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Strymon El Capistan - dTape Delay Effect Pedal  From Strymon

Truly tape delay sounds from the hottest pedal maker around! Comes with Soundpure's exclusive free 3-year warranty! Call today to order!

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What We Think

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Strymon really knows how to pack a ton of features into a very easy-to-use package! The El Capistan is compact and full of bold tone. I especially like the "tape age" function that allows you to dial in the tonal qualities of the repeats to sound like new or old tape. Most of the time, I'll have this knob at about 2 or 3 o'clock for just a bit more than average natural darkness to the decaying repeats.And with this pedal hooked up in stereo to two amps, get ready! The lush flavors become ten times more pleasing to hear! Especially good with the multi toggle engaged!

It amazes me that Stymon has been able to produce digital effects that sound so organic and full! The tightness and boldness of the overall sound is astonishing, and the effects are intuative and a just plain out fun to use!

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Michael Tuttle Custom Classic S Fiesta Red #278 (Used) Quick 'n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure electric guitar specialist Eddie Berman demos a pre-owned Michael Tuttle Custom Classic S in Fiesta Red, serial #278, through a Strymon El Capistan dTape Delay Effect Pedal and a vintage Fender 1971 Pro Reverb (Silverface). Alder body, maple neck. Excellent condition!

Manufacturer's Description from Strymon

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.

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!

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About Manufacturer

The Philosophy:
We want to build products with no compromises. We want to push the limits of technology in music. We want to redefine what is possible with music gear. We want to use exceptionally great components and ridiculously powerful processors. We want to make gear that sounds better than anything you've ever heard. We want to make our customers happy. We want you to be inspired to create amazing music.

The People:
We're a small company and we'd like to stay that way. We do this because we want to create gear that is fun to design and fun to play. We want to experiment and try new things. We don't want to work for the man. We don't like authority. We don't want to grow up. We want to work hard and have fun doing it.

The History:
Damage Control was founded in 2004 with the release of our line of tube-driven effects pedals, which earned critical acclaim and became favorites among guitarists across the globe. In 2009 we teamed up with Strymon to begin co-developing products, and the rest is history.

Specifications

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!

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 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

More:

  • 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