I absolutely love these effects and very rarely find ones that don’t inspire me. I think the first time I realized that I could sync up my playing to the echoes from what I think was probably a DD3 was a complete paradigm shift for me when it came to guitar playing. I started playing guitar because of bands like Rage Against the Machine and Tool – bands that aren’t necessarily effect driven (maybe moreso in Morello’s case) but still had enough parts that made me look into pedals. I remember spending hours and hours on a digitech RP100 trying out every single preset and “writing” to the sound. This type of thinking definitely stuck with me across everything I’ve done with the guitar.
There’s always this argument of technical skill vs. creativity going on across most online forums and occasionally into the mainstream media when people like Joe Bonamassa provide some wild quotes to get clicks but I’m a firm believer that pedals are a great way to unlock creativity and get your brain working in interesting and different ways – the Old Blood Noise Endeavors – Rever is a great example of this. This pedal makes me play it as much as I’m playing the guitar.
The Rever is a delay / reverb / reverse pedal which isn’t really anything super new or unique but it sounds really great, has a good price point and most importantly to me – features an expression pedal control that allows you to roll in the reverse effect easily at any time. This is what sold me on this pedal. I had been using a Strymon Timeline for reversing delays (and not much else) and figured I could let the big box delay go and replace it with something more specialized.
The basic idea of the Rever is that it combines delay and reverb as well as the ability to reverse the reverb signal. You can change how that reverse function is placed which makes a huge difference in the sound output – placing the reverse before the delay / reverb makes for a washed out textural effect (I use this setting most of the time). Placing it after the delay / reverb makes for some really glitchy / wild effects. This can be super fun as well but the context of what I’m doing most of the time leads me to the more soft / ambient style.
Each of the elements of this pedal really shine on their own, let’s start with the delay engine. This is a digital delay with a bit of vibe to it (that’s my way of saying it doesn’t sound pristine?) that has a great feedback control that let’s you sit right on the edge of out of control. This let’s you create a huge washed out sound without going over the edge.
The delay engine also can make a nice standard sounding DD3 style delay, the time isn’t super long but if you own this pedal there’s a good chance you already have another delay on your board. Especially if you’re reading this website.
The reverb engine is also really interesting, there’s simple controls for level / modulation / depth but the interact in a really cool way. Here’s a few ways this comes together. This first one shows what I usually use this for, a nice plate style (I think?) reverb sitting rather low in the mix but just adding color to a melody line.
Because ambient. Here’s what happens when you dime this thing and let it completely wash out the signal.
Ok, so here’s what I’m really into on this pedal. The ability to swell in and out the reverse effect using an expression pedal. I use this all the time and it just sounds incredibly great all the time. I’m completely biased here because of my unconditional love for reversed audio but I really do think this pedal does an amazing job of this.
This thing rules. Can’t say enough good things about it. If you play anything similar to what I do I’m certain you’ll find use for this in a multitude of scenarios – even if you don’t, it’s an incredibly solid reverb and delay pedal that also happens to have my favorite function ever attached to it.
If I’m going to try hard to say something slightly negative about this – I’ll mention that it does introduce a bit of noise when you open up either of the effects. This isn’t really noticeable in most scenarios but maybe it’d be a problem for you? The audio clips above all have some level of noise in them and I don’t correct anything out of these demos – you be the judge.
I picked up the wild color variation of this (they make less obnoxious versions) and totally understand that may not be for everyone but the pedal itself is great and I can’t recommend it enough.
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