Reverb’s depths made accessible in a small and super-economical package.
Great sounds, extremely versatile, feature-rich, small enclosure, affordable.
Would love a preset button.
Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb
Ease of Use:
Though Boss’ RV-2 might have been first, Electro-Harmonix’s Holy Grail reverb was among the earliest digital reverb stomps to attain relative pedalboard ubiquity. But while the Holy Grail is still a fantastic pedal in its original guise, advances in DSP technology have made it a sort of Volkswagen Beetle among reverb stomps—solid, simple, and economical. In the form of the Oceans 11, Electro-Harmonix is mating some of the simplicity and utility of the Holy Grail with the DSP power of EHX units like the Cathedral and compact multi-verbs like the TC Electronic Hall of Fame and the MXR Reverb. Even by the high standards set by those units, the Oceans 11 is a superb digital reverb.
Shallow Box, Deep Circuit.
The most remarkable thing about the Oceans 11 isn’t necessarily the number of reverbs on hand (Eleven, if you’d hadn’t yet made the connection.), but the fact that they’re all genuinely musical and inspiring. It’s also noteworthy that these various reverbs share very little sonic overlap between one another and don’t go to cartoonish extremes to achieve their differences. What’s more, most of the reverbs here have multiple voices available via the little “mode” button nestled at the center of the pedal’s knob array. There are even more hidden parameters accessed through the Oceans 11’s sneaky “secondary knob mode.” The device rounds out an impressive feature set with a clever dual function footswitch that allows you to engage an infinite reverb loop by holding the switch down, while whatever you play on top of the loop is doused with the reverb you’re already using. It’s an impressive, expressive, and thoughtful tweak.
With the number of options and sounds packed into a pedal this compact, you could be forgiven for assuming something must have been sacrificed for economy’s sake—especially with a price tag at about $150. But the Oceans 11’s sounds are truly stellar and inspiring. The most common reverbs, like spring, plate, and hall, felt and sounded organic and authentic.
The weirder stuff like the polyphonic setting encouraged unexpected ideas, even at their most extreme. The Oceans 11 also packs in a slew of contemporary favorites, like an ethereal shimmer ’verb and an ECM Records-approved echo reverb—sounds that are must-haves for players in the indie-pop and post-rock realms.
Navigating the Abyss
The Oceans 11’s controls (FX level, time, tone) change function depending on the reverb voice you select. And each control has a wide range regardless of the function it is regulating, making it very easy to dial in everything from super subtle sounds to over-the-top, fully drenched vibes.
While there’s plenty of payoff for knob tweakers willing to dive deep and explore the Oceans 11’s expansive feature set, I found the pedal extremely satisfying to explore more intuitively. And whether routed through the front end or sent to the effects loop of my Friedman Dirty Shirley 40, the Oceans 11 melded beautifully with my dry signal and added lush dimension without sterility. It sounds like a much more expensive effect.
Even though the Oceans 11 is small, there are many more features than can be covered in this review. The only gripe I have with the Oceans 11 is that its copious sounds aren’t accessible via preset. That said, at this price I would not be at all surprised to see these appearing in pairs on pedalboards. The Oceans 11 is a killer reverb solution for a small fly-date board, for recording sessions that require spatial sounds, and could even prove a useful tool for acoustic players that need to spice things up when plugging into a DI or PA. Indeed, the Oceans 11 is much more than the sum of its 11 voices.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.