StrymonRiverside Multistage Drive Pedal


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Strymon Riverside Multistage Drive Pedal

The Riverside multistage drive, from Strymon, is a tube-driver with years of research and development under its belt. In order to not make "just another tube overdrive pedal," Strymon dissected tube overdrives throughout history to figure out what has been done and where it can be improved. With cascading gain stages, it maintains harmonically rich tones that range from silky smooth overdrive to explosive distortion. The front end of the pedal, which utilizes an analog JFET, ensures uncompromised dynamics. Once the audio hits the DSP section, it maintains high audio quality and can take the drive into a place that analog cannot go. The Riverside boasts sweet-spots at every knob setting.

Riverside Features

  • Custom cascading multistage distortion topology provides a wide range of tube-inspired drive tones
  • Digitally controlled analog class A JFET input gain stage maximizes headroom while adding up to 20dB of pure analog gain
  • Precision crafted DSP gain stages provide detailed complexity and responsiveness
  • Low gain channel for smooth classic overdrive
  • High gain channel for modern saturated distortion
  • 3-band EQ with independent Bass, Middle and Treble controls
  • Selectable post-analog gain mid-band EQ push
  • Presence switch to tailor the sound for use with all amplifiers from dark to bright
  • Optional variable-threshold noise reduction helps tame noisy guitar pickups
  • Favorite footswitch to save a favorite setting
  • Expression pedal input allows simultaneous morphing control over multiple parameters, or logarithmic volume control
  • Boost pedal input allows connection of an external footswitch for up to +6dB of analog boost, or to toggle the Favorite preset on other Strymon pedals (Favorite Out mode)
  • Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters provide uncompromising audio quality
  • Premium analog front end and output section
  • Super high performance SHARC DSP in a compact form factor
  • 32-bit floating point processing
  • True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching) or selectable transparent Analog Buffered Bypass
  • Strong and lightweight anodized gold aluminum chassis
  • 9V DC power supply included
  • Power requirements: maximum 9 volts DC center-negative, with a minimum of 250mA of current
  • Dimensions: 4.5"D x 4"W x 1.75H (11.4cm x 10.2cm x 4.4cm)
  • Designed and built in the USA
Product Demo Videos
Strymon Riverside - Multistage Drive - Overview
Riverside is the culmination of a thorough analysis of numerous analog and vacuum tube circuits. Our goal? To deliver a new world of harmonically rich, incredibly versatile, tube-inspired drive sounds. We didn't want to build just another distortion or overdrive. We knew we must examine what has been done, and bring a new approach to the world of drive sounds.
Strymon Riverside Multistage Drive Pedal Reviews