Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine

Product code: smnvolante

Bring the beauty and distinctive character of magnetic tape echo devices to your pedalboard with the Strymon Volante.


  • Strymon Volante Magnetic Echo Machine

    Bring the beauty and distinctive character of magnetic tape echo devices to your pedalboard with the Strymon Volante.

    Main Features

    • 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)
    • Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters provide uncompromising audio quality
    • Expression pedal input allows the connection of an expression pedal, external tap pedal, 1/4 inch to MIDI cable, or MultiSwitch Plus
    • Full featured MIDI in/out supporting MIDI CCs, program changes, and more
    • True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching) or selectable transparent Analog Buffered Bypass
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    Sounds From The Expanse
    Create instant retrofuture atmosphere 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 Volante becomes an extension and expansion of your musical instrument. Infuse your pedalboard with stunning vintage vibes that resonate and inspire.

    Delays For Days
    Three Magnetic Delay Types, Spring Reverb, Looper, and More.
    Delivering truly exceptional sound quality and intuitive playability, 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 looper and vintage spring reverb, with powerful sound-sculpting controls for limitless sonic possibilities.

    Vintage Vibe
    To capture the nuance and complexity of classic tape and drum echo machines, every last magnetic delay system attribute was relentlessly studied and faithfully recreated. 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, Volante instantly adds tons of vibe to your sound.

    Multi-Head Maven
    Volante provides the full experience and sonic attributes of iconic multi-head echo machines. At the centre of 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.

    Drum Delay With Unprecedented Control
    Magnetic drum echoes are famous for their warmth and for their harmonically rich and saturated sounds. This is due in large part to the many tube stages present in the most sought-after units. There were tubes in the input buffer, the signal mixer, the record and playback amplifiers, the tone shaping circuit, and the output mixing circuit.

    Every sonic aspect of Strymon's favourite drum echoes has been meticulously reproduced within Volante. 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.

    Classic Tape Echo Experience
    Volante gives you superbly crafted multi-head tape echoes, including 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 in Volante, giving you all the richness and complexity of a classic tape echo, with modern control and stability. Volante also allows you to recreate the irregular head spacing of some of the classic tape echo machines.

    True Studio Tape Sound
    The professional reel-to-reel machines of the 50s and 60s were high-fidelity units built to accurately reproduce full-range audio signals. In the hands of creative engineers, these machines also doubled as some of the earliest studio effects, producing some of the fattest sounds imaginable.

    Of Volante's three magnetic echo types, the Studio Echo provides the cleanest sound, able to sustain the highest number of repeats with minimal degradation. Volante gives you a pristine studio delay with the full-bodied warmth and fidelity of reel-to-reel tape.

    Dedicated Spring Reverb
    Some of the classic tape echo machines included small integrated spring reverb tanks tuned to limited bandwidth. For Volante, Strymon captured this vintage vibe while creating a spring reverb with a gorgeous, gentle character that stands on its own, in addition to enhancing delayed signals.

    Core of your MIDI Rig
    With full MIDI control of every parameter plus 300 preset locations, Volante is designed to be the centre of sonic expressiveness for your MIDI pedalboard. 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 inch to MIDI cable)—perfect for your pedalboard or in your studio.

    Completely Analog Dry Path
    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 Volante with a completely analogue dry path, featuring all-analog, ultra low noise, discrete, class-A stereo JFET preamps. Volante is truly a studio-quality effect.

    Insanely Powerful DSP
    Strymon have outfitted 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, they had the freedom to craft our processor-intense echo algorithms without compromise.

    PSU included.

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  • Additional Information

    Brand Strymon
    Condition New