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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Submitted 9 months ago
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!
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Logic Pro
Submitted 1 year ago
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.'
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician
Submitted 1 year ago
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.
Submitted 2 years ago
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.
I am a: Semi-Pro
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