Introducing the new Strymon Cloudburst Ambient Reverb Pedal.
A New Frontier
It’s rare, but sometimes a single pedal has the ability to transform the way that we think about a type of effect. The new Cloudburst from Strymon is just such a device, taking ambient processing to the next level by offering a powerful reverb algorithm that can go from authentic smaller room sounds all the way up to near-infinite Cloud decay.
Coupled with the powerful ambience processing is a brand-new Ensemble engine, capable of creating organic pads and soundscapes that follow your playing organically - you’ll get different results if you change pickups or play in a different place on the neck. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard or played before, all wrapped in a new smaller form factor from Strymon that still manages to house full stereo I/O, TRS MIDI and USB-C connectors on the back panel.
Prepare to be inspired!
Highlights of the Cloudburst:
- Capable of going from authentic smaller reverb sounds all the way up to near-infinite Cloud decay
- New Ensemble mode for instant string-like organic pads and soundscapes that organically follow your playing
- Freeze and Infinite modes available via the TRS MIDI expression jack
- Powerful controls for Pre-Delay, Tone and Modulation
- Mono-to-Mono, Mono-to-Stereo and Stereo-to-Stereo back panel switch
- True Stereo In and Out via TRS jacks to make connections easy
- Full MIDI integration: save up to 300 presets, real-time parameter control and more
- TRS MIDI/Expression pedal jack allows easy control over most pedal parameters
- Integrated USB-C connection for firmware updates, MIDI control and connection to Nixie
- Premium analog JFET input circuit ensures superb responsiveness.
Celestial String Section
The Cloudburst’s Ensemble switch reveals a whole new world of captivating sounds never previously heard from a reverb pedal. Use it subtly to add harmonically rich and otherworldly dimensions to your ambient reverb soundscapes, or use it liberally to hear a lush synthesized string section swell under your guitar playing. Ensemble reacts to your entire guitar signal in an organic and musical way, delivering a richly responsive and uniquely inspiring playing experience.
From Small Rooms to Infinite Spaces
Cloudburst gives you multiple reverb experiences, with beautifully-tuned and natural small spaces at one end of the Decay knob and vast, expansive atmospheres at the other. As you turn the Decay control numerous internal parameters are automatically adjusted, allowing this ambient reverb pedal to produce outstanding studio-quality spaces of any size at the turn of a single knob.
Compact With No Compromises
All of the premium components, sound quality and road-worthiness you expect from a Strymon reverb pedal are here in Cloudburst’s new compact format. Featuring unbeatable ease of use and some of the finest reverb sounds we’ve ever created, the Cloudburst could easily be the only reverb pedal you need on your pedalboard.
From Strymon about the design concept behind the Cloudburst:
"We had some very lofty goals in mind with Cloudburst, and foremost on the list was creating the best-sounding single algorithm reverb we possibly could. We knew that we wanted to provide the spacious experiences from BigSky’s Cloud machine at higher decay settings, and we set about tailoring the short end of the decay range to generate a huge variety of natural and studio-quality smaller spaces as well.
In addition, we wanted to provide a whole new variety of sounds never before heard from a reverb pedal, which we accomplished in part with the addition of our new Ensemble effect. Ensemble’s design ensures a natural and artifact-free interaction between the reverb and your guitar signal, so with the switch in its mezzo piano (or “moderately soft”) position, it can subtly enhance the character of the reverberated signal, while it can yield huge string ensemble effects reminiscent of vintage polyphonic “string machine” synthesizers when set to forte.
Finally, we wanted to create something that was easier to use than any product we’d ever designed. As a result, there are no secondary or “hidden” functions on Cloudburst – it’s controlled by just a few knobs and a switch, exactly as they’re labeled, so you can dial up the perfect sound instantly with no fuss."
Cloudburst features full MIDI implementation and 300 presets, allowing you to control it remotely by sending MIDI commands from your controller or DAW via the EXP/MIDI jack or USB-C connection. Remotely bypass or engage the pedal, automate decay time or other knob adjustments in your DAW or recall unique presets for each song on your setlist — the possibilities with MIDI are limitless.
Choose Your Bypass Mode
Cloudburst lets you choose between electromechanical relay-switched true bypass for a 100% untouched and unprocessed signal when the pedal is not engaged (which is the default), or our premium buffered bypass, which preserves your signal’s integrity by preventing the high frequency roll-off that can happen due to longer cable runs.
Uncompromised dynamics and feel. Exceptional touch sensitivity and responsiveness. Cloudburst feels just as good as it sounds, thanks to a high-impedance, ultra-low noise and discrete Class A JFET preamp input.
Moving In Stereo
Even though it might look like it’s a standard mono effect, there’s no need to make compromises when it comes to signal routing or pedal placement with Cloudburst — it’s a stereo reverb pedal with full stereo in/out capabilities. Equipped with a single TRS input and TRS output jack, the pedal keeps to a compact form factor while still giving you the option to use it in stereo. A dedicated rear panel Input switch allows you to determine the audio routing, selecting between Mono In → Mono Out, Mono In → Stereo Out, or Stereo In → Stereo Out (stereo in and out requires a TRS cable for each jack).
Power To The Pedal
An evolution in technology led by mobile phones and laptop computers now allows our pedals to perform more simultaneous processes than ever before, and with significantly less power draw. That means more processing power for every sonic nuance, and less power consumption on your pedal board.
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