Reverb, can anything sound this good?

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Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by syntheticsolutions » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:59 pm

I have been checking out a lot of demos of the strymon big sky. It sounds absolutely amazing and I really want one.

I am super broke at the minute and the thought of paying £400+ for a pedal is just crushing. I was wondering if there are any cheaper or second hand reverb units that can achieve similarly beautiful reverb responses, in particular the choral effects and shimmering ambient type stuff.

If not, I am just going to have to suck it up and get one :/
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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by pflosi » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:28 pm

Nope, no chance any cheaper I'd say - especially those two modes.

I need to get it just for that as well soon :?

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by garranimal » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:16 am

Get something decent first, and in the meantime save up for the good stuff and upgrade later. I've been using a Lexicon MPX-550. Think it was $125. Lexicon reverbs are a superb value. I could probably get an octave pedal and get somewhere close to the mechanics of that shimmer sound. I was planning to upgrade someday to the Space. Then I heard Z's demos, and the strymon synth demos, of the Big Sky. That reverb dsp is just so damn good, it really seems like it is worth the money. I really think I'll be getting one very soon.

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:18 am

The Zoom MS-70CDR has some algos based on those Eventide shimmer and ambient type effects, I'd be looking at that for a cheap substitute rather than something like a cheap lexicon.

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by hyphen nation » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:19 am

There's other awesome reverbs out there. Are you going to get them all in one box? probably not…you could drop a lot of money trying to find a cluster of pedals the reproduce all that is in that box, and probably not in stereo, and probably with higher signal noise/noisefloor and definitely a deeper impact on your wallet.

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by tallowwaters » Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:09 pm

The Line 6 Verbzilla pedal can cover a good bit of the special FX ground. Even has a shimmer setting.
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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by krushing » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:56 pm

I have the minuscule Mooer ShimVerb pedal that, as the name implies, does a shimmer-ish 'verb (as well as somewhat passable room and spring emulations) - no doubt it's not as lush or as sophisticated as the BigSky, but can't really fault this box I paid 30 euros of...

And of course if plugins are an option, look at the ValhallaDSP stuff. All amazing.

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by colmon » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:27 pm

you could always do your own shimmer effect by creating a simple feedback loop with a cheap pitch shifter in the path (the cheaper the better; it's all about those glitchy digital artifacts being smooshed together by a thick lustrous glorious reverb... like floating on a cloud of titties)

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by Big Gnome » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:45 am

Check out the Neunaber stereo effect pedals--there are four or five, but they only differ in the program they ship with, which can be changed via usb (the mono versions can't though), and of course the graphics. The quality of all the effects, especially the reverb, is stellar, and they do provide a "shimmer" program. You'd lose the switchable algorithms from the Strymon as well as a number of editing parameters, but the Neunaber pedals cost about $250.

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by ryryoftokyo » Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:20 am

Lexicon MX200. I own two, and they're glorious. Other than that, put the extra 100 in and go Eventide.
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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by nvbrkr » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:32 pm

Are the Strymon boxes something you could use on a full mix too? It would be perhaps a bit odd to use a pedal for the purpose, but it's the stuff inside that counts in the end.

I just took a look at the prices for the Bricasti and "better" Lexicon models. Lord Christ, what year are we living currently anyway? The remote control for the Bricasti costs over two-thousand alone. I'm definitely going to be looking elsewhere for a good while still.

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Re: Reverb, can anything sound this good?

Post by Bitexion » Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:47 pm

Cheapest way is to take your synths and a speaker into a cathedral, though. Plenty of reverb there.

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