STRYMON EL CAPISTAN DTAPE ECHO MK2

STRYMON EL CAPISTAN DTAPE ECHO MK2

STRYMON EL CAPISTAN DTAPE ECHO MK2

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Magnetic Monster.

When we decided to develop an effects pedal that delivers the sound and feel of our favorite tape echo machines, we knew we must relentlessly study and faithfully recreate every last nuance. We spent months in the Strymon sound design labs with an intense focus on capturing the warm, saturated, distinctive qualities of tape echo machines. The result is our hand crafted¬†dTape‚ĄĘ technology. Utilizing a ridiculously powerful SHARC DSP, every drop of processing power is harnessed.

El Capistan provides three different tape machine types in one, each with three unique modes. With ten parameters to tweak, you get extensive control over tape quality, machine health and tone shaping. Go from the sound of a pristine, studio-quality tape machine to the heavily fluctuating sound of a machine in need of service. Get the full bodied sound of fresh tape all the way to the gnarled qualities of worn out tape. Because it's DSP driven, you get a range of tape experiences unattainable with a traditional tape machine. All of this without the headaches of tape machine maintenance and repair!

Sound Design

  • Hand crafted¬†dTape algorithms¬†deliver meticulous and nuanced recreations of tape echo systems.
  • Three tape machines in one:¬†Fixed¬†(one fixed playback head),¬†Multi¬†(multiple playback heads), and¬†Single¬†(sliding record head)
  • Each tape machine has three modes for extremely flexible echo options
  • Five tape adjustment and tone shaping knobs:¬†Time, Mix, Tape Age, Repeats, Wow & Flutter
  • Five "hidden" knobs for extensive tone tweaking:¬†Tape Crinkle, Tape Bias, Low End Contour, Spring Reverb, +/- 3dB Boost/Cut
  • Sound on Sound¬†mode with¬†instant tape splice¬†and¬†bulk erase. A built-in tape-style looper!
Ins, Outs, Switches
  • Stereo output
  • High impedance mono input (internal jumper enables selectable TRS stereo input) Please¬†read this FAQ¬†for more info on the TRS input.
  • Expression pedal input with selectable control over any knob parameter
  • Connect our optional¬†MiniSwitch¬†to save a favorite preset
  • Tap Tempo and Bypass footswitches
Audio Quality
  • Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters
  • 115dB typical signal to noise
  • Analog dry path¬†for a zero latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
  • Premium analog front end and output section
  • Super high performance DSP in a compact form factor
More
  • True Bypass¬†(electromechanical relay switching)
  • Selectable "trails" mode with high quality¬†Analog Buffered Bypass
  • Press and hold Tap for instant infinite repeats
  • Powered with a standard 9V center negative DC supply. 250mA minimum
  • Strong and lightweight gunmetal gray anodized aluminum chassis
  • Crafted with love in the USA
9V power supply included.
 

Classic Sound, New Features.

Our second generation El Capistan keeps the same rich magnetic tape echo tones from our original and adds significant new features, incorporating technological advancements, hardware improvements and design enhancements to give you additional flexibility, power, and ease of use on stage and in the studio.

MIDI

 

Full MIDI implementation means you can control just about every switch, knob, and setting remotely by sending MIDI commands from your controller or DAW via El Capistan’s EXP/MIDI jack or USB-C connection. 

Delay time can be synchronized via MIDI Clock Sync, and the sync setting can be saved for each preset. 

300 MIDI preset locations are available for loading and saving your favorite settings.

Hardware Improvements

 

A premium analog JFET input circuit ensures superb responsiveness to your playing, and you can select mono or stereo input with the flick of a rear panel switch. 

All this, plus a new ARM DSP chip provides more processing power for every sonic nuance, with less energy consumption on your pedalboard.

Spring Reverb

 

Some classic tape echo machines included small integrated spring reverb tanks tuned for limited bandwidth. 

For El Capistan, we captured this vintage vibe while creating a spring reverb algorithm with a gorgeous, gentle character that stands on its own, in addition to enhancing delayed signals.

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