An arena on your ’board: this guitar pedal recreates the gigantic ’80s reverb beloved by Bruce Springsteen and Phil Collins

Catalinbread CBX Gated Reverb
(Image credit: Demos in the Dark / YouTube)

Gated reverb was all the rage in the 1980s, famously powering the cavernous drum sounds of Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA album, among many other hits of the era. Now Catalinbread has packaged those stadium-filling sounds into pedal form with the CBX Gated Reverb.

As you may have guessed, the effect is a reverb that is paired with a noise gate, ensuring it snaps off at a predetermined point, rather than tailing off. This gives the sound a lot more pop and impact and, generally, clears up the mix.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.