Strymon Magneto Review

The latest Noir Et Blanc Vie video takes a look at the new Strymon Magneto echo and looper module for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

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.

Pricing and Availability:

Magneto is available now for US $599.

If you’ve used the Magneto, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

13 thoughts on “Strymon Magneto Review

  1. This is a tape simulator, there’s no actual tape, right?
    I don’t entirely get people spending so much on digital modules. Seems a bit weird to have a ton of digital modules and chain them together with analogue CV.

    1. Correct that this is a tape simulator with no actual tape. But, it makes perfect sense to control a digital module with analogue CV if the parameters you are modulating have high enough resolution. Plus, there really isn’t a standard digital modulation source in eurorack so what is the alternative?

      As an owner of Magneto I have to say that one’s ears could easily be fooled into thinking it is an analogue module. The sound is VERY rich and the controls super smooth.

      1. It does sound amazing, sorry I should have said that first.
        What happens if you plug an audio-rate modulation into the CV modulation ports?

        1. You get a different type of modulation.. Sending audio into a modular CV input is an old, often used technique, especially in regards to frequency/amplitude modulation. An old trick for making claps/snares/percussion etc is use a noise source to modulate frequency. So its fine, maybe you wont like the effect, but that’s personal taste at that point. I use audio to modulate things all the time for experiments and or cuz that’s what I need to achieve a desired effect.

    2. there is nothing incongruous about analog control of digital effects. Most digital effects stomp boxes have analog inputs/outputs for the audio and analog control via knobs and switches. Some of the nicer effects boxes also have analog expression pedal inputs.

      CV on a digital module gives you the main advantage of a modular system, which is that you can experiment with patching from almost anywhere into almost anywhere. It allows you to twiddle the knobs in experimental and unpredictable ways.

      1. I’m confused here as well.. the process of physically patching a cable is digital, but a digital module’s sound is analog? I think this is joke…no? Cuz my eurorack system is a mix of both digital and analog due to the traits of both approaches per the modules I’ve invested in. The process by which I use it is neither digital nor analog.

  2. What’s with these comments?? I own this and it’s awesome. This tutorial is a useful–albeit brief–rundown of some of the module’s features. As anyone who owns any other strymon product will tell you, the sound quality and build quality are top shelf. I also own the Flint and Dig pedals, too, and regularly use them with synths. Yes they’re on the higher end of the price spectrum, but you get what you pay for here.

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