Hello fellow pedal aficionados! Welcome back to my ramblings. It’s been a whole month since we last met and I’ve really missed forcing you to read what I write. It fills me with sick pleasure, not unlike that of effects pedals. Today I’m going to elaborate on my previous post about an obscure effects pedal company. Yes my friends, I finally received the MAK Crazy Sound Technology Space Reverb! Yay!
It only takes 29 days to send a package from the Ukraine to Ohio. In case you were wondering.
I used to think reverb was boring, like why would I ever need more than one reverb pedal? But there’s lots of crunchy-outer-coated-gooey-centered reverb-ery pedal flavors out there, some with one knob, some with controls over every parameter. It turns out the world of reverb is much bigger than I ever suspected. After some exploration I realize it’s cool, not boring, and useful because it adds extra depth and dimension to your tone. It’s an effect that can take you out of whatever room you’re in and place you in a bigger room, or hall, or chamber, or canyon, etc. Or you can just throw on a little and be subtle with things. I have reverb on my amp that I have set low enough that you only really notice when it’s off. I like that. However I realized recently that sometimes it’s cool to make your chords or leads or farts sound really really big. Something to make you feel like a rock star at some big arena, like Steve Perry at The Q. I still leave a subtle amount of reverb on the amp all the time, and have the pedal out front for the big tones. The Space Reverb is perfect for this. It makes for a great subtle reverb, but excels at those big tones I’m talking about.
I was drawn to the Space Reverb primarily because it sounds superb and has versatile controls. What really sold me was the multi-mode toggle switch. Nicky likey multiple functions on one pedal. Why? Versatility, stupid! This pedal can easily be your tool chest of reverb. Whether you want familiar sounds or crazy ass ones you’ve got everything you need to put yourself, your band, and your audience out to sea. In space. And for real, the shimmer mode can get pretty freaky. Like when they find out the alien is on the ship. Or you can be a pussy and stay in the shallow end of the reverb pool with your swimmies and wimpy short room reverbs. Just kidding short reverb has a place too! …And all this can be achieved with one pedal!
Decay – sets the reverb decay from a short room slap-back verb all the way to putting your amp in caves inside caves inside a volcano on Mars while you play and listen from Earth. It can be barely there or it can be a powerful intoxicating cloud that takes you over like you’re locked in the garage with the car running. Be sure to get some fresh air and don’t got lost in any hazy corners of your mind. Or jam room.
Hi – sets amount of hi frequency you want in the reverb or effected signal (controls the high intervals of the shimmer mode)
Low – sets amount of low frequency you want in the reverb or effected signal (controls the low intervals of the shimmer mode)
Mix – wet/dry mix for adding the clean signal back in. Every pedal should have a mix knob! Retain just enough pick attack to make your playing stand out over the reverb washes. With this maxed out, it gets reallllllllly spacey.
Plate – emulates a plate reverb. Not a dinner plate, silly, metal plates. Not many pedals do the plate reverb. It’s a different sound than a spring or room reverb. It has a metallic quality to the reflections. It’ll make your surf riffs sound a little sweeter.
Ambient – is what it is. The higher you set the mix knob the more your intitial attack will disappear and the deeper you will descend into a blissful watery grave. All the way up there is no attack, which creates a sort of reverse reverb or swell effect. With the decay maxed it sounds kind of like a freeze pedal, or an analog delay softly self-oscillating reminiscent of an Echoplex. It creates a beautiful and gentle wash behind what you’re playing, like a modulated infinite delay. So great for adding drama and texture to your tone, and it even works great on keyboard.
Shimmer – sounds kind of like a harmonizer. In octaves and 5ths possibly? It’s hard to say, it seems to change interval depending on where you’re fretting the neck, lower fretted notes make a nasty tritone. It’s easy to get organ or synth pad sounds by controlling the shimmering octaves with the hi and low knobs. If you turn the octaves down, the reverb is has a hall or cathedral character. Also with the hi knob down and low at different positions I was able to get a very nice low octave (electric) bass guitar sound and reproduce low strings like cello or bowed upright bass.
As much as I’d love it if this thing wasn’t named and labeled in English (something about globalization?), the name ‘Space Reverb’ certainly describes the pedal more efficiently than I ever could… Spacey, atmospheric, trippy, ethereal, ambient, etc. are all good words to describe this pedal. With any mode selected you’ve got instant depth to the depths of depth, man. Don’t take my word for it, check out my demo video and hear it for yourself.
One thing is for sure. MAK has my seal of approval on pedals, I only wish they were more readily available in the States. What do you think, does this get your approval? Don’t be a-scared, you’ve got a computer to hide behind! If you’re like me and you have to have one, send them a Facebook message or snag one off EBay while you can.
I wish them the best of luck with their pedal endeavors. I’m sure they’ll do well if they keep on making sweet and inspiring pedals!
Thanks for reading.
The Pedal File