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Strymon El Capistan V2 dTape Echo

Strymon El Capistan V2 dTape Tape Echo Next Generation

Strymon El Capistan Next Generation: A Vintage Vibe Machine

Experience the Warmth of Vintage Tape Echo

Plug in, play a note or chord, and you feel it: all the warm, saturated, distinctive qualities and subtle nuances of vintage tape echo combine to instantly create an unmistakable atmosphere. The Strymon El Capistan V2 dTape Tape Echo brings you everything from classic slapback echoes to psychedelic space explorations with stunning richness and depth. Each note and knob turn responds in a musically inspiring way, making it an essential tool for any guitarist.

Versatile Echo and Reverb Features

Turn up the repeats for organic delay feedback with just the right amount of grit. Dial in some spring reverb to further enhance the sense of space. Effortlessly create multi-layered ambient soundscapes with the tape-style sound on sound looper. Transform your pedalboard into the inspiration machine it was meant to be with the El Capistan V2.

Three Tape Machine Types in One Pedal

El Capistan provides three different tape machine types in one pedal, each with three unique modes and extensive control over tape quality, machine health, and tone shaping. Go from the full-range sonic stability of a fresh-from-the-factory echo machine to the heavily fluctuating sound of a road-worn unit in need of service. Enjoy the full-bodied sound of fresh tape or dial in the dark, gnarled, and vibey qualities of worn-out tape.

Advanced dTape Technology

Our meticulously handcrafted dTape technology and powerful ARM DSP give you a range of tape experiences that would be unattainable with a single traditional tape machine. Plus, you get sound on sound looping, all without the headaches of tape machine maintenance and repair.

Classic Sound, New Features

The second generation El Capistan keeps the same rich magnetic tape echo tones from the original and adds significant new features, incorporating technological advancements, hardware improvements, and design enhancements for added flexibility, power, and ease of use on stage and in the studio.

Enhanced Spring Reverb

  • Spring Knob: Some classic tape echo machines included small integrated spring reverb tanks tuned for limited bandwidth. For El Capistan, we captured this vintage vibe while creating a spring reverb algorithm with a gorgeous, gentle character that stands on its own, in addition to enhancing delayed signals.

Full MIDI Implementation

  • MIDI Control: Full MIDI implementation means you can control just about every switch, knob, and setting remotely by sending MIDI commands from your controller or DAW via El Capistan's EXP/MIDI jack or USB-C connection. Delay time can be synchronized via MIDI Clock Sync, and the sync setting can be saved for each preset. 300 MIDI preset locations are available for loading and saving your favorite settings.

Hardware Improvements

  • Analog JFET Input Circuit: Ensures superb responsiveness to your playing.
  • Mono or Stereo Input: Selectable with a rear panel switch.
  • ARM DSP Chip: Provides more processing power for every sonic nuance, with less energy consumption on your pedalboard.


Ins, Outs, and Switches

  • Input: High impedance ultra low-noise discrete Class A JFET TRS stereo input.
  • Outputs: Low impedance independent TS stereo outputs.
  • Expression Pedal Input: Allows connection of a TRS expression pedal, MiniSwitch, MultiSwitch Plus, or TRS MIDI connection.
  • USB Jack: For controlling via MIDI from a computer or for performing firmware updates.
  • Footswitches: Dedicated tap tempo & On/Off footswitches.

Audio Quality

  • Analog Front End: Premium JFET
  • Converters: Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters.
  • Processor: 520MHz ARM Superscalar processor with 32-bit floating point processing.
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Input Impedance: 1M Ohm
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ohm


  • Chassis: Strong and lightweight anodized dark gray aluminum.
  • Power Supply: 9V DC power supply included.
  • Power Requirements: Maximum 9 volts DC center-negative, with a minimum of 300mA of current.
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.5" deep x 4" wide x 1.75" tall
    • 11.4 cm deep x 10.2 cm wide x 4.4 cm tall
  • Country of Origin: Designed and built in the USA.

*This pedal ships fully insured with signature required*