FIRST LOOK: Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb

The best stompbox reverb on the market?
The best stompbox reverb on the market?

In the history of rock 'n' roll, aside from overdrive and distortion, there's no effect as omnipresent as reverb. Whether achieved by capturing natural studio ambience, a tin full of springs in an amplifier or a Cape Canaveral-sized rack system, reverb is all over the records we love.

While there's plenty of competition these days, Electro-Harmonix might just have unleashed the reverb pedal daddy in the shape of their new Cathedral stompbox. Here are its vital statistics:

  • 24-bit A/D and D/A converters
  • True stereo inputs and outputs
  • Eight programmable reverb styles with the ability to load and save
  • Tap Tempo to set pre-delay section
  • Damping/Tone control available for each reverb mode
  • Grail Spring, Accu Spring, Hall, Room, Plate, Reverse, Grail Flerb, Echo modes
  • Hold tap tempo for infinite reverb

Surf on over to the official EHX website for more information, but first check out our First Look video demo to hear it in action.

Guitar: Eastwood | Amp: Vox | Whistling: Chris Wickett, processed by the Cathedral

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Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.