MATRIXSYNTH: Strymon Zelzah with an OB-6 (no talk noodling)

Monday, October 11, 2021

Strymon Zelzah with an OB-6 (no talk noodling)


video upload by Richard DeHove

"True stereo in and stereo out phaser pedals are reasonably rare - there's the Twin Lazers, Helix, Lunar and a handful of others. Some, like the MXR Phase 99 are potentially great but don't have stereo inputs. Others like the old Digitech SP-7 are technically stereo in and out but don't make any use of the stereo field. Which is the long way for me to justify buying my first Strymon pedal. Since it cost me Au$579 I had big expectations. So I'm very happy to report it's lived up to my hopes. As a bonus it does excellent flanger and very good chorusy sounds as well. The vibrato-style wobble effect is also very useful with the OB-6 since the synth only has one LFO.
Here I just noodle about trying to give a fair feel for the range of effects. I didn't play with any of the secondary functions, so they're all fixed. Specifically I had it on stereo line input, barberpole on continuous fall, maximum stereo width, and the 6-stage feeding into the 4-stage (which is the default routing).
The OB-6 is going direct into the Zelzah, from there to the Erica Synths Zen Delay, and from there into the DAW. No other processing or effects are used. The Zen delay makes it hard to distinguish the stereo field effect of the Zelzah, but that's how I'd use the pedal in real use so I thought I'd present it that way.
Timestamps are a bit fuzzy since I'm constantly tweaking the settings.

0:00 Phaser and Env
0:52 Chorusy wobble
1:40 Flange
2:20 Barberpole stereo
3:10 Wobbles
4:17 Unison phase & flange
6:40 Pulses with chorus, flange
6:50 Chorus
9:30 Flange
10:00 Wobble chorus
10:30 Flangy phase
11:00 Double phase
11:40 High barber

My site: https://richarddehove.com/
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