They call it an Interstellar Space Machine and instantly make it to my most-wanted list. It’s a four-head tape delay and phrase sampler and it looks simply fabulous. The Strymon Magneto will be the next classic module that everyone should own.
It’s 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 a few more things besides. It looks modern, dangerous and exciting with a very pleasing layout that invites you in without being too boggling.
Check out the videos and you find yourself nodding and smiling. And Strymon’s DSP and Sound Designer Pete Celi gives some really insightful thoughts into his first foray into the Eurorack community.
Strymon is known for their boutique stomp boxes. They have increasingly found their boxes used with Eurorack setups and have been thinking for some time about building something in that format. The BlueSky and El Capistan being favourites I think. Strymon had a go a couple of years ago with the Generalissimo but it never made it to market. This time around I really hope they’ve done it right.
They say they focused on making it as musical as possible, allowing it to be played and rewarding the performer with luxurious sounds. I’m pretty sure they nailed that.
There are some great videos going into all sorts of detail. I’m going to enjoy seeing the reaction at NAMM and what people think of it.
- Strymon Magneto webpage.