Quick Hit: L.R. Baggs Align Series Reverb Review
A compact ’verb for acoustic players that bridges the gap between hall and plate.
At the last Winter NAMM show, L.R. Baggs introduced a quartet of pedals that aimed to cover all the bases for a typical acoustic gig. The Reverb pedal is a simple, no-nonsense ’verb that combines beautiful ambient-flavored tones with more conservative sounds. The control set covers volume, tone, reverb (or mix), and decay. With my Cordoba acoustic, I plugged the Align Reverb straight into a FishmanAura DI and a Fishman SA220 PA system. To start, I kept all knobs at noon and the result was a healthy, spacious room sound that felt a little glassier that a typical hall reverb. Not quite a plate-style, but by increasing the decay you can get close.
The reverb knob definitely had a sweet spot in terms of the mix. I found that keeping it between 10 o’clock and 1 o’clock gave me a nice balance. A big plus was that at even the highest levels the dry signal was never washed out. Decay controls can sometimes be dicey—either too subtle or not effective enough. L.R. Baggs did an admirable job by placing the sweep where you can really move between some distinct flavors simply by moving this knob alone. Rarely do you find a pedal that’s so in-tune (pun intended) with the needs of a working acoustic guitarist. If you need a general reverb solution that fits your acoustic side, the Align series is definitely worth a look.
Test gear: Fishman SA220, Fishman Aura DI, Cordoba D9-CE
Recorded with Cordoba acoustic > L.R. Baggs Align Series Direct DI into Apogee Duet
Clip 1 – Volume at noon. Tone, reverb, and decay at 1 o’clock
Clip 2 – Reverb and decay at 3 o’clock, volume at 1 o’clock, and tone at 11 o’clock
A good mix of hall- and plate-style elements. Handy volume control.
No way to control tails.
Ease of Use: