Boring multi-effect reverb pedals are a thing of the past with the introduction of the Cathedral from Electro-Harmonix. Its eight modes and truly innovative “infinite” reverb function make the potential for lush soundscapes and textures truly endless. Let’s take a look at the Cathedral’s various modes.
The Spring and Accu Spring settings are taken from the company’s Holy Grail reverb pedal, both allowing you to blend wet and dry as well as tone depending on the sound you’re after. The Hall setting allows you to set the reverb decay to exactly what you need as well as adjust the spacial perspective. Similarly the Room and Plate settings offer the same versatility, but give the effect of a smaller-sounding space.
The Cathedral’s reverse mode allows you to produce a reverse reverb effect for each note, allowing you to control the amount of time between the attack and the fade-in of the reverse effect. The Grail Flerb setting is again taken from the Holy Grail, allowing you to control the flanger modulation and resonance, which would be fixed on the Holy Grail. The Echo setting transforms the pedal into a digital effect, allowing you to tap or dial in the delay time.
Truly, the most irresistible feature I found is the Infinite reverb switch, allowing you to play over a never-ending reverb wash without adding to or changing it. It should also be mentioned that like many other Electro-Harmonix effects, the preset mode allows you to save a setting for any one of the eight modes, easily accessible through the unit’s toggle switch. The Cathedral is by far the best multi-effect reverb pedal I’ve come across so far. Highly recommended.