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!