Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb
A Perfect Gentleman
The magical combination of tremolo and reverb is the earliest example of a perfect guitar effects marriage. First pioneered within historic amplifiers of the 1960s, this harmonious coexistence has made its way onto countless records and performances—from early surf, swampy bayou blues, spaghetti westerns, film noir soundtracks, to modern day indie rock. There are certain things in life that just belong together—the blend of tremolo and reverb create the perfect pair.
Given this storied history, there was no doubt that we wanted to develop a studio-class effects pedal that delivers this classic combination. We carefully studied our favourite classic tremolo and reverb circuits, examined the sonic complexities, and faithfully accounted for every detail in our hand-crafted algorithms. Flint harnesses the complete power of a SHARC DSP to authentically exhibit these details.
From a Classic Era
Flint gives you the soothing, pulsating, and hypnotic effects that were pioneered in vintage amplifier tremolo circuits, along with three classic and completely unique reverb algorithms. You get the sonically complex ’61 Harmonic Tremolo, the swampy and sultry ’63 Power Tube Tremolo, and the sharp and balanced ’65 Photocell Tremolo. You also get the classic ’60s Spring Tank Reverb, the inventive ’70s Electronic Plate Reverb, and the nostalgic ’80s Hall Rack Reverb.
With eight parameters to tweak, you get extensive control over the tremolo and reverb characteristics. Go from splashy, pulsing twang, to throbbing, swampy blues, all the way to ambient, trembling, and serene reverberated pads. Couple that with true bypass, and a high quality analog front end and output section, and you have yourself the history of tremolo and reverb in a pedal-board friendly format.
Flint provides you with three distinct tremolo types:
’61 Harmonic Tremolo – is somewhat rare due to its very short period of availability in tube amplifiers in the early 1960s. It gets its signature sound through a dual-band filtering effect that alternately emphasizes low and high frequencies. The end-result is a soothing pulse that has shades of a mild phaser effect combined with tremolo due to the nature of the frequency bands that are alternated.
’63 Power Tube Tremolo – utilizes the LFO signal to directly influence the power tube bias of the amplifier’s push-pull output stage. The power tubes are biased into lower and higher idle currents, creating the fluctuating gain that produces the tremolo effect. The effects of crossover distortion at low tremolo volumes, increased power tube harmonic distortion at maximum tremolo volumes, as well as the influence of power-supply sag, all add up to the boggy and dirty nature of this tremolo circuit.
’65 Photocell Tremolo – is a faithful recreation of the classic photo-trem circuits found in mid-1960s American amplifiers. Those classic circuits used a light-dependent resistor to attenuate the input signal, coupled with a miniature neon bulb that is connected to the LFO. As the LFO oscillates, the bulb gets brighter and dimmer which in turn varies the resistance of the LDR. The varying resistance works with other circuit impedances to change the signal level, which produces a characteristically ‘hard’ sounding tremolo that moves between two levels, reminiscent of a square wave.
Flint gives you three unique reverb types:
’60s Spring Tank Reverb – is a faithful recreation of the full-size two-spring tank that was commonly used in vintage amps. The two-spring tank uses spring segments of differing delay times, which adds to the complexity of the reverberated sound. Contributing greatly to the sound are the input and output tube circuits which convert the electrical guitar signal into a mechanical signal and then back to an electrical signal.
’70s Electronic Plate Reverb – pays homage to one of the earliest digital reverbs ever created. The astounding hardware-based algorithm used multiple delay-lines configured in parallel, with each delay featuring multiple output taps and filtered feedback paths. The result is a rich, smooth reverb with a very quick build-up in density due to the summation of the many parallel output taps.
’80s Hall Rack Reverb – is Strymon’s rendition of the now nostalgic digital microprocessor rack reverbs from the late ’80s. The limited processing power of the day led to the implementation of efficient regenerative series loops of all-pass filters, delays, and low-pass filters. Modulating delay lines were used to increase the reverb density and add warmth. This reverb provides the signature sound of distinctive early reflections followed by the slowly-building density of the late reverberation.
Effects Adjustment and Tone Shaping
Front Panel Control
Intensity: Controls the intensity or depth of the tremolo effect. This is accomplished by varying the amplitude of the LFO that controls the tremolo. At minimum position, the LFO is off and no tremolo effect is heard, but the signal still travels through the tremolo 'circuit'.
Speed: Varies the LFO frequency from slow to fast. The slow range is extended to give lower tremolo speeds than were generally available in the vintage offerings.
Decay: Varies the reverb time, from short to long. The '70s and '80s verbs will approach 'infinite' decay at maximum.
Mix: Controls the reverb wet mix from zero at minimum to full wet with no dry signal at maximum. A 50/50 mix occurs around 3 o'clock on the mix knob.
Colour: Varies the reverb tone from darker at low settings, to brighter at higher settings. This is critical for dialling in the sweet spot in front of a variety of amps.
Tremolo Boost/Cut: Allows the tremolo function to engage a +/- 3dB boost when engaged. Unity gain is at 12 o'clock. This ensures you can get the level you want with any tremolo depth and speed settings.
Tap Subdivision: Acts as a four-position switch to change the tap subdivision when using an external tap pedal. Change from sixteenth, triplet, eighth and quarter.
Effect Order: Acts as a two-position switch to determine the order of the tremolo and reverb effects. Change the order without re-wiring your pedal board. Turn to the left side for reverb » trem (like most vintage amps), or to the right side for trem » reverb (for capturing the vibe of your tremolo amp played in a concert hall, or with added post-production verb).
Reverb Boost/Cut: Allows the reverb function to engage a +/- 3dB boost when engaged. Unity gain is at 12 o'clock. This is useful for setting a solo boost when engaging the verb, or reducing level with a huge ambient pad.
Ins and Outs
Input: Plug your instrument in here. Default is mono input. Can be used as TRS stereo input by switching internal jumper.
Exp: Connect an expression pedal and control any one knob with your foot. Or use an external tap switch to tap in your tremolo speed. Or plug in a favourite switch to save and recall a preset.
Left Output: Connect to your amp, mixing board, other pedals, etc. Acts as a mono output when only one channel is being used.
Right Out: Connect to your amp, mixing board, other pedals, etc.
Power: Maximum 9 volts DC centre negative, with a minimum of 250mA current.
This multi-function input can be configured for use with an expression pedal, external tap tempo footswitch, or Favourite switch. Set up for an expression pedal and you get assignable expression control over any front-panel knob parameter. Set up for an optional external tap switch and remotely tap in your tremolo speed. Set up for our optional Favourite switch and save a favourite preset.
Separate bypass footswitches allow you to bypass the tremolo and reverb individually.
We know that there are some out there that like to run stereo rigs. This is why we’ve added the option of running your Flint in stereo. Flip a jumper inside your pedal, use a TRS splitter cable, and now you’ve got yourself a stereo pedal.
Three hand crafted tremolo algorithms faithfully deliver classic tremolo experiences: ’61 Harmonic Tremolo, ’63 Power Tube Tremolo, ’65 Photocell Tremolo
Three distinct reverb algorithms: ’60s Spring Tank Reverb, ’70s Electronic Reverb, ’80s Hall Rack Reverb
Two tremolo adjustment and tone shaping knobs: Intensity, Speed
Three reverb adjustment and tone shaping knobs: Decay, Colour, Mix
Four “hidden” knobs for extensive tone tweaking: Tremolo Boost/Cut, Reverb Boost/Cut, Effect Order, Tap Subdivision
Ins, Outs, Switches
High impedance mono input (internal jumper enables selectable TRS stereo input)
Tremolo Bypass and Reverb Bypass footswitches
Expression pedal input allows the connection of either an expression pedal (for selectable control over any knob parameter), external tap pedal (for remote tap tremolo), or Favourite switch (to save a Favourite preset)
Super low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters
115db typical signal to noise
+8dBu maximum input level easily handles instrument and line signals
20Hz to 20kHz frequency response
Premium analogue front end and output section
Analog dry path (when Reverb only is engaged)
Super high performance DSP in a compact form factor
32-bit floating point processing
True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching)
Selectable “trails” mode with high quality Analog Buffered Bypass
Adjustable +/- 3dB boost or cut when effect is engaged
Powered with a standard 9V centre negative DC supply, 250mA minimum
Strong and lightweight black anodized aluminium chassis
Crafted with love in the USA
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- Model: FLINTTRREV