Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo Pedal

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When Strymon decided to develop an effects pedal that delivered the sound and feel of their favorite tape echo machines, they knew they had to relentlessly study and faithfully recreate every last nuance. Strymon spent months in their sound design labs with an intense focus on capturing the warm, saturated, distinctive qualities of tape echo machines. The result is their hand crafted dTape™ 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)
-Expression pedal input with selectable control over any knob parameter
-Connect our 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 DSP in a compact form factor

-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