Strymon has officially announced its brand new Iridium Amp & IR Cab pedal along with an accompanying video of it in action. With plenty of features and a premium price tag, this pedal has a lot to live up to given Strymon’s stellar reputation for quality effects. Let’s see how it stacks up.
Strymon Iridium Amp & IR Cab
After our appetites were whetted by yesterday’s teaser campaign, the Iridium virtual amp and speaker cabinet pedal has now landed! There are three elements at play here: amp modelling, IR cabs and a room control (reverb). On the amp modelling side, Iridium incorporates the sound of three iconic guitar amplifiers, created using Strymon’s Matrix Modelling process. This tech is used to “capture all the subtleties and unique tonal qualities” of the individual amps, the blurb says.
The amp sounds are based on a Fender Deluxe Reverb (named “Round” amp on the pedal), a Vox AC30TB (Chime amp) and a Marshall Plexi Super Lead model number 1959 (Punch amp).
Next is the IR component. Iridium has its own speaker cabinet simulations that offer a “level of realism and responsiveness unprecedented in outboard effects”, Strymon says. Nine impulse response speaker cabinets come pre-installed. They run at stereo 24-bit 96 kHz resolution. You can load your own IRs onto the unit, too.
Factory loaded IRs
Deluxe Reverb® 1×12″ by OwnHammer
Impulse of a vintage Fender Deluxe Reverb 1×12″ open back combo with a 1978 Fender CTS ceramic 12″ speaker.
Blues Junior® 1×12″ by cabIR
Impulse of a 1×12″ Blues Junior cabinet with a Jensen® C12N speaker.
Vibrolux® 2×10″ by cabIR
Impulse of a 1965 Fender Vibrolux 2×10″ with Jensen C10NS speakers.
AC30 2×12″ AlNiCo by OwnHammer
Impulse of a Vox AC30/6 open back 2×12″ combo with 2001 Celestion® T0530 Blue AlNiCo speakers.
1×12″ AlNiCo by Celestion
Impulse of a Celestion Blue AlNiCo speaker in a closed back 1×12″ cab.
Mesa® 4×12″ by Valhallir
Impulse of a 4×12″ Mesa Boogie halfback with two Celestion Black Shadow® MC-90 and two ElectroVoice® Black Shadow EVM12-L speakers.
GNR 4×12″ by OwnHammer
Impulse of a 1971 Marshall 1960B “basketweave” 4×12″ cabinet with 1971 Celestion T1221 G12M-25 speakers.
2×12″ Vintage 30 by Celestion
Impulse of a Celestion Vintage 30 in an open back 2×12″ cab.
Marshall 8×12″ AlNiCo by cabIR
Impulse of a 1965 Marshall 8×12″ re-issue full stack cabinet, with Celestion T652 AlNiCo speakers.
Rounding off the pedal is an on-board hybrid room reverb designed to put your virtual amp and speaker setup into a natural-sounding room. Small, medium and large room sizes are provided for.
Overall, this pedal should make it easier to get a natural sound when monitoring through in-ears, floor wedges, reference monitors, PA speakers or even studio headphones. It looks like a great piece of equipment and as Strymon already have a premium reputation for modelling and DSP, I’d expect this new pedal to be up to that standard. If it is, it will sound amazing.
RRP – USD 399