Sunset support

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You can connect an external MiniSwitch to Sunset’s FAV Input to save and recall a single Favorite preset setting that provides access to another set of sounds for both A and B channels. This provides you with A, B, and A+B sounds for your non-Favorite setting, and a separate set of A, B, and A+B sounds for your Favorite setting to get 6 different sounds.  On Sunset, the bypass state of each side (A and B) will also be stored in the Favorite preset.

  • First, connect an external MiniSwitch to the FAV Input on Sunset with a TRS stereo cable.
  • Then, dial in the settings you would like to store as your favorite preset with the knobs and switches of the pedal.
    • The Favorite preset will also save the bypass state of each side of Sunset along with the setting of the NOISE REDUCTION so you can have independent noise gates for both the Favorite and manual settings of the pedal.
  • Once you have the pedal set the way you like, press and hold down the A footswitch for about 3 seconds to store the setting.
  • Your Favorite setting will be stored for all future power ups until you save a new Favorite following the steps above.

Sunset has an optional, variable-threshold noise reduction feature to tame hum, buzz, and system noise when you’re not playing.  To use the noise reduction:

  • Press and hold the B footswitch for a few seconds until the LED blinks.
  • Release the B footswitch and turn the A channel LEVEL knob past the 12 o’clock position to engage the Noise Reduction.  The A channel LED will change from GREEN to AMBER at the 12 o’clock position to indicate the Noise Reduction has been engaged.­
    • Turning the A channel LEVEL knob past 12 o’clock increases the Noise Reduction threshold for louder and noisier setups. The A channel LED will change from AMBER to RED to indicate the increased Noise Reduction threshold level.
  • Press the A or B channel footswitches to store the new Noise Reduction setting to the Sunset.

NOTE: The Noise Reduction setting can be saved independently for the Favorite preset and manual settings on Sunset.  To do this, set the Noise Reduction level before saving your Favorite preset.  Once your Favorite preset has been saved, change the Noise Reduction setting to work with your manual setting.

You can control the overall output volume of Sunset with a connected expression pedal by setting the pedal to Volume Mode.  In this mode, the expression pedal will control the volume with a logarithmic audio taper for smooth control over the output signal.

  • First, connect your expression pedal to the EXP jack on Sunset with a TRS cable.
  • To set the EXP jack to operate in Volume mode, press and hold the A channel footswitch at power up while plugging in the power to Sunset. Both the A and B channel LEDs will start blinking.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the B channel LEVEL knob to the 12 o’clock position.
  • Press the ON or FAVORITE footswitches to store this setting and use Sunset.

In Volume mode, the A and B channel LEVEL knob sets the highest volume level for the TOE down position of the expression pedal.  Also, the highest TOE down position of the expression pedal will correspond to the setting that the A and B channel LEVEL knob was saved to for the Favorite setting.

NOTE:  A connected expression pedal will still control the volume output even when Riverside is bypassed if the pedal is set to buffered bypass mode.

You can use a TRS expression pedal to control as many of Sunset’s knobs as you like, in any direction, throughout their range.

  • First, connect your expression pedal to the EXP jack on Sunset with a TRS cable.
  • At power up, press and hold the A channel footswitch while plugging in the power to Sunset and both the A and B channel LEDs will blink.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the B channel LEVEL knob to the LEFT of the knob range so that the ON LED lights up GREEN.
  • Press the A or B channel footswitches to store this setting and use Sunset.

To assign which knobs to control with the expression pedal:

  • Once Sunset is powered up, press and hold down both A and B channel footswitches for a few seconds until both LEDs begin blinking green.
  • Rock the expression pedal back to the HEEL down position and only the A channel LED will be blinking.
    • Set the knobs the way you would like them to be in the HEEL down position of the expression pedal. The B channel LED will turn red to indicate that the setting has been adjusted.
  • Rock the expression pedal forward to the TOE down position and only the B channel LED will be blinking.
    • Set the knobs you would like to control to the setting for the TOE down position of the expression pedal. The B channel LED will turn red to indicate that the setting has been adjusted.
  • Press the A or B channel footswitches once to save the expression settings.

NOTE: Expression pedal settings are global and will affect both the Favorite preset and manual settings on Sunset.

Sunset can be set to operate in either True Bypass (electro-mechanical relay) or Buffered Bypass modes.

Setting Sunset to buffered bypass mode preserves the high frequency response of your guitar signal through your pedal chain and long cable runs.  You can also use the Volume pedal mode even if Sunset is bypassed when set to Buffered Bypass mode.

  • At power up, press and hold the B channel footswitch while plugging in the power to Sunset.  Both the A and B channel LEDs will blink.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the B channel LEVEL knob to the LEFT (GREEN LED) for True Bypass or turn the knob to the RIGHT (RED LED) for Buffered Bypass.
  • Once the Bypass mode has been set, press the A or B channel footswitches to save this setting and begin using Sunset.

The Bypass mode is saved for all future power-ups until it is changed again following the same steps.

Sunset’s BRIGHT switch tailors the highest frequencies of the pedal’s output signal for connecting to a wide variety of amplifiers with different tone characteristics.

  • The minus (-) position provides a smooth top end to Sunset’s output.
  • The center provides a balanced sound with most setups.
  • Try using the plus (+) position to cut through with a warm amp/speaker setup.

***In order to control Sunset with MIDI, it must have firmware version 1.20 or later.  An easy way to check if your Sunset is running version 1.20 or newer firmware is to try setting the MIDI Expression functionality.

  • When Sunset is already powered up, press and hold down the footswitch until the LEDs begin to blink.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the B side DRIVE knob back and forth.
  • If you are running version 1.0 firmware, the color of the B LED will NOT change when you turn the DRIVE knob.

To update Sunset, please download the Strymon Update software.

MIDI Connections to Sunset

To begin using Sunset with an external MIDI device, connect the MIDI out jack from a pedal, controller, or computer interface to the EXP jack on Sunset. The following devices can be used to send MIDI messages to Sunset:

  • Strymon MIDI EXP cable (link)
  • Compatible 5-pin MIDI to 1⁄4” MIDI Interface:
    • Disaster Area Designs – DPC Gen 3 Series, DMC Gen 3 Series, MIDIBox
    • Empress Effects – MIDIbox2


Configuring Sunset to Use MIDI

Set EXP jack to MIDI Mode

Once you have connected Sunset to a MIDI source, you must set the EXP jack to MIDI mode.

  • Press and hold the A footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
  • When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the LEVEL knob on the B side until the B LED turns BLUE.
  • Press either footswitch to store the EXP jack assignment.

Set MIDI Channel

Next, you will need to select a MIDI channel to communicate with Sunset.  Sunset is set to MIDI channel 1 by default.

  • Press and hold the B footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
  • When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the LEVEL knob on the side to set the MIDI channel.  The LED will change color as the MIDI Channel is changed.
    • GREEN – MIDI Channel 1
    • AMBER – MIDI Channel 2
    • RED – MIDI Channel 3
    • Blue – MIDI Channels 4-16
      • This setting requires a 1/4″ MIDI connection to set.  Once the LED turns BLUE, it will blink 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.


Set MIDI Output Mode

The MIDI Output mode must be set to determine what kind of MIDI data is sent out by Sunset.  ***NOTEIf you are only sending MIDI data to Sunset or if you are using the Strymon MIDI EXP cable, the MIDI Output mode must be set to OFF.***

  • Press and hold the A footswitch while connecting the pedal to power.
  • When the LEDs stop blinking, release the footswitch and turn the TONE knob on the A side to select what kind of MIDI data is sent from Sunset to other MIDI devices.  Both LEDs will flash  a color momentarily as the mode is changed.
    • GREEN – ON – Using Sunset’s knobs and switches generates MIDI messages that are sent out of Sunset.
    • AMBERTHROUGH – Incoming MIDI messages are sent out of Sunset without any additional MIDI messages generated by Sunset.
    • REDOFF (default) – No MIDI messages are sent out of Sunset.


Saving and Recalling Presets on Sunset with MIDI

Saving Presets

When set to MIDI mode, the currently loaded settings can be saved to any of Sunset’s 300 preset locations at any time.

  • To enter SAVE mode, press and hold the A footswitch.  The LED will start blinking BLUE.
  • Send a MIDI Program Change message from your connected MIDI device to Sunset.  The LED will stop flashing and Sunset will save the settings to that preset location.
    • To save a preset to the currently loaded preset location, simply press the footswitch once again while the LED is flashing.

Recalling  Presets

  • To recall presets on Sunset, send the pedal a MIDI Program Change message on the same channel the pedal is set to that corresponds to the desired preset you would like to recall.

Sunset 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

Sunset 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 Sunset 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.

On our pedals equipped with a 1/4″ TRS MIDI connection (Riverside and Sunset), the MIDI data is received by the pedals from the TIP of this connection.  When MIDI OUT or THROUGH is enabled on these pedals, the MIDI data is sent out of the pedal from the RING of the TRS connection.


The following lists a few examples of pedals that use a particular overdrive architecture. It is important to remember that the final sound produced by a pedal is highly dependent on the individual design choices affecting signal level and frequency response throughout any circuit type, as well as the specifics of the clipping section including op-amp and diode types and specific implementation. That’s why you will find some very different sounding pedals in the same circuit category. Sunset is our own take on these classic configurations.

Ge – The Ge type’s dual path architecture is a newer classic, being brought into existence by Bill Finnegan with the introduction of the Klon Centaur. A host of excellent sounding ‘Klones’ have followed, creating a category of overdrive in its own right.

texas – The soft clipper is probably the most ubiquitous of overdrive types. The classic example is the Ibanez Tube Screamer, starting with the original TS-808. Boss followed with the SD-1 a couple years later. Modern examples of soft clippers include the Xotic Effects BB Preamp and RC Boost, Wampler Paisley Drive, the Timmy by Paul C, and many other great sounding pedals.

treble – Our Treble type uses the same basis a the JFET type, while allowing for a reduction in bass frequencies to tighten up and drive another pedal or higher gain amp tone.

2stage – The configuration is a favorite with the DIY crowd, where some designs use a switch to select either soft or hard clipping. Some current examples include favorites like the Barber Direct Drive, Wampler Ecstasy/Euphoria, and the Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive. The vintage DOD FX53 Classic Tube pedal is also on this list.

hard – The hard clipper is often found in higher gain pedals that may be considered distortion pedals. Some classic examples include the ProCo Rat, the Boss DS-1, and the MXR Distortion+.

JFET – The JFET architecture is found in the preamp section of the Echoplex EP-3 Tape Delay, and has spawned numerous preamp/boost pedals that capture the warmth and fullness of its mild gain and clipping characteristics.

You can restore all of the modes and functions on Sunset back to factory settings by performing a Factory Reset.

  • At power up, press and hold the B channel footswitch while plugging in the power to Sunset.  Both the A and B channel LEDs will blink.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the A channel DRIVE knob from 0-100% two (2) times.
  • The A channel LED will change to AMBER at the extremes of the knob range and finally blink RED to indicate that the reset is taking place.
  • Once the A channel LED stops blinking RED, the reset is complete and Sunset is ready for use.
  • EXP Input Jack:  Assigned to work in VOLUME PEDAL mode.
  • Expression Pedal Mode Assignment:  Assigned to control both A and B channel DRIVE knobs.
  • Noise Reduction:  OFF
  • Bypass Mode: True Bypass

These settings can be restored manually or by performing a factory reset.


All Strymon pedals sold within North America (except OB.1) include a 9VDC 660mA power supply. OB.1 includes a 9V battery.

We recommend a power supply that provides 9VDC (center negative) at a minimum of 250mA.

Do not subject your Strymon pedal to any voltage above 9V. Doing so will damage your pedal and void your warranty.

For further information, please see our blog post on powering your effect pedals at the following link:

Gear Guide: Using the Right Power Supply for your Strymon Pedal


We don’t recommend using daisy chain power supplies. Ground loops are commonly caused when using a daisy chain power cable to power multiple pedals. This creates a ground loop between every pedal in the daisy chain. Ground loops allow stray magnetic fields to introduce hum into your signal path.

If the only type of effect you use is distortion you may not have (or hear) the ill effects. But, if you have modulation and delay pedals the likelihood of ground loops wreaking havoc on your signal is high.

If you don’t plan on using the included power adapter, we recommend an isolated power supply. An isolated supply works by using a transformer (or multiple transformers) to keep every power outlet completely electrically isolated. We offer two fully-isolated, high current DC power supplies, Ojai and Zuma. Click below for more info:

Zuma and Ojai - High Current DC Pedal Power Supplies


To update the firmware on Riverside and Sunset, you will need a micro-USB cable to connect your pedal to a USB port on a computer.  The micro-USB port is located inside the chassis of the pedal by removing the bottom plate.  Once the bottom plate is removed, the micro-USB port is found on the left side of the pedal.

Once your pedal is connected to your computer and powered up with a power supply, you will need to download and install the Strymon Update software to perform the update on your pedal.

Strymon Update v1.75 Download



System Requirements

Mac 10.14 or higher
Windows 10 or higher


Using Strymon Update

With the Strymon Update software installed on your computer, run the application with your powered pedal connected to your computer via USB.  The Strymon Update software will automatically detect your connected pedal and show you the currently installed firmware version.

  • Click the ‘Check for Updates’ button for the software to check if there is an update available for your device.
  • If an update is available, click on the ‘Install Update’ button to perform the update.
  • Once completed, the ‘installed version’ will match the ‘latest available’ to show that your device is up to date.
  • Disconnect the pedal from your computer and power source to re-install the bottom cover.
  • Your pedal is now ready for use.

Check out the video below for additional help on performing the update:

We always work hard to improve the experience our customers have with our products. The release notes below list the changes and new features we’ve added to Sunset.  Download the Strymon Update software to update the firmware on your Sunset pedal.


Current Release

Sunset Firmware REV v 1.23 (Release August 2018)

What’s new?

  • Added MIDI mode to the EXP jack power-up procedure for full MIDI implementation via the 1/4″ TRS EXP jack with access to 300 presets via MIDI Program Change messages and full parameter control via MIDI CC messages.
  • Added Expression pedal mode and Volume pedal mode options to the FAV jack power-up procedure.
  • Added MIDI Expression ON/OFF secondary parameter to the Live Edit options to determine which presets will respond to MIDI Expression CC# 100.

Strymon Non-Transferrable Limited Warranty



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:

  • Effects Pedals
    • 2 Years – Compadre, Iridium, NightSky, Riverside, Sunset, Volante,
    • 1 Year – BigSky, blueSky, Brigadier, Deco, DIG, El Capistan, Flint, Lex, Mobius, OB.1, Ola, Orbit, TimeLine
  • Eurorack Modules
    • 2 Years – AA.1, Magneto
  • Power Supplies
    • 5 Years – Zuma, Zuma R300, Ojai, Ojai R30
    • 1 Year – Factory power supplies for pedals
  • Accessories
    • 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.


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 for Return Authorization and information. Proof of original ownership may be required in the form of a purchase receipt.

For International Customers: Contact the Strymon dealer from which the product was purchased from in order to arrange warranty repair service.

To locate your nearest authorized Strymon dealer, please use the following link:

Authorized Strymon Dealers

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.  Furthermore, there are no authorized dealers on Amazon, Ebay, or Reverb selling “NEW” Strymon products in the USA.***


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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