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When Strymon set out to design Ola dBucket Chorus and Vibrato, they knew that they wanted to take a high-performance SHARC DSP and dedicate all of it's horsepower to doing one thing—providing the most lush and organic chorus and vibrato sounds ever heard. Their hand-crafted, processor-intense dBucket algorithm delivers all of the warmth and sonic complexities of analog choruses and vibratos. They drew influence from some of their favorite vintage chorus effects and a certain little blue box vibrato with a strong cult following. Couple that with true bypass, a favorite preset, stereo input and output, and a super high quality analog front end and output section, and you have yourself a versatile chorus and vibrato workhorse.
If there’s a pedal in the Strymon line that really showcases how in tune Strymon is with stellar products, it’s the Ola. It was influenced by Strymon engineer favorites like the elusive Boss VB-2 Vibrato, and both its controls and its deep blue hue echo that unit— though it adds a few extra features. The Speed, Mix, and Depth controls are pretty standard, and they display the same highly sensitive traits of the controls on the other Strymon pedals. The added Tone control is a little unconventional, and it only affects treble frequencies rather than sweeping between highs and lows.
In addition to the chorus mode, two more modulation types can be selected with the Type switch: Multi is a three-phase multi-delay chorus (as opposed to the standard single delay) that avoids the warble associated with older analog chorus pedals, and the last is for vibrato. The Mode control is unique in that its effect varies depending on your playing style. In the envelope position, the circuit reacts to your pick attack. The lower you set the Ramp|Env knob, the harder you have to pick to hear the effect. In the ramp position, the effect is only activated when you hold down the footswitch. Imagine playing a solo or a single-note riff and throwing in a little fast vibrato for only one or two notes. With Mode set to ramp, the speed of the effect increases the further clockwise you turn Ramp|Env. With Mode set to env, the envelope opens with less pick attack the more you crank Ramp|Env. Because the pedal is so versatile, the Favorite footswitch is included here, too, so you can save your go-to setting.Why We Love Strymon
Damage Control was founded in 2004 with the release of their line of tube-driven effects pedals, which earned critical acclaim and became favorites among guitarists across the globe. In 2009 they began developing products under the Strymon name, and the rest is history! Strymon is known for their pursuit of building products with no compromises, that push the limits of technology in music, and redefine what is possible with music gear. Their innovations in single-purpose, multi-effect pedals in Reverb, Delay, and Modulation alone have changed and revolutionized the effects pedal market. At Lucci, not only do our guitarists love Strymon, most of them have one or more of their pedals on their pedal boards. Look for Strymon pedals at Lucci Music, online and in store located in Colorado Springs, CO. If you want a innovative and revolutionary wet effects then you’re looking for Strymon.
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