The Strymon Mobius was a follow up to the hugely popular Strymon Timeline, a pedal that encapsulated all of Strymon’s delay pedals into one programmable unit. The Mobius takes all of Strymon’s Modulation pedals and more, then somehow squeezes them into this beautiful blue brushed aluminium chasis. The Pedal is extremely easy to use despite my initial concerns that there would be a steep learning curve, there are three footswitches, one for tap tempo, one for Preset A and one for Preset B. Also if you press both the Preset B and Tap Tempo buttons at the same time you click up a preset Bank and pressing A & B will click you down a preset bank of which there are 99 so you can store 200 presets which should be more than enough!
The Mobius has stereo inputs and outputs and a signal routing switch that allows you to set the pedal up in various positions in a signal chain such as in your amp’s effects loop as per my demo (set to Post), or in front of the amp with the setting as Pre, or even using another pedal or pedals in the loop of the Mobius and individually set the Pre/Post per patch in case you want the Mobius effects after or before say a distortion pedal. If you have a MIDI foot controller there are MIDI input/outputs in order to let you change presets externally and probably control other parameters that I’m not aware of, having never dabbled I can only imagine. Finally there is also an external Expression pedal input which lets you control an assigned parameter from your preset very easily using the Mobius LED menu and Value knob.
As I demonstrate in the video above it is very easy to assign a parameter to one of the two parameter knobs under the Speed and Depth controls and this futher helps to tailor the effects to your liking, again this would be particularly useful with an expression pedal as you can assign, for instance wave shape to Parameter 1 and then assign Parameter 1 to the Expression pedal. There are 12 effects in all that you can tweak and save and some of those effects are very, very tweakable. I can see myself easily setting up at least 4 different Flanger presets based on the different Flanger modes available, the same goes for Phaser, Chorus, Tremolo…
This is a monster pedal and one that covers a lot of ground, it’s not a Multi-FX style unit so you can’t combine effects but it is kind of rare that you do combine Modulation effects, I wouldn’t use a Flanger and a Phaser at the same time for example. What this pedal does is make it easy to customise a Modulation effect, save it to a bank and recall it and therefore it will be replacing my Flanger, Phaser and Chorus pedals on my pedalboard, if I had an Expression pedal (on the to-get list) it may even replace my Wah, we shall see. It is obviously a great tool for studio use but I think for gigging musicians looking to cut down on the amount of pedals on their board this could be the answer. It is about double the size of a standard Strymon pedal but the amount of high quality effects that it crams inside is amazing. I feel like I have only scratched the surface of the Mobius’s potential with my demonstration and I look forward to seeing and hearing how other guitarists use this pedal.