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Strymon’s Class of 2021 — A Year of Firsts For Us

As another year winds to a close, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the new products we added to our growing lineup this year!

This was a busy year for us with a total of four launches and seven new products total, including our first ever limited edition pedals, as well as the first dedicated modulation pedal we’ve released in a long time. Let’s rewind and see what this year brought us!

Conduit MIDI HUB

The first launch of this year was something we’ve wanted to do for a while, and that was our own 1/4″ MIDI box! We wanted to take things a step further and deliver more than a simple DIN to 1/4″ interface, and Conduit ended up becoming a central hub that guitarists can use to connect their DIN and 1/4″ pedals together, regardless of what brand or configuration any of their MIDI pedals use. Its bi-directional 1/4″ jacks make it easy for pedals to communicate with each other and eliminate the need for separate in and out jacks when using these pedals with DIN MIDI pedals.

We also wanted to make this a solution for connecting to Nixie when using TimeLine, BigSky, or Mobius. All of this, we feel, makes Conduit an indispensable solution for anyone using MIDI with their pedals.

Learn more about Conduit here.

Zelzah Multidimensional Phaser

Zelzah is the first standalone modulation pedal from Strymon in a long time, and our answer to a request we’ve heard many times to deliver a phaser with all the sonic flexibility and features you’ve come to expect from us.

We decided that the only thing better than one great phaser is two of them, and even better than that are two phasers that can cover a variety of modulation tones — from phasing, to flanging, to lush chorusing, and more. With three different sweeps for the 4-stage phaser, as well as full MIDI control, Zelzah may just be the last modulation pedal you need.

Click here to learn more about Zelzah and hear it in action.

Sweetwater Exclusive Iridium IR

2021 was a year of firsts for us, including our first collaboration with an outside company. For this, we did a limited edition Iridium Amp & IR cab for our friends at Sweetwater. How cool does Iridium look with that silver finish?

Whether you get the silver edition or a black one, Iridium is a great solution for getting stellar tone when going direct, with all the responsiveness and feel you’d expect from a real tube amp.

This limited edition silver Iridium is still available through Sweetwater here.

StarLab Time-Warped Reverberator

While not our first Eurorack module (that would be Magneto!), StarLab was our first foray into Eurorack reverberation. Being the tinkerers that we are, this is no simple reverb — StarLab is capable of delivering everything from simple room ambience to immersive, nearly infinite decays. Pair that with a pre-delay section capable of delivering choruses, flanger effects, and modulated delays, and you get a mighty powerful module for your rack.

That’s not all — In addition to input signal processing, StarLab is a powerful Karplus-Strong string synthesis voice module that allows freely alternating bowing and plucking as well as dynamic string damping. This results in an astoundingly expressive and lifelike instrument with a unique voice all its own, which can be enhanced and expanded by the full range of StarLab’s reverb capabilities.

Click here to check out the rest of StarLab’s features and watch an in-depth walk-through with Strymon sound designer Pete Celi.

Midnight Edition Pedals

Our last release for this year (spoiler alert, maybe?) was the first limited edition finish we’ve ever done. After having so many requests for different colorways, specifically in black, we wanted to surprise you guys with a few of our favorite pedals, each finished in a sleek black and white finish as dark as the midnight sky, complete with black knobs and a blacked-out box.

The reaction to the Midnight Edition pedals took us by surprise, with Deco selling out within hours of launch, and BigSky and El Capistan selling out days after!

Don’t fret if you didn’t get a chance to get your hands on one, however, as they may still be available at a dealer near you. Use our dealer locator here to find the closest one.

In Conclusion

As always, we want to thank you all for your support this year, and in years past.

We couldn’t have done it without the hard-working team here at Strymon, our network of dedicated dealers, and most of all you — the person reading this!

We wish you and your family a happy holiday season, a happy new year, and all the best in 2022!

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2 Responses

  1. Aloha Strymon team,

    Do you have someone who can answer “Is it possible to [such-and-such] with my Strymon [item]” technical questions?
    I’d like to ask some (maybe weird) questions about using my Strymon pedal(s). For example:

    I have a Strymon BigSky, a NI S61 keyboard with the relevant NI software, a Scarlett Solo interface,
    and 2 different low-cost DAWs (Audacity [free] and Reaper [personal use]).
    My keyboard has MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, PEDAL A, PEDAL B, and a USB port that connects to my laptop
    (but it has no speaker, no headphone jack, and “no sound” of its own).

    QUESTIONS — How can I use my Strymon BigSky (or any other Strymon pedal) with my NI S61 keyboard?
    Also, would it be safe to connect a Scarlett line out (on the back of the unit) to an input (on the front of the unit),
    with the BigSky in between,
    or would that destroy my equipment, or cause some kind of infinite loop feedback problem?

    Thanks for any help,
    Strymon customer in Honolulu

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