Looking for a reverb pedal but don’t want to surrender quality for price? The Lovepedal HSR3 Reverb pedal is a multi effect of analog bliss!
Dry, dry, dry…that’s how I used to like my guitar signal. That was before a freind ran over to my amp and slightly bumped up the reverb knob I had been ignoring. I liked the sudden gate of my sound by not having reverb, yet then again, I did a lot of palm muting and pseudo-metal chording twenty years ago as well.
Since then, I’ve grown to appreciate a good verb. Lenny, showed me how bare and beautiful a guitar tone could be. The delayed verb effects of the Edge inspired a more ethereal tone. My favorite track as of late was by a group called The Sleep Design, the track is When We Meet.
Just Lush. This is the tone I was after. Thanks, Kevin, for pointing this band out.
Here’s comes Sean Michael again with a simple effect that is soaring with quality, and it happens to be a reverb pedal.
The Lovepedal HSR3 Reverb has the standard 4 knob design that LP cleverly uses to fit a lot of tweakability onto the face of a smaller enclosure. This means that a pedal can do more, which means that you get more tones for the money. An LED and true bypass switch accompany the pedal alongside of a 3-way switch. The switch gives such sonic room to the player, it’s astounding.
Hall, Shimmer, and Modulate are options, each holding different properties that most would recognize.
The main knobs are Mix, Pre-Delay, Tone, and Decay.
Strymon has and arguably has occupied the place on most professional pedalboards because of their big three, Mobius for modulations, Timeline for delay, and the Big Sky for reverb. The most compelling sound to date on the Big Sky is the shimmer setting.
The Lovepedal HSR3 does a great Hall reverb. Deep, cavernous, and tailored to your liking through the knobs, of course. This dedicated setting alone is worth the pedal’s price tag. The Modulate setting does just that. It modulates, warbles and bends your tone accordingly, yet with the push of verb underneath. It’s beautiful.
The Shimmer setting could be a separate pedal altogether. It is not programmable under a series of 5 global menus and a digital push/pull of a knob. With the flick of a switch, you’re there. The fade in and the decay are adjustable of course, and the sound is stunning.
The secret weapons of this pedal are the Mix knob, the Tone knob (Thank you, Lord), and the simplicity to operate this reverb pedal without the need for a manual. Endless reverbs can be had through the HSR3.
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I cannot recommend this pedal enough. If you are considering an offering by Strymon, look here first. Sean at Lovepedal and Alf at Hermida Audio are changing the way that pedals are made, marketed and played. Get yours today from Lovepedal!