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Volante is a stereo multi-head delay featuring magnetic drum echo, tape echo, and reel-to-reel studio echo that also offers a sound-on-sound looper and vintage spring reverb.
Volante is a multi-head delay machine with 4 playback heads and a single record head. The delay time is determined by a combination of two factors: the distance between the record and playback heads, and the speed of the media. The distance is determined by the TIME knob. The SPEED switch selects the speed of the media.
Delay Time Components
Volante has 4 playback and 4 feedback buttons that are used to select which of the playback heads are active which will be feeding back to the record head.
When in standard operation, Volante has 4 playback heads, each of which can be enabled or disabled with their corresponding playback buttons.
Each playback head has a corresponding feedback button which determines if the signal from the head will fed back to the record head.
The SPACING knob is used to adjust the spacing between the playback heads. Turning the knob morphs the heads between the noted even, triplet, golden ratio, and silver ratio settings.
Here are some examples to help with using the playback and feedback buttons (with the SPACING knob set to even):
Volante’s SPEED switch controls the recording and playback speed of the recording medium which affects the fidelity and mechanical response of the selected TYPE.
There are 8 on-board presets accessible with Volante’s controls. The currently selected Favorite preset can be instantly recalled by pressing the FAVORITE footswitch while in delay mode.
To change the currently selected Favorite preset:
To SAVE a new Favorite setting to any of the 8 on-board slots:
If you are controlling Volante via MIDI, you have access to 300 presets available via MIDI Program Change through either the 5-pin DIN MIDI IN port, the USB-mini port, or through the EXP jack set to PRESET, SPEED, or TRANSPORT mode. These 3 power-up modes for the EXP jack will all accept MIDI Program Change messages to recall presets on Volante on the MIDI Channel that the pedal is set to.
How to Set the EXP Jack to Accept 1/4″ MIDI
How to Set the MIDI Channel
Additional MIDI Control Information
Volante 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
Volante 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 message.
Selecting bank 0, presets 0-7 will correspond to the 8 on-board Favorite presets accessible via the FAVORITE footswitch and the 8 playback/feedback buttons. Also when in bank 0, patch 127 will put Volante into Manual mode. In this mode, the pedal will be set to the current knob, button, and switch settings. No preset data can be stored at this preset location.
With Volante’s Sound-on-Sound (SOS) looper, you can record audio loops of up to 64 seconds depending on the setting of the SPEED switch. Higher SPEED settings result in higher fidelity recordings, while lower SPEED settings yield lower fidelity recordings. All audio received at the input(s) along with any delay repeats in the audio buffer can be recorded to Volante’s looper.
SOS Recording Time
To start using the SOS looper, you must first put Volante into SOS looper mode.
Recording a Loop
Infinite Hold – Disables the Record head and continuously plays the loop length audio without overdubs or audio degradation.
Once you have spliced out, your loop will immediately play back from the ‘In’ splice point. The record head will still be active so anything you play at this point will also overdub on top of the loop playing back. Also, the audio of the loop will degrade with each full pass. You can engage the Infinite Hold to disable overdubs and prevent the loop from degrading.
REVERSE – Reverses the playback direction of the recorded loop from the moment the function is engaged.
PAUSE – Stops/Starts the playback of the recorded loop.
On Volante, there are several additional controls and functions that are available in addition to the primary hardware controls on the pedal. *Note: Each of these parameters are saved independently in each preset.
There are several Power Up Functions on Volante that control various global parameters. All Power Up Function settings will persist through power cycles.
While in this state, the buttons and knobs correspond to the different Power Up Functions:
Factory Reset – Resets all presets, power up functions, and secondary parameters to factory settings.
While in this state:
The MECHANICS knob provides modulation and additional media contaminants affects each of the 3 delay types a little differently from each other:
Note: Adjusting the SPEED switch also affects the speed of the modulation.
On Volante, you can synchronize the delay repeats to MIDI clock that is received from any of the MIDI inputs:
To set Volante to respond to MIDI clock:
Volante’s TYPE switch selects between 3 available magnetic recording media types:
On Volante, the delay time range is dependent on the setting of the SPEED switch:
The maximum record time for the Sound-on-Sound looper is also dependent on the SPEED switch setting:
You can restore all of the modes and functions on Volante back to factory settings by performing a Factory Reset.
We recommend a power supply that provides 9VDC (center negative) at a minimum of 300mA, center-negative polarity.
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:
All Strymon pedals sold within North America (except OB.1) include a 9VDC 660mA power supply. OB.1 includes a 9V battery.
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:
To update the firmware on your Volante to the latest firmware version, download and install our Strymon Update software below:
Strymon Update v1.51 Download
Mac 10.14 or higher
Windows 10 or higher
Once you have downloaded and installed Strymon Update:
We always work hard to improve the experience our customers have with our products. The release notes below list the new features we’ve added to Volante and issues we’ve resolved. Download the Strymon Update software to update the firmware on your Volante.
Volante Firmware REV v1.11 (Released February 2019)
Volante Firmware REV v1.10 (Released February 2019)
If you run into trouble while updating your device with Strymon Update, you may see some text in the software or behavior on your device that may be different than normal.
There are 2 parts to the firmware update: the USER and DSP firmware. When you first connect a Magneto module with the original factory firmware, the ‘installed version’ will show as ‘1.00’. If the update is interrupted on your device, and only one part of the update is installed, the ‘installed version’ may show something different. For example, if the USER code is updated, but the DSP code is still the original factory version it may show ‘D114-U042’ showing that the two parts of the firmware are out of sync. If this happens:
If you have trouble during a firmware update, you may see one or more LED’s on the unit blinking white. This indicates that the device is in ‘Update Mode’ and is waiting to perform the update. The Strymon Update software will recognize your device as ‘strymon_recover’ while in this mode. You have 2 options to recover your device back to normal functionality:
If you continue to have trouble, please contact Strymon support by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with full details on the problem, which device you are using, your computer system and connections, and any error messages you have received.
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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.
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