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No matter what genre you play, a reverb pedal can give your sound some extra character and depth. Reverb is a very personal effect to a lot of guitarists, so what works for another musician might not work for you. With this in mind, we've chosen 10 of the best reverbs at every price point. From affordable Chinese pedals to high-quality boutique pedals, you'll be sure to find something that floats your boat. For every pedal, we've looked over each of its features and included some high-quality sound samples of the pedal in action so you can really hear how the pedal will affect your tone. If you still need some help, leave us a comment and we'll be sure to respond!
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If you’re short on time, we’ve summarized our top 3 recommendations for each budget category right here. If you keep reading below, you'll find a more extensive look at these and other great reverb pedals in each price range.
Behringer is the king of value pedals, and the Behringer DR600 is no exception. For not much money, you get a very usable, tweakable reverb powered by a 24-bit sound processor for great quality audio. The DR600 gives you a choice of 6 reverb settings: Hall, Plate, Spring, Modulate, Room, and Gate. The Hall, Plate, Spring, and Room settings are pretty standard reverb modes you find on a lot of pedals. The other two settings require a bit more explanation. The 'Modulate' setting changes the pitch of the reverb tails and creates an almost chorus-like 'shimmery' effect. 'Gate' cuts off the reverb after a short while, which is great for getting an iconic 80s-inspired guitar sound like in Prince's 'I Would Die For You'.
Three knobs control the DR600's reverb settings. There's a Level knob (controls wet/dry ratio), a Tone knob (treble response), and a Time knob that adjusts the length of the echoes that the pedal creates. If you want even extra fullness, you can even use it in stereo mode! Sadly, the DR600 is made of plastic, so it's not the most durable pedal on the market. If you gig frequently or aren't too careful with your pedals, then take a look at the all-metal Donner Verb Square below for something a bit more robust.
Check out the audio samples in the video below for an exhaustive overview of the capabilities of the Behringer DR600 Reverb pedal. Find the Behringer DR600 Reverb Pedal on Amazon. Don't be alarmed by the reviews! A lot of the bad reviews are due to faulty pedals being sent out. Behringer offers a 3-year warranty and Amazon always offers free returns, so buy with confidence.
If you're an ambient, shoegaze, or post-rock guitarist on a budget, you're going to love the Caline Snake Bite. It's seemingly inspired by one of our big-budget top picks, the Earthquaker Afterneath. Though it's not quite as 'otherworldly' as the Afterneath, it will still take your tone to places you never thought possible.
The Snake Bite's six knobs might seem overwhelming at first, but rest assured that it can be tamed with some practice. You won't find a straightforward 'settings' selector on this pedal. You'll need to mess with each of the knobs to find a reverb sound that you like. You can get anything from regular old room or spring reverb to sonorous, cavernous cathedral/cave reverbs and everything in between. When you start experimenting, start with each knob at 12 o'clock and go from there!
If you want to adjust the 'type' of reverb, you do it by turning the RES (resonance) knob. The more you turn it, the more 'airy' and 'open' the reverb becomes. CFR (center frequency) and LP (low-pass filter) control the high and low frequencies of the reverb tails for more/less warmth or clarity. PRD (pre-delay) controls the amount of time it takes for the reverb to kick in after you play something. Turn this knob all the way and you'll get some crazy ambience going. Finally, there's a standard MIX knob for choosing dry/wet mix and a DECAY knob for adjusting the length of the reverb tails.
The Caline Snake Bite is a great option for the ambient guitarist who can't spend hundreds of bucks on a pedal. Check out some sound samples below. Find the Caline Snake Bite Reverb Pedal on Amazon.
Don't let the size of this mini-pedal fool you: the Donner Verb Square means business! While it's not the prettiest pedal on the market, the Verb Square packs 7 reverb modes into a tiny format. Choose from Room, Hall, Church, Spring, Plate, and Mod settings with the turn of the center selector knob. Shape the reverb to your liking using 3 control knobs: the Level, Decay, and Tone knobs help you dial in the perfect tone.
Sadly, the Verb Square won't get you crazy amounts of reverb trails. The max decay time is only a couple of seconds, so it's not a good choice for an ambient reverb. You can't output a 100% wet signal either, so if you're looking for lush, crazy room filling reverberation on a budget, the Caline Snake Bite above is your best bet.
The Donner Verb Square is quite durable and is encased in an all-metal housing with a True Bypass switch for tonal clarity. All-in-all, if you're looking for a good versatile and small-format reverb without spending a fortune, then look no further. Check out the sound samples below. Find the Donner Verb Square Reverb Pedal on Amazon.
Since its inception, the TC Electronic Hall of Fame has been one of the go-to reverb pedals for thousands of guitarists of all different genres. Its newest incarnation, the Hall of Fame 2, improves on the winning formula that made the original so popular. In fact, the Hall of Fame 2 is the one reverb that never leaves our boards no matter what or where we're playing. It has a list of features as long as your arm: TonePrint technology, stereo inputs/outputs, buffered/true bypass switching, 8 modes, and more! Let's look at it more in-depth.
The HoF2 comes with 8 selectable reverb settings: Room, Hall, Spring, Plate, Church, Shimmer, Mod, and Lo-Fi. What makes this pedal special is TC Electronic's TonePrint technology, which allows you to create 3 customizable reverbs and add them to your pedal! You can even choose from some artist-created TonePrints if you don't want to spend time creating your own.
The Hall of Fame 2's controls are intuitive. There is a Decay knob for shortening/lengthening the reverb tails, a Tone knob for adjusting the treble response, and a Level control for adjusting the mix of wet/dry. There's also a switch that lets you pick from a short pre-delay or a long pre-delay. While this won't turn the pedal into the Earthquaker Afterneath, it makes the Hall of Fame 2 that much more versatile.
A new feature on most new TC Electronic pedals is the 'Mash switch'. Press down on the on/off switch with your foot for a bit and you activate the 'Mash' technology. The harder you press the switch, the more intense you can make the reverb. It's like a built-in expression pedal. This is a great feature for temporarily increasing the strength of the reverb without having to fiddle with any knobs on the pedal itself!
The Hall of Fame 2 can really do it all. You can choose from buffered or true bypass as well as turn on Kill-Dry by opening up the pedal and moving a couple of switches to a certain position (indicated in the manual). Easy as pie!
Check out some sound samples of the TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 reverb pedal below. You'll quickly hear why it's one of the best reverb pedals on the market today. Find the TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 on Amazon.
Building on the legendary RV-5 that came before it, the Boss RV-6 is a fantastic all-around reverb pedal. Like all Boss designed pedals, the RV-6 is no-nonsense and built-to-last. It comes with 8 reverb modes, optional stereo operation, and kill-dry functionality.
The 8 reverb modes on the Boss RV-6 include standard options like Mod, Spring, Plate, Hall, Room, and Shimmer. The RV-6 comes with two special modes: Dynamic and +Delay. Dynamic automatically adjusts the reverb to how hard/soft you play and adds some 'dynamics' to your sound. +Delay mode combines a standard reverb setting with a delay effect for extreme reverberations. Each of these modes is very usable and sound fantastic thanks to the RV-6's upgraded DSP. The reverb modes can be shaped with the Level knob, Tone knob, and Time knob (controls the length of the reverb).
You can connect an expression pedal to the RV-6 if you want to get even more control over the reverb depth without having to mess with the knobs. Listen to some sound samples of the RV-6 below. Find the Boss RV-6 Reverb Pedal on Amazon.
In recent years, Digitech has created some of the most innovative, bang-for-the-buck pedals on the market. The Digitech Polara combines years of effects experience and knowledge into an affordable, great-sounding package. Working in tandem with the reverb experts at Lexicon, Digitech has created one heck of a reverb pedal.
The Polara reverb pedal comes with 7 different reverb settings, some familiar and some not. You'll recognize the Room, Spring, Plate, Hall, and Modulated reverb settings. Halo and Reverse are a bit more exotic. 'Halo' is quite similar to the Shimmer mode of the TC Hall of Fame 2. It's very ambient and lush with lots of octave shifting and overtones. 'Reverse' is pretty self-explanatory: rather than starting out at full volume, the reverb is quiet and then crescendos to full volume.
Three knobs shape the intricacies of the reverb effect. Level controls the wet/dry ratio of the reverb. Liveliness adjusts the tone. Decay changes the length of the reverberations. There's also a 'Tails' switch that will make it so that turning off the pedal won't abruptly kill off your reverb tails. Sadly, the Polara doesn't go full wet, so it won't make a great ambient reverb for post-rock/shoegaze genres.
One thing we both love and hate about the Polara is the artwork. While it looks amazing, it makes the settings kind of hard to read unless you're somewhere with really good lighting. Not the end of the world, but it's worth mentioning if you spend a lot of your time gigging in dimly-lit clubs.
Check out some sound samples in the video below. Find the Digitech Polara Reverb Pedal on Amazon.
If you dream of cavernous echoes, spaceship-like ambience, and otherworldly reflections, the Earthquaker Afterneath is your dream reverb pedal. It is absolutely perfect for ambient and post-rock applications. If you're looking for a more 'tame' reverb pedal, check out the Hall of Fame 2 we looked at earlier. However, if you're in the market for something with a bit more of an edge and character, then the Afterneath is for you.
To create such a cavernous reverb, the Afterneath is composed of a bunch of delays on different timers. These delays are what create the reverberations and the reflections that you hear in the final 'reverb' effect.
You won't find a simple setting selector on the Afterneath. Compared to simpler pedals, the Afterneath has a little bit of a learning curve. There's a total of 6 knobs and the interplay between each of these knobs is what ultimately creates the sound of your reverb. The 'Length' knob controls the decay length of the reverb. 'Diffuse' controls the airiness of the reverb. As you turn it clockwise, the reverb becomes more spacey and ambient - almost like increasing the size of the room. 'Dampen' is basically a tone knob, controlling the brightness of the reverb.
'Drag' is the heart of the Afterneath. It controls the delay rates. The more clockwise you turn it, the more 'spaced out' the delays become. The longer delays create a more ambient reverb with more varied reflections. 'Reflect' controls the rate of the reverb echoes. The more clockwise you turn it, the more echoes in the reverb. 'Mix' controls wet/dry level of the reverb.
If you want to experience the indescribable Afterneath, check out the sound samples below. Find the Earthquaker Afterneath Reverberator on Amazon.
Whether you play rock, metal, shoegaze, ambient, or post-rock, the Source Audio Ventris is the last stop when it comes to versatility. Built on two independent 56-bit signal processors, the Ventris is a high-quality reverb powerhouse and one of the most technologically advanced pedals you can buy.
The Source Audio Ventris comes with 12 onboard reverb effects and even more you that can unlock with the Source Audio Neuro mobile or desktop applications. Simply connect the Ventris to your computer using the USB output jack found on the top of the pedal to unlock this functionality and more. With so many configuration choices, Source Audio had the foresight to allow you to save up to 8 configurable presets on the pedal, or up to 128 if you're using a MIDI capable controller.
The Ventris allows you to select two presets to load up as 'A' and 'B'. You can run them both individually by setting the toggle switch to the respective position. You can also run both at the same time by setting the toggle switch to the middle position ('A + B') for unparalleled ambience.
The controls, for the most part, are intuitive. Tone, Mix, and Pre-delay knobs are pretty standard. Select the reverb engine you wish to run by rotating the knob in the middle of the pedal. The knobs labeled 'Control 1' and 'Control 2' affect specific parameters of each reverb mode differently. For example, if you've selected the 'Room' reverb, Control 1 adjusts the bass quantity of the reverb, while Control 2 affects the pitch modulation level of the effect. Cool, huh?
Versatility is the name of the game with the Ventris. Choose between buffered or true bypass, plug in an expression pedal, or edit the parameters of each reverb engine in the mobile or desktop apps. We've just scratched the surface of what's possible with this amazing reverb pedal. Check out the video below where Pete Thorn goes through it in detail. Find the Source Audio Ventris over on Amazon.
If you're looking for the king of all reverb pedals, look no further than the Eventide Space. With a grand total of 10 knobs, this is one heck of a customizable reverb machine. Choose from 12 of Eventide's reference-quality reverbs, including:
Not only do you have these 12 reverbs to choose from, you also have over 100 presets at your disposal. Some of these presets were designed and created by reverberation royalty like Jonsi from Sigur Ros and sound designer Adam Devine.
The Eventide Space is very durable, encased in a metal enclosure with True Bypass switches for zero unwanted tone coloration. Run it in mono or stereo modes, plug-in an expression pedal, control it using MIDI, and change reverb programs instantly at the press of a button. This is one piece of gear that is only limited by your creative ability.
The Space is a professional reverb that can create any sound you can dream of: from simple room and spring to cavernous soundscapes. And it's got a price tag to match.
Check out some sound samples of the Eventide Space below. Find the Eventide Space Reverb Pedal on Amazon.