Seriously. Strymon. Seriously. It was a few months ago I was blown away by a BlueSky demo. Seems odd to be blown away by a reverb demo, but it really impressed me. After receiving the BlueSky, I was impressed even further. Strymon is a company doing fantastic things with pedals. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Strymon. Stop now. Click here, then come back. Those of you too lazy to click, I’ll explain more here.
Strymon takes all the good things about digital and analog stompboxes and puts them together. Instead of using a DSP (digital signal processing) chip to do a million tones and effects (ala multi processor unit), Strymon focuses on a specific effect and go into crazy detail. They wrap that up with good footswitches and standard pots to dial things the way you want.
For a while now, I’ve been hearing great things about the BlueSky (first hand knowledge.. this thing is great) and the El Capistan tape echo. But, the other day, I saw this video on the TimeLine, which they’re calling it a ‘Inspriation machine’. And after what I saw, I believe it.
Here is the official description of this pedal:
When we decided to create a studio-class stereo delay effects pedal, we knew we must go well beyond what has been done in the past—in sound quality, sonic flexibility, hardware design, and processing power. We spent months locked up in the Strymon sound design labs with an intense focus on dreaming up the most spacious, lush, creative, and tweakable delay effects ever heard. It was a monumental task—a relentless study of delays and their nuances, and a continuous pursuit of innovative and musically inspirational sounds. Utilizing a ridiculously powerful SHARC DSP, every drop of processing power is harnessed. Each algorithm is so detailed it requires the entire processor.
TimeLine provides you with twelve different delay machines, each with extensive control over sonic character and feel. Tweak to your hearts content and save up to 200 presets of your favorite sounds. Go from crisp and clear, studio-quality digital delays all the way to the saturated and fluctuating sounds of tape delay machines. Get warm and fuzzy analog style repeats all the way to shimmery, sparkling, and crystalline ice delays. Top it all off with full MIDI implementation and a routable, 30-second stereo looper and you’re on your way to delay bliss.
This pedal is only available as Pre-Order, but I’ve been hearing a few people owning it. So I would assume it’s available very soon. The price tag is up there, but for what it does, I think it’s not too bad at $449.00.
Okay.. enough talk, check this video out by strymon:
Let me know what you think by commenting! There are a few more vids out there, but wanted to start with this one first.