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Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine Pedal

Spinning Drum, Reel-to-Reel and Tape Machine effects in the ultimate box of classic delay

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Product Description

Strymon sound designer Pete Celi described the Volante as an El Capistan on steroids. He’s spot on, as the Volante offers a ridiculously wide scope of delay and echo possibilities at the renowned level of Strymon studio quality.

The aim was to create a pedal that houses all three original methods of delay – tape, drum and a reel-to-reel machines. It certainly meets the criteria, and some. 

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Effect types

At first, the Volante might look daunting. There’s an overflowing number of parameters for a vintage effect, but each dial provides an extremely specific alteration to the sound you can clearly hear develop as you experiment with the pedal.

The Volante has three fundamental types of sound: drum, tape, and studio. Tape is a precise recreation of the classic analogue tape repeats. Drum is based on the spinning plate magnetic delay that utilises a wire to record. While Studio is based on the cleaner reel-to-reel studio units.

Playback and Feedback

One of the most striking and unusual features of the Volante is the Playback/Feedback selection. There are four heads that determine the entry point of the delay. You can select any combination to dramatically change the rhythmic pattern. The lower set of buttons control the feedback. You can get a dirtier, blended sound with these active. 

For example, selecting all four top buttons gives you a consistent delay effect as soon as you pick a string. Using the middle two creates a vintage sound emphasising the reverb. Or let the original note ring out before the delay enters, with just the last head on.

Hold the buttons down to select a lower level, similar to a bleed-in, or set each head to a different time to create a ping pong effect – there really are endless possibilities. 

Parameters

At your disposal are parameters such as Wear, which emulates the wear and tear on a real tape machine. Low Cut filters either the high or low frequencies, Mechanics is essentially the modulation and the Recording Level is the blend with the dry signal. It also uses a built-in spring reverb, with its strength controlled by the Spring dial.

The Repeats dial allows for infinite delay and feeds back beautifully with high Wear or Echo settings. The Spacing knob switches up the ratio of repeats – Silver and Golden allow repeats to merge together as time goes on, while Even and Triplet produce more straightforward timings. 

What makes the Volante brilliant is how the effect changes like the real tapes or spinning drums as you alter settings in real time. You can achieve off-kilter warbling and drastic pitch changes. Great for putting your own stamp on things in a recording environment. 

Utility

As with most Strymon pedals, the Volante has built-in tap tempo to select on the fly, as well as one preset slot and stereo output so you can use the versatile effect to its maximum capacity.

Expression pedal connectivity makes the Volante as good live as in the studio. While MIDI and USB compatibility means you can control the pedal on your PC if you’re after a clearer overview.

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Written by Cian Hodge

Customer Reviews

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31 reviews

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Mr Jon Smith3rd Jan 2023

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

Dr H24th Dec 2022

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer20th Nov 2022

Sounds amazing. Far better than expected. Intuitive to use and impossible not to create something interesting.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer3rd Oct 2022

Easy to understand and control. The sound quality is excellent too. I can dial in exactly what I want, yet there are extra features of interest too. Strikes a wonderful balance and delivers on tone!

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer24th Aug 2022

Amazing delay, most use I have ever gotten out of a single pedal, the looper is incredible as well.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Mark Law8th Jun 2022

Sounds great easy to use lots of variations and when used with two amps in stereo its magic in fact that's the only way i will use it don't know why i haven't had one before amazing pedal well done strymon

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Carl Hamilton28th Mar 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer10th Mar 2022

The best £375 I’ve ever spent - Seriously. A truly remarkable device. The level of design, functionally, capability and sound is quite frankly astounding and the interface is a breeze to navigate. The sounds out of the Volante are incredible. The Drum, Tape & Studio echoes are exceptional. I can’t honestly say I would choose to use the Volante’s spring reverb over my Surfybear, but then I know the Volante’s Spring isn’t trying to emulate an amp or tank reverb. The looper is excellent: the half-speed/double-speed, reverse playback and brake are a lot of fun and engender creative exploration. My very first test for all new pedals is to see if they add white noise or hiss at high volume levels. With a Princeton on 10, The Volante adds zero additional noise. Then, as if you couldn’t ask for more, Strymon give you Switchable Buffered or True Bypass (and make it easy to switch between, so you can hear the difference without having to unplug). Not all buffers are created equal and this one is great - it doesn’t ‘add’ anything - just restores sparkle. Also, I have to mention Strymon’s efficiency... had this Volante on pre-order and guess what... it arrived early! Who else manages that? No-one in my experience! Happy camper here.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer20th Jan 2022

Wow! There is so much good to say about this pedal but the best thing about it is its sound. The way you can alter the tone of the repeats using the mechanics and wear knobs means that it doesn't sound like your usual brittle digital delay. There are unlimited combinations of rhythms from the 4 heads rec/play buttons along with the ratio knob and the spring reverb sounds lush. Sound on sound is killer if you fancy a noodle!

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Daren Williams27th Sep 2021

A great addition to my pedals. Highly configurable with really interesting effects which are totally usable and sound great

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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