Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11

The Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 reverb pedal features 11 different types of ambiance algorithms, and was launched at our Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit 2017.

The full list of reverbs offered includes Hall, Spring, Plate, Revrs (reverse), Echo, Trem (tremolo and reverb), Mod (three-mode modulated reverb), Dyna (dynamic-response reverb), Auto-Inf (infinite crossfading reverb), Shim (shimmer) and Poly (polyphonic reverb with two configurable bidirectional pitch shifts) – more info about each algorithm can be found at the bottom of this post.

Oceans 11’s Secondary Knob Mode features intuitive “hidden” parameters that let the player customize the effects 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. In most settings the pedal is capable of producing infinite reverb, which can be played over with a fresh reverb effect, complete with adjustable parameters.

The pedal features many hidden features that will delight the reverb nerd in you – for example, in spring mode, double tapping the footswitch produces the classic sound you get when you kick a tube amp with the reverb on (see minute 6?:25? in the streaming video).

The surprises hidden in the special effects make this pedal unbelievably functional and inspiring. Dynamic and Modulated Reverbs add interactive movement, while the Shimmer and Polyphonic Reverbs create ambient soundscapes that will fill any sonic space.

Adds Electro-Harmonix founder and president Mike Matthews, “It’s compact, affordable and delivers serious control so you can really fine tune your effects. It also sounds incredible. The Oceans 11 is our best reverb yet!”

To learn more about the Oceans 11 reverb pedal, watch the videos below, and visit EHX.com. We added the Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 to our list of the Best Multi-Mode Reverb Pedals.

A compact, affordable pedal packed with advanced functionality and 11 reverb styles ranging from essential to exotic. The Oceans 11’s reverbs are:

1. HALL – the rich reverberant sound of a grand concert hall
2. SPRING – pays homage to the classic Fender® 6G15 tube spring reverb
3. PLATE – the lush, warm reverb that got its name because a large metal plate was originally used to create it
4. REVRS – emulates the quirky reverse reverb effect where a note’s reverb fades-in backwards. (Jimmy Page claims to have invented it.)
5. ECHO –sends a recirculating echo thru the Plate reverb. The crisp clear delays get tastefully smudged by the airy plate reverb
6. TREM – reverb plus tremolo that’s applied to both the wet and dry mix of a Hall reverb, your choice of three different tremolo shapes
7. MOD – modulated reverb, three modes. Chorus laced onto the reverb tails creates a luscious atmospheric effect. Flanger wraps around the reverb tails and weaves a hypnotic tapestry. Chorus and flanger combined.
8. DYNA – Swell, gate and duck. Swell silences your notes’ attacks before blooming the tails back into the soundscape. Gate passes the reverb tail thru a noise gate that opens when it detects playing. (Phil Collins popularized the technique by applying it to drums.) Duck compresses the reverb tail while you’re playing and fades it back in when you’re resting.
9. AUTO-INF – Auto-infinite reverb that triggers a reverb wash for each note or chord. When a new one is struck, the previously resounding reverb crossfades to the new one
10. SHIM – Shimmer generates a rich octave-shifted reverb wash that modulates and blossoms behind your signal
11. POLY – Polyphonic reverb, two configurable bi-directional pitch shifts operating on your pre-reverb signal. Combine dissonant intervals with near infinite decays to create disorienting soundtracks, or choose perfect/major intervals to generate creative harmonies when jumping around a key signature

The Oceans 11 features powerful, yet intuitive “hidden” parameters accessible thru its Secondary Knob Mode that let the player take greater control of its effects.

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. In most settings the pedal is also capable of producing infinite reverb which can be played over with a fresh reverb effect complete with adjustable parameters!