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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 Mono input and Mono output on our small 2 footswitch pedals, just use a standard mono TS instrument cable into the INPUT and connect a mono TS instrument cable to the LEFT 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 the TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius, 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.
Mono Input => Stereo Output
For Mono input and Stereo output on our small 2 footswitch pedals, just use 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.
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 the TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius, 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 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. Please see the following FAQ for further information on this setup:
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 the TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius, 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.
***Please note that Stereo Input and Mono Output is NOT available on our pedals as they will NOT sum to mono when there is a connection to the RIGHT INPUT or RIGHT OUTPUT.
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.
There are two reset procedures available for BigSky, Mobius, and TimeLine. There is a FACTORY PRESET RESET and a GLOBAL SETTINGS 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.
Performing a Global Settings reset will change all the parameters in the GLOBLS menu back to factory settings.
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
We have tested the Moog EP-2/EP-3, Roland EV-5, Mission Engineering EP-1 and EP-25K, and they will all work with our pedals to varying degrees. (There may be others but we haven’t tested them yet.)
We recommend using expression pedals that have a minimum 25k ohm or higher potentiometer such as as the Moog EP-3 or Mission Engineering EP-25k.
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.
If you have a Strymon BigSky, Mobius, Riverside, Sunset, or TimeLine 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.
BigSky manual – pg. 23
Mobius manual – pg. 24
Riverside manual – pg. 18
TimeLine manual – pg. 25
Sunset manual – pg. 15
Here are several blogs we put together with information on controlling our pedals via MIDI:
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.
No. Although the TimeLine will accept MIDI beat and time clock from external devices, it will not send it out.
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.
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.
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.
A PDF of Mobius factory preset settings can be found here.
Mobius requires a power supply that provides 9VDC (center negative) at a minimum of 300mA.
For further information, please see our blog post on powering your effect pedals at the following link:
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.
All Strymon pedals sold within North America (except OB.1) include a 9VDC 660mA power supply. OB.1 includes a 9V battery.
We always work hard to improve the experience our customers have with our products. The release notes below list out new features we’ve added to Mobius and issues we’ve resolved.
Mobius Firmware Rev. 1.39 (Released March 2019):
MultiSwitch Plus Compatibility
Bypassed Preset Recall
Mobius Firmware Rev. 1.34 (Released November 2017):
TAP Switch MIDI CC Output
Mobius Firmware Rev. 1.15 (Released February 2015)
Firmware Rev. 1.08 (Released June 2013)
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.
Strymon Nixie is a preset editor and librarian software for BigSky, Mobius, and TimeLine. It is designed to make it easy for you to adjust the settings of your presets and organize them on your computer. It can also be used to update the firmware on these pedals. See the Strymon Nixie support page for downloads and instructions on using the software.
We also have our legacy preset manager software, Strymon Preset Librarian, available for backing up, organizing, and restoring the presets on these pedals. However, it does not function as a preset editor like Nixie. It is also helpful for updating pedals with older firmware (BigSky, 1.19, TimeLine 1.43, Mobius 1.08 and older). See the Strymon Preset Librarian support page for downloads and instructions on using the software.
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.
By default from the factory, the TimeLine and Mobius are set to work with Quarter note taps of the Tap switch to set your effect Time or Speed.
You can change the Tap Division of each preset on these pedals by changing the TAPDIV parameter in the PARAMS* menu of the pedal to the following options:
WHOLE – Whole note (Mobius only)
HALF – Half note (Mobius only)
QRTR – Quarter note
dotted – dotted 8th note
8Th – 8th note
TRPLET – 8th note triplets
16Th – 16th note
Once you have selected your new Tap Division for your preset, make sure to save the preset with this new setting.
*Press the Value encoder button momentarily to access the PARAMS menu.
Mobius is 6.75″ wide x 5.1″ deep.
Yes, they feature high-impedance inputs and accept up to +8dBu, instrument or line level.
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