Reverb Pedal Shootout

Here’s a little shootout between 4 different reverb pedals, especially considering their ability for “wash” or “drones” or “soundscapes”, whatever you want to call it really 🙂

The sound is in the video above, here’s just what I thought about these pedals.

MXR M300: The wash of the MXR really surprised me, it sounds warm and huge and I like that it sometimes seems to really empathize different notes, it really doesn’t seem static. That’s because the MXR produces it’s wash by stacking multiple delays. For some reason though, it hasn’t got quite such a stereo spread as the Strymon Flint, it simply doesn’t seem as wide. Another thing I don’t like is that the decay is shorter than on the Flint and especially the Neunaber pedals. And I REALLY don’t like that you basically have to buy those TRS cables if you want to use it in stereo.
The Neunaber Immerse really seems nice on paper, like a “best of” of Neunaber. Problem with this thing though, is that the effect is quite weak. Go back to the video (or any video on the Immerse on Youtube) and notice that I had the effect- and depth level on max to get a similar sound as on the other pedals. And I’m not the only one to notice that by the way, forums all over the place are full with people disappointed about the effects level on this pedal. Now, you could say it has a dry-kill function that puts the effect on 100%, but the thing with that function is, it doesn’t let sound through when the effect is disengaged (so it was pointless in this shootout)
Having said that, if you don’t need your guitar signal to drown in reverb, this pedal actually might be worth considering. It does a lot of interesting sounds in one good-looking package.
The Neunaber WET Stereo is interesting. It seems to produce it’s wash/drone differently than the other ones. Listen to how it basically takes the first note played and repeats it as in a loop. Plus, it’s the only pedal here that basically goes on forever if you have the depth on max. and trails mode engaged. Unfortunately it seems to add a little bit of hiss when you have the depth on max., not sure if it’s noticeable in a live setting, but in the above shootout, it definitely is. I’m sure people can do great stuff with this pedal, but for this sample in this test, it wasn’t that great.
The Strymon Flint is interesting as well. There seems to be a kind of frequency gate on it’s wash (no bass and no treble, all mids), and the color (a.k.a tone) knob doesn’t seem to do much on it. Also, the wash/drone seems to have a “washed out” quality to it, almost as if you put an overdrive on it, which I like, and it also seems to be a little bit wider than the MXR, plus has a nice long decay. For some reason though, I feel like the Strymon Flint does something to your pure guitar tone, and I’m not sure if I like that or not, but it definitely changes it.

My verdict:
Personally, I am torn between the Strymon and the MXR. The both cover the basic stuff (plate, spring and hall sounds, plus shimmer and modulated reverb on the MXR), and they both other a great sounding wash. The MXR’s is full and fat, whereas the Strymon’s sounds like something straight from a Sonic Youth record. If I had the money I would definitely keep both, but just for the sake of my wallet, it has to be the MXR. It costs 100€ less than the Strymon (which has a great tremolo built in though), has 4 very usable reverb sounds, 1 awesome wash sound and 1 mode that is “meh” – at least for me – the Shimmer a.k.a. Pad mode. For me personally, it’s my winner, but you should not take my word for it. If you can, try out all of them for yourself to see which pedal suits your needs.

But just based on this video, what is your opinion on these pedals? Which one did you like best? Leave a comment below!

One Comment:

  1. Eric Filsinger

    I think the added bonus of tremolo is worth the minor drawbacks of the Flint, I have one but am going to a MXR to a second board soon

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