The Strymon Flint is a very cool looking pedal with it’s retro styling and that is deliberate because the idea behind the Flint is to recreate iconic Tremolo and Reverb circuits from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. The Tremolo circuits, of which there are three, are based on vintage amps from the 1960′s, the first mode is a ’61 Harmonic Tremolo, then a ’63 Power Tube Tremolo and finally a ’65 Photocell Tremolo. Each Tremolo effect has a very different sound and feel, the ’61 Harmonic Tremolo for instance with the Intensity cranked will give you a Vibe or Phaser style effect, the ’65 Photocell on the other hand will give you a choppy gated style effect as demonstrated in my video demo.
The Reverb side of this pedal also has three modes, ’60s Spring Tank, ’70s Electronic Plate and ’80s Hall Rack Reverb. Like the Tremolo effect this has its own bypass switch so you can have either effect engaged or combine the effects and even choose the order of the effects, Reverb into Tremolo or Tremolo into Reverb. The Reverb has enough control through the Mix, Decay and Color parameter controls to achieve anything from a subtle reverb to a special effect style Reverb with the Decay and Mix controls set to maximum. I’m not a massive fan of spring reverb but it certainly captures the sound of a spring tank in an amp very accurately and will have you play surf guitar riffs as soon as it is engaged. The 70′s Plate is a very nice, natural sounding Reverb and one that I can see myself using a lot with a clean tone although I do like the 80s digital Reverb too. In fact I would be happy enough if this was just a Reverb pedal, the fact that it has great sounding Tremolo effects built in too is a huge bonus to me.
I didn’t demonstrate some of the extra functionality of this pedal because I didn’t have the necessary external devices but you can also hook up an expression pedal, and external tap tempo switch or a Strymon Favourite Switch too. You can assign any of the front panel control parameters to the Expression pedal which could be very cool especially for controlling the intensity of the Tremolo or Mix of the Reverb for instance. The external tap tempo switch lets you remotely set your Tremolo speed and the Favourite switch allows you to save a preset. Also you can run the Flint in Stereo, this is a pretty standard feature for Strymon pedals actually. In this case you have to flip an internal jumper and use a TRS Splitter cable into the input, there is a left and right output on the top of the pedal.
Here are some of the audio features:
- 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 or line signals
- 20hz to 20khz frequency response
- Premium analog 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
- Selectable “trails” mode with high quality Analog Buffered Bypass
Simply put I love this pedal, my Amp doesn’t have a Reverb circuit and the demo was recorded using the Flint in the effects loop which, as you can hear sounds great so it is going to take pride of place on my pedal board next to my beloved Strymon El Capistan Delay pedal. If you are looking for a Reverb pedal with even more control Strymon do make a dedicated Reverb pedal called the Blue Sky Reverberator, but for me the 70s and 80s modes cover enough ground and give me enough options for every situation. The Tremolo circuits sound fantastic and again I would be happy enough if this pedal had either effect but the fact that I can bypass each or combine them make this a must have effect pedal for me.