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$379.00

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Deco

$379.00

Tape: The First Effect

Add warm dimensionality and luscious tape saturation to your signal. Teleport the tones of yesteryear to your board. Effortlessly create a huge range of beautiful, distinctive, and enveloping vintage sounds.

Our journey begins with the early recording studios of the ’50s and ’60s. The introduction of reel-to-reel tape machines and the creative engineers that used them brought on some of the fattest sounds imaginable. These early machines really were the first effects pedals — they just wouldn’t have fit on your pedalboard!

Strymon Deco On Tape Machine

Mid-Century Maverick.

From the inherent warmth and luscious tape saturation to the forgotten art of how these machines were manipulated, Deco brings this original inspiration back, giving you these vintage tape effects from the earliest recording studios, right on your pedalboard.

Deco’s Tape Saturation smooths out your sound with familiar and delicious tape compression and saturation, while fattening your tone with subtle tape-driven transparent overdrive.

The Doubletracker provides the power to shift your sound in many ways, easily allowing you to achieve syrupy slapback tape echoes, psychedelic tape flanging, and gorgeous tape chorusing sounds.

Classic Sound, New Features.

Our second generation Deco gives you the same gorgeous reel-to-reel tape sounds from our original, while adding several significant new features, incorporating technological advancements, hardware improvements and design enhancements to give you additional flexibility, power, and ease of use on stage and in the studio.

Strymon Deco USB-C Jack

MIDI

Full MIDI implementation means you can control just about every switch, knob, and setting remotely by sending MIDI commands from your controller or DAW via Deco’s EXP/MIDI jack or USB-C connection.

Lag Deck delay time can be synchronized via MIDI Clock Sync, and the sync setting can be saved for each preset.

300 MIDI preset locations are available for loading and saving your favorite settings.

New Tonal Options

We’ve added new controls for even more sonic flexibility.

Deco now comes with an all-new cassette tape voicing that employs an auto level control (ALC) process common to many high-end cassette tape recorders, resulting in a compressed, fat tone.

In addition, a new dedicated Tone knob lets you adjust the tone of the Tape Saturation exactly to your liking, from dark to bright.

Hardware Improvements

A premium analog JFET input circuit ensures superb responsiveness to your playing, and you can select mono or stereo input with the flick of a rear panel switch.

All this, plus a new ARM DSP chip provides more processing power for every sonic nuance, with less energy consumption on your pedalboard.

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Controls & Routing

Hover over the interactive dots to learn more about Deco’s knobs, switches, and inputs/outputs.

Tap on the interactive buttons (+) to learn more about Deco’s knobs, switches, and inputs/outputs.

Strymon Deco Top Down Shot

Adjusts the overall tone of the Tape Saturation, from dark to bright.

Used to access Low Trim Live Edit function.

Adds random modulation to the Lag Time setting.

Used to access Wide Stereo Mode Live Edit function.

Controls the output volume of the Tape Saturation.

Sets the relative mix level of the two tape decks. 12 o’clock is 50/50 mix.

Used to access Doubletracker Boost/Cut Live Edit function.

Sets the amount of tape drive, dynamic compression, and distortion.

Sets the delay offset between the two decks.

Used to access the Auto-Flange Time Live Edit function.

Adjusts phase and internal routing to tailor tonality and low-end response:

sum: decks are in phase

invert: lag deck is phase inverted

bounce: right lag deck is bounced to left input for stereo ping-pong or mono double-echo

Selects between two tape machine styles.

classic: produces the response and saturation characteristics of 2-track mastering reel to reel tape machines.

cassette: employs an auto level control (ALC) process common to many high-end cassette tape recorders, resulting in a compressed, fat tone.

Engages the Tape Saturation.

Engages the Doubletracker. Hold to engage the instant Auto-Flange feature.

Strymon Deco Rear Shot

High impedance, ultra low-noise, discrete Class A JFET preamp input.

TRS adapter cable required for stereo input signal.

Low impedance stereo audio signal output.

Use Out L for mono output.

Low impedance stereo audio signal output.

Use Out L and Out R for stereo output.

Multifunction communication jack for external control of Deco's features and functions.

Use a standard TRS expression pedal for continuous control over the knobs of the pedal.

See complete User Manual for details about configuring for MIDI communication or accessories such as Strymon Conduit, MultiSwitch Plus, and MiniSwitch.

Use the included power supply or an adapter with the following rating:

9VDC, center negative, 300mA minimum.

Computer connection for controlling via MIDI and firmware updates.

Selects input signal type.

MONO: Use with a mono input signal. Output is stereo.

STEREO: Use with a stereo input signal. Output is stereo.

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