Electro-Harmonix plots a compact reverb market heist with Oceans 11 pedal

Electro-Harmonix has announced the Oceans 11, a compact pedal that boasts 11 types of reverb.

Aiming to do for reverb pedals what the Canyon did for delay, the Oceans 11’s types span “essential to exotic”, says EHX, from classics such as hall, spring and plate to shimmer, polyphonic and auto-infinite settings. Here’s the full list:

  1. HALL – reverb characteristic of a grand concert hall  
  2. SPRING – pays homage to vintage Fender® tube reverbs  
  3. PLATE – a lush plate reverb  
  4. REVRS – emulates the reverse reverb effect created in studios where a note’s reverb fades-in backwards  
  5. ECHO – reverb plus delay, a digital delay feeds into the Plate reverb  
  6. TREM – reverb plus tremolo applied to both the wet and dry mix of a Hall reverb  
  7. MOD – modulated reverb, a combination of various modulations creates rich reverb tails  
  8. DYNA – three dynamic reverb algorithms: swell, gate and duck  
  9. AUTO-INF – Auto infinite reverb that triggers a reverb wash for each note or chord. When a new one is struck, the previously resounding reverb wash crossfades to the new one  
  10. SHIM – Shimmer generates a rich octave-shifted reverb wash    
  11. POLY – Polyphonic reverb, two configurable bi-directional pitch shifts  

The pedal’s Mode button allows for up to three variations of its reverbs for increased variety, while hidden parameters can be accessed via the Secondary Knob Mode, as per the Canyon. An internal Tails switch is also onboard.

Tantalisingly, EHX also claims that the pedal is capable of producing infinite reverb to be played over with other reverb effects.

Our favourite feature? The fact you can double-tap the footswitch in spring mode to recreate the aggressive splash that comes from kicking an amp with reverb springs. Neat.

But will all that be enough to win it a spot on our round-up of the best reverb pedals in the world today? We can’t wait to find out.

The Oceans 11 is available now for $147.80, and that includes a 9V power supply. See EHX for more.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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