As any Gregorian monk worth his robe can tell you, reverb is one of the most effective effects you can use to enliven an otherwise dull and not-happenin’ tone.
As any Gregorian monk worth his robe can tell you, reverb is one of the most effective effects you can use to enliven an otherwise dull and not-happenin’ tone. From cavemen in the canyons to cathedral chants at Chartres to the Chantays riding “Pipeline,” we’ve listened in wonder at its ability to add dimension, color, and a sense of space.
It’s no coincidence, then, that Eventide elected to use that very word to name its new hyper-packed reverb stompbox. The range of reverbs inside this single sexy box can seem as expansive as the cosmos itself—100 factory presets derived from 12 basic algorithms that can also be tailored to your needs. It runs the gamut from standard room and classic spring reverbs to the positively extraterrestrial.
This is a deep pedal—deep in sounds and functionality—that distills a lot of the great work Eventide has done with rack units like the H8000FW and H3000 SE. And the entirety of what the Space does could fill the pages for 10 reviews. But even a casual session with the Eventide Space reveals that it can lure you in for hours, and if you’re an incurable texturalist who loves to paint in broad strokes and subtle washes alike, the Space has virtually endless treats in store.
As Vast As the Sky
Like most of Eventide’s stompbox line, the Space can look daunting at first glance. It has 11 knobs and three footswitches, as well as a red LCD display glowing with occasionally cryptic readouts. But the Space works quite intuitively once you get the hang of a few basic functions. You will have to spend some time with the manual, but you can still get cool sounds quickly and with minimum effort.
Each of the Space’s sounds is born of 12 basic reverb algorithms—including Hall, Room, Plate, Spring, and Reverse—in addition to more esoteric algorithms like Mangledverb (which distorts and detunes reverb tails), Shimmer (which shifts pitches in reverb tails and lends a touch of harmonizing), and Blackhole (which lends an overtone-rich, more-spacious-than-space feel). One of the trickier things is that, apart from the Mix control—which blends wet and dry signals—knob functions change depending on the algorithm.
The footswitches also have variable functions. In the most basic setup, the Active (bypass) footswitch turns the effect on and off, and the HotSwitch and Tap footswitches scroll through algorithms or presets (as indicated by the down and up arrows next them).
Consider this a fair warning to guitarists who don’t have a lot of time to spare or who have impatient bandmates: This pedal will suck you in. And as an insatiable fan of psychedelic, dub, and space-rock sounds, I immediately plugged in my Telecaster, ran the Space into a Fender Champ, and searched out the Blackhole setting. One of the beautiful aspects of the Space’s performance is that even the most radical algorithms and presents can be scaled back to very subtle or almost imperceptible versions of themselves—or propelled to serious extremes. You can also modify several tone-shifting parameters. For instance, on the Blackhole setting alone you can move decay from super long to long-and-inverse decay (for a cool suction-like effect), apply and adjust delay to the effected signal, increase or decrease the size of the reverb (a sort of littlescreen/ widescreen effect where you can cut or boost highs and lows in the reverb tail, adjust the speed and intensity of modulation, and increase or decrease resonance).
Even at fairly tame settings, the Blackhole algorithm is overflowing with expressive potential. Dial back the Decay, Size, Delay, and Mix knobs, and you can add a ghostly quality to, say, a fuzzy or overdriven blues solo. But dial everything back up between 11 and 2 o’clock, and the simplest strum of a chord finds you stretching time and covering light years.
The Shimmer algorithm is also bound to please ambiently concerned players. And if you’re a fan of Daniel Lanois or the Edge’s work with reverbs and harmonizers—particularly the ethereal sounds on The Unforgettable Fire—the rich, celestial, and orchestral textures this setting lends to a clean Fender tone will leave you giddy and dreaming.
The Space isn’t all deep, cosmic travelling, though. The Spring algorithm sounds natural and rich, particularly at more mellow settings. And with my detuned Telecaster, it conjured images of a dusty spaghetti Western sunset. The hall and plate reverbs were both beautiful sounding when I ran a Martin 00-15 with an L.R. Baggs iBeam out in front—enlivening fingerpicking phrases and complex chords. Probing further into the factory presets (which include presets from artists like Vernon Reid, Sigur Ros’ Jonsi, U2 producer Flood, and electronic music producer Richard Devine) revealed even more mind-boggling possibilities.
You could spend an entire rainy weekend with the Eventide Space and only scratch the surface of what it can do. The basic algorithms and presets alone could probably inspire hundreds of fresh approaches to solo sections and songs. But the seemingly limitless tweakability and range of the pedal, as well as the ability to save personal presets, have the potential to make it the busiest pedal on your board or in your studio. For puritanical players, the Space will offer a thousand more textures than they need, especially given a street price of around 500 bucks. But for true 6- and 12-string adventurers eager to explore the final frontier, the Space has the power to be endlessly rewarding.
texture is your king and you have little use for guitar-tone dogma.
you haven’t turned the Reverb knob on your Twin Reverb past 2 in ages.
Street $499 - Eventide - eventide.com
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Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
LegendaryTones, LLC today announced production availability of its new Mr. Scary Mod, a 100% pure tube module designed to instantly and easily expand the capabilities of many classic amplifiers with additional gain and tone shaping. Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
Originally released as the Lynch Mod in February 2021, the updated Mr. Scary Mod features the same core circuit as the Lynch Mod but is now equipped with a revised tube mix combo per George’s preference as well as a facelift in a newly redesigned electro-galvanized steel enclosure. As with the Lynch Mod, each run will be limited and the first run in Pumpkin Orange with Black hardware is limited to just 150 pieces worldwide.
The Mr. Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage on top of the cathode follower position, keeping note definition and articulation while further increasing sustain. Each Mr. Scary mod is meticulously built by hand in the USA, one at a time, and tuned using high-grade components. Equipped with a single ECC81 (12AT7) in the first position and ECC83 (12AX7) in the second, the Mr. Scary Mod can clean up beautifully when rolling down your guitar’s volume, and still adds scorching gain when you roll it back up. This is a gain stage that’s been tuned and approved by the ears of the maestro George Lynch himself.
“The Mr. Scary Mod excels with dynamics and is incredibly touch-responsive, allowing me to shift from playing clear, lightly compressed cleans to full-out aggressive sustain and distortion –and control it all simply by varying my guitar’s volume control and picking,” said GeorgeLynch. “In many ways, it’s an old-school approach, but it’s also so much more natural and expressive in addition to being musically fulfilling when you can play both the guitar and amp dynamically together this way.”
The Mr. Scary Mod installs in minutes, is safe and effective to use, and requires no special tools or re-biasing of the amplifier. Simply insert the module into the cathode follower preamp position of compatible amplifiers (includes Marshall 2203/2204/1959/1987 circuits) and
immediately get the benefit of enjoying a hot-rodded amp that delivers all the pure harmonic character that comes with an added pure tube gain stage. The handmade in the USA Mr. Scary Mod is now available to order for $319.
For more information, please visit legendarytones.com.
October Audio has miniaturized their NVMBR Gain pedal to create two mini versions of this beautifully organic-sounding circuit – including an always-on gain device.
The NVMBR Gain is a nonlinear amp that transitions gracefully from clean boost to overdriven tones. Volume increases from just over unity to about 10db before soft-clipping drive appears for another 5db of boost. Its extraordinary ease of use is matched by outstanding versatility: you can use it as a clean boost, push a stubborn amp into overdrive or create a just-breaking-up sound at any amp volume.
October Audio’s new family of mini NVMBR Gain pedals includes a switchable version that allows you to bypass the effect: one option features brand logo pedal graphics, while the other sports a fun “Witch Finger” graphic with a Davies knob as the“fingernail”.
The second version in the new lineup is an always-on device featuring the Witch Finger graphic and Davies knob, with the same NVMBR Gain circuit that lies at the core of the switchable version.
- Knob controls gain and clipping simultaneously
- Stunning silver hammertone finish
- Switchable versions are true-bypass, available with classic or witch finger graphics
- Authentic Davies knobs, including the “fingernail”
- 9V center negative power supply required
- Dimensions: 3.63 x 1.50 x 1.88 in
Witch Finger (always on NVMBR Gain) demo
All October Audio pedals are assembled in Richmond, VA, and available for purchase directly through the online shop. Street price is $109 for NVMBR Gain footswitch versions and $89 for the always-on device.
For more information, please visit octoberaudio.com.