Red Witch Violetta Delay Review – Best Analog Voiced Delay Pedal?


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4.5
On December 4, 2013
Last modified:October 6, 2016

Summary:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall-Rating-4.5

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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275 COMMENTS

  1. Looks really nice. I’m on the fence with the whole rechargeable battery thing. It’s a cool option but I can’t see myself using it in any situation. Pedal sounds super good though. Big fan of the sound.

  2. Most of your reviews match my personal opinion on the pedals. Now that i see this one with 5 stars, can’t can’t wait to get my hands on one!

  3. Its like a box containing a bottle of fine wine! Or maybe chocolate :D Great looking pedal! And amazing sound!! I’d love to have it on my gear

  4. What a great delay..in a small package. Really like the 1000ms delay. Nearly all other delays in this form factor offer less time. And it does in fact sound analog. How they did this is amazing.Red Witch really nailed it again with this one! That said, I plan to donate mine (should I win) to a local school’s band which can’t afford such luxuries. But, would definitely give it a “test drive” first to make sure it works……..then cry all the way to the school to drop it off……

  5. Leaving a comment for the giveaway entry. This pedal actually sounds pretty decent. For an “analog”,voiced digital delay this one seems to be one of the nicer sounding ones. Sort of nails the warmth of actual analog but,at the same time you get the benefits of digital, and the battery is pretty cool too!

  6. Great warm tone!

    And such a tiny box!

    Great time for guitarists these days; awesome effects, amazing guitars and amps from boutique makers.

    It wasn’t always like this!

  7. This thing sounds like glaciers moving! The Jeff Boyle video is absolutely perfect. “Solace” by Jakob is one of my favorite albums of all time.

  8. currently not looking for another delay at the moment, but this is a very nice little unit, if i were, this is very useful and compact!

  9. Expression pedal control, wow. With a chargable battery. And beautiful sound. Red Witch never seizes to amaze. I own and use three delays atm, this would be a sweet addition to the bunch.

  10. Clearly you get the Red Witch message. These small form factor effects are the business and taking the wall warts out of the equation is simplicity and magic in the same small but perfectly formed package. Nice work…

  11. I had it in my head that the Seven Sisters range were going to be the only small footprint pedals Red Witch were going to make since they collectively covered so much territory, but I’m glad they decided to push the envelope further with this little blighter. I’m also thrilled they included a long delay time. We need more of that outside of $400 digital behemoths.

  12. Red Witch pedals look as good as they sound. The violetta is a beautiful looking pedal that would look at sound beautiful in my pedal chain along side my Medusa.

  13. Wow this pedal looks killer and is even sweeter sounding. Lots of control features, small footprint and I am really digging the rechargeable battery. No more looking like a idiot on a live gig lol

  14. WOW! I was heavily leaning towards the MXR Carbon Copy as my first delay pedal, but after reading this review, I seriously might have to reconsider. The review was excellent and made me really want to give the Violetta a try!

  15. Man, this sounds great! I love how Red Witch has taken the Violet Delay and upgraded it in a really awesome way, giving players an option in between the Violet and Titan pedals. I hope they do the same with the rest of the Seven Sisters line of pedals.

  16. This is another great pedal from the guys at new zeeland. It, s small and looks great.
    I have the famulus overdrive it, s one of the best pedal you can buy for some great leadtones or chords.

  17. I have a Pentavocal and Medusa and absolutely love them! I’m a big fan of Red Witch as a whole, and the demos of the Violetta sound very nice. The aesthetics and small footprint are a big bonus too. I’m looking forward to putting that beauty on my board. (GAS relapse).

  18. I like this pedal, because it’s simple and it’s would be a nice addition to your pedal board. Like running it after you delay and reverb pedals to add more dynamic and depth to your sound. And who doesn’t like things in chrome, ooooo shinny.

  19. I really like the sound of red witch pedals and yet again another beauty! Seriously warm sounding delay that seems extremely versatile, would love to add this to my rig. Having not the cash or a store that stocks them nearby I guess the closest I will get to owning this pedal is through listening to youtube clips.

  20. This pedal sounds amazing transparent! Much wider variety of options compared to other similarly priced yet inferior pedals!

  21. I don’t think it’s possible to have too many delay pedals, and this one is so small, pocket sized and pretty you could keep it secret and whip it out like a secret weapon for another level of simmer

  22. Gotta love the size. while the 12hr charge would leave me liking my chops, using a rechargeable lithium ion battery is pretty damn smart.

  23. Nice! this would make a great 2nd delay (if you frequently use delay in your line) or really it would make a first delay for a set and forget situation!

  24. Red Witch is a great example of a company doing things right. They make absolutely killer pedals that cost a ton and they make absolutely killer pedals that are cheap. The Seven Sisters were fantastic and this is an even better next step. Love Red Witch’s delays

  25. The Violetta sounds and looks amazing. Very versatile and loving the unique design. Small footprint, quality sound. Nice work Red Witch!

  26. How not to love a chrome pedal!? There should be way more chrome pedals out there! …Hope for RW to put out some other pedals as well in that style.
    I hope to be able to lay my hands on the Violetta very soon. What I really like about it from the demos so far is the self-oszilation possibility and the dark voicing of the repeats.
    Will be posting a more detailed review on this pedal when I get it.

    I actually want 2 of those, especially as they are so small, so winning one would be really cool!!! I’d use one for my regular channel delay tones and one fixed with my fuzz lead tone, both one-step-switchable using my true bypass looper for my lead sound. A touch of that wonderful tape like reverb will make my solo tone come alive for sure.

  27. I can’t wait to get this, you know guys this one is mine! (being a douche)

    One does not simply Win this gift but me (being a douche²)

    Omg, This is awesome but I wont win this shit :| (being me)

  28. I just started playing guitar about four months ago and have purchased The Red Witch Chorus pedal and from doing my research I scored the BEST Chorus pedal on the market. I will always buy top of the line if I can afford it and I know this is a Red Witch product so it’s got to be great…I would love to win this pedal! If not I will just have to go out and buy one…I eventually will own all of The Seven Sisters Pedals…in fact I bought a mini pedal boars just for them…lol…so far I have the black distortion pedal and she rocks! This one is on my radar….

  29. I’ve been following Ben as he’s gotten around promoting this little gem and I must say this is one of the most organic sounding non analog delays I’ve ever heard. Great work!

  30. Love Red Witch pedals… Violetta looks great and I’m sure it sounds awesome. I would love to add it to my pedalboard and I hope I win. Thanks for the chance!

  31. I have the Ruby fuzz and need to tweak the internal trim-pots, which is not an easy thing to do, because it has a big volume cut when I kick it on. I wonder if this one needs the same adjustments for playing at high volume.

  32. I just want to make “whooooshy whooo whoooo whush” noises all day everyday and I think this pedal might be the one I’ve dreamed of.

  33. I would love to win the Red Witch Violetta Delay. It’s a remarkable pedal and there are endless possibilities in such a sweet small package!

  34. I have been a delay pedal fan since the beginning and the Violetta delay sounds great. It is also has an awesome oscillation sound.

  35. The Violetta delay has to be the most powerful of it’s size on the market. The expression pedal feature was a smart addition for this compact delay. Unlike other delays with modulations, the mod on this delay isn’t wild and out right out of the box. It has a warmness to it while being turned low and can carry into those wild pitch variations at your hearts desire by turning a knob.

  36. Really love the sound of this pedal, and as a young guitarist player starting to build up his board this would be one on my top priority! Great in-depth Review by Best Guitar Effects! Will be following you guys for a very long time!

  37. Nothing really unusual about the delay based upon the demos…I would really need to test it myself to give an accurate comparison and rating. I like a good delay but typically I like a delay that has something unique to the pedal. If I win the Violetta I will try it and provide a review.

  38. I’d like to win the Violetta Delay because I need a good versatile analog voiced delay. It also has a rechargeable battery to free up my power supply outlets for other pedals.

  39. great analog voiced digital delay – I think this sound more like an analog delay than other such voiced digital ones – Red Witch did a great job on this one.

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