Please note: this article is about a very specific niche of reverb pedals we refer to as “multi-reverb.” For a wider angle article about reverbs, see our regularly updated Best Reverb Pedals article.
Updated on 08.10.2021
A Guide to the Best Multi Reverb Pedals
Digital reverb is one of those effects that can be, quite literally, “tweaked to death.” Its algorithms can be so complex that they can open up infinite numbers of possibilities: type, size, pre-delay, early reflections, decay time, damping, filtering and spread are only a few of the many parameters you can find in these units. This may indeed confuse the guitarists who just need a little bit of reverb, but it’s bound to fire the imagination of the tweak-inclined musician.
If a simple spring reverb is a little too spartan for you, we have compiled a list of the best multi-function reverb pedals (aka “Multiverbs”) on the market organized by the depth of features and perceived popularity.
At least one of the pedals highlighted in this page should do the trick for you. They range from stompboxes with three or four different reverb flavors to full-blown workhorses that deliver a dozen ambience algorithms and deep levels of control. Some are big, some are small, but all will tickle your craving for the wondrously wet world of reverb.
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MULTI-ALGORITHM, STEREO REVERB WORKSTATIONS
It’s always nice to have a pedal that offers a few different types of reverb, or additional features like delay, modulation and expression control. But if you want the full package, this list lays right in front of your eyes all the “do-it-all” monster ambience processors on the market. Most of these units offer nothing short of studio-quality reverb, so you can also use them during mixing or on other instruments.
Strymon Big Sky
This much-loved processor remains a favorite, thanks to its 12 studio-class reverbs. Diffused reflections and slower-building density are hallmarks of the Big Sky, as heard in the Bloom, Cloud, Chorale, Shimmer and Nonlinear algorithms. Controls for Decay, Pre-Delay, Mix (wet/dry), Tone, Mod and two effect-dependent Parameters make the pedal easy to use in any situation.
Electro-Harmonix Oceans 12
A dual stereo digital reverb that takes the Ocean 11 one step further (hence the name) by adding an extra reverb engine (and one extra algorithm). The two reverbs (each featuring 12 algorithms) can be run in series or parallel. Tails switch allows reverbs to decay naturally after you switch off the effect. Each of the four knobs has a double function and the two black knobs on the right of the Type knob control parameters vary depending on the selected mode. It also offers various connectivity options like Return/Send configuration and Exp/Footswitch In.
Source Audio Ventris
Ventris features two completely independent 56-bit reverb processors, delivering a powerful dual-processing architecture for realistic and complex effects. In addition to traditional reverbs, it includes Modverb, Shimmer, Echoverb, Swell, Reverse, Metal Box, True Spring and Outboard Spring. Run the dual reverb effects in a parallel or cascading signal path, or split your reverbs and send a different effect to each of the pedal’s two outputs. Seamless “spillover” from one preset to the next prevents tails from cutting off and keeps things sounding natural in live situations.
Boss’s flagship reverb processor features studio-quality sounds in a stage-friendly box. It offers 12 modes and 21 newly developed reverb algorithms, from complementary ambiences to deep, immersive sonic atmospheres. Robust DSP means every reverb patch includes access to a full-featured digital delay, and you can even run two reverb patches at once. MIDI I/O, support for external footswitch/expression control and USB for connection to the free RV-500 Editor/Librarian software make this a versatile workstation for reverb devotees.
Empress Effects Reverb
What other reverb effect has a Beer mode? The Empress Effects Reverb offers 24 studio-quality algorithms and 12 algorithm types, including realistic simulations of Room, Hall, Plate and Spring reverbs and unusual Sparkly, Modulation, Reverse, Ghost and Lo-Fi varieties. Beer mode gives you access to unusual reverbs that fit in no other category, and the pedal can be updated with new algorithms as they become available. Sporting stereo I/Os, a small footprint and all the controls at your fingertips, the Empress Effects Reverb is an impressive boxful of ambience.
Space features studio-quality Spring, Hall, Room and Plate reverbs as well as some from Eventide’s flagship rack processors. Varieties include Reverse, ModEchoVerb, DualVerb, MangleVerb, DynaVerb and the spacey BlackHole reverb with Gravity and Anti-Gravity options. The dedicated HotSwitch allows for instant parameter modulation with a switch press. With 100 presets, mono or stereo operation, and real-time control via knobs, MIDI or expression pedal, this knob-studded box has a lot going on.
IK Multimedia X-Space
A multi-mode, do-it-all stereo reverb workstation that comes with an Amplitube 5 SE DAW plugin including an exact virtual reproduction of the hardware. It features 16 algorithms covering pretty much any possible reverb option, from all the classics to creative modes like Ethereal, Bloom and Magnetic. It features 5 useful cabinet simulations, and Midi/USB compatibility.
A 2-knob stereo multi-mode reverb offering 17 modes and sporting all the features you would expect from a do-it-all workstation: Midi in/out, Presets (50 factory + 50 user), Expression in, built-in A/B switch for a quick way to change presets without breaks in sound. Two knobs with push function allow in-depth editing, while a free preset manager software helps keep things organized. The two footswitches deal with preset switching and on/off duties.
Free The Tone Ambi Space
A 32-bit dual-core chip and 32-bit high-precision DSP allow the Ambi Space to produce high-quality, musical-sounding reverbs. Suited to guitar, bass and vocals, it’s equally at home on stage and in the studio. The newly developed algorithms Cave and Serene add early reflections and late reverberation in multiple steps to create a complex harmonic structure comprising enhanced frequency components, all of which makes for a uniquely transparent and spatial-sounding reverb.
TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 x4
A multimode Stereo reverb that enhances the popular Hall of Fame series with extra features: new Shimmer algorithm, 4 footswitches for presets or momentary effects, six Toneprint slots, and Midi in/out.
A digital, stereo reverb loaded with eight different reverbs, the ability to save up to eight presets, and an “Extend” switch to help create complex ambient landscapes depending on the mode. It’s also capable of rich chorus, freeze, 12-string simulation, and near-infinite decays!
Seymour Duncan Silver Lake
Fully programmable reverb workstation, combining high-quality reverb algorithms with unique dynamic control and powerful tone shaping options for a deep sonic experience – whether you need subtle sounds or a wash of massive ambience. The Dynamic Expression feature allows the pedal to react to your playing in real time, for example controlling the prevalence, or overall mix, of the effect through their pick attack—how hard or soft you play.
COMPACT/STREAMLINED REVERB PEDALS WITH 5 OR MORE MODES
Depth of features, in the reverb pedal realm, comes at a price (or two): if the units on the list above are too costly for your stretched pockets or too bulky for your shrinking board, the stompboxes in this category are valid alternative at a fraction of cost and size, and offer enough algorithm variety (5 or more). Of course, they have less of everything: modes, features and controls – but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a lot of great sounds out of them!
$149 – A Stereo in/out reverb that offers eight separate modes including shimmer, dynamic and reverb+delay, and three simple knobs to control them all. It features input for an expression pedal.
Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11
Built by a company that produced several classic reverb stompboxes, the Oceans 11 packs that experience into eleven modes, editable through three knobs (FX Level, Time and Tone). Secondary Knob Mode features intuitive “hidden” parameters that let the player customize the effect in depth. An internal Tails switch also provides a choice of whether the reverb effect fades out naturally or stops immediately when the pedal is switched to bypass.
A very affordable multi-mode stereo reverb with 7 modes (Room, Hall, Church, Cave, Plate, Spring, Mod) each coming with a storable preset. The controls are extremely useful and not generic: Level, High-cut, Low-cut, Decay, and Pre-delay.
A powerful and lush sounding, studio-grade digital reverb with three reverb types (Plate, Room and Spring) and three modes (Normal, Modulation and Shimmer), for a total of nine separate combinations. A full pre-delay and damping section provides deep reverb tone shaping.
TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2
The iconic reverb pedal returns with a new Shimmer reverb that pitches your reverb up an octave through each feedback loop to deliver an otherworldly sound. In addition to Shimmer, it has modes for Room, Hall, Spring, Plate, Church, Mod and Lofi reverb as well as three dedicated TonePrint slots for storing signature effects. Better still, design your own customized reverb effects from scratch with TC’s free TonePrint Editor for PC, Mac and iPad. Other features include an innovative pressure-sensitive footswitch and Analog-Dry-Through technology that maintains total integrity of the analog dry signal path even when reverb is engaged.
MXR M300 Digital Reverb
Featuring six distinct high-end reverb styles, a simple three-knob setup and a high-fidelity analog dry path with a massive 20 volts of headroom, the M300 sounds as richly detailed as any high-end rack reverb unit. Choose from Room, Plate and Spring as well as Epic (a combination of interwoven analog-tone delay lines and complex modulation), Mod (plate with modulation) and Pad (a unique combination of sub-octave and octave-up with echoes, shimmer, synth/organ modulation and reverb). You can also connect a Dunlop DVP series volume/expression pedal to toggle and blend between two different knob setting configurations. The Reverb includes a 100-percent Wet mode, stereo I/Os, and True Relay mode and Trails Bypass mode, which lets the effect continue to its natural decay after the pedal is silenced.
Selling well under $100, this is one of the most affordable multi-mode reverbs with more than 3 algorithms (it has 9). Three classic modes (Spring, Church and Plate) are followed by 6 super-creative ones, with names as abstract as Comet, Forest, Pulse and Rewind. Knobs for mix, decay, tone and modulation give the player just enough control, while a trails toggle switch adds a feature many modern ambient guitarists can’t do without.
Walrus Audio Mako R1
A Stereo, multi-mode reverb with deep functionality hosted in a compact case, with up to 9 presets. It boasts 6 modes (Spring, Hall, Plate, BFR, RFRCT (Refract), and Air) with deeply editable parameters thanks to Decay, Swell and Mix controls and two 3-mode knobs (Tweak and Tune) giving access to 6 more controls including Rate, Depth and Predelay.
Mooer R7 X2
A stereo compact multiverb with 14 modes, two footswitches, Infinite momentary footswitch, trails option and foot-controlled preset navigation. The 5 knob layout and preset system are identical to the original mini version, with controls for Hi/Low Cut, Mix, Decay and Pre-Delay, but here you can store 14 presets (one pre mode)
Featuring seven reverbs from DigiTech’s Lexicon line, the Polara’s range of algorithms covers the spectrum. It includes Room, Hall, Plate, Spring, Reverse, Modulated and the new Halo reverb, featuring cascading octaves interspersed within the decays. The Polara features independent Level, Liveliness, Decay and Type controls, stereo I/Os, a soft-click footswitch and a Tails on/off toggle. In the “on” position, the reverb tail continues to trail to its decay even after the pedal is silenced. In the “off” position, the reverb ends when the pedal is muted.
Valeton Coral Verb 2
Popular (and well-reviewed) on Amazon, this mini pedal offers a whopping 16 modes and Mix, Decay and Tone knobs. The modes go from bread and butter to creative ones like Galaxy, Cloud, Mod, Undersea, Sweep and Shimmer.
Mooer A7 Ambience
A new addition to the Chinese company’s New Micro Series, which offers multi-mode mini pedals with presets capabilities and a signature 7 LED layout. The “7” in A7 stands for the number of ambient and psychedelic reverb effects the pedal offers, while prolonged pressure on the footswitch enables Infinite Trails option. We are also intrigued by the Chaos knob, which, we assume, adds a touch of unexpected to each ambiance mode.
Neunaber Immerse MkII Reverberator
The Immerse Reverberator houses eight stereo reverbs, including Wet, Hall, Plate, Spring, two varieties of Shimmer, Wet+Echo and Wet+Detune. Each has been painstakingly crafted so that, together, they cover the full range of reverb requirements. Five controls for Effect Select, Effect Level, Reverb Depth, Tone (or Echo Time) and the effect-dependent Effect Adjust make it easy to dial up sounds on the fly. This small but potent package also comes with a high-quality buffered bypass, an external Trails on/off switch, an external Kill Dry switch for parallel effect loops and stereo I/O complete.
Red Panda Context 2
An ’80s-style digital experimental reverb with 8 modes and a clean signal path featuring Burr-Brown op-amps and Cirrus Logic converters. All of the algorithms are adjustable to let you get the right combination of pre-delay, reverb time and tone. V2 adds modulation, “spring” and “grain” settings. Plus, stereo in/out, USB MIDI, fully assignable expression pedal, 3 new modes, delay plus reverb in all modes, separate high and low-frequency damping controls, modulation, dynamic reverb, and infinite hold.
Behringer DR600 Stereo Reverb
A typically super-affordable pedal by Behringer that packs a ton of features in a compact enclosure: 6 Reverb modes can be edited through Level, Tone and Time knobs. It’s stereo, but gets mixed reviews.
Mooer ShimVerb Pro
Mooer’s take on the multi-function digital reverb features the company’s signature super-compact and affordable design packing a wealth of controls. You get 5 verb modes to booth: Room, Hall, Church, Plate and Spring, plus an adjustable shimmer effect with 5 different modes and its own dedicated footswitch. Dry/Wet knob, Hi/Low Cut filters, Decay, Pre-Delay knobs and Trail On/Off button allow the player ample room for tone customization, which can be saved in presets.
Alexander Space Race
6 Reverb Modes, Midi and preset (accessible by holding the footswitch) and Midi/USB/Expression control options. The Space knob controls the amount of pre-delay, while the Tweak one varies depending on what mode is selected. Auto trails feature lets you set up a time for how long the delay trails persist, from instant-off to always-on.
Dr. Scientist Atmosphere
A creative and quirky reverb pedal that also delivers some more traditional sounds (like the classic spring reverb and swell). But, as its graphics hint, among its 12 modes there are a lot of bizarro lo-fi, bit crushing and pitch/ring modulating options.
Crazy Tube Circuits Splash MkIV
MK IV gathers all the algorithms from the previous versions of the Splash Mk III and Psychic pedals and adds on top three entirely new ones, for a total of eight. The new Expression input lets you control the effect’s Decay or Excite parameters, which can also be controlled by the momentary footswitch on the right, for extra special effects.
Shift Line Astronaut V2
An intriguingly deep and surprisingly small reverb, the new V3, hosted in a slightly wider case, offers 22 different reverb, delay and sampling algorithms. The pedal’s most unique feature is that it can listen to your signal in bypass and play full and massive reverb tails immediately when switched on. Sustain lovers will also want to try the infinite sustain mode.
Donner Verb Square
Affordable mini-pedal featuring seven modes and controls for Rate, Depth and Level.
HIGH-END REVERB PEDALS WITH 3-4 MODES
If your needs are more specific and fewer reverb modes might just do the trick, here’s a list of reverb pedals that offer three or four different algorithms. The ones in this list are high-end boutique ones, offering top-notch components and, in most cases, stereo out and extra tweakability.
Walrus Audio Fathom MultiFunction Reverb
This feature-rich reverb has four customized reverb settings, including Hall, Plate, Lo-Fi and Sonar, which features high and low octaves that can be blended to taste with the original signal. In addition to three levels of modulation, it has a Dampen knob to suppress high frequencies and an X control to adjust algorithm-specific parameters, including pre-delay and the octave-up/down mix when using the Sonar setting. The Sustain switch momentarily increases reverb time to near-infinite when pressed, and the pedal features Trails and No Trails modes.
Chase Bliss Audio Dark World
A feature-rich reverb with a “World” channel created by Keeley that houses Hall, Plate, and Spring algorithms, and an edgier “Dark” channel designed by Cooper FX. The channels can be routed in 33 ways, creating a varied palette of reverb ranging from subtle, tasteful, and lush all the way to broken video cassette, glitch shimmer, and infinite freeze.
UAFX Golden Reverberator
A digital, Stereo, 3-mode (plus 1) reverb pedal with 3 variations for each mode, preset capability, and six knobs controlling Decay, Pre-Delay, Mix, Bass, Treble and Modulation. Modes include Spring 65 (amp-like reverb),
Plate 140:, Hall 224: inspired by late-1970s digital reverb algorithms.
Bonus Effects are a vintage digital Plate and Chamber 224 reverb.
Fender Marine Layer Reverb Pedal
Fender’s entry in the ambiance market provides Hall, Room and Shimmer reverb types. The reverb tails continue when the effect is muted, ensuring a smooth and natural decay. A Fender amp jewel LED, magnetically latched battery door and lightweight but durable anodized aluminum construction complete the package.
Matthew Effects Astronomer V2
A 3-mode hall/shimmer reverb with two foot-switchable channels. The three modes are EchoVerb, Hall + Shimmer and Chamber. The Glow control is a high-frequency filter. One Channel can be activated at a time, letting you dynamically switch between the two reverbs giving you a wide range of options.
Keeley Realizer Reverberator
Based on the left side of the Loomer, this is a 3-mode reverb for shoegaze/ ambient guitarists. The three modes are Focus (recreation of the popular Soft Focus patch from the Yamaha FX500 rack unit), Reverse and Hall (with an octave up). A Warmth knob controls the high frequencies.
Mastro Valvola Area Reverb
Features 4 mono reverb flavors: Reverb (Room, Plate, or Hall), Mod (chorus with reverb), Shimmer 8th (2 octaves higher) and Shimmer 8th/5th (higher octave and fifth). Controls for Decay, Damp and Pre-Delay/Shimmer (depending on the selected algorithm) allow for a fair amount of tweaking, while the analog Mix control and dry signal path prevent the effect from getting too washy, so it retains clarity even when using a cavernous reverb sound.
T-Rex Creamer Reverb Pedal
T-Rex designed the Creamer Reverb to be dead simple to operate but with just enough room for tweaking. It maintains an analog signal path for your instrument and features Spring, Room and Hall reverbs, with a Tone control for adjusting high frequencies.
Tsakalis Audio Works Ocean V2
A compact pedal featuring 3 types of reverb, from classic Spring to ambient Hall and symphonic Shimmer. Dedicated Storm control for a special effect on each reverb type. Size, Diffuse and Storm controls let you tweak the reverb’s setting, while Mix lets you adjust the level of the reverb volume in respect to the dry signal.
NativeAudio Ghost Ridge Reverb
A boutique two-knob/two-footswitch multi-function reverb (Hall, Spring, Plate, and Room) with modulation and preset capabilities in a compact case.
AFFORDABLE REVERB STOMPBOXES WITH 3-4 MODES
There are plenty of incredibly affordable digital reverb pedals with 3 or 4 modes on the market, and some are even stereo! They make do with two or three knobs, but they are perfect for those players that are like the simplicity of a “less is more” approach to guitar effects. Here’s a list of the most popular ones.
Biyang Tri Reverb
Being blessed with the “Amazon’s Choice” tag and costing just over $53 made this Stereo reverb the most popular by far in this category. It has three modes (Hall, Spring and Room) and an A/B switch that gives you two variations on each. The two nobs only control Blend and Time. The users’ reviews are good but not stellar (4 out of 5 stars) but, at this price point, you might even give it a try.
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Neo Reverb
With Spring, Plate and Hall reverbs, the Holy Grail Neo provides the most sought-after ambiances in an easy-to-use, pedalboard-friendly stompbox. Select the reverb of your choice with the three-position switch and use the Reverb knob to mix the wet and dry signals.
Tomsline Digital Reverb
An affordable but well-built unit featuring three modes (Room, Spring and Shimmer) and control for Mix, Tone and Decay.
Mooer Audio ShimVerb
Popular, affordable mini-pedal with Room, Spring, and Shimmer mode featuring a big knob for Decay and to smaller ones for Color (tone) and Level.
ENO EX Reverb
The nicest looking of the various, rather generic, super-affordable units sold on Amazon, the EX Reverb offers Room, Spring and Well modes with controls for level, Dry/Wet and Time.
Outlaw Effects 24K
A warm-sounding mini reverb pedal with three modes: Room, Plate and Spring. The three knobs control reverb level, tone and decay.
Animals Pedal Bath Time
It offers three distinct and adjustable reverb modes, Spring, Hall and Room, as well as a wet/dry mix control. The wetter the signal, the broader and lusher the reverberation becomes. The time control is very dynamic, providing a range of reverb from tight slapback to an echoing cathedral, and everything in between.
Caline Old School Reverb
A 3-mode digital pedal with Room, Hall and Church algorithms, which in conjunction with knobs for Decay, Mix and Tone offer a simple way to dial in the perfect reverb for any needs.
by Christopher Scapelliti and Paolo De Gregorio