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.
On the Rotary machine in the Mobius pedal, there are 2 speeds for the effect: Fast and Slow. The Fast speed is controlled by the SPEED knob, and the Slow speed is controlled by the SLOSPD parameter in the PARAMS menu (press VALUE to access PARAMS).
You can use the Mobius’ onboard TAP switch or an external TAP switch connected to the EXP input of the pedal to toggle between the Slow and Fast speeds. An expression pedal, however, will only control one of those parameters: the Fast speed which covers 255-510 bpm or the Slow speed which covers the brake (0 bpm) or 30.7 – 59.9 bpm. There is no way to control the full speed range for both Fast and Slow speeds for the Rotary machine as you can only use the TAP switch to toggle between the 2 speeds.
Chances are you have the switch on the back of the Mobius set to Pre/Post rather than Stereo.
If you are running a mono setup you’ll still need to have that switch set to its Stereo setting. The Pre/Post setting should only be used if you plan on inserting any effects into the loop of the Mobius.
Each effect machine within your BigSky, TimeLine, or Mobius have both COMMON and UNIQUE parameters. COMMON parameters are available on all effect types. UNIQUE parameters are specific to an effect type.
Here’s what happens when the TYPE encoder is turned:
New effect machine is loaded
COMMON parameters are loaded with settings from the current preset
UNIQUE parameters are loaded from background memory, using values from the last time that effect type was used
If you have a Strymon BigSky, Compadre, Iridium, Mobius, NightSky, Riverside, Sunset, TimeLine, or Volante pedal, you can use MIDI to control or access various parameters and features of the pedal with an external MIDI controller or another device that can send MIDI messages. Please keep in mind that although the MIDI protocol is universal, not all MIDI controllers operate in the same manner or have the same features. Please refer to your MIDI controller’s operation manual for information on how to program the device to only send the MIDI messages you want to your pedals.
For a listing of all the parameters and features you can access via MIDI on our pedals, please refer to the MIDI Specification page at the end of the manual.
The Strymon TAP Favorite switch is the perfect TAP tempo switch for TimeLine, Mobius, or Flint. Please visit the TAP Favorite Product Page on our website for more information.
If you’d prefer to go with another external TAP tempo switch, we can’t recommend a specific one for you but, as long as the switch is designed with a momentary, single pole, double throw (SPDT) type switch that switches the TIP between the SLEEVE (ground or 0VDC) to the RING (5VDC) it should work fine.
If you are unsure whether or not your TAP tempo switch provides these specs we kindly ask that you please contact the manufacturer of that switch for more information.
TimeLine and Mobius presets are arranged in 100 banks of 2 presets each for a total of 200 presets. MIDI access to these presets is available as MIDI program change messages. The presets are assigned a program change sequentially, for example:
Bank 00A – Send program change #0 to recall
Bank 00B – Send program change #1 to recall
*Please note some MIDI controllers do not start with 0 and start with 1 instead. With these controllers, MIDI PC# 1 will recall preset 00A.
Click on the link below to download the full reference chart.
To assign the parameter knobs, navigate to any common parameter in BigSky or Mobius, press and hold the VALUE encoder and turn the appropriate parameter button you are assigning to.
Once you have your PARAM 1 or PARAM 2 knobs assigned make sure to save your preset or your settings will be lost.
Please read this FAQ for instructions on how to save presets.
Yes, you can connect an external TAP switch to tap tempo remotely. Use a standard TRS cable to connect the external switch to the EXP input on TimeLine. Set the EXP MD global setting to TAP to use external tap.
There are two reset procedures available for BigSky, Mobius, and TimeLine. There is a FACTORY PRESET RESET and a GLOBAL SETTINGS reset.
FACTORY PRESET RESET
Performing a factory preset reset will erase all custom presets you have saved in your BigSky, TimeLine or Mobius. We only suggest you do this in the event you’d like to take your entire pedal’s presets back to the factory settings.
Power the BigSky, Mobius, or TimeLine on while pressing and holding the A and TAP footswitches (A and C for BigSky) at the same time.
The display will show REINIT, then, COMPLT when finished. It will remain in this state as long as it is powered.
Remove power from the pedal, then, re-connect the power to start using it again.
GLOBAL SETTINGS RESET
Performing a Global Settings reset will change all the parameters in the GLOBLS menu back to factory settings.
Power the BigSky, Mobius, or TimeLine on while pressing and holding down the TYPE encoder button.
The display will show REINIT, then, R CPLT when finished. It will remain in this state as long as it is powered.
Remove power from the pedal, then, re-connect the power to start using it again.
Using Mobius’ Pre/Post feature, you can place the effect before or after other effects or in front of and within the effects loop of your amplifier. Using the Pre/Post setup also automatically sets the Mobius’ output mode to buffered bypass. Please check out the Mobius Pre/Post Blog for further information on how to set this up.
The Rotary machine on Mobius does not have a MIX control feature.
The Rotary machine produces the sound of a rotating speaker system with independent high frequency horn and low-frequency drum components. This effect is much more harmonically complex than, say, a chorus effect. Mixing in dry signal produces unwanted phase cancellations and alters the integrity of the rotary effect.
For a mellower rotary experience, turn the Depth control down to move the ‘microphones’ away from the cabinet. Or you can use a splitter box to run the dry signal to a separate amp, which is sonically different than summing the dry signal with the effected signal and running into one amp.
The Filter machine on Mobius contains a WAH mode that can give you a great sounding WAH effect.
Follow these steps
Set your Mobius to accept an Expression pedal in the Globals menu.
Navigate to the Filter machine and access the Common parameters by pressing down on the VALUE encoder. Select WAH from the MODE menu.
Assign either PARAM 1 or PARAM 2 to control the F MID parameter. Please refer to this FAQ to see how to assign the PARAM 1 and PARAM 2 knobs.
Turn on and assign the Expression pedal to either PARAM 1 or PARAM 2 (depending on what knob you assigned in step 4) by navigating to the Common parameters in the Filter machine and first scrolling to EP and turning the expression pedal ON and then scrolling to EP SET. Once in EP SET select HEEL and turn the PARAM knob to your desired minimum position and then select TOE and turn the PARAM knob to the desired maximum position. Press the VALUE encoder to exit out of the EP SET menu and then press the TYPE encoder to exit out of the Common Parameters menu.
Set the Depth knob on the front of the Mobius to its minimum position so to not introduce any modulation in the wah sound when rocking the pedal to its toe down position.
Rock the pedal back and forth and you have a great sounding WAH.
*Make sure to save your preset or all expresion pedal assignments will be lost once you power down or navigate to another preset.
No. Mobius is a multidimensional modulation pedal with 12 unique and tweakable mod machines.
While there are several flanger, chorus, rotary, and tremolo sounds within Mobius, the feature sets and exact sounds between those and Orbit, Ola, Lex, and Flint are not identical.
Mobius offers most of the primary features and sonic sculpting capabilities as Flint, Orbit, Ola, and Lex and in most ways takes that even further by offering a huge palette of new and unique features. Some parameters from Flint, Orbit, Ola, and Lex did not make it into the Mobius.
The rotary machine does not offer bi-amp, cab filter, cab direction and hold for brake options. Those features are available on the Lex pedal exclusively.
The modulation machine on Mobius does not offer Ramp or Envelope modes but does offer five different types of chorus effect modes which is something Ola does not feature.
Mobius offers every feature found in the Orbit flanger pedal as well as the tremolo side of the Flint reverb and tremolo pedal.
Mobius requires 300mA of current, and the PP2+ only provides a maximum of 250mA on outlets 5 and 6.
While Mobius may work with a PP2+ on outlet 5 or 6, we can’t guarantee that it will work all of the time in that scenario, so we do not recommend it. You may choose to purchase Voodoo’s current doubler cable and utilize both outputs 5 and 6. This cable connects to two Pedal Power outputs and combines them to a single jack.
You may also choose to upgrade to a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Digital or 4×4 which offer several 9V DC high current outputs.
Yes, it is possible to update Mobius via MIDI sysex.
The current shipping firmware version is 1.34 (released November 2017). The update file, release notes, and instructions can be downloaded at the following link. Update instructions are included as a PDF with the download. 🙂
Firmware Rev. 1.34 (Released November 2017)
For a list of all firmware revision release notes, please click HERE.
To check the firmware version on your Mobius, power up while holding down the TAP footswitch. Turn the TYPE encoder until REVISN is displayed. Push the TYPE encoder, and the firmware version will be displayed.
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 or 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 > MIDI SETUP 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.
You can use the Strymon Preset Librarian software to update the firmware on your pedal to the latest version. Please check out the Strymon Firmware Update page for information on updating your Strymon pedal with the Librarian software.
Quick Start Guide
Device List – The Device List is the static representation of what is currently on the connected device. No changes can be made to the Device List. The Device List is populated after performing a FETCH function and all changes made to the Work List will be carried over to the Device List after a SYNC function is performed.
Work List – This is where you make all preset changes in the Strymon Librarian. After changes have been made, a SYNC action will send those changes to the Device List and connected Strymon hardware device.
Fetch – The FETCH button fetches all presets from your connected device and populates the list of presets in the Device List and Work List. This action needs to be done upon each fresh launch of the librarian software.
Sync – A SYNC action will send any changes made from the Work List over to the Device List and connected Strymon hardware. The SYNC button is only active when changes have been made to the Work List.
Open – Click the OPEN button to open and load up entire preset bundles into the Work List of the Strymon Librarian software. Any changes made to the preset bundle that may not have been synced to the device but have been saved before quitting will still be reflected in the preset bundle list.
Save All – The Save All button will save an entire 200 preset bundle list to any specified location on the computer.
Load One – Click the LOAD ONE button to load up individual presets into the Work List of the Strymon Librarian.
Rename – Allows the option to rename any highlighted preset in the Work List. Double clicking on any preset will also bring up the rename window.
Move – Allows the choice to move presets in two different ways:
Swap – Swaps two presets from their original preset locations.
Replace – Replaces or overwrites a preset with another specified preset.
Device Connected Image – Located at the bottom right hand side of the graphical interface. This confirms that the Strymon device is indeed connected to the Strymon Librarian software.
Settings – Click on the SETTINGS menu option to set up the MIDI hardware device you are using to connect the Strymon pedal to the Strymon Librarian software.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
And if you have any questions about managing your presets, please feel free to send us an email at [email protected]. 🙂
The latest release of the Strymon Librarian software makes it possible to update the firmware on TimeLine, BigSky, or Mobius directly within the application. Please visit strymon.net/update for information on how to update your pedal to the latest firmware version.
All of the inputs and outputs on our pedals use MONO TS unbalanced connections. You can use a TRS cable to plug into the inputs and outputs of the pedals, however, there is no benefit to using TRS balanced cable over a MONO TS instrument cable.
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.
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.
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