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Creating Delay Effects with Strymon El Capistan

Hey, Chris Collins here with Broken Bird Productions. I hope you’re well.

Today, I’m going to show you how to achieve the Strymon El Capistan Crinkle effect in Logic.

Alright, well the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to track some guitar. Here we go.

[click plays]

Let me turn that blasted click off. I’m just going to free form.


Let’s listen to what we have. Alright.

[guitar playback]

Alright, so that’s cool.

So this will be pretty easy. I’m just going to duplicate that track. Just going to Option+Shift and pull that down. Let’s just listen to this track again.

[guitar playback]

Okay. First thing I’m going to do is turn Flextime on. We’re going to go to Flextime, Pitch, and yippidy yay, there we go. All I’m going to do is just zoom in here and just randomly select — let’s first select all of these guys.

And for those of you who aren’t familiar with Flex Pitch is you can treat it like a tuner for vocals or whatever else. You have pitch drift, formant shift, vibrato, find pitch, and some other stuff here on the end. Gain.

We’re not going to gain it up. What we’re basically going to do is just kind of create a wobble, crinkle, old tape kind of sound. I am just simply going to do it by pitching these guys up.

[adjusting pitch]

Going to jack the vibrato around. Then I’m going to randomly select some more vibrato. Some random notes.

Why am I doing this? Well, because each one of these notes changes the vibrato, it just gives it that real, sporadic kind of tweaked out old tape, kinked up kind of sound.

So that’s what I’m doing here, and pretty much, when I play it back, we should be able to hear the effect.

[guitar, with effect]

Of course, I went pretty dramatic with it, but you can do it however you want.

I may go in here and take some of these notes and again, let me zoom in, I may just take the actual pitch down. Adjust the pitch drift.

[adjusting pitch effects]

Just kind of make it random like the tape is slowing down and speeding up and whatnot.

[adjusting pitch parameters]

So I’m just going to assume that’s good and we’re going to like it, and it’s going to rock. So with that being done and all, let’s hear it with both tracks in. You should have kind of a chorus sound.

[guitar, chorus effect]

So you can hear how it sounds crazy. Okay, so next thing, and we’re just keeping this simple right now, I’m going to open up the mixer.

So yeah, I’m just going to go over here and throw a delay. Now, Logic does come with a tape delay. I could’ve just used that, and it’s actually, you know, a pretty cool plug-in. Here, let me set this to stereo.

So first thing I’m going to do is just go ahead and pull the dry down and the wet up.

So yeah, I could’ve just used this. It actually has a flutter rate and flutter intensity, which is pretty cool, but it doesn’t quite feel like the El Capistan. So when I figured out the pitching, the track, all crazy like that, that it just felt cooler to me. You know.

This is one way to do it. You could do it however you want, but for now let’s just listen to this track.

[guitar with tape delay]

I do like the spread effect. Then just blend it to taste.

[adjusting blend between delay and guitar]

Anyways, I dig it. I’m probably going to add another EQ here, just to really fine tune the range that I like. That kind of old tape sound.

[adjusting EQ on delay]

So anyways, that’s pretty cool right?


[muting and unmuting delay]

So there it is, the tape crinkle effect like the Strymon El Capistan. Thank you for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, and comment, and tell me what you think of this trick. Awesome. Later.



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