Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo

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  • Faithfully recreates Tape Echo Machines
  • Fixed, Multi, and Single Tape Heads
  • Hand Crafted dTape Technology
  • 10 Adjustable Parameters
  • Sound on Sound Mode

Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo

The Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo offers the sound a feel of old tape echo machines, producing a classically warm and saturated delay. Featuring three tape heads with three modes each, the pedal give you control over 10 parameters to shape the delay to suit your playing. Using dTape technology and a powerful DHARC DSP, the El Capistan can deliver a wide range of tonal possibilities. The pedal also features an input for an expression pedal, stereo output, and a mono input that can be switched to TRS stereo via the internal jumper.

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Faithfully recreated Tape EchoMachines

Strymon wanted to create a pedal that would recreate the effects of an old tape echo machine, offering the warm saturated tones and distinct qualities that they would deliver. After a lot of research, Strymon have crafted dTape technology to produce the tonal qualities of the tape machine. Coupled with a powerful SHARC DSP, the El Capistan is capable of producing three different tape machines with a range of different modes.

Shape your sound

Featuring three different tape machines, with three different modes, the El Capistan allows you to shape the sound of the tape machine to best suit your playing style. With 10 parameters to tweak, the pedal gives you control over the tape quality, machine health and tone shape. Create sounds that are from a pristine, studio quality tape machine, or a heavily fluctuation machine that’s been worn down. Produce a full bodied tone of a fresh tape, or choose to have a worn tape to produce gnarling qualities.

Sound on Sound Mode

The El Capistan features a sound on sound mode that mimics a moving head tape machine, giving you the ability to create a loop like effect. By switching to the single tape head and putting it it mode C, the pedal starts to record like a tape machine, allowing you to play and record your sound. By hitting the tap machine, you can set the splice in and out points to determine the length of you tape so then you can start layering sounds over one another. By hitting the bypass switch, the pedal will stop recording and then you can tweak the controls to change the sound of your loops. By setting the repeats to max, the pedal will create an infinite number of loops, and hitting the tap switch a third time erases the loop.


  • Casing: Aluminium
  • Tape Machines: Fixed, Multi, Single
  • Modes: A, B, C
  • Controls/Secondary Functions:
    • Time / Spring Reverb
    • Mix / Boost/Cut
    • Tape Age / Low End Contour
    • Repeats / Tape Bias
    • Wow and Flutter / Tape Crinkle
    • Type Head Switch
    • Mode Switch
    • Tap Footswitch
    • Bypass Footswitch
  • Inputs: Mono, Expression Pedal
  • Outputs: Stereo
  • Power Consumption: 9V DC Centre Negative 250mA Current
  • Includes: 9V center negative DC power supply