The Catalinbread CBX Gated Reverb recreates that classic ’80s studio trick used by musicians including Phil Collins and Bruce Springsteen. Now you can add it to your guitar arsenal.
Catalinbread CBX Gated Reverb
The Catalinbread CBX Gated Reverb does that gated reverb effect that studios started using in the late ’70s and which became really popular in the 1980s. I would hazard a guess that most musicians are familiar with Phil Collins ‘gated reverb drum sound from that era.
The SSL Trick
Now this can be applied to your guitar and this pedal format gated reverb allows users to get the tone without having to involve an SSL console’s talkback mic channel fed back through the console preamp and then into a noise gate!
Having all this in a pedal allows users to easily access this effect and tweak it with relative ease without a huge recording console.
Putting into action
Catalinbread’s pedal combines an overdrivable preamp, an adjustable reverb lag time and a full wet-dry blend.
The controls for the pedal consist of Lag, Gate, Verb, Mix and Pre. Users can then dial in to taste the amount of preamp drive, gate and reverb as desired without too much fuss.
Lag adjusts the delay between the original note played and the onset of the gate. Then the sensitivity of the gate is dialled in with the Gate knob. Pre controls the preamp level and Verb dishes out the amount of reverb required.
Finally, Mix controls the balance between the dry and the wet signals. Pretty simple, yet very effective.
It uses a centre-negative DC power supply from 9 to 18 volts and 18 volts will allow for more headroom.
The results are pretty good and the demo videos below give a good idea of what you can expect to achieve using the CBX.
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