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Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine Effects Pedal

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Sounds From The Expanse

The Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine Effects Pedal creates instant retrofuturistic atmospheric soundscapes with evocative vintage delay tones. Activate your imagination with evolving ambient echoes and warm, organic feedback with just the right amount of grit. Sculpt your soundscape in real time as the Volante becomes an extension and expansion of your musical instrument. Infuse your pedalboard with stunning vintage vibes that resonate and inspire. Delivering truly exceptional sound quality and intuitive playability, the Volante is designed to radically enhance the sonic expressiveness of your pedalboard. Featuring magnetic drum echo, tape echo, and reel-to-reel studio echo, Volante is a stereo multi-head delay that also offers a Sound on Sound mode and a vintage spring reverb algorithm. Volante’s powerful sound-sculpting controls provide limitless sonic possibilities.

To capture the nuance and complexity of classic tape and drum echo machines, Strymon relentlessly studied and faithfully recreated every last magnetic delay system attribute. From the sought-after natural saturation and soft clipping of magnetic media when driven hard, to hands-on real-time controls for mechanics, wear, head-spacing, and low cut, the Volante instantly adds tons of vibe to your sound. At the centre of the Volante’s control surface are four delay playback heads with individual feedback, panning, and level controls—delivering unlimited creative options right at your fingertips. All of this range allows the creation of complex rhythmic patterns as well as reverb-like atmospheric textures.

In a typical digital effect the dry signal gets converted to digital, causing conversion noise and latency. Signals are often attenuated before combining digital dry and wet, with makeup gain amplifying the conversion noise. To avoid this, Strymon have equipped the Volante with a completely analogue dry path, featuring all-analogue, ultra-low noise, discrete, class-A stereo JFET preamps. The Volante is truly a studio-quality effect. Strymon have also outfitted the Volante with the incredibly powerful Analog Devices SHARC ADSP-21375 processor, which provides a 266 MHz core instruction rate, and an incredible 1.596 Gigaflops of peak performance. Thanks to this high-powered technology platform within Volante, Strymon had the freedom to craft their processor-intense echo algorithms without compromise.

At Riffs & Licks Music, we think the Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine Effects Pedal combines intense research and design with technological wizardry to bring you 3 incredible tape echoes, as well as sound on sound and spring reverb, in an easy to use format. If you like tape echo/delay (and don't like menu diving), you'll love the Strymon Volante.

Vintage Echo Machine Types (Contains Links to Strymon's Youtube Channel)

Drum Echo Warm, harmonically rich and saturated. Meticulously reproduces every sonic aspect of sought-after classic drum echoes (i.e. those with tubes in the input buffer, the signal mixer, the record and playback amplifiers, the tone shaping circuit, and the output mixing circuit). Dial in any possible sound from the full range of the best vintage drum echo units in conditions ranging from fresh-from-factory to road-worn classic.
Tape Echo Superbly crafted multi-head tape echoes. Includes the smooth tape saturation and the characteristic imperfections and nonlinearities inherent to the sound of those vintage machines. Mechanical alignment, head wear, and tape crinkles, splices, and contaminants are all accounted for. Allows for recreation of the irregular head spacing of some of the classic tape echo machines.
Studio Echo Pristine studio delay with the full-bodied warmth and fidelity of reel-to-reel tape. Meticulously reproduces every sonic aspect of '50s/60s-era professional-grade reel-to-reel machines, which in the hands of creative engineers, also doubled as some of the earliest studio effects, producing some of the fattest sounds imaginable. Cleanest of Volante's three echoes. Able to sustain the highest number of repeats with minimal degradation.
Bonus - Sound on Sound Create dynamic loops that degrade and evolve. Change loop direction at the touch of a footswitch. Press PAUSE for a mechanical tape stop effect. Change the speed of your loop and simultaneously change the pitch in octave increments. Find an inspiring sound in Echo Mode, and all your echoes remain intact when you engage Sound on Sound. When your loop has reached the perfect state of mutation, you can engage Infinite Repeats to minimize further loop degradation, creating an infinite loop while disengaging the loop record head.

 

Features

Individual Head Control Each head’s playback level can be set for full volume, half volume, or off. Independent of playback level, you can switch each head in or out of the feedback circuit. You can even switch heads into the feedback circuit that are not activated for playback. All of this control allows the creation of interesting and complex rhythmic patterns as well as unique atmospheric delay textures.
Tape Saturation Turn up the Record Level knob to increase the gain of Volante’s analogue class-A JFET input preamp circuit, sending a hot signal with analogue warmth to the record head for any amount of saturation you desire.
Spring Reverb The Volante, much like some classic tape echoes, includes a spring reverb. This reverb algorithm has a gorgeous, gentle character that stands on its own, in addition to enhancing delayed signals.
Presets Even without using MIDI, the Volante gives you instant access to eight presets. The playback/feedback buttons represent preset locations, and you can use the FAVORITE footswitch to recall from or save to any of those eight locations. Of course, if eight is not enough, MIDI gives you access to 300 preset locations!
Head Spacing Create interesting sonic interactions. Volante gives you a SPACING control that is adjustable between Even, Triplet, Golden Ratio (for dense, non-overlapping echoes) and Silver Ratio (for non-overlapping repeats biased toward the quarter note). The spacing between the heads is continuously variable for the entire travel of the SPACING knob, morphing between the available settings.
Stereo Panning Volante allows you to set the pan of each head individually for spacious multi-head stereo delays. By default, all heads are panned centre, with Volante still creating a pleasing psycho-acoustic stereo image.
Playable Feedback Volante really sings when pushed to extremes! When you turn up Volante’s REPEATS knob, you get all the richly evolving, super-spacey sonic textures you could dream of. You also get intuitive and responsive hands-on control for sculpting the feedback. Volante rewards experimentation, yielding rich, hypnotic, and often unpredictable – but highly musical results.
Speed Switch Volante’s SPEED switch selects the speed of the recording media and allows you to run any of Volante’s three magnetic echo machines at half, normal, 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.
Infinite Repeats Unleash classic psychedelic delay feedback sounds on command. While performing in Echo mode, press and hold the ON footswitch to activate Infinite Repeats, and regardless of your current REPEATS setting, Volante will crank up the echo regenerations for quickly-building delay feedback. When you take your foot off the switch, Volante returns to your previous settings.
Sound On Sound Create dynamic loops that degrade and evolve. Change loop direction at the touch of a footswitch. Press PAUSE for a mechanical tape stop effect. Change the speed of your loop and simultaneously change the pitch in octave increments. Find an inspiring sound in Echo Mode, and all your echoes remain intact when you engage Sound on Sound. When your loop has reached the perfect state of mutation, you can engage Infinite Repeats to minimize further loop degradation, creating an infinite loop while disengaging the loop record head.
Reverse In Sound on Sound mode, press the ON footswitch, and the entire loop length will play in reverse. You can continue recording new audio to layer with the reversed audio.
Pause The PAUSE footswitch is part of Volante’s faithful recreation of a variable speed magnetic echo unit, with mechanical slowdown when pausing and mechanical speedup when coming out of pause. The speed of this mechanical slowdown/startup effect is user-definable.
MIDI Control With full MIDI control of every parameter plus 300 preset locations, Volante is designed to be the centre of sonic expressiveness for your MIDI pedal board. Let Volante provide the inspiration, and the possibilities are as unlimited as your imagination. Volante transmits and receives MIDI over 5-pin DIN, USB, and even the Expression jack (via 1/4″ to MIDI cable)—perfect for your pedal board or in your studio.
Expression Connect an expression pedal and enjoy a whole new level of instantaneous, continuous control. Set as many knobs as you like for the heel position and toe position of your expression pedal, and all settings will simultaneously morph throughout the full range of the expression pedal.
Line Level Switch Volante offers an input level switch to work perfectly with a variety of input sources. Set the switch to the INST position when using a guitar level input. Set to LINE when using Volante in the effects loop of a guitar amp, or when driving Volante with a hot output from a synth or mixer insert. The LINE input mode is also perfect for using Volante as a send effect or insert effect in the studio.
MultiSwitch Plus Connect MultiSwitch Plus to Volante’s Expression Pedal jack for additional footswitchable control. Use MultiSwitch Plus to select between three presets, remote control of the SPEED switch, remote transport control, or for additional foot control while in Sound on Sound mode.

Specifications

Sound Design Multi-head magnetic media delay machine providing four playback heads with individual feedback, panning, and level controls
Processor-intense algorithms deliver meticulously nuanced recreations of vintage magnetic echo systems (drum echo, tape echo, studio reel-to-reel echo)
Dedicated control over echo machine tone and media: Low Cut, Mechanics, Wear
Input Record Level for clean reproduction to warm, fat saturation
Independent Spring Reverb
Sound on Sound looping mode (mono) with reverse, pause, splice, and infinite repeat functions
Ins & Outs High impedance stereo input
Stereo output
Input Level switch allows for both instrument and line level signals
On, Favorite, and Tap Tempo footswitches
Expression pedal input allows the connection of  an expression pedal, external tap pedal, 1/4″ to MIDI cable, or MultiSwitch Plus
Full featured MIDI in/out supporting MIDI CCs, program changes, and more
USB jack for controlling MIDI via computer
Audio Quality Analog dry path for a zero latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
Premium JFET analog front end
Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters provide uncompromising audio quality
Super high performance SHARC DSP
32-bit floating point processing
20Hz to 20kHz frequency response
Audio Input Impedance: 1M Ohm
Audio Output Impedance: 100 Ohm
Additional True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching) or selectable transparent Analog Buffered Bypass
Strong and lightweight anodized olive green aluminum chassis
9V DC power supply included
Power requirements: maximum 9 volts DC center-negative, with a minimum of 300mA of current
Dimensions: 114.3 mm deep x 177.3 mm wide x 44.5 mm tall
Designed and built in the USA

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SKU SN-VOLANTE
Barcode # 0852571008042
Brand Strymon
Shipping weight 1.0000kg
Shipping width 0.200m
Shipping height 0.150m
Shipping length 0.200m
Shipping cubic 0.006000000m3
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