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BigSky Tutorial

Ambient Patches with Strymon BigSky

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7 Videos | Length: 36min 23sec
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    User Interface

    Learn your way around BigSky's controls and menus.

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    Creating an Ambient Patch

    Start building a patch using the Bloom reverb type, and learn about the Decay, Length, Tone, and Feedback parameters.

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    Parameter Knobs & Expression Pedal

    Assign the Parameter 1 and 2 knobs, as well as the expression pedal, for controlling parameters during performance.

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    Persist & Hold

    Learn how the Persist and Hold parameters work.

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    Name & Save

    See how to name and save your presets, as well as how to save to multiple locations.

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    Shimmer Reverb

    Create two presets using the pitch-shifting Shimmer reverb type, exploring multiple setups with the two pitch-shifted voices.

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    Cloud Reverb

    Build a preset from start to finish using the Cloud reverb type, exploring different Diffusion and Modulation settings.

Product Overview


Few pedals lend themselves to creating lush sonic dreamscapes like the Strymon BigSky. In this video tutorial series, Strymon expert Matt Piper shows you everything you need to know to create wild, evolving ambient patches with this powerful effect pedal.

Matt begins by exploring the user interface of the Strymon BigSky, showing you how to access its presets and parameters from the knobs and switches on the pedal.

Then Matt dives right into demonstrating how to build a patch, using the Bloom reverb, and customizing the Decay, Length, Feedback, and Tone controls to create just the soundscape you’re looking for.

Matt now explores the assignable parameter knobs and expression pedal, so you can perform with your new patch live. After that, Matt covers the Persist and Hold parameters, showing you how they affect parameters in a given patch.

From there, you’ll see how to name and save your presets, save the same preset to multiple locations, and see the creation process of two patches, using the Shimmer reverb machine and more.

Finally, Matt reveals how to create a preset from start to finish using the Cloud reverb type, exploring different Diffusion and Modulation settings.

If you’ve got a Strymon BigSky pedal and are looking into how to make great hardware-based ambient textures, “Ambient Patches with Strymon BigSky” is what you need to watch!


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Ambient Patches with Strymon BigSky is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful in deed The supplied info for the Strymon reverb was not adequate to get to grips with the operation of the pedal. The Grove 3 videos made it possible for me to get to grips with the pedal
Date published: 2021-02-24
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Helpful But Poorly Presented At Times I did learn some important things about the product and am indeed glad I watched this tutorial, but it was poorly presented at times. The presenter frequently blocked the view of the input screen with his hand and seemed unprepared at times.
Date published: 2020-07-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very helpful very deep explanation
Date published: 2020-03-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear tutorial on the basics Good lessons to get started with the Big Sky!
Date published: 2019-11-29
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from A confidence builder .Really helpful clear description of the pedals potential nicely paced no rush Looking forward to confidently delving into the pedal its great to know you can use the pre-sets as a starting point to creating your desired sound The function of all knobs and switches was explained clearly I would have liked to have seen an additional video demonstrating the pedal in action during a composition/song and seeing the player move from one patch to another during that composition and using the expression pedal. On the whole a great tutorial Thankyou
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Super helpful! Really enjoyed this series. Agree with another reviewer about the amount of time spent on saving patches was a bit much. Aside from that it was really inspiring and made the pedal feel more approachable. Would love to see more of these type of videos in the future!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It saved my relationship with a new Blue Sky Even though I'm an engineer with many years of experience with many years of experience with musical gear - I found the Blue Sky 'powerful but very confusing' at first. I kept getting lost in the modes and settings and patch selections. This video series cracked the code in the perfect way. I went from 'about to return the unit, even though I loved the sounds' ... to 'excited to dig in.'
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Information! Well taught, step by step process, great audio and video. Quickest way to get up to speed with a fairly complex effects pedal. Helps you get the full impact of what is possible. I wish there was more Groove 3 tutorials on Strymon products.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Barely covered the unit Way too much time wasted on saving. There are many more settings that were never covered - magneto for instance. The only reverb types covered were cloud, shimmer and bloom.
Date published: 2016-10-12
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