The Best FX Pedals In The World Today – Strymon BigSky

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Guitar Pedals
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Strymon BigSky

One reverb to rule them all? Professional and amateur players alike fall for the BigSky’s ethereal charms – with good reason.

Californian company Strymon has become synonymous with studio-quality digital effects and the BigSky is perhaps the brand’s finest achievement since it was launched in 2009 by the team behind Damage Control. The big brother to the BlueSky is a pedalboard-friendly box that does the work of a rack unit, thanks to the 333MHz Sharc processor inside.

The BigSky’s 12 reverb algorithms offer an incredibly wide spectrum of sounds, each of which gives you bottom-of-the-rabbit-hole levels of tweakability. In addition to traditional offerings that won’t unduly colour your tone, such as Hall, Plate, Spring and Room, we get modes that sprinkle anything you play in a heavenly sheen. There’s the utterly beautiful Cloud, a huge ambient reverb that works like a ‘better switch’ and Chorale, which emulates an ensemble of human voices accompanying your playing.

Shimmer adds highly adjustable pitch-shifted tones; Swell brings the reverb or dry signal in gradually like a volume pedal; Magneto evokes the sound of a multi-head echo; Non-linear is an umbrella grouping for several reverse effects and gated reverbs.

The BigSky is well designed for live use, too. With 300 presets, triggered by three sturdy stomp switches, you’ll have no trouble storing and switching between your favourite reverbs during a gig – nor will you lose track of what mode you’re in, thanks to its bright LED screen.

Stereo and MIDI ins and outs and an expression pedal input, plus a cab emulator for recording, add to the faultless functionality. It would be no exaggeration to suggest that this is the best digital reverb pedal ever made – and countless pro guitarists would agree.

Key features
PRICE £479
DESCRIPTION True- or analogue buffered-bypass digital reverb pedal with 12 studio-class reverb algorithms and 300 presets, infinite sustain and freeze functions; Decay, Pre-delay, Mix, Tone, Mod, Param 1 & Param 2 controls; cab emulator; stereo ins & outs; LED display; powered by 9V centre-negative power supply (included)


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