• Amazon: TC Electronic NR-1 Nova Reverb
• Pros: A stud of a pedal with every possible option, and amazing sound.
• Cons: Expensive. Very.
• Overall: Break the bank for this stompbox — it’s the best reverb you can buy!
The TC Electronics NR-1 is the most expensive reverb pedal on the market. It is also the best, most indestructible, most customizable of all reverb pedals.
Where to start? First of all, the NR-1 has stereo in/out, 5 studio-quality stereo reverb types, 2 switchable settings (manual and preset, so you never lose the preset sounds) and DynaMix dynamic ducking reverb. There’s adjustable delay length, pre-delay, color (tone from low to hi). The DynaMix knob adjusts to the dynamics of your picking (much like the Holier Grail, only the technology is more advanced), with a mix-level knob that adjusts the wet-dryness of the reverb. There are 5 different modes: Room, Spring, Hall, Plate, and Special. Within each mode, there are several different preset settings, each of which you can tweak. For example, within spring reverb there is Plain, Classic, and Vintage. So you have countless options with the presets on the NR-1 alone…
This pedal has way too many cool sounds and tones to list. So I’ll just list the best. The Special mode creates some mind-blowing sounds, like the Stompbox setting that emulates a less-expensive stompbox-style reverb. The Ambient setting is meant to emulate a room that is soundproofed, for just a bit of weird early reflections but no long dreamy decay. The Plate mode allows you to choose what metal you want your plate to be (gold, silver, or tin), which is way-fantastic!
As a guitarist, I never thought I’d want all the bells-and-whistles on a beast like the NR-1. But there isn’t one bad sound, or an essential feature left out, on this bad-ass little stompbox.
Amazon: TC Electronic NR-1 Nova Reverb