Universal Audio Golden Reverberator review

An old name in audio becomes a new name in stompboxes – and it's set to impress with this vintage-voiced reverb pedal

Universal Audio pedals
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Guitar World Verdict

Not the most comprehensive, but it delivers the vintage essentials with class.


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    Quality of sounds is hard to beat.

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    Plenty of scope for tweaking.


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    No expression pedal or MIDI input.

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Studio equipment manufacturer Universal Audio may be best known for its authentic plug-in emulations, powered by DSP in the company’s own hardware, but now it’s using its technology in a series of guitar pedals with dual-processor architecture. 

The Golden Reverberator is a reverb pedal with various mono and stereo options. Each pedal has a choice of three effects with toggle-switched variations, but you can download an extra effect (two for the Astra) via USB. 

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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.