Strymon Cloudburst Ambient Reverb review

Strymon gives the BigSky Cloud algorithm its own pedal as the first in a new, more compact series – and it sounds phenomenal

Strymon Cloudburst Ambient Reverb
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

While it can handle smaller spaces, the Cloudburst excels at dreamy textures, making it one of the most compelling compact ambient reverbs on the market, especially with the synth-like Ensemble feature.


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    Compact size.

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    Standard reverbs and huge ambiences in one pedal.

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    MIDI capability.

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    Footswitching options.

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    No hidden secondary functions.


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    We’d have liked to see this new series at a lower price point.

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Strymon has released the first in a new range of smaller, slightly less expensive pedals in the form of the Cloudburst, an ambient reverb pedal

With parallels to how Eventide took the popular Blackhole reverb algorithm from its Space pedal and gave it its own home as one of the dot9 pedal series, the Cloudburst offers an expanded version of the Cloud algorithm as found in Strymon’s flagship BigSky reverb pedal. While the Cloud algorithm is the starting point, it has been reworked to be a more versatile proposition. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.