed you! black emperor

El Capistan - David Bryant of Godspeed You Black Emperor

El Capistan - David Bryant of Godspeed You Black Emperor

El Capistan - David Bryant of Godspeed You Black Emperor




Win an El Capistan dTape Echo!

Posted by Ethan

Congratulations to Scott H. of Boulder Creek, CA! The El Capistan is yours. Thanks to everyone that entered, stay tuned for the next contest! :)

Enter to win an El Capistan dTape EchoYes, that’s right. You have a chance to win a brand new Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo. No purchase necessary to enter or win. The winner will be chosen randomly from the list of qualified entrants. Hurry, the contest ends September 1, 2010. Ok, go!

The rules:

  • Click the ‘Like’ button on the top of our Facebook page or on our Facebook link below.
  • Enter the contest form below.
  • That’s it!

The prize:

El Capistan
Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo pedal!

The terms:

 

Enter the contest:

Congratulations to Scott H. of Boulder Creek, CA! The El Capistan is yours. Thanks to everyone that entered, stay tuned for the next contest! :)

 
 




Strymon Tech Corner #1 – Anatomy of an expression pedal

Posted by Terry

Welcome to the first post of our new Strymon Tech Corner series! I will be posting technical articles on music electronics as part of our blog at least once a month. Pete, Dave and Gregg from our team may also write an article here and there when they can get time away from their PCB layout programs and DSP emulators. Hopefully you’ll find these posts helpful and informative.

In this first edition I’ll be going through the inner workings of the common expression pedal. Once we know how one works, then comes the fun stuff … tearing them apart, modding, etc, etc. But that will be left to next month’s article :)

expression pedal from moog

We knew from day 1 that we wanted some of our pedals to feature expression pedal inputs. So, the question was “what’s the standard?” That is, do all manufacturers make their expression pedals the same way? Luckily the answer is yes … mostly.

Expression pedals work by feeding a control voltage to a device, such as a guitar pedal or synthesizer. The voltage is read by the device and then used to change some type of parameter. The voltage range depends on the design of the pedal or synth. Our Strymon pedals, for example, read control voltages from 0 to 5 volts DC. Turns out that this is a fairly common voltage range, especially in music electronics where MIDI (a 5V system) is still popular and widely used after over 25 years. The expression pedal itself, however has nothing to do with the voltage range. It’s only function is to manipulate that range and control the control voltage. The way almost every expression pedal out there works is that it takes a reference voltage from the device it’s connected to, divides that voltage down by a certain amount and then feeds it back to the device. In electronic terms, this is most commonly accomplished with a TRS (tip / ring / sleeve) 1/4″ cable where the reference voltage is on the “ring,” the control voltage is fed back to the device on the “tip” and the “sleeve” is ground.

Here  is what a standard 1/4″ TRS plug looks like:

As you can see from this 1907 diagram, TRS has been around for a long long time ;)

Here is the schematic for a typical expression pedal:

As you can see, the simplest and most common method is to use a passive potentiometer. A reference voltage from the device would enter the expression pedal jack on the ring. Then that voltage gets connected across a 10k load which is the resistive element of the potentiometer. When you move the expression treadle up and down there is a mechanical mechanism that physically turns the treadle potentiometer or “pot” as it’s commonly known. You can visualize the arrow at pin 1 of the treadle pot moving from pin 3 to pin 2 as one moves his/her foot back and forth on the pedal. This is what varies the voltage at pin 1. This is the control voltage which then travels out of the pedal on the tip of the jack. R2 is only present as a current limiter and not applicable to this discussion.

The Moog EP-2, Roland EV-5, and M-Audio EX-P all work in this manner, and therefore, work with our pedals. The nice thing about this standard design is that the control voltage is very stable and the value of the potentiometer in the expression pedal doesn’t matter so much. The Line6 EX1 is the only one we’ve see that works differently, with only a simple resistor divider and a mono cable. The nice thing about their solution is that it uses a mono cable. Two disadvantages are: 1. The expression pedal input circuit is highly dependent on the value of the potentiometer in the expression pedal.  2. Their products won’t work with other manufacturer’s expression pedals and vice versa.

Watch our video for more info and audio demos with our Brigadier delay and Orbit flanger.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first edition of the Strymon Tech Corner. Tune in next time where we’ll make our own D.I.Y. expression pedal from a broken crybaby wah!

Happy shredding!

*All product names used in this article are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Strymon.




Phil from Matchless rocking a Brigadier

Posted by Terry

Ethan and I met up with Phil Jamison at the Matchless HQ in Los Angeles recently to let him play through our Brigadier delay and blueSky reverberator. He dug the pedals! Phil is the amp designer over at Matchless. He’s a very genuine, good guy and it was a treat to see the Matchless facility and production line.

Below: camera phone shot of Phil rocking a Brigadier in front of one of his C-30 heads.

phil jamison matchless amplifiers






 
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