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December 2014
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OohLaLa Quicksilver, Soda-Meiser and Torn's Peaker Pedal Review

OohLaLa Manufacturing is a Minneapolis based company founded by Amada Marquez. The company’s mission is to help small effects designers bring their creations to a larger audience. Currently, OohLaLa carries the creations of three designers, Lorren Stafford of Black Box Effects, Devi Ever of Effector 13 and Bruce Bennett, legendary designer and maker of the Brown Sound pedal. Don’t let the name OohLaLa or the fuzzy animal “pedal pouches” fool you, these pedals mean business. Hand built and hand painted using water-soluble inks and lead-free solder, OohLaLa offers a unique line of guitar effects that are also earth friendly. The effects have metal chassis, true bypass, and run on either a 9-volt battery or standard Boss-style DC adapter.


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Quicksilver
The Quicksilver is a very versatile pedal with plenty of options for almost any style of music. It offers 7 knobs: Delay Long, Delay Short, Tone, Mix, Wobble, Speed and Repeat. There are two footswitches: one bypass, and one that switches between Long and Short Delay. There are two small LEDs: red for Long Delay, yellow for Short Delay. Neither LED will light when the pedal is in bypass mode. You are provided with a standard in/out, expression pedal input, and an effects loop, which processes the feedback loop through external devices. The Wobble controls the amount of modulation going to the delay time. The Tone knob adjusts the tone of the delay signal— counterclockwise for a darker analog delay, and clockwise for a brighter tape delay.

When I first plugged into this pedal, I tried out the Long Delay option with the following settings: Delay Long at 2 o’clock, Tone at 10 o’clock, Mix at 2 o’clock, Wobble and Speed at 7 o’clock, and Repeat at 5 o’clock. I was treated to a healthy dose of long, drawn-out delay, and to my surprise, no out-of-control feedback from repeat build up—the notes just trailed off in the distance. Turning the speed knob up, the waves became faster, building over the slow churning waves. With the Short Delay at 2 o’clock, I backed off on the Repeat knob to 2 o’clock and turned the Wobble up to 10 o’clock to add some modulation. It was still a bit dark, so I turned the tone knob clockwise to brighten up the tone, to get a tight slapback-style delay. Using a telecaster, I achieved an icy chorused twang, with a roomier sound.

The effects loop allows you to route other effects such as fuzz, volume pedals, or delays, so that as the delay repeats, the sound becomes increasingly processed as the signal is routed through the other units. For the test, I tried out my Ernie Ball Jr. volume pedal and my Line 6 DL4. I found that I could control the ratio of dry signal to saturated signal using the volume pedal without the loss of any volume. Through the DL4 I was able to combine two different delays to create some bizzare effects. Using the reverse delay of the DL4 combined with the slapback delay of the Quicksilver, I achieved a slower build up of notes with a huge sound.

It’s worth mentioning that if the Quicksilver is in bypass mode, the pedals you run through its effect loop chain are unavailable, so players may want to use some expendable pedals in the chain. My only qualm with this unit is the absence of a Tap Tempo. Some players who are used to tapping out the delay speed on the fly may try using the expression pedal input feature, which allows you to adjust the delay speed. I didn’t have an expression pedal on hand to try this out, but I’m sure it would take some getting used to. I would recommend the Quicksilver to any guitarist or synth player looking for a great sounding analog and tape-style delay.
Buy if...
you're looking for a great sounding analog and tape-style delay.
Skip if...
you want a delay pedal with tap tempo.
Rating...
4.5 

MSRP $475 - OohLaLa Manufacturing - oohlalamanufacturing.com