Before Strymon Pedals, tonal purists largely eschewed “digital pedals”. “They don’t break up the same,” and, “you can hear the 1s and 0s,” were common complaints among the cognoscenti. The first guitar pedals to silence the critics were the Blue Sky, and the even more feature-laden Big Sky. Reverb is a tough effect to chase, especially when you’re literally trying to simulate architecture. For those of us who don’t feel like hauling around giant sheets of metal, springs, and concert halls, these pedals offer high-definition simulations of every reverb imaginable, as well as settings that re-define the very possibilities of sound.
After exhausting the spectrum of reverb, you reach the realm of delay. The Timeline lets you pick, shape and combine profiles from the vast history of time-based effects. Dig in deep, and it truly earns its “multi-dimensional” title. There are settings in here that conjure parallel universes and alien worlds. For more modulation, check out the Mobius, which boasts an archive of interesting effects, or the Zelzah, which expertly expands the possibilities of a phaser.
Even when it comes to more traditional effects, Strymon pedals remains dominant. The Sunset Dual Overdrive uses an inspired cocktail of circuits to offer a wide range of timbres from bristling to smooth. The El Capistan Tape Echo captures the prohibitively expensive and delicate effect with uncanny accuracy. They even have an amp and cab simulator, the Iridium, that will allow you to bypass your tube amp completely. Playing “direct” never sounded so good. If you can dream it, Strymon can put it in a pedal.
Here at Midwood, we all sport a Strymon or two on our boards, and we’re fond of showing them off. What these pedals can do is unprecedented. Give us a call today, and let’s discuss how we can transport your tone into the 21st century.