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Earthquaker explores a galaxy of reverb tones with its new Astral Destiny pedal

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GEAR 2021: You can count of Akron, Ohio's Earthquaker Devices (opens in new tab) to deliver inspirational effects pedals (opens in new tab), and its new Astral Destiny modulated octave reverb looks like another beaut. That name alone hints at huge possibilities and the features do too… oh, and just listen to those ethereal sounds in the extended demo video above!

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The Astral Destiny modulated octave reverb pedal (opens in new tab) offers eight reverb modes, eight editable presets and assignable expression control.

You can add tails to the reverb sounds for natural reverb decay to linger even when the effect is bypassed, and there's an intriguing 'stretch' feature that doubles the length of the reverb while adding an adjustable pitch bending effect. That sounds like a lot of fun. 

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And the Astral Destiny will look great on your pedalboard (opens in new tab) thanks to its case artwork by Marvel comic book artist, Matt Horak.

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The modes in this USA-made pedal are as follows:

Abyss: Huge reverb with no octave effect

Shimmer: Adds an upper octave to the reverb tail

Sub: Adds a lower octave to the reverb tail

Sub Shimmer: Adds an upper and lower octave to the reverb tail

Astral: Adds an upper and lower octave combined with a regenerating tail

Ascend: Upward pitch bending; best used on sustained notes and chords

Descend: Downward pitch bending; best used on sustained notes and chords

Cosmos: Adds a regenerating fifth to the reverb tail; best used on sustained notes and chords

The US price for the Astral Destiny is $199. More info at Earthquaker Devices (opens in new tab)

Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.