Walrus Audio’s feature-rammed Mako Series expands with the dreamy R1 High-Fidelity Stereo Reverb

Walrus Audio Mako R1
(Image credit: Walrus Audio)

Walrus Audio has announced a new addition to its feature-packed compact pedal line, the R1 High-Fidelity Stereo Reverb pedal.

The follow-up to last year’s incredibly well-reviewed D1 Delay, the R1 offers six reverb ‘programs’: Spring, Hall, Plate, BFR, RFRCT and Air, delivered via the Analog Devices Sharc processor.

The spring, hall and plate sounds are self-explanatory, but BFR is a “big f______ reverb”, according to Walrus Audio, like a cavern “filled with choirs of angels”.

RFRCT (that’s Refract, vowel fans) takes trails into altogether glitchier territory, with adjustable rate and depth, while Air offers a subtle shimmer on top of a larger diffused reverb.

These sounds can be saved into nine onboard presets, while a volume swell effect can be added to any of the reverb types.

A sustain/latch footswitch is also onboard, while there are a host of additional program-specific parameters accessible via the Tune (aka ‘X’) knob, which can also adjust low and high frequencies via a three-way toggle-switch. The tweak control, meanwhile, can be used to fine-tune rate, depth and pre-delay.

Like the D1, there’s a boatload of functionality onboard, too, including stereo inputs and outputs, up to 128 presets via MIDI, and the option of true bypass with trails.

Major props for the superb choice of songs in the Walrus demo, too – nothing makes us weak at the knees like the sound of Jeff Buckley played with a ton of reverb.

The R1 is available now for $349 – Walrus Audio has more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.