How to Navigate and Save Presets on TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius - Strymon

How to Navigate and Save Presets on TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius

New to TimeLineBigSky, or Mobius? In our latest Gear Guide, learn how to navigate through and save presets on your pedal.

BigSky, TimeLine, and Mobius pedals

TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius have the ability to store multiple sound settings within their memory banks to use for your performances.  The sounds available on each of these pedals are stored in memory locations called presets arranged in a grid for easy access.

Preset Navigation

On our BigSky reverb, there are 100 numbered banks (00-99) with 3 presets per bank (A, B, and C).  There are 100 total factory presets (00A-33A) that are repeated 2 more times in the 300 available preset locations (33B-66B and 66C-99C).

On TimeLine and Mobius, there are 100 banks (00-99) with 2 presets per bank (A and B).  There are 100 total factory presets (00A-49B) that are repeated in the second half of the banks (50A-99B).

There are 2 ways to navigate through the presets with the pedal’s controls and footswitches.

  • One way is to turn the VALUE encoder when the preset name or BANK # is shown in the display to scroll up and down through the presets.
    • Note: Press the TYPE button to toggle between the Preset Name/Bank # or the TIME/DECAY/SPEED for setting for the current preset.

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  • You can also navigate through the presets using the footswitches of the pedal.  When you are in any particular bank # (Bank 00 for example), you can use the A, B, or C (BigSky) footswitches to recall the corresponding presets in that bank (00A, 00B, and 00C).

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  • If you would like to recall a preset in a different bank #, you can use the footswitches to access the other banks on the pedal.  Press the A+B footswitches together to bank down and press B+TAP/C to bank up.  For example, if you are currently on preset 00A and would like to recall preset 02B:
    • Press B+TAP/C two times to scroll up from bank 00 to bank 02.
    • Once on bank 02, press the B footswitch to recall preset 02B .

PresetNav3Saving Presets

As each of the preset locations has a setting already saved to it from the factory, you can modify any of the presets in any of the banks to create and save your own custom settings.  There are no designated ‘user’ locations as you can modify any of the existing presets on the pedal for your own sounds.

  • Once you have dialed in a sound you like for any particular preset, you can save this new setting in the same preset location by pressing and holding down the TYPE encoder button for a few seconds until the display shows ‘SAVE.’  Once the display shows ‘SAVE,’ you can release the TYPE button and press it once more to store this setting in the current preset location.

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You can also save your presets to a different location than where they were originally created or saved.

  • On the pedal, go through the SAVE procedure (press and hold down the TYPE button until the display shows SAVE), then turn the VALUE encoder to select the BANK number you would like to save to. Once you have scrolled to the desired Bank #, press the A or B footswitch to save the preset to the corresponding channel in this bank.

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On any of these pedals, if you save any settings in the first set of 100 presets, it will overwrite those settings, however, there is a copy of the factory presets in the higher preset locations should you need to reference them.

  • On BigSky, the 100 Factory Prestes found in 00A-33A are also copied 2 more times in presets 33B-66B, and 66C-99C.
  • On Timeline and Mobius, the 100 Factory Presets found in 00A-49B are also copied in presets 50A-99B.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at support@strymon.net and we’d be glad to personally help you out! 🙂

About hugo@strymon.net
Hugo is Strymon’s customer support manager and calm voice of reason. When his cats stop yelling at him for food, he spends his time driving through local canyon roads and running marathons. He also loves to noodle on guitar and play old Nintendo games.

13 Responses

  1. David Espinosa says:

    How about a single unit that combines TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius? Way less cables! My checkbook is ready!

  2. Andy says:

    Just bought my Big Sky about a month ago and am learning a lot each time I play it. However, my up/down functionality using the a+b and b+c switches doesn’t seem to be working as describe do here or as I’ve seen in several demos. It only ever kicks in between 00 and 01. The value nob spins between all banks from 0-99, but when trying to use the switches when I’m in a higher bank the banks down works occasionally while the bank up always resets to 01. So I’m reset to the beginning of the entire bank library. Am I missing something here?

    • Hugo says:

      @Andy – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble. It sounds like the BANK SC parameter in the GLOBLS menu of your BigSky is set to 1. Go into GLOBLS (press and hold the VALUE encoder button for a few seconds) and scroll through with the VALUE encoder until you come across ‘BANK SC’. Press VALUE once more and turn it to set this parameter to 99 so that you have access to all 100 banks on the pedal with the footswitches.

  3. Matt says:

    Hi, I understand how to limit the visible banks by BANK SC parameter. But it need to start on another number than 00. I there any way to do that? I have a few bands and in each of them a need to use another pack of banks. For example now a need only banks 05 – 09 to be visible. Thanks. Matt

    • Hugo says:

      @Matt – Thanks for supporting Strymon! 🙂 Unfortunately, the BANK SC parameter only starts at 0 to limit banks. I’ll pass along your feedback to the team for future consideration.

  4. Gary says:

    Hello there my big sky doesnt seem to work when connected to other pedals it works fine on its own but when i put it on my pedal board it just doesnt want to join in with my other pedals any ideas has what the problem is would be most greatful

    • Hugo says:

      @Gary – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble. Can you please provide further details on exactly what you are experiencing? Is there no audio output at all, or just no reverb? What are the other pedals in the chain? Which specific inputs and outputs are being used on the BigSky? Make sure that you use the LEFT IN and LEFT OUT first for mono connections. Which specific inputs and outputs are being used from the other pedals? Have you tried swapping out the audio cables being used? Please send us an email to support@strymon.net with these details and possibly a video of this behavior, your connections, and how everything is being powered when you get the chance.

  5. David says:

    Hello,

    My timeline doesn’t save any preset and the TYPE Knob just scrolls through the delay machines but when I push it doesn’t show me neither the time nor saving. Please help!

    • Hugo says:

      @David – Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your TimeLine. Some things that can cause this to happen are voltage or MIDI messages being sent through the EXP input or MIDI IN port of the pedal. Do you have any connections to these inputs on the TimeLine when this happens? If so, please remove these connections to see if the problem continues.

      Also, can you check to see if the encoder button works more reliably if you press it after removing the knob from the encoder. You can use an open pair of pliers wrapped in a soft cloth and use leverage to lift the knob up and away from the pedal off of the encoder. Check to see if there is any debris on or around the encoder that may be preventing it from being pressed in all the way or if the washer in the knob cap is not sitting flush in the knob to prevent the button from being pushed in all the way.

      Please check this when you get the chance and let me know if you continue to have trouble by sending us an email to support@strymon.net.

  6. Michael Lapp says:

    Hugo, there does not seem to be much praise on the site acknowledging the people who came together to build these unbelievable pedals. I for one have gained a brand new appreciation for my music as a direct result of these pedals. Keep up the good work..

    • Angela says:

      Thank you so much Michael for the beautiful message. Will definitely make everyone here have a smile 🙂

  7. David says:

    Hi, I’m sure this is just operator error/ignorance, but how would I assign my 3 favorite patches to the A, B, and C footswitches so that I can go back and forth between these 3 patches without having to bank up/down and search for them?

    Thanks!

    Great pedal.

    • Strymon Matt says:

      @David – You can use the final procedure described in the above blog to save your presets to one bank. Press and hold the TYPE encoder (while on the preset you want to save to a different location) until the display reads SAVE. Turn the VALUE encoder to find the bank you want to save in (SBANK00, for example), and then press the A, B, or C footswitch to save it to that location. You can do this for all three presets, saving them to A, B, and C. Then all 3 will be in that one bank.

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