Strymon El Capitan Tape Echo Delay
Strymon El Capitan Tape Echo Delay
Strymon El Capitan Tape Echo Delay

Strymon El Capitan Tape Echo Delay

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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™ technology. Utilizing a ridiculously powerful SHARC DSP, every drop of processing power is harnessed.

Extensive control.
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!

Tape Machines and Modes
El Capistan has three distinct tape machine types, each with three separate modes.

Fixed Head
Time knob varies the tape speed while the playback head is fixed in position.

A – short delay with 1/16th note tap tempo
B – medium delay with dotted 1/8th tap tempo
C – long delay with 1/4 note tap tempo

Multi Head
2 of 3 playback heads are selected at once. Time knob varies tape speed.

A – Heads 1 & 2 selected.
B – Heads 2 & 3 selected.
C – Heads 1 & 3 selected.

Single Head

A – Tape motor at double speed. Higher fidelity with shorter delay times.
B – Tape motor at normal speed. Lower fidelity with longer delay times.
C – Sound on Sound mode with instant tape splice, bulk erase, and two tape speeds. A tape-style looper!

Sound Design
Hand crafted dTape algorithms deliver meticulously 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!
Press and hold Tap for instant Infinite Repeats

In, 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 an optional Favorite switch 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 SHARC DSP in a compact form factor

More
True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching)
Selectable Trails Mode with high quality, transparent Analog Buffered Bypass
9V center negative DC supply included, 250mA current draw
Strong and lightweight gunmetal gray anodized aluminum chassis
Crafted with love in the USA
Tape speed is fixed while the Time knob varies the position of a sliding record head.