Atlantic (either delay or reverb) produces one of the cleanest and clearest
effects Iâ€™ve heard. That may not sit
well for everyone, as some musicians may prefer either delay or reverb to be
toned down (a lower tone so that it stays hidden in the background as opposed
to popping out as it does).
for those who want a bold delay or reverb, and I suspect more so for the
ambient player who wants swirling and pulsating effects to have a dominant role
in the overall sound, then the Atlantic does not disappoint. With 32-bit quality you can hear the
differences among the Analog Delay, Tape Echo and Digital Delay. The same is true with the Spring Reverb,
Plate Reverb and Hall Reverb. I say that
without hesitation since many â€˜spaceâ€™ pedals do not have the clarity of the
Atlantic, and can sound slightly muddy or muffled in comparison (thus making the
delay or reverb less obvious, sometimes impossible, to hear the differences
among types, e.g., analog vs. tape). The
sound quality is an obvious plus for the Atlantic, but also being able to dial
into various patterns prior to a Tap Tempo adds a lot to the ambience of the
delay, whether you want a full note, Â¾, Â½, 1/3, Â¼, 1/6 or 1/8th. And the Shimmer effect of the Reverb
(accessed by holding down the Reverbâ€™s footswitch) is nothing short of awesome
when you want to add that extra dimension and sustain to your playing.
Weighing 420g (0.9 pounds) and measuring 10.5 (L) x
11.5 (W) x 5.7 (H) cm (4.13 x 4.52 x 2.24 inches), the Atlantic has a strong,
yet lightweight aluminum chassis. It has
very attractive and durable black sparkle powder coated paint with white
lettering. The delay and reverb
footswitches are â€˜softâ€™ switches (no clicking) that are silent when turning on
and off. They are somewhat close to the
various knobs, but those knobs are of heavy construction and will withstand the
odd stomping if a foot happens to over-reach.
The pots for the various knobs are of good quality when turned and
silent (no scratching or other noises).
The two top toggle switches (for delay and reverb selections) are solid
with an obvious click when making a selection and are far removed from the
footswitches (besides being sandwiched between the two large Level knobs. All connections (input, output, power and
USB) are in the back, thus saving pedalboard space and with any cabling being
far removed from the footswitches. There
are two switches in the back, for Level and when running the Atlantic in Serial
or Parallel â€“ both are solid in feel and small enough that they would not catch
on anything and become damaged or switched accidentally. The Atlantic does not run on batteries, but
requires only a typical 9VDC power supply and while consuming only 6mA.
The Atlantic must be
a contender for the best delay-reverb pedal for the money, particularly at only
$149 USD. Certainly there are pedals out
there that offer more types of delay and reverb, but the quality of the sound
coming from the Atlantic is awe-inspiring, particularly when it comes to
ambient music or playing with cleaner tones (obviously more distorted tones
will cover up the true brilliance and clarity of the Atlantic, but that is the
nature of anything higher-gain). The
best way to describe this quality is a separation of the effect from the
original tone, which may not be to everyoneâ€™s liking (perhaps you want a lot of
delay or reverb, but have it floating in the background in a more subtle mannerâ€¦
if so, it may be prudent to have an EQ after the Atlantic [then into your
effects loop] to keep things darker and less transparent). However, if you enjoy having your delay
and/or reverb stand out in the mix, that it is as important or integral a part
of your sound as the guitarâ€™s tone itself, then the Atlantic will not
disappoint. With three types of delay
and three types of reverb that can be mixed in any combination and even routed
in different combinations (reverb into delay, delay into reverb, or in
parallel), you do get some solid customization.
As well, you can run the Atlantic in mono or stereo, hold the reverb
footswitch for some added shimmer/sustain, and even add a time measurement
(e.g., quarter-notes) to your tap tempo.
I have more diverse delay-reverb pedals, but this 32-bit beauty keeps
pulling me back in. If I could add two
things they would be tone knobs and another switch to select routing options
(as is found on NUXâ€™s Cerberus).
Setting up the Atlantic is
straight-forward, with the guitar going in and either mono or stereo going out
(either a two-cable out or a TRS Y cable out of one output will give you stereo). Delay Time can be controlled with the Time
knob â€“ the more you turn it up, the longer the delay, upward of 1500ms. However, you can use the Time knob to add a
measure (e.g., eighth-note) and then Tap Tempo your timing. As usual, there also are Level (mix) and
Repeat knobs for the delay, while selecting three classic types of delay:
Analog, Tape and Digital. The Reverb
side operates as usual, with Level and Decay knobs. The added bonus is the Reverbâ€™s footswitch, and
when held adds a shimmer effect, although the sound of that shimmer varies
depending on which Reverb you choose: Spring, Plate or Hall. The demo video goes through the types of
delay, reverb and the shimmer effect.
You can engage just the delay or just the reverb via the footswitches,
but also route them in different ways: reverb into delay, delay into reverb or in
parallel (whereby neither affects the other).
When running reverb into delay you can hear the reverbâ€™s decay being
echoed back, whereas delay into reverb (the most common setup) has the echo
fading into the decay. If running in
Parallel, there is a small toggle switch on the back of the Atlantic that needs
to be flipped (from its serial position).
If you want to run delay into reverb, then you need to set up the pedal
in order to do so, viz., hold down the delayâ€™s footswitch when powering up the
unit; conversely, hold the reverbâ€™s footswitch when powering up will result in
the reverb coming before the delay.
Lastly, there is a mini USB port in the back that allows for computer
hookup to obtain any firmware updates.
Brian Johnston is a guitar gear
enthusiast who likes to develop reviews and demo videos on stuff he likes. His YouTube channel is CoolGuitarGear.