Review: Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb

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Thanks to its modest price and compact chassis, it would be very easy to assume that the Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb is just another basic reverb pedal with the usual selection of room, hall and plate reverbs. However, lurking inside this deceptively small box is a huge variety of awesome reverb effects, including very sophisticated sounds usually found in devices costing three, four or more times as much as well as excellent renditions of the aforementioned staples. Whether you want outstanding versions of “bread and butter” reverb effects, complex and unusual special effects or a combination of both, the Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb is a worthy and highly affordable contender for any pedal board large or small.

FEATURES The lower left rotary switch knob on the Oceans 11’s front panel gives the strongest indication of the complexity lurking within this diminutive device. Here users will find 11 different settings that consist of hall, spring, plate, reverse, echo, tremolo, modulated, dynamic, auto-infinite, shimmer and polyphonic effects. Several of these effects — tremolo, modulated and dynamic — have three different sets of parameters that are selected with the mode switch. The mode switch also selects tap tempo divisions for the echo setting and engages either interval or mix edit parameters for the Poly setting. Other controls include an FX level, time (decay) and tone knobs, with the latter two also providing a secondary set of parameters that are accessible by holding down the mode button for about one second.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.