- Strymon Timeline Banks and Presets
Hi and welcome back to Guitarpedals.live. In this post we are going to discuss the Strymon Timeline Banks and Presets. Understanding these features really helps to maximize the use of the Timeline in live situations. Which for many of us is where we will probably end up using this pedal the most. The Timeline offers up to 100 banks with an A and B preset per bank. This gives us a total of 200 presets. While most likely you won’t be using all 200 presets any time soon it is nice to have the space to save those quirky one-off sounds.In typical set I like to use one bank per song and have two delay options. I also have my 4 go to settings that I can quickly recall in the moment.
On Each Bank you can switch between the A preset and the B preset and set your Tap tempo. Strymon has built-in a helpful feature in the Tempo LED. When blinking green it means the deal is set to a quarter note division. Amber indicates the delay is set to a division other than quarter note. I use this to help me remember which presets are quarter note or dotted eighth note.
You can change banks using the Value encoder, which is helpful in a practice setting, but not as easy to do while playing. There are several other options you can use that are much easier in a live context. The first is a built-in functionality. To bank up simple press the B button and Tempo at the same time. To bank down press the A preset the B preset at the same time.
The first few times this may feel a little odd, but it becomes more natural as you practice. If you aren’t a fan of this, you can also access the banking feature through an external MIDI controller, or the Strymon multiswtich which is controlled through the Timelines expression jack.
Once you find a sound you really like and want to add to your arsenal you can save it anywhere you want. Press the value encoder and scroll over to the NAME option. Press the Value encoder once more and now you can edit the title of your preset using the Value and Type encoder. Once you are satisfied with your name press the Value encoder. Then Press and hold the Type Encoder until you see the word SAVE appear. Now you can use the Value encoder to choose which bank you want, and press either the A or B preset depending on where you want to save your sound.
Congratulation! You have now successfully saved your customer named preset.
- Strymon Timeline Overview
For our first video on the site we are going to start out by covering the basics one one of my favorite pedals, The Strymon Timeline. This is a great pedal but it can be a little overwhelming at first look. There is no need to fear however! This pedals has an easy to learn functionality and you will be creating in no time!
The timeline has 100 banks with two presets each. This means you actually have access to 200 presets! This gives you plenty of space to save those out there sounds that you don't always need, but want to keep in your back pocket. Next to your A preset and B preset you will find your tap tempo. This can be set to a global tap or tap per preset. The Timeline also allows you to use an external tap either with a TRS cable or through MIDI. You are free to set tempos as you go, or pre plan out all of your sets.
Next we have the delay selector which offers twelve different delay machines. The basic and most used parameters are available to edit via knobs, however when you push in the Value knob a deeper menu is opened. This brings us a menu specific to each delay algorithm and allows you to really dial in the sound you hear in your head. Then you have your basic controls
These are settings you have probably encountered on most delay pedals and do exactly what you would think. Time sets your bpm, overriding your tap tempo, Repeats is how long your delayed sound lasts, and Mix changes how much the delay sound is added into your signal.
The bottom row acts as your modulation section and further customizes each delay sound. The Filter and Grit interact with each other to create interesting and unique sounds. The Grit changes the input level going into the delay and the Filter changes how the frequencies react. As you turn the Filter knob your town goes from Cleanest to Analog to a Tape delay sound. Note that there are a few delays where this knobs control different parameters.
This is just a basic overview of how the Timeline works. We will continue to go into each delay type and explore the menu options as well how they sound. Thanks so much for tuning in, we will be adding frequent updates as we dive further into this great pedal.