Strymon NightSky Time Warped Reverberator Pedal
Strymon NightSky Time Warped Reverberator Pedal – From atmospheric dreampop to splattery aughties post-rock, shimmery Sunday soaks to fathomless meditative mantras, the Strymon NightSky reverb pedal is voiced to handle the most immersive musics on the planet. NightSky’s three reverb engines, advanced waveform modulation, 2-octave harmonics generator, and additional synth-style filter and drive controls will have you in the ballpark for whatever style of ambience you’re chasing. In addition to its flawless 32-bit SHARC DSP, NightSky gives you a premium analog stereo signal path and switchable line-/instrument-level I/O to interface with any axe, synth, amp, or stomp in your collection. You get 16 recallable user favorites directly available from the NightSky’s front panel to cover entire sets’ worth of ambience needs. You also get a powerful 8-step sequencer with step and auto-advance features to round out your stage repertoire. Take it from us: if you’ve been searching for a reverb pedal that’s as vast as the cosmos itself, the Strymon NightSky Time-warped Reverberator is where it’s at.
NightSky’s Reverb Generator
For all its knobs and features, the Strymon NightSky is surprisingly fast to dial in and super-fun to experiment with. What follows is a brief overview of the NightSky’s five major reverb sections and some of the more unique controls you’ll find within.
NightSky’s MOD section lets you add advanced modulation control to three selectable targets using six waveforms shapes — traditional to true random.
- Verb target — Modulates delay lines within the reverb core. This adds dimension and depth to your wet signal.
- Pitch target — Modulates pitches contained in the reverb core. At lower depths, it produces subtle pitch movement — that classic seasick modulated reverb sound. At higher Depths, it’s capable of creating some interesting sequencer-like pitch gyrations.
- Filter target — Classic synth-style LFO filter sweeps can be applied to reverbs using this target. Even simple input lines can take on new life by experimenting with various waveforms and depths.
Here you can choose from three unique reverb architectures and control the length and the size of the space.
- Sparse texture — Presents as discrete echoes with stabs and scratches, but fuses into a smooth, clean wash with sustained notes and chords.
- Dense texture — Fast plate-style reflections. Presents as a dense reverb with a smooth, well-integrated tail.
- Diffuse texture — A dynamically responsive and slow-building wash of sound.
NightSky’s TONE section lets you sculpt the sound of your reverbs without touching your dry signal. A filter button applies the following options to the High Cut knob.
- Regen filter — AKA regenerative damping. The longer the decay length, the more you’ll hear the filter clamp down on the reverb’s high frequencies.
- Low Pass filter — Allows the reverb to regenerate without damping; applies a synthesis-style, 4-pole variable-Q filter to the output.
The Strymon NightSky is able to shift, highlight, and even generate harmonics at the reverb output. The +/- octave Interval control is great for adding sub-bass or faux 12-string textures to parts. You’ve also got three additional stackable switches.
- Shimmer — Two flavors of shimmer reverb can be found in the Strymon NightSky. Your choice of interval adds bellowing ominosity or soaring angelic sustain to input signals.
- Glimmer — Highlights harmonics through the use of a specially tuned resonant network. High and Low bands adds splashiness or weight to reverb sounds.
- Drive — A soft-clipping, non-linear saturation that can be applied to the input signal and reverb (Pre) or just to the reverb itself (Post).
A global MIX section lets you control the output levels of dry and reverberated signals independently. This is useful for gain staging between multiple pedals, amps, and recording interfaces.
- Reverb level — Controls the amount of reverb (wet signal) added to your dry input.
- Dry level — With the Dry knob set to noon, your signal passes through at unity gain with no change in output to your amp and pedals. At minimum, no dry signal is present and sounds are fully processed — which is great for using NightSky as a send effect. When Dry is set to maximum, a +3dB boost can help drive input stages of additional FX.
NightSky’s Sequencer Section
As if an endless stream of cosmic reverbs weren’t enough, the Strymon NightSky also packs a complete 8-step sequencer into its modest double-wide enclosure. Here you can store up to eight steps of intervals and auto-sequence through them by tapping out a tempo via the Sequence Tap, or alternatively, step through them one at a time using the Sequence Step switch. Here are some of its highlights:
- Adjustable portamento — A variable glide lets you control the pitch bend effect (portamento) of each sequence step, from immediate to three seconds, to create subtler or more jarring movements.
- Infinite switch —When audio is held, you can choose whether it’s processed by the sequence you’ve created or sent through dry.
Structure and Highlights
Rugged aluminum construction
American made and ruggedly built, the Strymon NightSky aluminum construction gives you peace of mind on the road or floating around in your pedal drawers.
Analog JFET front end
NightSky’s low-noise Class A JFET preamp section keeps your instrument signal — be it guitar, bass, or synth — in the analog domain and free from latency or digital artifacts of any kind.
Stereo ins and outs
The Strymon NightSky supports both mono and stereo pedal setups. So whether you run a single-pedal ship or fly a whole fleet of stomps onstage, NightSky has the I/O to suit your setup.
NightSky is one reverb pedal that keyboardists won’t be able to keep their hands off. And that’s okay: a small, out-of-the-way toggle optimizes the NightSky for line-level or instrument-level sources.
32-bit SHARC DSP
Strymon pedals are known for their powerful SHARC processors. 32-bit floating-point SHARC processing packs the NightSky with gobsmacking approximations of otherworldly spaces and interdimensional reverbs.
16 recallable favorites
The NightSky keeps all your favorite reverb presets on tap for easy access. So whether you need a smattering of subtle ambience for rhythm parts or an immersive soak for Sunday mornings, you can quickly toggle between 16 custom presets directly from the pedal. Need more sounds? Access 300 user presets over MIDI.
Switchable true or buffered bypass
Whether you’re the type of player who prefers a true relay bypass or a quality buffer for driving long lengths of cable, the Strymon NightSky has you covered.
Strymon gives you full-featured MIDI in/out via the NightSky 5-pin DIN connectors. MIDI CCs, program changes, MIDI clock sync — it’s all here. Discover one of the world’s most advanced immersive reverb generators with Strymon NightSky.
Strymon NightSky Time-warped Reverberator Pedal Features:
- Packed with immersive, atmospheric reverbs
- 3 reverb engines, 6 modulation waveforms, 2-octave harmonics generator, and additional synth-style filter and drive controls
- Switchable line- and instrument-level stereo operation
- Integrated 8-step sequencer with auto-advance
- Powerful SHARC DSP with 32-bit floating-point processing
- Access to 16 user favorites from the front panel, or 300 over MIDI
- Selectable true bypass/analog buffered bypass switching
- Universal 9-volt DC power supply included
- Proudly built in the USA
- Pedal Type: Reverb, Pitch
- Analog/Digital: Digital, SHARC 32-bit DSP
- Presets: 16 x Presets (onboard), 300 x Presets (via MIDI)
- Effects: 3 x Reverbs, Glimmer Dynamics, Shimmer Pitch Shift, Drive Saturation, Waveform Modulation
- Inputs: 2 x 1/4″
- Outputs: 2 x 1/4″
- MIDI I/O: In/Out
- Other I/O: 1 x 1/4″ (expression)
- USB: 1 x Mini-B
- True Bypass: Yes, Switchable to Analog Buffered
- Features: 8-step Sequence Mode
- Power Source: 9V DC power supply (included)
- Height: 1.75″
- Width: 7″
- Depth: 4.5″