Review: Strymon Brigadier Part 1

Strymon BrigadierThis is the first part of a detailed review about theStrymon Brigadier, a dbucket delay which emulates an analog delay is dedicated to the features of this digital delay pedal.
The Brigadier comes around in a compact, green aluminum enclosure that is similar to the ones we know from the El Capistan, the DIG or the Flint. While these three are absolutely legendary, the Brigadier seems to be overlooked in a certain way. With justification?

Features

The very stable enclosure has five pots. The time pot controls the delay time, which varies depending on the respective mode. The short mode offers a delay time from 40 to 400 ms and emulates an analog delay with one chip. Accordingly, you can hear clock noise when you set the time pot at 3 o’clock. By extending the delay time, the clock noise also increases.
For it is slightly covered by the bucket loss, it is recommendable to turn the bucket loss pot into full counter clockwise direction to make it perceivable.

The med mode offers a delay time of 10 to 1000 ms and the long mode 500 to 5000 ms.
Of course, you can also adjust the delay time via tap tempo.
The delay time, adjusted via tap tempo, can be divided into quarters, dotted notes and triplets and is displayed via LED.
By moving the time pot while you are playing, you can also create pitch effects that are typical for analog delays.

The pots

The mix pot controls the mix of dry and wet signal. By keeping tap and bypass pressed, the signal can be boosted up to 3 dB via the mix pot.

The bucket loss pot controls the white noise and a slight overdrive.
Set at 3 o’clock, the maximum overdrive is reached and the remaining control range creates the typical white noise of an analog delay.
By keeping tap and bypass pressed, this pot acts as a tone control: turned to the left, the repeats become darker, while a turn into clockwise direction makes them brighter.

The number of repeats can be adjusted by using the repeats pot, up to run-away-delays and self-oscillation. By the way: you can also create infinite repeats by keeping the tap tempo pressed. Thereby, you can produce marvelous emphasizes while you are playing.

Modulation

One pot only controls the modulation. But the range is defined very well. Set at 7 o’clock, the modulation is deactivated. Up to 12 o’clock, you will get a chorus effect, means a slower modulation. By maxing the pot, you can add more depth. From 12 o’clock you will get a vibrato effect. The modulation gets faster and the intensity of the effect increases by turning the pot further.
All speeds are chosen quite practically – no wobbling and it always sounds very harmonically.

Tap tempo and bypass (true bypass or analog bypass with trails) can be activated via the two switches. Both switches are click-less.

In- and outputs

At the front, you will find the input which can be transformed internally to a stereo input by adding a jumper. Furthermore, the left – and right out, the power supply input (9V) for the provided power supply and the expression pedal input are allocated here.
The expression pedal allows to control each available pot separately.

From the 23rd of November you will find the second part about the sound of the Strymon Brigadier here.