Keeley has just announced that its new Caverns Delay and Reverb pedal is launching later this month, with pre-orders opening today at a reduced price for early buyers. Will this new release add anything worthwhile to its already huge pedal range, which includes the Compressor Plus and the weird and wonderful Awful Waffle pedal.
Billed as an ‘analogue style’ delay with some reverb and modulation thrown in for good measure, this new pedal is a DSP unit of a sort that’s already very common in the marketplace. But it is a version 2, and therefore may have some enhanced features compared with the earlier incarnation that might make it more attractive.
As expected, this is essentially a reworking of the original Cavern pedal, with up to 650ms of delay combined with either Spring, Shimmer or Modulated Reverb. Keeley state on their web page that it has taken two years to develop this new version.
So what do you get extra?
What we immediately noticed was the visual redesign. It now has a wider spacing between the footswitches and a more logical layout of the controls. You also get top-mounted input and output jacks, which makes it more pedalboard friendly. It’s also true-bypass and has the ability to forgo the true-bypass and have the trails of the delay carry on after you have disengaged the effect. Keeley says it’s worked on the buffers to maintain audio quality when this option is chosen.
Personally, I don’t think this is a huge upgrade. However, it is on paper an interesting pedal if you are in the market for a delay then their introductory pricing is pretty reasonable.
The demo video below makes it sound pretty huge and so if you need cavernous delays, this could be one for you to check out.
Shipping starts on 28 August and pre-orders are open as of today.
RRP USD 249 with introductory offer of USD 179 whilst on pre-order
Keeley Caverns V2 product page