Strymon volante pedal brings tape echo a bit further.


Strymon shifts stereo multi-head delay focus to pedalboards with Volante Magnetic Echo Machine marvel


WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, USA: literally following in the footsteps of its first foray into the Eurorack small-format modular market with its Magneto Four Head dTape Echo & Looper module, shipping soon after a successful showcase at The 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, powerful processing effects developer Strymon is proud to announce its Volante Magnetic Echo Machine followup — focusing its innovative design on radically enhancing the sonic expressiveness of pedalboards as a stereo multi-head delay that also offers a looper and vintage spring reverb, with powerful sound-sculpting controls for limitless sonic possibilities — as of January 14…
As implied by the Magnetic Echo Machine legend boldly blazoned across an attractive, rugged, road-ready, yet functional front facia that should feel familiar to owners of Strymon’s similar-sized effect pedals such as the award-winningBigSky (multidimensional reverb) or TimeLine (multidimensional delay) — or, for that matter, its inspirational Magneto Four Head dTape Echo & Loopermodule with which it shares some controls and design DNA, Volante features magnetic drumtape, and (reel-to-reel) studio echo as a stereo multi-head delay that also offers a looper and vintage reverb. Reality dictated that Strymonrelentlessly studied and faithfully recreated every last magnetic delay system attribute to capture the nuance and complexity of classic tape and drum echo machines — from sought-after natural saturation and soft clipping of magnetic media when driven hard to hands-on, real-time controls for MECHANICS,WEARSPACING, and LOW CUTVolante instantly adds tons of vibe to any user’s sound.
Situated at the center of Volante’s control surface are four delay playback heads with individual playback and feedback controls — each head’s playback level can be set for full volume, half volume, or off, and each head can be switched in or out of the feedback circuit. Creatively, users can even switch heads into the feedback circuit that are not activated for playback, putting the creation of complex rhythmic patterns, as well as reverb-like atmospheric textures, at anyone’s fingertips.
Fortunately for fearless users, Volante not only delivers the warm, luscious delay signals that magnetic tape machines are known for, it is also capable of a high degree of saturation — simply turn up the REC LEVEL knob to increase the gain of Volante’s analog class-A JFET input preamp circuit, sending a hot signal with analog warmth to the record head for facilitating any amount of saturation.
Some classic tape echo machines included small integrated spring reverb tanks tuned to limited bandwidth. Strymon skilfully captured this vintage vibe forVolante by creating a spring reverb with a gorgeous, gentle character that stands up to scrutiny on its own while also enhancing delayed signals.
Some vintage multi-head tape echo machines’ heads were not evenly spaced, which created interesting sonic interactions when multiple heads were set to repeat. Volante far from disappoints on that score; spacing is continuously variable for the entire travel of the SPACING knob, morphing between the available eventriplet, golden, and silver settings — the latter two ratios respectively realising dense, non-overlapping echoes and non-overlapping echoes biased toward the quarter note.
Needless to say, Volante also allows users to set the pan of each head individually for spacious, multi-head stereo delays. By default, all heads are panned center, with Volante still creating a pleasing psychoacoustic stereo image.
Imaging notwithstanding, Volante really sings when pushed to extremes! All the richly evolving, super-spacey sonic textures imaginable are available by turning up its REPEATS knob. Intuitive and responsive hands-on control for sculpting the feedback is also at hand.
Handily, Volante’s SPEED switch selects the speed of the recording media, allowing users to run any of its three magnetic echo machines at halfnormal, or double speed; fidelity is higher at higher speeds, while lower speeds result in warmer repeats and more pronounced effects from mechanical and media irregularities introduced when turning up the MECHANICS knob.
By being designed from the ground up to radically enhance the sonic expressiveness of pedalboards, performance is clearly central to Volante’s raison d’être. Delayed psychedelic feedback sounds can be unleashed on command when working in Echo mode by pressing and holding the ONfootswitch to activate Infinite Repeats; regardless of the current REPEATSsetting, Volante will crank up echo regenerations for quick-building delay feedback — foot off of the switch results in Volante returning to the previous setting.
Speaking of performance, Volante can create dynamic loops that degrade and evolve. Change direction at the touch of a (reverse) footswitch. Press pause for a mechanical tape stop effect. Change the speed of the loop and simultaneously change the pitch in octave increments. Find an inspiring sound in Echo mode, and all echoes remain intact when engaging SOS (Sound On Sound). Once the loop has reached a perfect state of mutation, engage Infinite Repeats to stop further degradation, creating an infinite loop while disengaging the loop record head. While in Sound On Sound mode, pressing the ON footswitch results in the entire loop playing in reverse; users can continue recording new audio to layer with the reversed audio.
Armed with full MIDI control of every parameter, plus 300 preset locations,Volante is designed to be the center of sonic expressiveness for MIDI pedalboards. Put it this way: Volante transmits and receives MIDI over 5-pin DIN, USB, and even its EXP (expression) jack. Connecting an expression pedal opens up a whole new level of instantaneous, constant control; set as many knobs as desired for the heel and toe positions of the connected expression pedal and all settings simultaneously morph through the expression pedal’s full range. Remaining, briefly, outside of Volante itself, connecting Strymon’s simultaneously-announced MultiSwitch Plus accessory to Volante’s EXP jack adds additional footswitchable control; select between three presets, remote control of the SPEED switch, remote transport control, or further foot control while in Sound On Sound mode.
Continuing connectivity advancement, a dedicated INST (instrument)/LINEinput level switch ensures that Volante can comfortably work with a variety of input sources — switch to INS when using a guitar level input, LINE when usingVolante in the effects loop of a guitar amp or driving it with a hot output from a synth or mixer insert. Indeed, the LINE input is also perfect for using Volante as a send effect or insert effect in the studio.
Seriously flexible, then, the pedalboard sonic expressiveness-enhancing Volantereally rewards experimentation, yielding rich, hypnotic, and often unpredictable results — albeit always highly musical. Making room for one (or more) in a pedalboard or studio setup surely sounds like a perfect plan! 

Strymon is already accepting pre-orders for Volante via the Strymon Store (https://store.strymon.net/volante/)to American Samoa, Canada, Puerto Rico, United States, and United States Minor Outlying Islands for $399.00 USD (plus tax and shipping) or through its growing global network of authorized dealers (https://www.strymon.net/dealers/).
For more in-depth information, including informative video demonstrations, please visit the dedicated Volante webpage here:https://www.strymon.net/volante/

IK Multimedia iRig Stomp I/O… this pedal looks cool af

IK Multimedia. Musicians First.

NAMM 2018 – For immediate release

IK Multimedia announces iRig Stomp I/O – the ultimate
tone control rig, ready to rock, ready to record


Revolutionary USB pedalboard controller for Mac/PC and iOS with built-in high-definition audio and MIDI interface plus a massive software bundle

January 25, 2018 – IK Multimedia is proud to introduce iRig Stomp I/O, an all-new generation of USB pedalboard controller for live and studio use, featuring a built-in audio interface. It is expected to be available in March 2018 and is now open for pre-order. iRig Stomp I/O is a sturdy, portable pedalboard controller that has 4 built-in switches along with an expression pedal and features a professional high-definition audio interface with 24-bit audio and up to 96kHz sampling rate, a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input with phantom power, balanced stereo output and high quality ¼” headphone output ideal for use with the latest Apple® devices like the iPhone® X.

Ultimate tone
With its combination ¼”/XLR input, iRig Stomp I/O lets you easily record with a guitar, bass, synth, keyboard or microphone – including studio condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power using its 96kHz/24-bit audio interface on iPhone/iPad, Mac and PC. It has a Class A preamp with gain control and an output level control with VU metering for both input and output levels. The integrated ¼” headphone output allows for monitoring the signal during tracking or when practicing, while the balanced stereo output can be used to send the signal to an amplifier, a mixer, a PA or powered speakers.

At home in the studio or on stage
With its robust metal construction, iRig Stomp I/O features an onboard expression pedal with optical switch and four stomp switches allowing control over effects and presets for hands-free performance. The two ¼” control inputs can connect additional external pedals or switches. To further extend the control possibilities there is a MIDI input and output allowing the unit to operate as a stand-alone controller (even without a host device).

Plug and play
As an MFi certified audio interface, it is designed to work right out of the box with an iPhone or iPad using the included Lightning cable as well as with Mac® and PC via USB. It is the only floor controller to feature a convenient device bay, where you can safely position your iOS device – charging it during use – for an immediate and clear view of the interface along with other tablets like the Microsoft® Surface, taking advantage of the touch screen interface for speed and flexibility in creating and tweaking guitar tones.

Full suite of software included
With over $/€800 worth of IK software and apps, iRig Stomp I/O puts all the power of the world’s best sounding guitar amp, FX modeling and vocal processing software right at the feet of users with a collection of over 160 gear models for Mac/PC and 70 for iOS. Electric guitarists and bass players can unleash the full power of AmpliTube on Mac/PC as well as on iPhone and iPad, while acoustic guitarists can shape their tone with AmpliTube Acoustic for iOS and singers can get creative with VocaLive and Mic Room. The seamless integration with AmpliTube and VocaLive makes it as easy as plug-and-play to record on multiple devices using IK’s powerful, state-of-the-art, 64-bit software.

Plus, recordings can be taken to the next level on Mac and PC using four select processors from IK’s flagship T-RackS mixing and mastering suite (the White-2A, Black 76 and VC-670 compressors, and the EQP-1A equaliser, for authentic analog studio sound).

iRig Stomp I/O is designed to give electric and acoustic guitarists, bass players, vocalists, and songwriters a new way to have full control over their tone in any situation. Furthermore, iRig Stomp I/O offers the unique advantage of getting the same sound on stage as in the studio with a solution that is easily updatable as new software and features are released, making it a future-proof system.

Pricing and availability
iRig Stomp I/O is expected to ship in March 2018 and can be pre-ordered now from the IK Multimedia online store with free shipping and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for the remarkably affordable price of only $/€299.99*.

* All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit:
www.irigstomp.io

To see iRig Stomp I/O in action:
www.irigstomp.io/video

MST Expressor dual expression pedal interface for eurorack Modular

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The MST Expressor allows you to use expression pedals with your modular, taking a “hands-off” approach to expand your control and creativity. It has two identical powered expression pedal processing units in one handy module, allowing you to do things such as: Continue reading

Using Instrument Level gear with your Modular (LineAmp from Animodule)

The Animodule Line_Amp has been out for just a little while and its a very small (2hp) module but I am continually finding nice little tricks with this module.

The Line amp is essentially a dual buffered multiple BUT it has a switch on it that when turned on will boost any signal times 3. This is useful for taking line level signals and sending them up to the Modular world audio signal level range.

Additionally what I have discovered is that by sending an output from the LineAmp back to its second input you can boost even further and bring instrument level sources such as an electric guitar or rhodes piano up to Modular levels.

Check the Video out for more info on this great eurorack modular synthesizer module 🙂

Buy one here—  http://www.animodule.com/product/line_amp

 

Pittsburgh Modular makes modular effects pedals possible!

Pittsburgh Modular makes modular effects pedals dream come true at Musikmesse 2015
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PITTSBURGH, PA, USA: modern, fully-patchable, modular synthesizers and accessories manufacturer Pittsburgh Modular is proud to launch its Patch Box line of modular effects pedals — redefining both modular synthesis and the venerable stomp box by creating unique patchable effects units for guitarists and keyboardists — at Musikmesse 2015, January 15-18 in Frankfurt, Germany…

In a seismic shift in the definition of what a modular synthesizer can be, Pittsburgh Modular’s Patch Box redefines modular synthesis around the venerable stomp box by creating a monster performance device for guitarists and keyboardists alike — a patchable, modular system designed to handle anything. As a playground for unrestricted creativity, the Patch Box is a fully-patchable, customisable performance pedal enclosure. Its open architecture allows users to create unique effects unattainable with standard, fixed-signal path guitar effects. The Patch Box is not just another empty Eurorack case, however. Rather it can be packed to the gills with the functionality of (up to) five highly-tuned modules integrated into a heavy-duty steel enclosure that’s as road-ready as it is ready to use.
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To protect the tone of user instruments, thoughtfully the Patch Box features a true BYPASS and a unique preamp with extremely high headroom in addition to a pair of fully-buffered outputs. Custom-engineered soft-limiting circuitry built into the preamp adds character without unwanted noise at higher gain settings. Said preamp has dual, buffered outputs to allow for complex signal routing, but for patching a single modulation or audio source into two destinations, the patchable signal splitter is a perfect solution. Also known as a MULTIPLE, the signal splitter has one input and two outputs, allowing any signal to be routed to two destinations.
Dual, assignable expression pedal INPUTS allow the Patch Box to easily integrate third-party expression pedals anywhere into the signal path to allow for realtime foot control of any voltage-controllable parameter or split the signal from the foot controller to control two parameters at once. Dual, assignable A/B foot switches — SWITCH 1 and SWITCH 2 — expand signal routing options. Perfect for use as on/off switches or to flip between two signals, the foot switches can be patched up to enable/disable individual modules or route audio and control voltages. Try patching a modulation source, such as an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) or external expression pedal, through the foot switch to enable or disable the modulation while playing. Patch the outputs of two effects into one of the foot switches to bounce between effects. With two independent, patchable foot switches to play with, there are countless options for realtime signal routing. The last stage of the Patch Box signal path is a master OUTPUT level control. Adjust the output signal level to connect with a wide range of devices.

Fender Rhodes MK2 Stage 88 through Guitar rig 5, Vox AC4tv and pedals

This video I did to Demonstrate the sound of the Fender Rhodes through Various FX and pedals along with Guitar rig 5 using rig Kontrol 3 and a Vox AC4tv small watt tube amp running a Marshall MG100fx (as a cab)