Few effects complement a guitar better than reverb. From spring reverb tanks, to the distant echo of cathedrals, to 600 pound sheet-metal plates vibrating in unison, reverb captures our imaginations and plunges us deeply into our musical psyches. With this is mind, Keeley Electronics decided that the Aurora Reverb had to meet certain specific criteria. It had to be affordable with no compromise to audio quality. It had to be easy for guitarists to use. It had to offer the essentials for tailoring your tone without a dozen knobs to learn. And, it had to be inspiring. Now achieved, Keeley are proud to offer a true bypass, 100% dry analogue path, low noise, 24 bit, high-fidelity reverb processor.
The following controls offer everything from pristine, fast reflections to ethereal spaces to deep, dark and endless caverns:
The Toggle Switch: The three most popular reverb styles that are rarely featured on amplifiers are Room, Plate and Hall. In the smallest footprint possible, we offer what used to take up a recording studio room or an entire city block; you can achieve cathedral resonance, enormous surface areas of sheet-metal vibes, or convincing room decays. Room sizes range from something like a broom closet to that of a barn. (Careful adjustments to the Room settings can produce a signal bordering on spring reverb, so if your amp doesn’t already have a tank, this pedal's got you covered.)
Decay: Decay controls the amount of time it takes for the reverberated sound to disappear. This pedal provides a range from a realistic, close-quarters reverberated dimension to a “walk-away-and-come- back in a while” signal of complex, still-ringing musical reflections.
Slapback: Slapback is what we call pre-delay, and pre-delay creates distance. How soon or late you hear the first reflection is crucial to crafting the reverberated space. Sometimes you do not want any delay between your note and the reverb. The Slapback setting adjusts from zero to 100 milliseconds. When the illusion of infinite space is required, set your Slapback to zero and you’ll streak vividly away like Dr. David Bowman breaking free of Jupiter’s gravitational pull.
Warmth: Unlike most tone controls, this is a dampening control which increases the warmth as it is rolled up - its brightest setting is when completely dialed down.
Blend: This will take your 100% analog dry signal and blend in the reverb, from just the slightest mix of wet to much more. We suggest you place it at the end of your pedal chain and use the Blend Knob to tailor your sound.
The Keeley Aurora Reverb provides the essentials guitarists are looking for when they need reverb on their pedal boards. Like that ethereal glow to the mighty Earth herself, Aurora creates a natural halo of sound in the atmosphere of your magnificent core tone.