Looking for a dark reverb

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  1. CasinoCat

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    Hey everyone,

    I am currently looking for a dark(ish) sounding reverb pedal. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

    I currently got the TC Hall of Fame and Boss RV-5 but they don't really do it for me. I've also tried the EHX Holy Grail Max which I didn't like that much. I do like the idea of a combined reverb and tremolo pedal so I've tried the Strymon Flint, which I kinda like except for the pre-delay, and the Milkman F-Stop which I do dig, I just wish it had a tone knob cause it's a bit too bright for me. What other reverb pedals, with or without tremolo, should I look into?

    Thanks a lot,
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    I know the RV-5 isn't doing it for you, but if you get a chance you might try an RV-6. I think when set on "shimmer" with the tone rolled way back (below 9 o'clock), you have a cool dark reverb. In fact, it's so dark you can have a fairly long tail and it still doesn't get in the way.
     
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    Have you tried editing the Toneprint on the Hall of Fame? There's a huge amount of flexibility there. You can get it as dark as you like.
     
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    MXR Carbon Copy, yes, I know it's a delay but set properly could do what you need, worth a look.
     
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    The Caroline Meteore is billed as a lo-fi reverb and can get pretty dark. Features a bright/dark switch, and it's also got a drive knob that lets you dial in some grit.
     
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    Perhaps run your delay in a loop with an equalizer so they activate together. Choose the delay you like the features of, and then darken it to taste with the EQ.
     
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    What do you want in a dark reverb? To me all reverbs really fall into one of four categories: combo amp spring reverb emulation, physical space emulation (hall, room, etc), studio/plate, and spacetime weirdness. Most types have darker implementations.

    My favorite simple multi-function reverb has been the Walrus Fathom. I liked the HOF but didn't really use any of the features and it had some sort of extra clean, subtle digital thing I couldn't pin down but wasn't crazy about. If I were to try for a weirder, darker reverb now I'd probably look at something like the JPTR Kaleidoscope or Blackout Effectors Cadavernous.
     
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    Red Panda Context has a frequency response control.

    No tremolo, just the best reverb in the game in my opinion (if you don’t need a spring setting, that is). Versatile and can get huge or subtle as you like. Has a delay/reverb setting too.
     
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    I was going to suggest the EQD Ghost Echo for a darker reverb, but if you did not like the pre-delay of the Flint, the former is definitely not for you.
     
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    I'm going to say the problem is not that the reverb is too bright, its that your own low tones are slathered in reverb. In my experience, which involves some audio engineering, what you want is a hi pass filter, which passes only highs at a point you set. That way only high frequencies get passed to the verb. The end result is solid, dry lows with verb on the high end.

    For reasons that escape me, most verbs have a "tone" knob that just rolls off high end
     
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    EHX Oceans 11 has everything you want and more.


    *Only name dropping cuz I just bought it! :D
     
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    chase bliss dark world. it's in the name!
     
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    I agree. I think what you need is some EQing. A studio typically uses "tilt" EQing where you can adjust high and low pass filters. I use a VFE Pinball for my EQ pedal. It takes awhile to get used to, but ultimately this is probably the best path to take for adjusting your reverb ... plus other frequency issues down the road.
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    Are you suggesting a reverb pedal that has the high-pass filter built in? Do you know if a pedal like that exists? I wonder if the Hall of Fame's tone print software can do this.
     
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    I think the TC Toneprint editor does have settings for low pass/high pass filtering.

    Maybe the Nuenaber Wet software too?

    If the tilt EQ like the Pinball were used, how would the "dry" lows be heard?
     
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    Id be exploring the TC TonePrint editor too.

    Lots of options.. got my TC HOF mini sounding exactly as I wanted.

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    very natural reverb tone, and dark.
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  18. CasinoCat

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    Thanks a lot. I'll defo try it out. I was actually just looking at this comparison between the two and they sound more different than I thought they would. Sounds promising!


    Yeah I've been playing around with it quite a bit. It is the reverb pedal I have had in my setup for the past 6 or 7 years (had the RV-5 for a couple of months in there somewhere). I know it sounds stupid but the flexibility scares me a bit too. I am not a bit fan of the TC pedals in general. ://


    Gonna check this one out. I've heard a lot of good things about this pedal but never considered it as I love my Boss DD-3. But if it can do reverby stuff, I am defo interested. Thanks!
     
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