When Strymon decided to develop an effects pedal that delivers the sound and feel of our favorite tape echo machines, Strymon knew they must relentlessly study and faithfully recreate every last nuance. Strymon spent months in the Strymon sound design labs with an intense focus on capturing the warm, saturated, distinctive qualities of tape echo machines. The result is the hand crafted dTape technology. Utilizing a ridiculously powerful SHARC DSP, every drop of processing power is harnessed. El Capistan provides three different tape machine types in one, each with three unique modes. With ten parameters to tweak, you get extensive control over tape quality, machine health and tone shaping. Go from the sound of a pristine, studio-quality tape machine to the heavily fluctuating sound of a machine in need of service. Get the full bodied sound of fresh tape all the way to the gnarled qualities of worn out tape. Because it's DSP driven, you get a range of tape experiences unattainable with a traditional tape machine. All of this without the headaches of tape machine maintenance and repair!