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This Week’s Preset: TimeLine – “Stranger” from Boy & Bear

Posted by Angela

Remember our Pedalboard Feature a few months back with Killian Gavin, guitarist for Boy & Bear?  This Week’s Preset comes straight from Killiankilliangavin, who shares with us the TimeLine presets he used for Boy & Bear’s song “Stranger.”

TimeLine Preset “Double”

When recording “Stranger,” I used two different settings.

1.) The basic delay sound I used for the song’s guitar tracks was a simple Double Delay, in series to two amps. I often use two delays to give a bit more spread/width in my sound.  Playing live, I’ve found the Dual delay on the TimeLine really handy to achieve this.

Dual – delay time is roughly 540ms. I tap it in live.
Time 2 – 1/2
Repeats – Track
Mix 2 – Track
Highpass – Off
Config – Series
Tap – Qtr

“Double” is the name I gave it.



TimeLine Preset “Synth”

2.) The second setting on this song I created was a synth-like sound. You hear it on the guitar melody line in the chorus. Really cool sound. The only extra thing to note is I used a Strymon Ola Vibrato in front of the TimeLine to add swirl and modulation — fast speed, medium mix.

Ice – 200ms
Interval – Oct.5th
Slice – Medium
Blend – Dead middle of the range | || |
Smear – Fully smeared |||| |||| |||| ||||
Highpass – Off
Tap – Qtr



Below is an audio sample from Boy & Bear’s “Stranger”

Thanks to Killian Gavin from Boy & Bear for sharing This Week’s Preset with us!  Remember to share your own presets with us by either posting them in the “comments” section or posting to Twitter using hashtag #strymonpreset !

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).


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.

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!

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!

Enter to win Ola Chorus & Vibrato!

Posted by Ethan

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Mike Mitchell of San Diego, CA and Chris Chickering of Grand Rapids, MI. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

We’re giving away two, count ’em, two Ola Chorus & Vibrato pedals. Enter to win!

Enter to win Ola dBucket Chorus and Vibrato

Enter below to win a shiny, brand new Ola dBucket Chorus & Vibrato. Get ready to add incredibly lush and organic chorus and vibrato sounds to your rig. Our hand-crafted, processor-intense dBucket algorithm delivers all of the warmth and sonic complexities of analog choruses and vibratos. We drew influence from some of our favorite vintage chorus effects and a certain little blue box vibrato with a strong cult following. Couple that with true bypass, a favorite preset, stereo input and output, and a super high quality analog front end and output section, and you have yourself a versatile chorus and vibrato workhorse.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Two winners will be chosen randomly from the list of qualified entrants. Contest ends September 26, 2011. Ok, go!

Learn more about Ola:

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!
  • We know that some of our customers and fans do not use Facebook. Please be aware that we run many contests, many of which do not require a Facebook account. Stay tuned for other giveaways in the future. Thanks! :)

The prize:

Ola Chorus and Vibrato
Strymon Ola Chorus & Vibrato pedal! ($299 value)

The terms:

Enter the contest:

Step 1: Click the ‘Like’ button below to connect to us on Facebook.

Step 2: Enter the form below.

Contest has ended. Congratulations to Mike Mitchell of San Diego, CA and Chris Chickering of Grand Rapids, MI. Stay tuned for other giveaways!

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 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: Video Demo — Ola bBucket Chorus / Vibrato Video Demo — Orbit dBucket Flanger Video Demo — Brigadier dBucket Delay Video Demo — blueSky Reverberator

Premier Guitar review of Brigadier, Orbit, Ola and blueSky

Posted by Ethan

Have you seen the Premier Guitar review of Brigadier, Orbit, Ola and blueSky? Check it out here. Here are a few quotes from the review!

“The Blue Sky Reverberator is a gem—a toneshaping masterpiece.”


“There are lots of analog delay modelers on the market, but most of them don’t provide the feel of playing a true analog delay. The Brigadier nails it.”


“Any control [on Orbit] can be assigned to the expression pedal, which opens up the possibilities for morphing from subdued to wild to even further.”


“If there’s a pedal in the Strymon line that really showcases how in tune the company is with stellar products of yesteryear, it’s the Ola.”


Ola Chorus & Vibrato – Chorus demo video

Posted by Ethan

Just put together a demo of our Ola Chorus & Vibrato, going through a wide range of chorus tones: dark, bright, shallow and deep choruses. We’ll go over Multi / Vibrato modes as well as the Ramp / Envelope features in future videos.

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