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Usage

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

  • The playback buttons are used to select which of the heads will be heard with each pass of the recording media.  Each of the heads have their own tap division relative to the quarter note delay time of head 4:
    • With SPACING set to even:
      • Head 1 – 16th note
      • Head 2 – 8th note
      • Head 3 – dotted 8th note
      • Head 4 – quarter note
    • With SPACING  set to triplet:
      • Head 1 – 16th note triplet
      • Head 2 – 8th note triplet
      • Head 3 – quarter note triplet
      • Head 4 – quarter note
    • With SPACING set to golden or silver, the heads provide dense, non-overlapping delay repeats that are not tied to a specific tap division except for head 4 which is a quarter note repeat.
  • The feedback buttons select which of the corresponding heads will feed back into the record head.
  • The TIME knob is used to set the delay time with head 4 as the quarter note head.  The delay time range is dependent on the SPEED switch setting.
    • half – 400ms – 4 seconds
    • normal – 200ms – 2 seconds
    • double – 100ms – 1 second
  • The REPEATS knob controls the feedback level of the delay repeats for the playback heads that have their corresponding feedback engaged.
  • The SPACING knob adjusts the distance between the playback heads. Turning the knob morphs the heads in between the marked settings.
  • The TAP footswitch sets quarter note delay time for playback 4. The TAP LED will flash to indicate the delay time in quarter notes.
    • Every 2 presses of the TAP footswitch will set the delay time in quarter notes.
    • TAP tempo range at playback 4 in all SPEED settings: 100ms – 2 seconds

Additional Setting Tips

  • For a single delay repeat for any of the heads, disengage all the feedback buttons, or turn the REPEATS knob to 0%
    • For multiple delay repeats, engage the feedback for one or more of the engaged playback heads and set the REPEATS knob as desired.
  • For a standard, single quarter note delay:
    • Engage playback and feedback 4 only.
  • For a single dotted 8th note delay:
    • Engage playback and feedback 3 only.
    • Set the SPACING knob to triplet.
  •  For an eighth note triplet delay:
    • Engage playback and feedback 2 only.
    • Set the SPACING knob to triplet.
  • When using the golden or silver ratio SPACING setting, engage the playback and feedback for 2 or more of the heads.
  • The shortest delay time is available from playback 1 with the SPACING knob set to triplet.  When set in this manner, the delay time at playback 1 is 1/6 of the delay time set with either the TIME knob or the TAP footswitch.
    • As the TAP tempo range at playback 4 in all SPEED settings is 50ms – 2 seconds, you can tap in a 100ms delay at head 4 with the TAP footswitch while in half speed, then, change the SPEED to double to get a 25ms delay at head 4.  This means you will get a ~4.1ms delay time at playback 1 with the SPACING knob set to triplet when set this way.

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.

Playback Buttons

When in standard operation, Volante has 4 playback heads, each of which can be enabled or disabled with their corresponding playback buttons.

  • Press Volante’s playback buttons to select which of the playback heads are active.  A GREEN (full volume) or AMBER (half volume) playback button indicates that the head is active.
    • To set a playback head to half volume, press and hold the playback button until it turns AMBER.
  • If you are looking for multiple delay repeats per delay cycle, engage 2 or more playback heads.

Feedback Buttons

Each playback head has a corresponding feedback button which determines if the signal from the head will fed back to the record head.

  • Press Volante’s feedback buttons to select which of the feedback heads are active (GREEN). 
    • If you want just a single delay repeat, engage any 1 of the playback heads with no feedback buttons engaged.
      • If you want that delay repeat to continue playing back, engage 1 of the feedback buttons and use the REPEATS knob to control the amount of the delay signal being 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 eventriplet, golden ratio, and silver ratio settings.

  • even: Head 1 – 16th note, Head 2 – 8th note, Head 3 – dotted 8th note, Head 4 – quarter note
  • triplet: Head 1 – 16th note triplet, Head 2 – 8th note triplet, Head 3 – quarter note triplets, Head 4 – quarter note
  • golden: Head spacing resulting in dense, non-overlapping repeats biased towards head 1.
  • silver:  Head spacing resulting in dense, non-overlapping repeats biased towards head 4.

 

Additional Tips

  • For a standard, quarter note delay, engage both playback and feedback 4 and set the SPACING knob to even.  Use the TIME knob or tap in a quarter note tempo with the TAP switch to set the delay time.
  • If you want eighth note triplet delay repeats, engage both playback and feedback 2 and set the SPACING knob to triplet.
  • For dense and atmospheric golden and silver ratio delay settings, engage 2 or more of playback heads 1-3 and at least 1 of the corresponding feedback buttons.
  • A playback head can be fed back to the input even if its playback button is disengaged.
  • Engaging multiple feedback buttons will help shape atmospheric and rhythmic delay repeats.

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.

  • Slower speeds yields lower fidelity delays and looper recordings.
    • At slower speeds, the sound of the delays is more susceptible to irregularities generated by a higher MECHANICS setting.
  • Faster speeds provides higher fidelity delays and looper recordings.
  • Volante offers a true varispeed system with pitch effects as the SPEED switch is toggled faster (higher pitch) or slower (lower pitch).
  • Changing the SPEED will also result in a proportional change to the delay time range of the TIME knob:
    • half: 400ms – 4s
    • normal: 200ms – 2s
    • double: 100ms – 1s
  • The maximum recording time for the Sound-on-Sound looper is also affected by the SPEED.
    • half – 64 seconds
    • normal – 32 seconds
    • double – 16 seconds

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.

  • Press FAVORITE to recall the currently selected Favorite setting which consists of all knob, switch, button settings, secondary functions, and expression control settings. (GREEN FAVORITE LED On)

To change the currently selected Favorite preset:

  • Press and hold to show the currently selected Favorite preset in the 8 playback/feedback LEDs.  The current Favorite preset will show as a RED LED while all other playback/feedback LEDs are off.
    • To select a new Favorite preset from the 8 available preset locations, press any one of the 8 playback/feedback buttons while holding down the FAVORITE footswitch.

To SAVE a new Favorite setting to any of the 8 on-board slots:

  • First, dial in the desired setting with all of the knobs, buttons, toggle switches, and secondary functions.
  • Press and hold the FAVORITE footswitch for a few seconds until the FAVORITE LED blinks BLUE.
    • Then, press any one of the 8 playback/feedback buttons to save to that preset location.
      • If using MIDI to recall presets, you can send a MIDI Program Change message to Volante while the FAVORITE LED blinks blue to save the preset to the location that corresponds with the MIDI Program Change message that is received.

 

Recalling Presets via MIDI

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 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

  • Before powering up, press and hold down the TAP footswitch.
  • While still holding down the TAP footswitch, plug in the power.  Continue holding down the TAP footswitch until until all the LED’s light up (except playback 4).
  • Release the footswitch and turn the ECHO LEVEL knob to any one of the 3 EXP modes:
    • Preset mode – BLUE TAP LED
    • Speed mode – PURPLE TAP LED
    • Transport mode – RED TAP LED
  • Press any of the footswitches to store this setting and begin using Volante.

How to Set the MIDI Channel

  • Before powering up, press and hold down the TAP footswitch.
  • While still holding down the TAP footswitch, plug in the power.  Continue holding down the TAP footswitch until until all the LED’s light up (except playback 4).
  • Release the footswitch and turn the REC LVL knob to select the desired MIDI Channel:
    • Channel 1 – GREEN ON LED
    • Channel 2 – AMBER ON LED
    • Channel 3 – RED ON LED
    • Channels 4-16 – Blinking BLUE ON LED
      • When setting to Channels 4-16, you must send a MIDI Program Change message on the desired MIDI Channel (4-16) that you would like to control Volante on while the ON LED is blinking BLUE.  Once the MIDI Program Change message is received, the MIDI Channel will be set and Volante will boot up for use.

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

  • half speed – 64 seconds
  • normal speed – 32 seconds
  • double speed – 16 seconds

Recording a Loop in SOS Mode

To start using the SOS looper, you must first put Volante into SOS looper mode.

  • Press and hold down the TAP footswitch to enter SOS looper mode (TAP LED OFF).

Recording a Loop

  • Press TAP at the same time you start your playing to start your recording, setting the ‘In’ splice. (TAP LED blinks AMBER)
  • Press TAP again at the end of playing your loop to set the ‘Out’ splice and immediately start playing back from the IN splice. (TAP LED lit solid AMBER)
  • Press TAP once more to erase the recorded loop (TAP LED OFF).
  • (Optional) Press and hold the ON footswitch for 1 second to engage the Infinite Hold to disable overdubs and prevent the loop from degrading with each pass. (ON LED will blink continuously)

*Note: Audio is always being recorded when in SOS looper mode, and if the TAP switch is never pressed, the loop will automatically start playing back at the end of the maximum loop length for the given SPEED switch setting.

 

Additional SOS Looper Functions

Infinite Hold – Disables the Record head and continuously plays the loop length audio without overdubs or audio degradation.

  • Press and hold the ON footswitch for 1 second to engage the Infinite Hold. (ON LED will blink continuously)
    • Or, when using an optional MultiSwitch+ connected to Volante’s EXP jack set to Transport Mode, press the C footswitch to engage the Infinite Hold.

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.

  • Momentarily press the ON footswitch to engage the REVERSE function. (ON LED RED)
    • Or, when using an optional MultiSwitch+ connected to Volante’s EXP jack set to Transport Mode, press the A footswitch to engage the REVERSE function.

 

PAUSE – Stops/Starts the playback of the recorded loop.

  • Momentarily press the FAVORITE footswitch to stop/start the playback of the loop.  (FAVORITE LED AMBER)
  • Press and hold down the FAVORITE footswitch to stop/start the playback of the loop with a mechanical slowdown/startup effect.  (FAVORITE LED AMBER)
    • The playback of the loop will start back up with a mechanical effect as soon as you release the FAVORITE footswitch.
    • The speed of the slowdown/startup effect can be adjusted by pressing and holding down FEEDBACK buttons 1 and 4 and turning the MECHANICS knob.  (LEFT = slower, RIGHT = faster)
      • Or, when using an optional MultiSwitch+ connected to Volante’s EXP jack set to Transport Mode, press the B footswitch to engage the latching mechanical PAUSE.

 

 

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.

 

Live Edit Functions

  • To access the Live Edit functions, press and hold down feedback buttons 1 and 4.
  • While holding down the buttons, turn the knob for the corresponding Live Edit Function:
    • SPRING Decay – Turn SPRING knob
      • Left = shorter decay, Right = longer decay
    • PAUSE with Mechanics Ramp Speed – Turn MECHANICS knob
      • Left = slower pause with mechanics, Right = faster pause with mechanics
    • SOS Looper Repeats Level – Turn REPEATS knob
      • Left = fewer looper repeats, Right = more looper repeats
      • Set to maximum for infinite looper playback.
    • SOS Looper Level – Turn ECHO LEVEL knob
      • Left = quieter looper playback, Right = louder looper playback
    • Respond to MIDI Clock – Turn REC LEVEL knob, status shown with ON LED.
      • Off = RED LED (default)
      • On = GREEN LED
    • MIDI Expression – Turn LOW CUT knob, status shown with ON LED.
      • Off = RED LED – Does not respond to MIDI Expression CC# 100 (default)
      • On = GREEN LED – Responds to MIDI Expression CC# 100

Additional Settings

  • Head Playback Level – Press and hold down the desired head’s playback button for 1 second to select half volume for that head.  (playback button will turn AMBER)
    • Press and hold down the same playback button for 1 second to return back to full volume.  (playback button will turn back to GREEN)
  • Head Panning – Press and hold the desired head’s feedback button and turn the TIME knob to set the panning.
    • FAVORITE LED will illuminate RED when panning is centered.
    • When using only the LEFT OUTPUT, the delay output is set to mono.

There are several Power Up Functions on Volante that control various global parameters.  All Power Up Function settings will persist through power cycles.

  • To access the Power Up Functions:
    • Before powering up,  press and hold the TAP footswitch, then, plug in the power to the pedal.
    • After a few seconds, all the LED’s (except playback 4) will light up.  You can release the footswitch.

While in this state, the buttons and knobs correspond to the different Power Up Functions:

  • Bypass mode
    • Press the feedback 1  button, status shown on button LED
      • True Bypass – GREEN (default)
      • Buffered Bypass – RED
  • Persist – Repeats in the delay buffer will persist when the pedal is bypassed.
    • Press the feedback 2 button, status shown on button LED
      • Persist On – GREEN
      • Persist Off – RED (default)
  • Output Sum – Sum the output signal to mono.  Use LEFT OUT for summed mono signal.
    • Press the feedback 3 button, status shown on button LED.
      • Stereo output – GREEN (default)
      • Sum output – RED
  • Kill Dry – Mute the dry signal when Volante is both bypassed and engaged.
    • Press the feedback 4 button, status shown on button LED.
      • Kill Dry On – GREEN (dry signal is NOT present)
      • Kill Dry Off – RED (dry signal IS present, default)
  • MIDI CC Out – Sends MIDI CC messages to the MIDI outputs when a corresponding knob, button, or switch is used on the pedal.
    • Press the playback 1 button, status shown on button LED.
      • Send MIDI CC On – GREEN
      • Send MIDI CC Off – RED (default)
  • MIDI Program Change Out – Sends MIDI Program Change messages to the MIDI outputs when selecting a Favorite preset.
    • Press the playback 2 button, status shown on button LED.
      • Send MIDI Program Change On – GREEN
      • Send MIDI Program Change Off – RED
  • DIN MIDI OUT mode – Determines what type of MIDI data is sent by the MIDI OUT port.
    • Press the playback 3 button – status shown on button LED
      • Out – GREEN (default), only messages generated by Volante’s controls are sent to the MIDI OUT port.
      • Through – RED, MIDI messages received at Volante’s MIDI IN are echoed to the MIDI OUT port without adding MIDI messages generated by the controls.

 

Factory Reset – Resets all presets, power up functions, and secondary parameters to factory settings.

  • To access the Factory Reset:
    • Before powering up,  press and hold the ON footswitch, then, plug in the power to the pedal.
    • After a few seconds, the 8 playback (GREEN) and feedback (AMBER) LEDs will light up and the ON footswitch will be blinking RED.  You can release the footswitch.

While in this state:

  • Sweep the TIME knob from 0% to 100% twice.
  • Status shown on FAVORITE LED with it lighting up at the 0% (AMBER) and 100% (RED) extremes.
  • When the reset is initiated, all 3 footswitch LEDs will be blinking RED.
  • When the footswitches stop blinking, the pedal will power cycle and start up as normal.
Specs

Volante’s TYPE switch selects between 3 available magnetic recording media types:

  • drum – Steel wire spinning platter. Atmospheric echoes emphasize the low-mid frequencies and will saturate with hot signals or high feedback.
  • tape – Magnetic tape used in vintage echo machines.  Warm tape response with moderately clean and airy signal path.
  • studio  – Clean studio grade tape used in reel-to-reel units.

On Volante, the delay time range is dependent on the setting of the SPEED switch:

  • half – 400ms – 4 seconds
  • normal – 200ms – 2 seconds
  • double – 100ms – 1 second

The maximum record time for the Sound-on-Sound looper is also dependent on the SPEED switch setting:

  • half – 64 seconds
  • normal – 32 seconds
  • double – 16 seconds

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

  • At power up, press and hold the ON footswitch while plugging in the power to Volante.  The 8 playback/feedback buttons will light up GREEN and AMBER, and the ON LED will be blinking RED.
  • Release the footswitch and turn the TIME knob from 0-100% two (2) times.
  • The FAVORITE footswitch LED will light up to AMBER at 0% and RED at 100%, and finally all three footswitch LED’s will blink RED to indicate that the reset is taking place.
  • Once the the LEDs stop blinking RED, the reset is complete and Volante is ready for use.
Power

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:

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

 

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:

Zuma and Ojai - High Current DC Pedal Power Supplies

Warranty

Strymon Non-Transferrable Limited Warranty

 

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 – 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, MultiSwitchPlus, 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.

 

Exclusions

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 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 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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