Aalberg Audio ROM RO-1 review

Reverb pedal that oozes class

  • £230

MusicRadar Verdict

Classy sounding reverb with plenty of adjustment and the option to save presets with the Aero.

Pros

  • +

    Great sound.

Cons

  • -

    Lack of versatility.

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There are three knob-options to adjust the digital reverb effect here.

The amount of reverb in your signal is set by a Mix knob that runs from fully dry to fully wet, allowing use of the pedal as a send/return effect. You can also set the size of the reverb space, with a range that runs from a small room to a really large concert hall.

The other parameter is EQ with a low pass filter that rolls off increasing amounts of top end, from a bright sparkly reverb to a darker sound that may suit your sound better if you are looking for background ambience rather than something more splashy or prominent.

In addition, the FX Select footswitch changes between short and long pre-delays - the gap between your dry sound and the main body of the reverb.

There's reverb here to suit many scenarios, but not the instant versatility of those pedals that offer multiple reverb types.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.