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Strymon Sunset Dual Overdrive Pedal

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Chris James

The Strymon Riverside was an amazing success for Strymon so it's no surprise that they decided to expand the range with another drive pedal.

It's got all of the functions that you'd expect from Strymon including the ability to connect a Favourite switch to recall your best settings and an expression pedal input to control volume or to control different parts of the drive. This will allow you to explore new sonic territory with the drive sounds because you can increase gain or volume with the pedal.

In order to make the most versatile drive pedal possible, they studied 6 different circuit topologies and captured them on 2 different channels. You can switch through these with a mini toggle at the top of the pedal for each channel.

Channel A:

  • Germanium - The Ge overdrive combines the softer response of germanium diodes with a parallel path that blends in the dry signal as the Drive is lowered. At higher gains the lower-midrange frequencies are emphasized to create a tight, thick response. This overdrive really fattens up single coil pickups, and responds with a bold push when paired with humbuckers.
  • Texas - The Texas overdrive employs a single stage soft-clipper configuration that is filtered before and after the gain stage to create a smooth and dynamic overdrive. The original signal dynamics are retained as the gain is increased – perfect for playing the blues or just fattening up your sound with a signature midrange bump.
  • Treble (Boost circuit) - The Treble type is a treble booster that removes the low frequencies as the Tone knob is turned up – great for tightening up an overdriven amp, or driving another gain pedal that’s a bit looser on the low end. Turning the Tone knob down brings in the low end, making for a versatile all-around boost.

Channel B:

  • 2 Stage - The 2stage overdrive combines a soft-clipping stage followed by a hard-clipping stage, creating a complex overdrive with a wide range of gain. Its EQ structure preserves the low end while adding some muscle to push your amp. This overdrive can easily take you from lightly clipped to beefy saturation.
  • Hard - The Hard overdrive uses a single-stage hard-clipping circuit that has a ton of available gain, approaching fuzz territory with the Drive knob maxed. At lower gains, mildly clipped transparent tones are achieved with this versatile drive. The wide-ranging Tone knob lets you shape the top end from smooth to buzzy
  • JFET (Boost circuit) - The JFET type is a clean boost that subtly beefs up your signal with the dynamics and responsiveness created from the JFET front end. As you turn up the drive, the signal gets rounded and warmer. The is a great option when your amp just “needs a little extra.”

The best way to think of the sunset is as 2 separate drive pedals in one box. You can stack the drives or use them separately with loads of different outcomes. And with a small toggle right on the back of the pedal, you can switch the order that they go in like A>B or B>A or even run two circuits in parallel!

Each side has identical controls:

  • Level: This is the overall output volume and should generally be matched to the clean volume when the pedal is not engaged.
  • Drive: The drive control determines exactly how much distortion is put onto your signal.
  • Tone: This shapes the EQ of that particular drive and will go from dark to bright when turned clockwise.

Here's what Strymon say about the Sunset Overdrive

Two pedals at once

Sunset is really two customizable overdrive pedals, independently selectable and flexibly routable, designed and voiced for complementary tones when stacked. Six distinct circuits each feel and react differently in your hands, two at once, all in one convenient package. Push your amp any way you want, from transparent “more amp” to heavy saturated fuzz, and all the best places in between.

Holy Grail tone, minus the quest.
We are all familiar with the endless search for the ultimate overdrive pedal and the perfect tone. We did the critical listening and custom voicing to design each side of Sunset with just one tone knob, so you can quickly dial in the sound you want. The knob ranges for each circuit type are custom calibrated to provide maximal usable control. We applied the same design philosophy and care to the stacking options, ensuring each combination interacts optimally and sounds great, so a huge range of classic overdrive tones are instantly achievable.

Optimized stacking.
Sunset is really two customizable overdrive pedals, independently selectable and flexibly routable, designed and voiced for complementary tones when stacked. Six distinct circuits each feel and react differently in your hands, two at once, all in one convenient package. Push your amp any way you want, from transparent “more amp” to heavy saturated fuzz, and all the best places in between.

Since the time when overdrives were created to simply push an amp in order to achieve an overdriven sound even at sane volume levels, players have evolved to want more layered, multistage tonalities. Stacking gives you more flexibility and tone range on the floor. You can find an overdrive that sounds good on its own, then run it through a second drive to add new dimensions to your tone.

Sunset allows you to use any of its six overdrive circuits on their own, or route the Channel A drive circuit through Channel B, or Channel B through Channel A, or use two circuits in parallel. When stacking overdrive pedals, some combinations work especially well together. Sunset eliminates the guesswork. Routing options have been chosen deliberately to present the best-sounding combinations of drive circuits.

Digital or analog? We chose both.

Sunset’s input features an ultra low noise, discrete, class-A JFET circuit providing up to 20dB of pure analog gain. With our hybrid approach you get the best of both analog and digital worlds: The JFET stage provides exceptional touch sensitivity and dynamic interaction with your guitar, while the incredibly powerful SHARC DSP facilitates the great level of detailed complexity and responsiveness you’ll want to hear.

Channel A overdrive circuits

The Ge overdrive combines the softer response of germanium diodes with a parallel path that blends in the dry signal as the Drive is lowered.

At higher gains the lower-midrange frequencies are emphasized to create a tight, thick response. This overdrive really fattens up single coil pickups, and responds with a bold push when paired with humbuckers.

The Texas overdrive employs a single stage soft-clipper configuration that is filtered before and after the gain stage to create a smooth and dynamic overdrive. The original signal dynamics are retained as the gain is increased – perfect for playing the blues or just fattening up your sound with a signature midrange bump.

Channel B overdrive circuits

The 2stage overdrive combines a soft-clipping stage followed by a hard-clipping stage, creating a complex overdrive with a wide range of gain.

Its EQ structure preserves the low end while adding some muscle to push your amp. This overdrive can easily take you from lightly clipped to beefy saturation.

The Hard overdrive uses a single-stage hardclipping circuit that has a ton of available gain, approaching fuzz territory with the Drive knob maxed. At lower gains, mildly clipped transparent tones are achieved with this versatile drive. The wide-ranging Tone knob lets you shape the top end from smooth to buzzy.

Channel A Boost circuit

The Treble type is a treble booster that removes the low frequencies as the Tone knob is turned up – great for tightening up an overdriven amp, or driving another gain pedal that’s a bit looser on the low end. Turning the Tone knob down brings in the low end, making for a versatile allaround
boost.

Channel B boost circuit

The JFET type is a clean boost that subtly beefs up your signal with the dynamics and responsiveness created from the JFET front end.

As you turn up the drive, the signal gets rounded and warmer. The is a great option when your amp just “needs a little extra.”

Specifications

Sound Design

  • Six drive circuit topologies with custom tuned voicing for each drive type
  • Precision crafted drive circuits stackable in multiple combinations for a wide variety of complex, responsive tones.
  • Analog class A JFET input gain stage maximizes headroom while adding up to 20dB of pure analog gain
  • Drive and Tone control ranges optimized for each circuit topology
  • Series, reverse series, and parallel drive circuit stacking via Config switch
  • Bright switch to tailor the sound for use with all amplifiers from dark to bright
  • Optional variable-threshold noise reduction for taming noisy guitar pickups

Ins, Outs, Switches

  • High impedance mono input
  • Mono output
  • Favorite input to connect an external MiniSwitch to recall a Favorite preset
  • Expression pedal input allows the connection an expression pedal for simultaneous morphing control over multiple parameters (Expression mode), or logarithmic taper for smooth volume control (Volume mode)

Audio Quality

  • Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters provide uncompromising audio quality
  • Premium analog front end and output section
  • Super high performance SHARC DSP in a compact form factor
  • 32-bit floating point processing

More

  • True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching)
  • Selectable transparent Analog Buffered Bypass
  • Strong and lightweight anodized red aluminum chassis
  • 9V DC power supply included
  • Power requirements: maximum 9 volts DC center-negative, minimum 250mA of current
  • Dimensions: 4.5” deep x 4” wide x 1.75” tall (11.4 cm deep x 10.2 cm wide x 4.4 cm tall)
  • Designed and built in the USA

 

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