Press and hold the FAV footswitch while powering up blueSky. Once both LEDs flash, release the footswitch.
Turn the MIX knob to select the function of the rear panel’s EXP/MIDI jack. The ON LED will change color to indicate the current status as you turn the knob.
Expression Pedal mode: GREEN (default) – Allows continuous control over any of the knobs in any direction with a standard TRS expression pedal.
Favorite mode: AMBER – Allows you to recall a Favorite setting using a Strymon MiniSwitch.
MIDI mode: BLUE – Allows for the selection of three presets using a Strymon MultiSwitch Plus. Full MIDI functionality is available by sending MIDI Program Change messages via 1/4″ TRS MIDI connection using a Strymon Conduit or MIDI EXP cable. Up to 300 presets are available via MIDI.
Press either footswitch to store the EXP/MIDI jack mode and begin using blueSky.
To begin using blueSky with an external MIDI device, connect the MIDI out jack from a pedal, controller, or computer interface to the EXP/MIDI jack on blueSky. The following devices can be used to send MIDI messages to blueSky:
Connect blueSky via USB to a USB host device (such as a computer) that sends MIDI
Configuring blueSky to Use 1/4″ TRS MIDI
Set the EXP/MIDI jack to MIDI Mode
Once you have connected blueSky to a MIDI source, you must set the EXP/MIDI jack to MIDI mode.
Press and hold the FAV footswitch while connecting power to the pedal.
When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the MIX knob clockwise until the ON LED turns BLUE.
Press either footswitch to store the EXP/MIDI jack assignment and begin using blueSky.
Set the MIDI Channel
Next, you will need to select a MIDI channel to communicate with blueSky. blueSky is set to MIDI channel 1 by default.
Press and hold the FAV footswitch while connecting power to the pedal.
When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the DECAY knob to set the MIDI channel. The FAVLED will change color as the MIDI Channel is changed:
GREEN – MIDI Channel 1 (default)
AMBER – MIDI Channel 2
RED – MIDI Channel 3
BLUE – MIDI Channels 4-16
This setting requires a 1/4″ TRS MIDI connection to set. Selecting this option will blink the FAV LED BLUE until the pedal receives a MIDI Program Change message. Once a MIDI PC message is received, the pedal will be set to the MIDI channel that the message was sent through and the LED will stop blinking.
ex. Send a MIDI Program Change message on MIDI Channel 5 to set blueSky to MIDI Channel 5.
Press either of thefootswitches to store the MIDI channel assignment and begin using blueSky.
If selecting MIDI Channel 4-16, blueSky will automatically save the setting and boot up once a MIDI Program Change message is received.
Set MIDI Output Mode
The MIDI Output mode must be set to determine what kind of MIDI data is sent out by blueSky. ***NOTE: If you are only sending MIDI data to blueSky or if you are using the Strymon MIDI EXP cable, the MIDI Output mode must be set to OFF.***
Press and hold down the FAV footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the LOW knob to select what kind of MIDI data is sent from blueSky to other MIDI devices. Both LEDs will flash momentarily to indicate status.
RED – OFF (default) – No MIDI messages are sent out of blueSky.
BLUE – THROUGH – Incoming MIDI messages are sent to the MIDI OUT without any additional MIDI messages generated by blueSky.
WHITE – SEND CC, PC, OTHER – MIDI CC PC, and Sysex messages generated by blueSky.
GREEN – SEND CC, OTHER – MIDI CC and Sysex messags generated by blueSky are sent to the MIDI OUT.
PURPLE – SEND PC, OTHER – MIDI PC and Sysex messages generated by blueSky are sent to the MIDI OUT.
AMBER – SEND OTHER – Sysex messages generated by blueSky are sent to the MIDI OUT.
MIDI Clock Sync
Once you have configured blueSky to communicate via MIDI, you can set the pedal to synchronize to incoming MIDI clock.
When blueSky is synced to MIDI clock, the echo repeats are synced to the incoming MIDI clock messages.
To set whether blueSky will respond to incoming MIDI clock:
Press and hold the ON footswitch. Once both LEDs flash, release the footswitch.
Set the position of the MOD switch to select whether blueSky will sync to incoming MIDI Clock messages. Both LEDs will momentarily change color to indicate the current status as you set the switch.
Set the switch down to deep for Off (default): both LEDs light RED – blueSky will not respond to MIDI Clock.
Set the switch up to off for On: both LEDs light BLUE – blueSky will respond to MIDI Clock.
Press either footswitch to store the MIDI Clock setting.
The MIDI Clock setting is saved per Favorite setting or MIDI preset.
Saving and Recalling Presets on blueSky with MIDI
Saving Presets via MIDI
***NOTE: Saved Favorite or MIDI presets on blueSky will store the settings of all the knobs and toggle switches on the pedal as well as the bypass state of the pedal.***
With the EXP/MIDI jack set to MIDI mode, the currently loaded settings can be saved to any of blueSky’s 300 preset locations at any time.
To enter Save mode, press and hold the FAV footswitch. The FAV LED will blink GREEN to indicate that blueSky is waiting to receive a MIDI Program Change message.
Send a MIDI Program Change message from your connected MIDI device to blueSky. The LED will stop flashing and blueSky will save the settings to the preset location that corresponds with the MIDI Program Change message it received.
To save the current state of the pedal to the currently loaded preset location, press and hold the FAV footswitch until the LED lights BLUE.
To recall presets on blueSky, send the pedal a MIDI Program Change message on the same MIDI channel the pedal is set to that corresponds to the desired preset you would like to recall.
blueSky contains 300 preset locations, numbered sequentially from 0-299. Because MIDI Program Change messages have a maximum number of 128 (0-127) the presets are grouped into three MIDI patch banks:
MIDI BANK 0 = PRESETS 0-127
MIDI BANK 1 = PRESETS 128-255
MIDI BANK 2 = PRESETS 256-299
MIDI Program Change #0: Favorite setting (accessible via connected MiniSwitch)
MIDI Program Change #1: MultiSwitch Plus – Footswitch 1
MIDI Program Change #2: MultiSwitch Plus – Footswitch 2
MIDI Program Change #3: MultiSwitch Plus – Footswitch 3
MIDI Program Change #127: Manual mode (“knobs”)
NOTE: Some MIDI applications and controllers start with MIDI Program Change #1 instead of 0. In these setups, increment the MIDI Program Change numbers above by one.
blueSky always powers up in MIDI Patch Bank 0, so if you plan to stay within the first 127 presets, simply send a standard MIDI Program Change message to load a preset.
If you will be using MIDI Banks 1 and/or 2, it is advisable to send a standard MIDI Bank Change message (MIDI CC# 0 with a value equal to the MIDI Bank#) before each MIDI Program Change.
Selecting bank 0, patch 127 will put blueSky into Manual mode. In this mode, the pedal will be set to the current knob and switch settings. No preset data can be stored at this preset location.
When in MIDI mode, the currently loaded settings can be saved to any of
blueSky’s 300 preset locations at any time.
To enter Save mode, press and hold the FAV footswitch. The FAV LED
will blink BLUE to indicate that blueSky is waiting to receive a MIDI
Program Change message.
To save the current state of the pedal to the currently loaded preset
location, press and hold the FAV footswitch until its LEDs lights BLUE.
Another way to save presets in MIDI mode:
To save the current state of the pedal to any preset location, send
the unit a MIDI Program Change on blueSky’s currently selected
MIDI channel. For example:
• Send MIDI Program Change #10 to save the preset to the corresponding memory location on the pedal.
• To recall this preset, send MIDI Program Change #10 from your
MIDI controller or sequencer
RJM switchers, when working with multiple MIDI devices, changing channels on the PBC sends program changes to all of your devices in order, so the first PC that is sent from your switcher will be the first MIDI channel built in to your switcher. Our pedals, when configuring to MIDI channels 4-16, will sync themselves to the channel of the first PC they see. Below are the necessary steps to properly set MIDI channels 4-16 with your RJM switcher:
– Hold 1 and 3 on the switcher to get into setup
– Select Edit Presets
– Select any preset
– Move to the Strymon pedal entry
– Set your Strymon pedal into MIDI CHANNEL MODE
– On the switcher, press Val – or Val +
– The Strymon pedal will flash to confirm that it has been sent a MIDI PC and is now configured
– Press Val – or Val + to correct the PC number you just changed
(because you just edited your preset)
– Press Exit repeatedly to get out of setup
No. Unfortunately it is not possible to add the new functionality to older blueSky, Flint, Lex, Deco, DIG, or El Capistan pedals. The electronic/mechanical designs are different and the hardware is not interchangeable.
Each of our Strymon digital effect pedals (excludes OB.1) have the ability to be used with mono or stereo connections. Here are 3 different connection setups you can use with these pedals.
Mono Input => Mono Output
For Compadre, Riverside, and Sunset: Connect a standard mono TS instrument cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to the OUTPUT of the pedal.
For blueSky and Ola: Connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT INPUT and LEFT OUTPUT for a mono connection.
For BigSky, Mobius, NightSky, TimeLine, and Volante: Connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT INPUT and LEFT OUTPUT for a mono connection. On the TimeLine and Mobius ONLY, make sure that the switch on the back of the pedal is set to STEREO IN/OUT.
For all other Strymon two footswitch Strymon pedals (including Iridium, Zelzah, and V2 pedals with mono/ stereo switch), connect a standard mono TS instrument cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to the LEFT OUTPUT of the pedal.
Mono Input => Stereo Output
For Mono INPUT and Stereo OUTPUT on our small 2 footswitch pedals: Connect a standard mono TS instrument cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to both the LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS of the pedal. (excludes Compadre, Riverside, and Sunset)
For blueSky and Ola: Connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT INPUT and a mono TS instrument cable to both the LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS for stereo output.
For BigSky, Mobius, NightSky, TimeLine, and Volante: Connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT INPUT and both LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS for stereo output. On the TimeLine and Mobius ONLY, make sure that the switch on the back of the pedal is set to STEREO IN/OUT.
Stereo Input => Stereo Output
For Stereo input and Stereo output on our small 2 footswitch pedals (except V2 pedals, Iridium, Zelzah, blueSky and Ola), you must first open up the pedal to move the internal jumper over the LEFT 2 pins to set the pedal for TRS Stereo input.
Once the pedal is set for TRS Stereo input, make sure to use a TRS Stereo cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to both the LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS of the pedal.
For blueSky and Ola: Connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT and RIGHT INPUTS along with both LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS for stereo input and output. The internal jumper on these pedals does not need to be adjusted to work in stereo and should be left in its default position (connecting the left 2 pins when viewed from below).
For BigSky, Mobius, NightSky, TimeLine, and Volante: Connect a mono TS instrument cable into the LEFT and RIGHT INPUTS along with both LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS for stereo input and output. On the TimeLine and Mobius ONLY, make sure that the switch on the back of the pedal is set to STEREO IN/OUT.
For V2 pedals, Iridium, and Zelzah: Using a TRS -> dual TS cable, connect the TRS stereo cable into the input of the pedal, and a mono TS instrument cable to both LEFT and RIGHT OUTPUTS of the pedal. You will need to flip the switch on the back panel of the pedal from MONO to STEREO to enable stereo input.
Strymon warranties its products and their varying components to be free from defects in material and workmanship for the following periods of time from the original date of purchase when purchased from an Authorized Strymon Dealer:
1 Year – BigSky, blueSky, Brigadier, Deco, DIG, El Capistan, Flint, Lex, Mobius, OB.1, Ola, Orbit, TimeLine
2 Years – AA.1, Magneto, StarLab
5 Years – Zuma, Zuma R300, Ojai, Ojai R30
1 Year – Factory power supplies for pedals
2 years – Conduit
1 Year – MiniSwitch, MultiSwitch Plus, original MultiSwitch, MIDI EXP Cables, DC Power Cables, EIAJ-05 Link Cables, 24V Power Adapter for Ojai/Ojai R30, Polarity Reversal Adapters, Voltage Doubler Adapters, Daisy-Chain Power Cables
If the product fails within the warranty period, Strymon will repair or, at our discretion, replace the product at no cost to the original purchaser.
This warranty covers defects in manufacturing discovered while using this product as recommended by Strymon. This warranty does not cover loss or theft, nor does the coverage extend to damage caused by misuse, abuse, unauthorized modification, improper storage, lightning, or natural disasters. Damage caused by any of the above circumstances may result in a non-warranty repair fee.
Products that were purchased from an unauthorized dealer are not covered under warranty. The warranty is non-transferrable and does not cover used or second-hand products.
Products purchased outside of your country (sales channel) have a warranty inside the country it was purchased ONLY and is not valid outside of the country it was purchased. Please contact your dealer for information on warranty and service outside of the USA and Canada.
Limits of Liability
In the case of malfunction, the purchaser’s sole recourse shall be repair or replacement, as described in the preceding paragraphs. Strymon will not be held liable to any party for damages that result from the failure of this product. Damages excluded include, but are not limited to, the following: lost profits, lost savings, damage to other equipment, and incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, or inability to use this product. In no event will Strymon be liable for more than the amount of the purchase price, not to exceed the current retail price of the product. Strymon disclaims any other warranties, express or implied. By using the product, the user accepts all terms herein.
How to Obtain Service Under this Warranty
For North American customers: Contact Strymon through our website at https://www.strymon.net/support for Return Authorization and information. Proof of original ownership may be required in the form of a purchase receipt.
For Customers Outside the USA and Canada: Contact the Strymon dealer from which the product was purchased from in order to arrange warranty repair service.
You can also contact Strymon directly at (805) 468-8788 or (800) 980-8160 for help finding your nearest authorized Strymon dealer.
Strymon products purchased from an authorized dealer are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. A purchase receipt from an authorized dealer is required with any request for warranty service.
Please note that any Strymon products that have been purchased from an unauthorized dealer are not eligible for coverage under the manufacturer’s warranty. If you are uncertain, please contact Strymon directly at (805) 468-8788 or (800) 980-8160 before your purchase.
***NOTE: Warranties for Strymon products are non-transferrable. Second-hand items, including sales from websites such as craigslist, Ebay, and Reverb are not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. ***
Your warranty is valid in the region of purchase. For example, if you buy your product in Japan, any service-related issues will need to be handled in Japan. Products purchased in the United States can only be repaired in the United States.