What are the Best Guitar Digital Reverb Pedals?

best guitar digital reverbLet’s take a look at a popular effect — reverb — and see if we can find a pedal that is a perfect fit for your style.

Reverb is one of the most important tools available to a musician. It allows you to actually change the landscape and the size of the environment that you are in. You can set it to sound as if you are close to a wall, far away from it, or without any walls at all. Reverb got its start with the plate reverb, which is a large metal plate with microphones attached to it, to create and pick up reverberations. The next type was the spring reverb that was built into many amplifiers, making it very popular and well known to guitar players. Today, digital reverb is growing in use, as technology expands in the areas of analog-to-digital converters, resolution, sample rate, bit rate, etc.

Modern digital reverbs can be significantly hi-tech and meticulously crafted, to sound like any type of reverb, natural or unnatural. They can make use of convolution reverb, which is impulse response models of actual rooms. Throughout countless hours of practice I was always grateful for spring reverb. Now we’ll look at a few of these digital reverb pedals and see if any stand out.

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb PedalTC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal

The next generation of TC Electronic’s highly regarded digital reverb pedal, the Hall Of Fame 2, uses four control knobs to dial in your sound. Decay adjusts how long the reverberation trails on, Tone adjusts the volume of the octave up signal allowing for bright to dark reverb tones, and Level adjusts how loud the reverberations are — from subtle to all-encompassing.

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Keeley Aurora Digital Reverb PedalKeeley Aurora Digital Reverb Pedal

The Aurora Digital Reverb Pedal is Keeley’s first digital reverb pedal. There are three types of reverb built into the pedal and they include Hall, Plate, and Room. The three types are selectable by using a center-mounted three-way toggle switch. more…

MXR M300 Digital Reverb PedalMXR M300 Digital Reverb Pedal

The MXR M300 Digital Reverb is another great one in a long line of MXR pedals. The M300 Digital Reverb contains six different styles and each is fine-tuned using three control knobs. more…

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail NanoElectro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano

The Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano has the same prized sounds of the legendary Holy Grail reverb pedal, in a rugged, performance-friendly nano die-cast chassis that’s just a little over two inches wide. It’s designed to be very easy to use with only one switch and one control knob needed to dial in your reverb settings. The three-way switch toggles between the three different types of reverb available. more…

Boss RV-6Boss RV-6

The RV-6 is BOSS’s first new compact reverb pedal since 2002. The RV-6 offers eight different reverb effects and uses four control knobs to dial in your sound. The first control knob is the Effect Level and this allows you to adjust how much reverb is mixed with the dry signal. The Tone knob adjusts the brightness of the reverb, and the Time knobs adjust how long the reverb trails off. more…

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