The Strymon Deco is less of your standard effects pedal and more of a tape simulation machine in a box. It has two modes in one with Tape Saturation on one side looking to add in that compressed saturated sound that you could only achieve from real tape before this pedal. The other side of this pedal features what they call the Doubletracker which looks to simulate all of the effects that originated from doubletracking tape such as slapback delay, flanging and chorus though this pedal can do a lot more than that.

From Slapback to Spacey

The doubletracker side of this pedal can take your from slapback short delays to mid length tape echo effects via the Lag Time control. These effects were used heavily during the 50's and 60's when people started to work out what you could really do with a tape machine. The effect is still used heavily to this day but not very often with the same tape tone and feel. The Deco takes us back to those original tape delay sounds and when you start to add in the tape saturation it makes it hard to tell the difference between the Deco and the real thing.

You don't just get great sounding effects through you also get an incredible amount of control over how you want the effect to sound. On the front you have Lag Time (Delay), Wobble (Modulation), 3 Way Type switch that control Phase and Blend which can change the volumes of the virtual tape machines. you also have hidden controls for high trim, low trim, wide stereo mode, auto-flange time and +/- 3dB boost/cut controls. So no matter the sound you are after this pedal can deliver your vintage tape tones.

From Flange to Chorus

When you turn the Lat Time control down you start to go into chorus and flange effects. These choruses and flange effects are emulating what it sounds like to run a doubletracked guitar on tape and having one run slightly ahead or behind of the other creating a phasing effect that we now call flange or chorus.

These effects are controlled by the Wobble, Blend, Type and Time controls taking you from glassy and slow effects to deeper sounds that work great with lower frequency sounds.

From Compression to Overdriven

The Tape Saturation side of the pedal delivers the classic saturation and compression that you get from running to loud of a signal into a tape machine. This is a sound that is highly desirable across a wide range of sounds and genres including blues, rock, country and pop. With the tape saturater you can either turn it on to add a different feel to certain parts of your songs or you can leave it on all the time and get great sounding emulated tape drive.

Like real tape this pedal goes between near transparent compression when only light pushed (saturation knob low) but when pushed hard can turn into a mild overdrive with lots of saturation.

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  • Deco V1
  • Silver
  • 2014 - 2022
Made In
  • United States
Pedal Format
  • Standard

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