If you’re a guitarist who’s always searching for the latest and greatest pedals to add to your board, you’re probably aware of Strymon. Ever since its formation in 2008, Strymon has never let us down with a pedal that hasn’t at least hit the mark of sounding amazing. Recently, it made its mark once again with a new pedal — called the Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine — which is being announced just a few weeks before NAMM 2019.
The Strymon Volante is a delay pedal that comes jam packed with incredible tone and plenty of features to enjoy. The main section of the unit includes 3 distinct delay types — Drum, Tape and Studio. Each of these modes are played as an example on the company’s promotional video posted to YouTube.
- Drum: A percussive based delay, with an emphasis on high-end frequencies to highlight attack.
- Tape: An emulation of a classic tape delay, including a warmer and more saturated character.
- Studio: This delay type mimics the tone one might hear from a higher end plugin, within a studio setting.
The Strymon Volante includes 4 delay heads, which can each be individually modified with playback volumes and feedback levels. Finally, additional features of the new pedal include a spring reverb, presets, delay spacing, a low-cut filter, and “wear,” which can be used to emulate a more worn-out or used tape, if preferred. The video above does a great job in featuring most of these features, and no matter which way the wind blows, the output signal seems to sound great.
Price & Availability
Since we are just under two weeks away from NAMM 2019, music gear’s biggest yearly expo, potential buyers will already be well aware of this pedal and eager to try it out at the event. The Strymon Volante delay pedal is not yet available for purchase, and the company has an expected availability range of 30-60 days — however it does provide a link to preorder the pedal for those interested. It has a set MSRP at $399, which may seem high, but given both the intuitive nature of the pedal and Strymon’s strong track record, this seems to be a very fair price. You can also visit the Strymon website to learn more about the Volante, and get an even more in-depth look at its many features.