Red Witch have garnered quite a reputation over the years as a builder of premium analog guitar pedals of uncompromising audio quality. Diverse pedals such as the Empress Chorus, Synthotron, and Fuzz God II showcase this expertise well. Insistent on exploring new frontiers, Red Witch released their Seven Sisters line of effects featuring 7 different flavors of signal processing in a compact mini enclosure at a very affordable price point. Now with the Violetta Delay, the first offering in their Original Chrome Series, Red Witch have bridged the gap between premium tone and affordable, compact pedal design.
The Violetta Delay is absolutely stunning to behold with a gorgeous, glossy chrome exterior. Even the sleek packaging exudes class and a premium vibe. This is a feature-packed pedal, too, surpassing many delay pedals costing much more. And while price isn’t a factor I typically focus on when reviewing a product, one of the most remarkable features of the Violetta Delay is simply how much it offers for so little. Red Witch have a product on their hands that could shape up to be a real hit and a sign of things to come with forthcoming entries in their Original Chrome Series pedals. But what’s most important is simply how good the Violetta Delay sounds. Is it the best analog voiced delay pedal around? You’ll find out in our Red Witch Violetta Delay review.
Analog voiced digital delay.
Delay control knob adjusts delay time up to 1000ms.
Mix control knob blends wet and dry signals to taste.
Mod control knob adds modulation from shimmering sparkle to tape echo wow and flutter.
Repeat control knob adjusts from single slap-back style delay to runaway self oscillation.
Exp Pedal output allows control of the delay repeats in real-time via expression pedal (1/8” to ¼” adapter included).
True Bypass switching for letting your signal pass unaffected when disengaged.
Powered by internal lithium ion rechargeable battery or external 9VDC power supply.
Sound & Performance:
Upon first unboxing your lovely new Violetta Delay, she must be charged for 12 hours. I know, I know. After getting your shiny new chrome toy, you just can’t wait to plug her in and jam. Don’t worry. A little more patience pays off. Plugging the Violetta Delay into a standard Boss-style power adapter and leaving her plugged in overnight does the trick nicely. It’ll give you some time to dream about the awesome music you’re going to make the next day. After the initial charge the lithium ion battery will only take around 4 hours to fully charge.
So now that she’s all charged up and ready to go, it’s time to plug in. I tried the Violetta Delay with various assortments of clean and dirty sounds, humbuckers and single-coil pickups. The delay responds consistently in various playing conditions as is expected, but the tonal character of the Violetta Delay is what’s really special about this pedal.
I started with the Mod and Repeat all the way down, the Delay around 8 or 9 o’clock, and the Mix at noon. This produces a reasonably fast single repeat with a slap-back feel. The Tone of the Violetta Delay is darker than your dry signal with plenty of high end roll-off that’s characteristic of the most sought-after analog delay tones. It’s a tone that really sits in well with your dry signal for a warm, vintage vibe.
Rolling up the Mod knob just a bit brings in a touch of movement. The modulation is less apparent on single note runs when using low Repeat settings. Try playing some jangly clean chords, and you’ll be treated to a pleasing chorus-like tone with warmth and depth. Boosting the Mod knob only further enhances the mesmerizing effect with more intense movement.
Pushing the Delay and Repeat knobs up to around 10 or 11 o’clock produces longer delay times with more repeats. By setting the Violetta Delay to longer delay times, you can really hear the delay dissipating with each successive repeat, decaying naturally and darkening in timbre. The modulation starts becoming more fun to use here with noticeable tape-like effects when rolling the Mod knob up towards noon and beyond. There’s plenty of old-school delay charm. The Violetta Delay sounds convincingly analog-like and would certainly fool many guitarists in a double-blind test.
When you take the Repeat control past noon, the Violetta Delay starts to self-oscillate. Once this starts to happen, you can have all kinds of fun manually adjusting the Delay and Repeat controls to create washes of noise and interesting effects ranging from ambient to extreme.
You can also use an expression pedal to control the feedback, overriding the Repeat knob and providing real-time control. Using an expression pedal you can easily take the Violetta Delay from single and multiple repeats all the way over the edge with self-oscillation. Then reign it in by rocking the expression pedal back to the heel position. This is a useful addition that performing musicians will appreciate.
Red Witch’s inclusion of a rechargeable lithium ion battery is an interesting feature. They first pioneered this in guitar effects pedals with their Seven Sisters series, and they’ve continued the trend with the Violetta Delay. The battery will hold enough charge for up to 24 hours on continuous use and should last for 2 years or longer. It will charge anytime you use the Violetta Delay with a power adapter. And should you ever misplace your power supply, the Violetta Delay will probably have plenty of charge to get you through a rehearsal or gig.
One more point to touch on that I don’t normally cover in reviews is price. Good tone is priceless to me, and I never mind paying for premium sound-quality. But the Violetta Delay really breaks the mold by not breaking the bank. Never before has such a feature-rich delay pedal in such a convenient, compact package been made available for such a bargain price. At the price-point that Red Witch are practically giving away these pedals at, the Violetta Delay may find its way into the hands of many guitarists who want exceptional delay tone on a budget. While cost can sometimes be a hinderance to getting high-quality gear, the Violetta Delay makes price a non-issue and an even more enticing consideration.
This pedal sounds fantastic and has all the makings of a hit. Let’s see the final result.
The Red Witch Violetta Delay is one of the best sounding analog-style, compact delay pedals. It’s got more style and class than most pedals. It offers plenty of control and longer delay times than most compact delay pedals in its price range. Most importantly, the Violetta Delay sounds awesome. It captures all the warmth and beauty of classic analog delays with a low price and convenient size that should help it find a place on many pedalboards. Looking for the best analog voiced delay pedal? The Red Witch Violetta Delay is tough to beat.
That concludes our Red Witch Violetta Delay review. Thanks for reading.
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