Hailing from Spain, the LoFiMind Effects Reverberador is a pedal inspired by a vintage spring reverb mixing console (something like this) and, just like the original, it features a real spring inside the case, hence its sizeable dimensions. It also features a separate boost circuit with its own footswitch packing 6 germanium transistors.
The reverb can be tweaked via the Mix, Tone and Loud knobs, with the latter controlling the pedal’s overall output. As usual with real spring reverb, the length of the reflections is fixed, but the decay feels shorter with darker settings.
The Germanium components impart a very warm character to this pedal, without comporomising brightness and definition, and the boost section is capable of producing distortion as well, for an extra tonal palette.
Here’s the introductory video by the builder. We added this pedal to our article about the best spring reverb pedals.
LoFiMind Effects Reverberador, Builder’s Notes
The Reveberador is inspired by an old Reverb Mixing console, two years ago I started to investigate more about these consoles and the use that a guitarist could give to this device, I have been modifying the scheme to taste and without haste, to achieve the most real sound and similar to the feeling of playing the electric guitar through these consoles.
Inside it has 6 germanium transistors, 2 audio transformers and a real Reverb tank 23CM long.it has 2 footswitches, the one on the right is the TrueBypass and the one on the left of the Boost. The one on the right is a master switcher and the Boost only works when the pedal is on
On the front the pedal has the input, the 12 VDC power supply, a toggle switch so that the output is only the wet signal and the output jack.
It has controls for Loud, which is the general output of the pedal; Tone, which is the general tone of the pedal; Mix, which adds the wet signal to the mix, and Boost, which is the volume that can be activated by the footswitch on the left.
There is really nothing on the market like the Reverberator, as other spring reverb pedals have their signal processing done by FETS, which I personally love, but they sound cold compared to the saturation offered by germanium transistors.
As its main component is germanium, as you know it will be somewhat subjected to the temperature of the room, but so far, it has worked for me in cold and hot environments (think that I have been working this device for two years, here in Granada, where temperatures range during the year from 0 degrees C to 40-45º centigrade haha)).
The sound is very bright and the output is very balanced with the overall volume of your signal, it only adds a little bit of volume, as a boost, at the end of the “Loud” path, but if we activate the Boost, we add a strong punch of distortion and volume.
The Boost control is super interactive with your guitar’s pickups, i.e., with the volume of your guitar at full volume, you’ll get a lot of distortion, but it cleans up a lot by turning that volume down to 7-8. This reverb is a low impedance germanium transistor pedal, so think of it as a kind of super-saturated Rangemaster with reverb, but bright. If you have a dark amp, you’ll love this pedal, if it’s too bright you’ll want to add less reverb.
The MIX control adds an exaggerated amount of reverb, with the mix potentiometer at 2-3 you will have a quite cavernous reverb, you want to get lost in the mix with reverb? turn it up.