If you take a quick look at our Top 10 list of pedals having been reviewed this far, you will find 2 pedals from Empress. And we only reviewed 2 of their pedals up until now – the Empress Compressor and the ParaEq. Both amazing pedal within their respective category.
And now Empress is ready to launch a brand new reverb pedal – generically named ‘Reverb’. No frills, just sayin’ what it is – much like their ‘Compressor’, ‘Distortion’ or ‘Phaser’.
But that certainly doesn’t mean it’s your everyday, average reverb pedal. At least it deosn’t seem to be when you look at it and read the details. Obviously, it covers the almost obligatory modes of room, hall, spring and plate reverb types, seemingly aiming at replicating realistic-sounding spaces. But it also introduces some more ‘interesting’ modes such as ‘Sparkle’, ‘Ambient Swell’, ‘Ghost’ and not least ‘Beer’…
Knobwise, the classic Decay, Mixand Output knobs are there, but you will also find Low and Hi knobs, as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2 that control various parameters depending on what mode you have selected. Oh, and there are also 5 presets to get you started.
If you think it seems like we are very keen on reviewing this pedal, you would be absolutely right!
Well, so far there are no bass sound examples for this pedal (send us one and we’ll make some!), but Empress did make an impressive amount of demo examples for guitar, so for now, this will have to do.
- 24 studio quality algorithms and counting – The pedal has 12 algorithm types, some include multiple variations. For example, vintage and studio plate, dark and bright springs. Also, as more algorithms get added you can update your pedal via the SD Card. It’s the pedal that keeps on giving.
- Pristine Classic Sounds – pristine sounding classic hall, plate, spring and room sounds that rival or surpass studio units costing many times more.
- Ambient Sounds – A complete palette of tweak-able ambient sounds that offer the creative player so much territory to explore and make their own.
- Easy to use and fast to dial in – All the algorithm controls are sitting on a knob in front of you, no fiddling through laborious menus.
- Tap Functions – many algorithms have infinite hold settings or the ability to tap in delay time.
- Low Noise signal path – Features a signal to noise ratio of >104dB and maintains an analog dry path.
- Up to 35 Presets – Settings can be saved to 35 presets. With three stomp switches, accessing the presets is easy.
- 2 Preset Modes – Bank style or scrolling style preset modes.
- True Bypass and Buffered Bypass – It can be configured to run with true bypass or buffered bypass if you want to hear trails.
- Cabinet Simulator – 3 variations to choose from, perfect for recording, practicing or for gigs without an amp.
- Output Transformer – Get hum-free operation when operating in stereo with two amps. Output 2 is isolated with a transformer to eliminate nasty ground loops
- Unsurpassed Connectivity – The Universal Control Port allows you to connect an expression pedal, external tap switch, control voltage, external audio input and MIDI – all using a standard 1/4″ jack!
- Advanced Configuration Menu – The Advanced configuration menu lets you configure how your reverb works. Select from true or buffered bypass, 0-35 presets, MIDI configuration, Control port control(expression pedal, external tap, control voltage and MIDI) as well as which style of preset system to use, input signal pad, output transformer enable and more!
- Small Size – The enclosure measures approximately 5.7″ by 3.75″ by 1.75″, which is delightfully small when considering all the features packed into this unit.