Strymon NightSky review

Venture to the outer reaches of reverb with this soundscape workstation

This thing can sound pretty damn epic as it adds a cinematic backdrop to your playing; one played note or chord can summon an extended shimmering cloud of spacey sound.
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

A reverb unit for the sonically intrepid, consider the Strymon NightSky the Starship Enterprise for interstellar adventures to seek out new dimensions of ambience.


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    Complete reverb workstation.

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    Stunning sounds.

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    Plenty of presets.

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    Multi-task footswitches.

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    Infinite freeze feature.


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    Very little to complain about, but you’d have to be really into esoteric reverbs for the required outlay.

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For many players, Strymon has been the go-to company for reverb pedals with its largely conventional BlueSky and the later BigSky, which offered more esoteric ‘altered’ reverbs alongside the standard options. 

The next pedal in that Sky series ventures far deeper into that rabbit hole of altered reverbs and otherworldly ambiences. Defined by Strymon as a “Time-Warped Reverberator”, the NightSky offers real-time continuous control over a whole host of parameters affecting the reverb. 

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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.