Updated on 02.22.2021 – See also this more comprehensive list of the Best Mono and Stereo Reverb Pedals.
A Guide to the Best Stereo Reverb Pedals
A reverb effect recreates the way we perceive sound in an enclosed space. Since we have the privilege of having two ears we can safely say that no one ever experienced natural reverb in Mono (except those deaf from one ear). The slight differences detected by each ear when we experience real-life reverb paint a “sonic picture” that widens our aural perception horizontally (from left to right), something that can’t happen in mono. This is the simple reason why Stereo reverb pedals are so much more appealing: we are not made to hear anything in mono, reverb in particular!
True, for most guitar-related operations, a mono reverb is all that’s needed, but guitarists with ambient or creative leanings can find a lot of inspiration in Stereo reverb pedals. This is why we decided to write this article about the topic, organizing the various stompboxes by tag price and functionality.
We decided to organize this article in the following five categories, you can click on these links for quick navigation:
As usual, the pedals in the following interactive galleries are organized by perceived popularity. Mouse over (or first tap on mobile) will give you a description, while a click (or second tap on mobile) will open a demo video.
Best Compact Stereo Reverb Pedals
Since the mini format is too small to host stereo out, these effects hosted in the classic compact case format are, at least at the moment of writing, the smallest Stereo reverb pedals on the market. Some of them feature a surprising amount of controls, considering the limited space, while other supplement the lack of tweakable features by providing apps that allow fine-tuning of parameters not accessible from the actual device.
Budget Stereo Reverb Pedals
If your priority is the price, you can’t go wrong with the pedals in this list, but the tone may suffer a little.
Creative Stereo Reverb Pedals
In this selection, we included stereo reverb pedals that are not hosted in compact cases but neither are they full-fledged “do-it-all” workstations (for those, see the next list). Here you will find some of the most creative reverbs, because the extra footprint allows builders to include extra controls.
Stereo Multi-Mode Reverb Workstations
We have a separate article fully focused on Multi-Reverb Delays. This selection lists the large footprints reverb workstations that offer studio-grade algorithms and deep functionality – it’s a top of the line format that always offers Stereo outputs.
Stereo Reverb + Delay Pedals
Running reverb together with delay is one of the favorite hobbies of guitarists with ambient and shoegazer inclinations, but this effect combo is useful for a variety of applications and genres.
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