Having shown the Magneto Eurorack module at The 2018 NAMM Show, Strymon is proud to announce the availability of its first foray into the Eurorack small-format modular market with a Four Head dTape Echo & Looper module designed to create expansive soundscapes and evolving, otherworldly tones.
Magneto is a stereo multi-head tape delay that also functions as a looper, phrase sampler, vintage spring reverb unit, phase-aligned clock multiplier, chaotic oscillator, zero-latency sub-oscillator, and more, with extensive CV I/O.
Strymon states that "it wants to build products with no compromises, push the limits of technology in music, and redefine what is possible with music gear". Pete Celi — DSP and Sound Designer sees it this way...
We were seeing some musicians using the Strymon pedals in their Eurorack setups, and El Capstan [dTape Echo] seemed to be a popular choice, where people would place it at the end of their signal chain and sweeten up their signal with some nice tape delay sounds, so it seemed like a good place to start. We knew that by introducing something in the Eurorack format that would give us the ability to really expand on the capabilities and feature set. Magneto transforms even the smallest rack into a fully expressive, immersive instrument as an interstellar space machine fit for creating expansive soundscapes and evolving, otherworldly tones, and adding layers upon layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity within an enveloping stereo field. It infuses Eurorack with vintage warmth and retro-futuristic soul. Try turning monophonic signals into complex orchestrations, creating new oscillator tones using self-oscillation, and adding rich stereo dimension to any sound while enjoying the inherent warmth and sweet, subtle distortion characteristics of magnetic tape.
To capture the full experience and complexity of a vintage tape echo machine, Strymon studied and faithfully recreated every last tape system attribute. From the natural saturation and soft clipping of magnetic tape when driven hard to hands-on, real-time controls for TAPE AGE, TAPE CRINKLE, and mechanical WOW & FLUTTER, Magneto has been designed to deliver a rich multi-head delay experience that adds life and vibe to any user’s sound.
Strymon has used the Analog Devices SHARC ADSP-21369 processor, providing a 366 MHz core instruction rate, and 2.4 Gigaflops of peak performance. This high-powered technology platform provided the freedom for them to craft processor-intense tape echo algorithms without compromise.
Having packed so many features into the 28HP-rack width Magneto module, it would seem that Strymon are only just getting started, Pete Celi’s told us...
We’ve got a good library of effects that we think can be good starting points to develop further and turn into things that are suitable and fun and add value and enhancement to people’s experience and experimentations in modular.
You can find more in-depth information, including informative video demonstrations, on the dedicated Magneto webpage. Here is one example...
Magneto can be purchased directly from the Strymon Store in the US for $599.00 or through Strymon’s growing global network of authorised dealers.