Did you know that apart from being a great utility for adding control for 1/4″ TRS MIDI pedals to your rig, Conduit also works as a USB MIDI interface you can use to update your Strymon TimeLine, BigSky, or Mobius?
Today we’ll be showing you step-by-step how to use Conduit for updating your Strymon pedals, as well as some other fun uses for Conduit when used with your BigSky, TimeLine, or Mobius and a computer.
The updating steps vary depending on your pedal’s current firmware version, as well as your computer’s operating system, but we’ll cover two ways that will work to update your pedals across just about all firmware versions and operating systems.
Updating with Strymon Nixie
If you’re not already using Nixie, well, what are you waiting for? Nixie is a great resource for updating your Strymon pedals, backing up presets, and loading new presets to your pedals from other users or from our Strymon blog. Being the easiest and most common way to update the firmware, let’s go over this first.
To use Nixie, you must be using a computer running at least Windows 10 or Mac 10.11.1.
If you are using anything older, skip over to the Manual Update section for a way to update the pedals on older computers.
Your TimeLine, BigSky, and Mobius must also be using firmware revisions 1.84, 1.44, and 1.34, respectively. If on older firmware, also skip over to the Manual Update section for further instructions.
The firmware version for the pedals will be displayed in Nixie when you connect. If not using Nixie, you can use TEST mode for each pedal to see the current firmware version. Check out these links for instructions on checking the firmware version for your Timeline, BigSky, or Mobius.
Once you’ve installed Nixie, start by connecting the DIN MIDI OUT of your Conduit to the MIDI IN of the Strymon pedal you want to connect to Nixie. Make sure that the pedal you are connecting is powered up.
Make sure that whichever pedal you are connecting has MIDI PA and MIDI CT set to ON in the globals menu, and also set MIDI TH to MERGE.
Next, take another cable and connect the MIDI OUT of your connected pedal back to the DIN MIDI IN of Conduit.
Lastly, connect Conduit via its USB-C jack to your computer.
Once all these connections are made, open Nixie.
Nixie will automatically read and load up your pedal, and will show the current firmware version in the Device Details Window in the right hand side. If the pedal is not on the latest firmware, you will be prompted to update. It’s that easy!
You can also check for available firmware updates at any time by select Firmware Update from the Device menu. If multiple pedals are connected to Nixie, this will be the pedal with device focus.
NOTE: Clicking Firmware Update will erase all items from the History Pane for all currently connected pedals. An Auto Save for each pedal will be automatically created in the Preset Collections window. The Auto Save includes all changes that have not yet been written to the device, but will not include the undo history.
For those on older firmwares or operating systems, fear not! A manual update is a quick and easy way to update your pedal’s firmware to the latest version.
To perform a manual update, click the appropriate download link below for the specific pedal you are trying to update. Each download will come with instructions as well as the latest firmware files to update your pedal.
If you encounter problems with either of these methods for updating your pedal’s firmware, or you are having any issues at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]. We’re here to help!
Please be sure to let us know what operating system and version you are using, what firmware version the pedal you are trying to update is on, and any other specs you can provide.