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Love your pedals but hate hauling an amp to practice or play out? The pedal-sized Strymon Iridium gives you the tube staging, tone stack, and touch response of three iconic amplifiers, each with three corresponding cabinet choices, all in a line-level stereo output, which you can send straight to FOH — no amp required. Iridium’s Class A JFET preamp handles your guitar and stomps just like a true tube amp. Its analog front end feeds a powerful 2-stage DSP processor that carefully approximates the tube bias, harmonic breakup, cone compression, and EQ interaction of some of your favorite front ends. Whether you’re playing the blues through a chunky American 1 x 12" or raising the roof through a dimed British high-watt amp, the Strymon feels and handles much like your favorite stacks and combos. A preset switch gives the Iridium the functionality of a 2-channel amp for clean/dirty applications, with an additional 300 accessible via MIDI switch. Meanwhile, a front headphone jack lets you monitor yourself directly from the stage — no in-ears required.
Strymon’s Matrix Modeling technology brings you compelling virtualizations of three iconic tube amps. Here's what’s inside:
The Strymon Iridium comes stock with nine choice speaker cabinet impulse responses (IRs) from leading third-party manufacturers like OwnHammer and Celestion Digital. We found these to be a great starting point for each of the onboard amps, with very little need to modify. Even so, if you’ve got a collection of custom or homemade cab IRs you’re picky about, the Iridium lets you load them in over USB using the free Strymon Impulse Manager, with support for mono/stereo files up to 500ms in 24-bit/96kHz quality. Here’s what comes onboard:
To further sell that amp-in-a-room vibe, the Strymon Iridium gives you four mesmerizing stereo room convolution reverbs in a simple 1-knob interface. Dial up to add some space to solos or pull back for a more intimate, focused feel.
The Strymon Iridium supports either mono or stereo pedal setups. So whether you run a single-pedal ship or a whole fleet, or stereo Strymon chorus and reverb pedals, Iridium has the I/O to suit your setup.
The key to the Iridium’s amp-like response is its Class A JFET preamp circuit, which gives you familiar touch dynamics and 20dB of pure analog gain to boost and saturate your input.
Strymon pedals are known for their powerful SHARC processors, and in this way, the Iridium is no different. But what is unique is how it handles the heavy lifting of both an amp modeler and a 500ms stereo IR convolver. An ARM coprocessor that’s optimized for high-speed communication with the SHARC ADSP-21375 gives the Iridium the seamless response of an analog pedal, whether you're toggling between favorites or spinning knobs, along with 32-bit floating-point approximations of some beautifully modeled amps, cabs, and room reverbs
Loading your own stereo cab IRs into the Strymon Iridium — up to 500ms and 24-bit/96kHz resolution — is no problem using the free Impulse Manager software. Connect the Iridium’s USB jack to your computer, then drag and drop.
Plug a standard expression pedal TRS cable into the Iridium’s EXP/MIDI jack, and you can adjust volume settings (pre- or post-preamp) or morph seamlessly between knob positions.
You can also save and access full sets’ worth of favorite presets by inserting a Strymon DIN-to-TRS MIDI cable into the EXP/MIDI jack and connecting a MIDI controller. If you’re searching for meticulously modeled amp tones in a familiar pedal format, you can trust your setup to the Strymon Iridium.