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Jul 27, 2020

This pedal is included in our Best Pedals for Synth with CV In article (modulation list).

Montreal’s own SolidGoldFX has just released a new, multi-mode, multi-LFO, tap tempo and CV-enabled flanger pedal called Oblivion, which features a fair amount of knobs and toggle switches compared to your average flanger, which should intrigue all the guitarist out there with sound-exploring inclinations.

The 3 flanger modes are Classic (with the added Thru-Zero momentary effect), Dual and Quad, and delivering anything from subtle, classic tones to “massive swooshing tsunamis of ominous textures” created by four independent delay lines.

Degrade toggle switch introduces a lo-fi character unique to each mode, which adds textures reminiscent of ring modulators and other glitchy effects.

Here’s the list of the other controls:

KNOBS

Speed, Range, Blend, Level – these are common controls for any flanger, with blend acting as a wet/dry mix.

Ramp: The ramp is a momentary feature. This allows you to speed up or slow down the flanger by holding the tap tempo switch.

Regen: This knob controls the amount of feedback in the flanger. At higher levels (clockwise), the Oblivion will begin to self-oscillate. The feedback can also be manipulated using an expression pedal. (See Dipswitches)

SWITCHES

Wave: This three-position switch changes the LFO waveform: bell curve, sine wave, and downward sawtooth.

1/4-1/2-1: Toggles tap tempo multipliers: whole notes (1/4x), half notes (0.5x) and quarter notes (1X).

Flange: This toggle selects between three flange modes.

FOOTSWITCHES

Bypass/Hold Brake Footswitch: Turns the effect on and off. If you hold it down while the effect is on, you will momentarily pause the LFO until released.

Tap/Hold Ramp Footswitch– This footswitch provides a tap tempo and when the switch is held down it triggers the ramp effect

DIPSWITCHES

  • Down/Down:Expression pedal/CV controls speed
  • Down/Up:Expression pedal/CV controls depth
  • Up/Down:Expression pedal/CV controls feedback
  • Up/Up:Expression pedal/CV controls speed and depth

Check out the videos of the SolidGoldFX Oblivion, below, we added it to these lists Best Pedals for Synths and Best Modulation Pedals with CV In.

KNOBS:

Speed: This knob adjusts the speed of the flanger, from low and slow, to warble fast. The speed can also be manipulated by using an expression pedal. (See Dipswitches)

Range: This knob adjusts the width of the flanger. When set fully counter-clockwise, the Oblivion enters into manual mode, where the flange can be swept with the Speed knob. The range can also be manipulated using an expression pedal. (See Dipswitches)

Ramp: The ramp is a momentary feature. This allows you to speed up or slow down the flanger by holding the tap tempo switch. With the knob in the center position, the Ramp feature is off. Turning it down from the noon position ramps it down, while turning it up from noon position ramps it upward. The distance the knob is from the noon position determines how quickly the speed will ramp up or down and return to its original position.

Regen: This knob controls the amount of feedback in the flanger. At higher levels (clockwise), the Oblivion will begin to self-oscillate. With exploratory tweaking on other knobs the pedal can become an instrument in and of itself, creating swirling soundscapes.The feedback can also be manipulated using an expression pedal. (See Dipswitches)

Blend: This knob blends the dry and wet signal from fully dry to 50/50. The deepest flange tones are achieved with the Blend set fully clockwise.

Level: This is a master volume of the pedal and can boost or cut the output.

SWITCHES:

Wave: This three-position switch changes the LFO waveform. When switched to the left, the waveform is bell curve, center selects a sine wave, and the right kicks in a downward sawtooth.

1/4-1/2-1: This toggle switch provides three tap tempo multipliers. The left position selects whole notes (1/4x), the center position selects half notes (0.5x) and the right position selects quarter notes (1X).

Flange: This toggle selects between three flange modes.  The left position provides a classic through-zero flanger. The center position selects a bi-flange modulating 2 independent delay lines. The right position selects the quad-flange swirling 4 delay lines.

Degrade: This toggle switches on the lo-fi mode when set to the right. Each flanger setting has its own lo-fi mode varying the level of signal degradation.

Bypass/Hold Brake Footswitch: Turns the effect on and off. If you hold the foot switch down while the effect is on, you will momentarily pause the LFO until this button is released.

Tap/Hold Ramp Footswitch– See: Ramp– This footswitch provides a tap tempo and when the switch is held down it ramps the speed/depth up or down, depending on how the ramp knob is set.

AUXILIARY:

In: Plug in your instrument (or another pedal etc.) into here.

9V:The Oblivion requires a center-negative, 2.1mm 9VDC power adapter with at least 60mA of current (not included). Almost all power supplies meet this requirement, but check yours beforehand. There is no option for a battery.

USE OF AN IMPROPER POWER SUPPLY WILL VOID THE WARRANTY

Expression Pedal/CV Jack (EXP): Using an expression pedal takes over certain knob functions depending on the internal dipswitch settings. This jack can also be used for 0-5V CV operation.  A special cable is required for CV operation – Mono 1/8″ or 1/4″ to 1/4″TRS with the ring disconnected for most applications.

Dipswitches:

  • Down/Down:Expression pedal/CV controls speed
  • Down/Up:Expression pedal/CV controls depth
  • Up/Down:Expression pedal/CV controls feedback
  • Up/Up:Expression pedal/CV controls speed and depth

Out: Connect your Amplifier (or another pedal etc.) from here.