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Source Audio’s Collider packs a whole lot of delay and reverb into a single enclosure

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Source Audio has done fine work lately with cramming multiple effects into a single enclosure (see the C4 Synth and Spectrum Intelligent Filter), and now they’ve done it again with the Collider Delay+Reverb.

The new stereo effect pedal features a collection of the most popular delay and reverb effects from the company’s Nemesis Delay and Ventris Dual Reverb.

The dual-DSP Collider offers a combined 12 delay and reverb effects, with dedicated on/off footswitches. 

On the delay side, there are vintage tones inspired by the Maestro EP-3 Echoplex tape delay and the rare Oil Can delay, plus a classic analog bucket brigade circuit. More contemporary effects include digital delay and reverse delay.

As for reverbs, there’s the tried-and-true spring and plate, as well as the Lexicon Hall, natural replications of large and small acoustic spaces and ambient effects like shimmer, swell and E-Dome.

(Image credit: courtesy of Source Audio)

Switching between the two effects is excessively simple: Set the knobs toggle to delay and all controls are dedicated to that effect, including the central selector wheel; set it to reverb and, well, you get the picture. Put the toggle in middle 'lock' position and accidental knob bumps won't alter any sounds.

Other features on the Collider include eight user presets (or 128 presets accessible via MIDI messages), integrated tap tempo (with a three-way beat division switch), reverb hold mode, full MIDI capability, external expression control and external preset switching and stereo inputs and outputs.

Particularly cool is the 'Unlock' feature, which allows users to simultaneously run two delay effects (with different beat divisions synced to a single tap tempo) or two reverb effects.

Like other Source Audio pedals, the Neuro Desktop Editor and Neuro mobile app can be downloaded for free for access to a library of presets created by both Source Audio and the Spectrum Intelligent Filter Neuro community.

Additionally, the Neuro Editor offers various dual-effect signal routing options including cascade, parallel and split stereo.

The Collider connects to the Neuro Editor via the Collider's mini USB port or the Neuro Mobile App via the phone's headphone jack and Input 2 on the enclosure.

That’s a whole lot of pedal, and all for just $349. For more information, head to Source Audio (opens in new tab).

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.