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Strymon Magneto
Strymon Magneto

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Manufacturer Description:
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 retrofuturistic soul.

Tape Delay, Looper, And 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.

Warm Up Your Rack

Not only does Magneto deliver the warm, luscious delay signals that tape delays are known for, it is also capable of a high degree of saturation. Turn up the Record Level knob to send a hot signal to the record head for any amount of tape saturation you desire. Turn up the Tape Age control for warmer repeats. Add some truly beautiful Spring Reverb. Magneto adds organic heart and soul to the sound of your modular.

Tone and Mechanics Control

The effect of the Low Cut and Tape Age knobs are explored, followed by the mechanical ‘deterioration’ of the machine with the Crinkle and Wow and Flutter controls. The Speed knob is put to use for sonic enhancement.

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.

Sound Design

Tape-voiced delay machine with four playback heads and one record head
Processor-intense dTape algorithm delivers meticulously nuanced recreations of vintage tape echo systems
Three operational modes: Echo, Sound On Sound Looper, Phrase Sampler
Varispeed algorithm with dynamic machine mechanics, 8:1 speed range
Input record level for clean reproduction to warm, fat saturation
Self-oscillating for tone generation
Independent Spring Reverb


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

Maximum Delay/Loop Time: 15 seconds at maximum Speed, two minutes at minimum Speed
Minimum Delay Time: 200µS at maximum speed
Clock In CV Range: 50ms – 15s
TAP Button Range: 50ms – 15s
TAP CV Range: 10ms – 15s

Audio Quality
Analog dry path for a zero latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
Super high performance SHARC DSP
114db typical signal to noise
Sampling Rate: 96kHz
Audio Input Impedance: 22 kOhm
Maximum Audio Input Level: 20 Vpp
Audio Output Impedance: 1 kOhm
Maximum Audio Output Level: 20 Vpp


+12V rail: 210mA
-12V rail: 210mA
+5V rail: 0mA
Rack Width: 28hp
Rack Depth: 41mm, 1.61”
Designed & Built in the USA

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