EXTERNAL REVERB UNIT. Should I use one on my effects pedal board ?

USING AN EXTERNAL REVERB UNIT INSTEAD OF THE AMPS REVERB

 

External reverb unit. Should I use them? Generally the reverb units on amps is sufficient but you are limited to that one type of reverb. I personally use a unit called Eventide Space. This unit is absolutely awesome. I can even get pretty close the the Roland RE-20 which is usually hard to do with other external reverb pedals I have used in the past.

external reverb unit

external reverb unit

SETTINGS ON THE EXTERNAL REVERB UNIT EVENTIDE SPACE PEDAL

Most of the time I edit the presets on pedals. On the Eventide pedal I don’t edit any of the presets. It’s almost like someone set them to my taste. If you know of a store near you that stocks Eventide pedals you may want to drop by and check out a few presets. Some of them are way out there but there are many that sound perfect. It stores 100 presets which you can edit and save.

I had a Boss RE-20 and although the RE-20 was a great pedal I found that the Eventide was much more what I wanted because I like a lot of effects and strive to get different tones. I like it versatile presets.

PEDAL BOARD PLACEMENT FOR THE EVENTIDE SPACE UNIT.

I have found that putting this external reverb unit at the very end before my

Cream Boost Pedal external reverb unit

(Trachouse) and at the end of my pedal line up I get a very smooth mix in my tone. I want to add right here that there is no right or wrong way to set up a guitar effects pedal board because it is totally a personal taste thing. There are certain guide lines that help for sure like I wouldn’t put a delay pedal before a distortion pedal. I have fooled with so many over the course of 40+ years that I can most of the time help someone get the most out of all of their pedals. Pedals in the wrong place can rob tone severely. But again it depends on what you want. I personally like to get every bit of tone from my board as possible. That comes from careful placement.

My boards normally have anywhere form 15-20 pedals. Depending on size I will use two boards if needed. A lot of people tell me you don’t need all those pedals.  I know x-person they just  use an amp (pumped Marshall)  and his guitar. I agree I don’t have too. I choose too use those pedals. I love effects pedals and experimenting with them. All of those years have made me knowledgeable in that field with out even realizing it. I just loved doing it.

You can read how I got started making pedals  external reverb unit at my about page. I make three pedals now. Cream Boost / Brown Edge Boost / and Red 70’s Fuzz. I am working on an overdrive which will be a little bit above my Brown Edge Boost. The name of the pedal will be called the ‘Orange Jaffa Drive‘.

You will shortly notice I will get off topic on ya in a hurry. lol That is because I am a musician and not a writer. But anyway using a reverb other than an amp will do two things for you.

  1. You have more control and selection of tones.
  2. Your sound will be much richer because more than likely external reverb unit is much more sophisticated than a stock spring reverb within the amp.

In closing I hope that me blogging on pedals, pedal order and types of pedals you may pick up a tip or two. I am not an experienced blogger but I can maybe come up with a couple of nuggets someone can use.

Thanks

David W. Aucoin

BUY THE WAY PART TWO OF THE SERIES ON HOW TO SET UP A GUITAR PEDAL BOARD will be coming soon….

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