Let's cut through the confusion and look into some details you need to know about reverb and delay pedals. Here are a few helpful hints for choosing the best pedal.
First things first: analog or digital? The majority of digital reverbs are actually digital iterations of popular analog pedals. Moreover, digital reverb pedals are able to reproduce all sorts of various effects beyond the capabilities of analog.
Sweetwater carries a huge range of reverbs and delays. Hall reverb pedals create a warm, concert hall effect that will last from 1 to 3 seconds. Chamber pedals provide clarity, warmth, a short decay time; somewhere from 0.4 to 1.2 seconds. Plate reverb pedals create a full, smooth sound and are perfect for when you don't want to catch a lot of the listener's attention. Plate pedals mimic the process of sending a signal into a device with a large metal plate that vibrates, thus resulting in sound reflections. Room reverb pedals offer a bunch of early vibrations which end with a fast decay and small frequency roll off. These rapid-acting pedals usually last from 0.2 to 1 seconds. Spring reverb pedals copy the popular reverb effect in many guitar amplifiers, with a sharp, distinctive sound.
When we're talking about controls, the decision depends on which kind of player you are: do you love experimenting with a lot of controls or do you simply prefer one, two, or three knobs that get the job done? Reverb pedals with multiple controls are very versatile, while non-complex ones require no fuss — just set it and forget it.
When it comes to delay pedals, there are several factors to take into account.
Analog delay pedals provide a warm, natural, simple tone, with a short delay time. Their sound is just like a real echo. Digital delay pedals, on the other hand, offer a precise, clean, sound and long delay times that let you create long loops. Digital pedals can also produce rhythmic patterns with the echo, letting you structure the echoes like notes. Properly used, you'll be able to craft an echo rhythm that successfully fits the piece you're playing.
Delay pedals add brand new dimensions to the sound, simulating the sound of another guitar player, and contributing extra texture to your music.
One thing's for sure: your Sweetwater Sales Engineer will be happy to help you make the final call on what reverb and delay pedals fit your needs best. Give us a call and we'll answer any questions you may have! Learn More
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