NAMM 2018: Strymon Magneto Is A New Four Head Tape Echo & Looper For The Eurorack Format!

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At NAMM 2018, Strymon surprised the Eurorack community with the Magneto module, a new cv controlled four head tape echo & looper!

Two years ago, the guitar pedal manufacturer Stymon presented the first Eurorack module at the NAMM. Then it was quiet and it was announced the development came to soon. Two years of waiting are over. Strymon announced Magneto, a new four head tape echo & looper for the Eurorack format. It’s a massive further development of the previous prototype and is especially great for creating expansive soundscapes and evolving sounds.


Interstellar Space Machine – Create expansive soundscapes and evolving, otherworldly tones. Add layers upon layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity within an enveloping stereo field. Infuse your rack with vintage warmth and retro futuristic soul.

Tape Delay, Looper, More – Packed with powerful features while maintaining intuitive playability, Magneto is 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 more, with extensive CV I/O.

Transform your modular: Turn simple monophonic signals into complex orchestrations. Create new oscillator tones using self-oscillation. Add rich stereo dimension to your sound, and enjoy the inherent warmth and sweet, subtle distortion characteristics of magnetic tape. Magneto transforms even the smallest rack into a fully expressive, immersive instrument.

Vintage Vibe: To capture the full experience and complexity of a vintage tape echo machine, every last tape system attribute was relentlessly studied and faithfully recreated. From the sought-after natural saturation and soft clipping of magnetic tape when driven hard, to hands-on real-time controls for tape age, tape crinkle, and mechanical wow and flutter, Magneto delivers a rich multi-head delay experience that adds life and vibe to your sound.

Play it like an instrument: Every function, control, gain stage, and signal path component in Magneto works together to respond musically and smoothly, even during the wildest live modular improvisations. All this is combined with a luxurious spring reverb to take the sound of your modular setup to a new level, and your sonic explorations into far-out territories.


  • Tape Saturation
  • Otherwordly Oscillator
  • Pitch Shifted Delay
  • Spring Reverb
  • Looper
  • Phrase Sampler
  • Infinite Echo
  • Reverse
  • Clock Multiplier / Divider
  • Tape Stop/Start
  • Audio Scrubber
  • Stereo Operation

Completely Analog Dry Path

In a typical digital effect the dry signal gets converted to digital, causing conversion noise and latency. Signals are often attenuated before combining digital dry and wet, with makeup gain amplifying the conversion noise. To avoid this terrifying scenario, we’ve equipped Magneto with a completely analog dry path. Why go to all this trouble? Because the improvements in dynamic range and reduction in noise are so dramatic.

Insanely Powerful DSP

We’ve outfitted Magneto with the incredibly powerful Analog Devices SHARC ADSP-21369 processor, which provides a 366 MHz core instruction rate, and an incredible 2.4 Gigaflops of peak performance. Thanks to this high-powered technology platform within Magneto, we had the freedom to craft our processor-intense tape echo algorithms without compromise.


  • Dedicated control over tape mechanics, machine health, and tone: Low Cut, Tape Age, Crinkle, Wow & Flutter
  • Transport controls (buttons and CV inputs) for real-time performance options
  • Individual Playback Head Level controls
  • Individual head Feedback assignment independent of playback level
  • Three stereo head panning options, including user-defined custom panning
  • Phase aligned clock out (CLK OUT) CVs synched with clock in (CLK IN) CV

The Strymon Magneto will be presented at NAMM 2018. Stay tuned for the SYNTH ANATOMY NAMM 2018 video coverage.

More information here: Magneto 

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