Posts Tagged ‘timeline’

This Week’s Preset – Kevin Armstrong’s “Passenger” Preset

Posted by Michael

This Week's Preset - TimeLine DelayThere aren’t many professional guitarists who can claim to have worked with as many musical icons as Kevin Armstrong. In a career spanning 35 years he has clocked-up miles with some of the most influential artists of the era as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and musical director.

His credits include the likes of Thomas Dolby, David Bowie, Iggy Pop (with whom Kevin will be touring in June 2015), Morrissey and Sinéad O’Connor  – not to mention his stint playing for the original Jonathon Ross show’s live band where he played with greats such as Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, and Sir Paul McCartney.

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TimeLine / MultiSwitch looping demo videos

Posted by Ethan

TimeLine - Looper Pedal - Live Looping
Our TimeLine delay pedal provides you with twelve different delay machines, each with extensive control over sonic character and feel. Under the hood is a 30-second stereo looper, which can be routed pre- or post-delay—allowing you to record delay to your loop, or saturate your recorded loop in echoey goodness. When in TimeLine’s looper mode, you can access Record/Overdub, Play, and Stop for a fun and effortless looping experience.

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This Week’s Preset – We Want to Hear From You!

Posted by Michael

Over the last few months, we’ve been cooking up new presets for BigSky, TimeLine, and Mobius to share with you on our blog series – This Week’s Preset.  The original idea stemmed from our desire toThis Week's Preset - BigSky Reverb connect with our friends and fans creatively – through new, exciting, often experimental sounds.

However, this time we want to hear from you!  Send us your own preset, whether it’s your go-to favorite, something you’ve been experimenting with, or one you came up with at 3AM during a Netflix binge.  It can be a preset or favorite setting from any Strymon pedal, and you can share it with us however you like – whether it be in our blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, or by emailing strymonsocial@strymon.net.

Our favorite presets will be selected to appear in upcoming installments of This Week’s Preset!

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Gear Guide: How to Update Your Firmware

Posted by Hugo

With the release of our new MultiSwitch, we have created new firmware for TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius to allow you to access the new features that MultiSwitch offers. The Strymon Preset Librarian software can be used to update the firmware on your TimeLine, BigSky, or Mobius directly within the application.  Below are instructions that illustrate how to update your pedal with the Librarian software.

Connections

In order to connect your pedal to the Librarian you must use a robust MIDI to USB interface with developed drivers for your computer’s specific operating system version.  Some MIDI Interfaces that will work with our products are the Roland UM-ONE, Yamaha UX-16, and M-Audio MIDISport Uno.  Make sure to connect the MIDI OUT from your interface to the MIDI IN port of your Strymon pedal and the MIDI IN from the MIDI interface to the MIDI OUT port on your Strymon pedal.

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TimeLine Looper Revisited

Posted by Michael

While I can’t say I possess the looping skills of the guy across the office (State Shirt), I am definitely a fan of looping – whether done live or in the studio.   This week, let’s take a look at some artists who are putting TimeLine’s built-in Looper to good use.

Mikhail Medvedev builds an amazing ambient song using just TimeLine and his guitar.


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(Even) More, More, More

Posted by Angela

Several months ago we featured our first Instagram Video is a Tease blog. At the time I didn’t think I’d be doing another one, but as I continue to watch Instagram videos, I still find myself saying to some of them “more, more, more” when the 15 seconds is up.

Here is a new batch of Instagram videos that just as you close your eyes and start getting into it, the video ends and leaves you yearning for more.


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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.

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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

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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 !




This Week’s Preset: TimeLine – “Synthy Triplets”

Posted by Ethan

This Week's Preset - TimeLine DelayDon’t be afraid to make your guitar sound like a synth from time to time! TimeLine‘s Filter machine gives you the ability to create all sorts of interesting and adventurous delay sounds.

For this example, I’m using the Saw LFO to give my guitar a more synth-like feel, and a 3/1 speed to have the LFO play triplets off of my delay time. I’ve left the Grit at zero to keep the sound mostly clean, and employed a bit of slow, mellow modulation to add a bit more dimension.

Listen here:

Preset details:

The image below shows the knob settings and secondary parameters. Dial it up on your TimeLine and give it a shot.

This Week's Preset - TimeLine - Synthy Triplets

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What do you think?

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This Week’s Preset: TimeLine – Crush’d Guitar

Posted by Ethan

This Week's Preset - TimeLine DelayToday we’re going to focus on crushing some bits. Basically making things sound as bad as possible—but in a good way of course. Here’s how to turn TimeLine into a full-fledged bit crusher.

I’m going to bring the sample rate down to 2KhZ (you could go lower if you really want to mangle the sound), and the bit-depth to 10-bits. The Lo-Fi machine allows you to dial the delay time all the way back to 2ms in order to corrupt the sound in real-time. Make sure to set your Mix to full-wet (100%), and in the parameter menu set the Lo-Fi Mix to maximum to only hear the lo-fi signal.

In this example I’ve maxed out the Grit in order to dirty up the sound even more. There you have it—a bit crushed distortion!

Listen here:

Audio clip starts out with TimeLine bypassed. Effect is engaged at 0:03.

Preset details:

Here are the knob settings and secondary parameters. Dial it up and give it a try.

This Week's Preset - TimeLine - Crush'd Guitar

Download the preset:

Are you using the Strymon Librarian? Download the preset and load it up into your TimeLine.

What do you think?

Made your own tweaks to this preset? Post them below. Also be sure to let us know if there are other preset types that you’d like to see in future blog posts. Thanks!




Gear Guide: Backing Up and Restoring Presets on BigSky, Mobius, and TimeLine

Posted by Hugo

BigSky, Mobius, TimeLine - preset librarian

If you have a BigSky, Mobius, or TimeLine, you can save the custom presets you’ve created onto your computer using the Strymon Preset Librarian software.  You can also use our Librarian software to load these and other saved presets for your pedals from your computer to the Strymon pedals. You can download the Mac or PC version of the Strymon Preset Librarian software at the link below:

Strymon Preset Librarian — Download Latest Version

 

Setting Up Your MIDI Interface

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 and 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 menu option 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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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.

TL Backup Location

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.

Preset bundle load

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).

 

For further details on the Strymon Preset Librarian, please check out the Strymon Preset Librarian Usage Instructions FAQ. And if you have any questions about managing your presets, please feel free to post in the comments below or send us an email at support@strymon.net. :)

 




Artists Feature: Ambient Music

Posted by Angela

Ambient music can be anywhere from relaxing to inspiring to mind boggling (in a fun way). While listening to a good ambient song, we can sit back, close our eyes and have the most interesting images fly through our heads. Below is just a small sampling of some of the great artists out there who are teasing our minds with their ambient goodness.

Don’t close your eyes for this one. Hammock stimulates your ears and eyes with their haunting tale “Cold Front” from their album “Departure Songs.”

Mikhail Medvedev doesn’t just have an amazing cat, he has created a beautiful song called “Memories.”

You can learn a lot from Andy – really you can.  His site reverbnerds.com has video tips to help you if you are just starting to tinker in ambient sounds.  Andy has so many good videos to feature, but we had to go with “Famine and the Death of a Mother” from his new album “This Is For Our Sins,” which captures a sense of isolation and loss.

Jeffrey Niemeir teases 15 seconds of ambient beauty.

This is a perfect one to close your eyes to and let the song take you away. “Gravitáció” by …A Többi Néma Csend is a perfect journey through your mind. Maybe a gallop on the beach or a run through the poppies, On Mountains provides the soundtrack for a gorgeous day.

Want to hear more? Also check out Ivan Ujević, Chords of Orion, and Jon Carolino. If you have any of your own ambient songs or enjoy someone else’s that you’d like to share, please post the link below.




Pedalboard Feature: Blake Stranathan

Posted by Angela

DCIM103GOPROBlake Stranathan is a guitarist, producer, and writer currently working with Lana Del Rey. After being a finalist on MTV’s Making His Band at the age of 20, Blake has gone on to work with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Nicole Scherzinger and many others. He is currently on tour with Lana, and helped write and produce on her new album, Ultraviolence.

What kind of pedalboard do you have and what is your signal chain?

Right now I’m using a Pedaltrain pro with a fairly simple set up:

Guitar–> ProAnalog Supaquack Wah –> Suhr Riot –> Berkos Third Stone Fuzz –> Klon Centaur –> Boss Tuner –> Ernie Ball VP Jr –> JTM45/100 (with FX Loop and Master Volume)

FX Loop:
Strymon TimeLine –> Strymon BigSky –> Strymon Flint–> Boss GE-7 EQ

blake pedalboard

Can you share what the co-writing process was like with Lana Del Rey on the new album Ultraviolence?

It was probably the best experience of my life so far. I was in New York visiting family, and Lana invited me down to Electric Lady Studios, which was always a dream of mine being a Hendrix nut. It was surreal being and working there. We wound up being there for 8 or 9 days with basically the entire place to ourselves. I had played guitar on a couple tracks that were pretty much finished, but one morning I came to the studio super early just to work out some tones and play in that amazing live room. As I was coming up with some progressions, Lana walked in and we came up with “Pretty When You Cry” on the spot. It was recorded through a Neve 8078 which just sounded unreal. None of it was planned which certainly added to the vibe. The same happened with “Cruel World”. I was actually watching a video of the ‘BigSky’ on my computer and showed it to her. She said, “Fuck! That sounds amazing. We need that.” (Laughs) So a couple of hours later, a runner went out and grabbed one. On the last day while Phil Joly, the engineer, was bouncing down a couple sessions, and she asked me if I wanted to play around with the new pedal in the live room. I played maybe a few chords and we immediately started writing ‘Cruel World’. We recorded it just guitar and vocal in one take, and then Dan Auerbach went on to produce the song not long after. Everything about the recording and writing process was super organic, plus the energy in that studio is very powerful. I came up with the guitars for ‘Flipside‘ at home in Los Angeles using the BigSky as well. I made a quick video clip and sent it to her phone. We wound up writing the song a couple days later at her house, and then recorded it at a studio later that night. Strymon definitely played a big role in shaping the sound of the record.

Now that recording software and equipment has become more accessible, what are your thoughts on home recording vs. going into a studio?

Home recording and the technology today is such a big advantage. I do most of my creating at home using an Apogee Duet and my MacBook Pro, which is loaded with plug-ins. It gives you the ability to make really awesome demos and record ideas without having to waste time and money at a big studio. Through trial and error, you also become a better engineer and mixer as a result. However, I think a combination of the two is the best scenario; Being able to work out your ideas at home, and then recording it for real in a nice studio. Being in your room is just not the same as being in a great space and collaborating with others.

After finishing working on the Lana Del Rey album, how did you musically prepare for the tour to support the album?

blake coachella 2014We are still adding in new songs here and there. There are multiple guitar tracks on many of the songs, so it was important to find the best way to incorporate all of them and make sure it sounds super full. It’s important to approach the music with a ‘producer’s ear’, like what you can add sonically to bring the music to life. During the live show, the sounds of the keyboards and some of the drum triggers are controlled off-stage via MIDI. The BigSky and TimeLine are hooked up via MIDI, and I made presets for each song. When the next song is loaded up, the pedals sync up to the specific patches. It’s such a life-saver on stage because I make guitar changes on a lot of the songs due to the different tunings. I use Fenders and I am always manipulating the tone/volume controls and pickup positions. The Klon is on all the time, and I have the Strymons in the FX loop to give me the atmospherics I need.

What would be a top tip you would give to an aspiring songwriter?

Be constantly learning and be unique. Don’t be quick to filter your ideas. Trust your gut.

We would love to know if you’d be willing to share a preset you used on “Flipside” with BigSky.

For the verse part I used the first Cloud preset with the mix turned to 3 o’clock, with the tone rolled off on the neck pickup on a strat. For the choruses I just flipped down to the bridge pickup.

BIGSKY_Factory_Presets.inddLike Blake Stranathan’s “Flipside” Preset? Want to share some presets of your own?  Send us a tweet of your own Preset using #StrymonPreset for a chance to be featured on our blog!




This Week’s Preset: TimeLine – “Flange Delay”

Posted by Ethan

This Week's Preset - TimeLine DelayLet’s push TimeLine‘s Dual Delay machine to the edge and get some flange tones going on!  To get started, minimize the delay time by cranking it all the way back to 60ms. We can set the second delay to 1/8 of the original delay time, which would be 7.5ms.  We’ve set the second delay Mix and Repeats to track with the first, and set up everything in a Series configuration.

With these low delay times, we can turn up the repeats a bit, and crank up the modulation, and now you can really start to hear the flange take shape. Play with the Repeat level, Mix, Modulation speed and depth to tailor the intensity of the flanging sound to your liking. Enjoy!

Listen here:

Audio clip starts off with TimeLine bypassed. Effect is engaged at 0:04.

Preset details:

Knob settings and secondary parameters are shown below. Dial it up and give it a try.

This Week's Preset - Timeline - Flange Delay

Download the preset:

Using the Strymon Librarian? Download the preset and load it up into your TimeLine.

What do you think?

Let us know what you think in the comments. 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?




Pedalboard Feature: Mike Longworth

Posted by Angela

imageMike Longworth is a serious player who is a veteran of the L.A. rock scene. He’s the guitarist in the punk rock band Mest, and has performed and toured with Jessica Sanchez, Colton Dixon, Candace Glover, Kree Harrison, and Angie Miller—all winners and runners up of American Idol. He was a member of the band Prong for many years, and has even written a song on the band’s 2012 album Carved Into Stone.

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

The board and case were custom made by me. Since I use an effects loop, I have two paths going. The first path goes into the front of the amp and is the OB.1, and various tremolos, flange, and distortions. The second path is the Mobius and Timeline, and they go through the effects loop. I have it all wired into a single router that sends it out to the amp. It makes setup time very quick. And it keeps everything very neat.

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You have called your pedalboard “clean and quiet”. Can you expand on that?

I keep both paths in separate true bypass loops so they keep the signal quiet while I’m not using them. It also lets me select presets before I need them. When I’m ready for a group of effects I can just hit one button on the loop pedal and engage my effects. It keeps me from having to step on multiple pedals at the same time. I also send MIDI from the Timeline into a Voodoo Lab Control Switcher, and that changes the channel on my amp all with one button.

Can you elaborate a little more on building your own pedalboard?

It mainly started as a project. I’ve always been tempted to have an actual board filled with my favorite pedals, rather than one multi-effects unit (which I still use occasionally). It was about a 6 month process going through all my pedals. Space is limited, so I didn’t want everything on there. Once I got them all in order, I wanted the whole thing to be super quiet, so I added the true bypass loops. I had contacted a few places about wiring it up and the cost was quite high. I know how to solder and I know what cables to use, so I went for it. It worked! Maybe I should build boards?

Mest recently released the new album Not What you Expected! Can you share how your pedals played a part in this album?

I don’t usually use pedals while recording. I need to recreate those sounds live though and that’s where the pedals come in. For this record, I needed certain delays, choruses, trem, and on the song “Radio” I needed to make the guitar sound like it was coming through an AM radio. I actually was able to do all of this with the help of the Timeline and Mobius.

Mest and Kisses For Kings are more hard/punk, but you also play with Jessica Sanchez. Can you share how your pedals differ between the two genres?

I really don’t change much to be honest. My current board is pretty versatile in my opinion. It’s always evolving, but where I have it now, I can get pretty much any effect and sound I want. Because I use several multi-effects units, it saves some room and keeps me from tap dancing too much. For Mest, I let my amp do most of the work as far as clean and dirty. For Jessica Sanchez, I like to go into a cleaner sound as my main, and the OB.1 and other distortions act as a dirtier sound if I need them.

Do you have any advice for musicians getting into the punk scene nowadays, has much changed since back in the day?

The punk scene hasn’t changed much in my opinion. Besides the bands who broke into the mainstream in the early 2000’s, I still see the underground scene staying alive. There are now many different sub- genres of punk, but it’s still there surviving in the underground. The best advice I can give is to just play and don’t get discouraged by what people are saying is a dead music industry. There are always going to be bands playing live and fans going to see them. That is never going to end.




This Week’s Preset: A Delay That’s Not A Delay

Posted by Ethan

This Week's Preset - TimeLine DelaySo I wanted to come up with a sound that really pushes the boundaries of what TimeLine can do. Let’s create something that doesn’t even sound like a delay! The sound you get here is more like a weird modulated ambience that floats around your signal.

This sound utilizes the very versatile Filter machine. First, let’s crank the Time all the way down to 60ms. Now let’s turn the LFO Speed all the way to 32/1. Because the LFO is set so fast it doesn’t really matter which LFO you choose.  The goal here is to really remove the delay and turn it more into a wash of sound that occurs around your signal. Next I dialed in a small amount of filter and grit, and a good amount of modulation to really move the sound around.

Listen here:

Audio clip starts out with TimeLine bypassed. Effect is engaged at 0:05.

Preset details:

Here are the knob and parameter settings. Dial it up on your TimeLine and give it a try.

This Week's Preset - TimeLine Float Around

Download the preset:

Are you using the Strymon Librarian? Download the preset and load it up into your TimeLine.

What have you created?

Have any TimeLine presets that you’ve created that don’t sound like delays? Post your settings below, or hashtag them with #strymonpreset on Twitter or Facebook, and you might be featured on our blog.






 
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