“I am torn between the Strymon Volante and the El Capistan. I have seen your video a million times and am still not sure. I like the rhythmic possibilities you can get with the Volante, the rec level knob which can add some dirt to the repeats, the 3 delay types and the 4s max delay time. But I am tempted with the warm sound, and the simplicity of the El Capistan. I want the unit as a main delay (currently have a Boss DD7 which will stay on the pedalboard as a second delay). Do you think it is worth it to lose that extra warmth for all that pros of the Volante? Currently, I am playing a Les Paul through a Bugera 5W tube amp. I mostly play ambient and progressive to blues rock (Huge Pink Floyd fan). Also, if you have the time, what is your favorite (or favorites) delay pedal(s) and why?”
Thanks a lot for your email! On my pedalboard, the El Capistan was a permanent pedal for a long time. But now, the Volante has replaced it. Personally, I think, the handling is much easier because it has no secondary functions like the El Capistan. Every pot has its own function and can be tuned without difficulty. And as you already mentioned, the rhythmical repeats of the switchable, virtual tone heads offer endless possibilities.
Of course, the El Capistan also offers two different rhythm modes as well, but they do by far not reach those of the Volante. Not only activating certain tone heads, but also the option “full/half volume” of the tone heads produces completely different emphases of the repeats. Rec Level provides Gain and thereby is able to make some low gain overdrive pedals superfluous.
Sonically, the three types of delays vary a lot and frequently, people forget, that the sound additionally can be altered by the half, normal or double speed setting of the tape. Using the tape setting on half speed and a slightly turned down wear pot (which reduces the treble), you will get close to the sound of the El Capistan.
With your Les Paul and its Humbuckers in combination with the Volante, you ought to create a really, really nice sound. Especially because of the fact that you are a Pink Floyd fan, the Volante (with its Drum sounds) is perfect for you.
My two favorite delays which are both on my pedalboard are in fact the Volante – amongst many other things because of the external tap and midi- input (this is why I might be a bit biased) and the Empress Echosystem which I use for reverse, pitch and digital sounds.
This is a demo of some special algorithms of the marvelous BOSS DD-200 (http://www.bossus.com/).The BOSS DD-200 is a standalone pedal which is really compact, provides many features and can be extended extremely by connecting additional switches and midi.
This is a demo of the BOSS DD-200 (http://www.bossus.com/). The BOSS DD-200 is a standalone pedal which is really compact, provides many features and can be extended extremely by connecting additional switches and midi.
To me, Balthazar have been one of the major discoveries for the past years. First, I joined one of their concerts as a supporting- act of the Editors and I must confess: I was totally amazed. The sound as well as the style of this band is unique and hard to describe – therefore, just click here and listen. In this article, I would like to present the bands’ equipment which is so decisive for their sound. Continue reading “Sound like: Balthazar”
This is a comparison of three different types of delays all accompanied by the Timmy. For this demo I used a classic analog delay (Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man), a tape echo emulation (Strymon Volante) and a digital delay (Empress Echosystem). The Paul Cochrane Timmy is probably the best choice, if you are looking for a transparent overdrive. so, go ahead and find out, how it affects every single type of delay depending on the respective kind of playing (like dynamic playing, modulation, in the mix). If you are looking for a sonic sneak peak, check out 1:22.
Several times, people asked me, how to assemble the perfect ambient pedalboard. For this reason, I would like to sketch my very personal design of my pedalboard for ambient and soundscaping sounds in this article. Continue reading “Ambient pedalboard setup”
This is a comparison of the Eventide ROSE with the Ibanez DE7. Both of these digital delays are using an analog filter. Check out some of their sonic possibilities at different setting, for slapback delays and in the mix.
This is a stereo comparison of the brilliant Crazy Tube Circuits Echotopia with the amazing Empress Echosystem.Find out more about different settings and how both of them may sound in the mix. Please, use your headphones!
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