• Pros: Fantastic sounds, quality construction, and extreme versatility, all in a little stompbox!
• Cons: A bit expensive, maybe too many options, quite a large footprint.
• Overall: Is there such a thing as “too much” in a stompbox?
Electro-Harmonix’s Cathedral Stereo Reverb is the most divine reverb pedal ever created. The most elegantly-constructed, most customizable, most ethereal-sounding reverb unit on the market, it’s more expensive than the smaller reverb pedals, but offers way more bombast for your creativity and way more bang for your buck!
The Cathedral features 7 types of reverb and digital echo (delay). There is stereo in/out so it can be used with keyboard or other stereo effects units, blend, reverb time, damping/tone, feedback, and pre-delay knobs that work with all the settings, so you can fully tweak-out any preset. The unit also features 24-bit converters for a clean, clear signal path. The presets include Grail Spring (the famous Holy Grail pedal sound, an excellent emulation of a spring unit, and a renowned pedal in its own right), Accu Spring (an emulation of an Accutronic spring reverb unit, which sounds amazing, very true to life and very tight on the pick attack; also less “surfy” than the Grail Spring setting), Hall (decent sounding), Room (again, decent), Plate (hands down the best plate emulation out there, clean and smooth, with incredible plate decay even when you mix it higher and longer; just plain sick, bro), Reverse (amazing, spacey, and strange; you may find yourself spending hours playing with this), Flerb (a flanger over the reverb; in other words, only the reverb is flanged, the same as the modulation setting on the Boss RV-5, another cool sound to play with), and finally Echo (which adds up to a 2 second delay to the ‘verb, which can create some really cool David Gilmouresque spaceyness).
Will Electro-Harmonix’s Cathedral turn you into a mind-melting musician, a metal maestro? Nope. Will it make you forget every other pedal you ever owned? Absofu**inglutely, dude.