The specs from the new Strymon Zelzah Multidimensional Phaser are out! We already had some information from a leak earlier today, but now we have all the juicy details. This purple pedal can run two completely independent phasers, in either series, parallel, or split modes.
The new Strymon Zelzah comes wrapped in purple and features both a 6-stage and 4-stage phaser. Each half has its own set of controls and dedicated footswitch, and can be run in series, parallel, or split modes.
The 6-stage half allows you to achieve phasing to flanging, and even chorus, each with adjustable resonance. You can choose between between off, mild and strong settings.
The 4-stage phaser has three sweep modes to choose from, accessible by a mini-toggle switch. The Classic has a standard rise-and-fall LFO that, along with the Voice control, changes in character, morphing between phasing and flanging, or even chorus effects. You can then tweak further using the Depth knob.
Next is the Barber setting, with its constantly rising LFO that has +ve or -ve polarity, a bit like the Barber’s pole it is named after. The last mode is Envelope, which Strymon describes as having touch-sensitive envelope phasing.
Each side also has its own Speed and Depth control, whilst the 4-stage side has the Mix control, for blending between the wet and dry signal.
USB-C and Control
The inclusion of USB-C allows you to connect to a computer for MIDI control, and also to update the pedal’s firmware. The Zelzah is also compatible with the Strymon MiniSwitch which allows you to access three presets, or you can use the Strymon Conduit or Strymon MIDI EXP cable to access up to 300 presets via MIDI.
Guitar or Line
The pedal has a switchable instrument/line-level input, so you can plug practically anything in it. You can also run it in either mono or stereo via the TRS input and the dedicated L and R stereo outputs. It comes with a high impedance ultra-low noise discrete Class-A JFET preamp and you can choose either true or buffered bypass. All this should add up to make the Zelzah a pretty versatile effect, both live and in the studio.
The pedal is based around a 480MHz ARM Superscalar processor, with 32-bit floating-point processing, and 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters. As you would expect, the analog dry signal path never passes through the digital circuit, so you have zero latency for the dry signal.
The Strymon Zelzah is due out at the end of September later this year. If you are really into phasing and modulation effects, then it could well be worth checking out.
RRP – EUR 379
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Strymon Zelzah Demo Videos
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