With the IK Multimedia X-Space, you can fill your pedalboard with a slew of meticulously modelled reverb effects pulled from the IK's vault of iconic hardware units. This next-generation DSP-powered guitar pedal arms you with 16 of AmpliTube's most popular reverb effects, including studio-grade plates, halls, and springs, in addition to lush shimmers, an '80s-style gated verb, and atmospheric, otherworldly spaces. Sam Bell reviews.
IK Multimedia has a brilliant range of recording plugins for your DAW. Perhaps their most well-known product in the guitar community is their Amp Modelling and FX software Amplitube. This software gives guitarists access to brilliant sounding amps and pedals on their desktop that players such as Brian May and Joe Satriani fully approve of.
IK is now bringing their sounds to the stage with their new range of 'X' pedals. There are for in the range; in this review, I'll be taking a look at the X-Space Reverb Pedal. This pedal features 16 incredibly useful and expansive sounding Reverbs from Amplitube FX range and gives the user the opportunity to incorporate them into their pedalboard rig.
Let's take a look at the 16 different Reverb types you can get on this expansive pedal. Shimmer 1 is a shimmer reverb that gives you the option of increasing feedback. The pitch can be modulated up to an octave; lots of great options are available within this reverb. Shimmer 2 this is different from Shimmer 1 as there is no build-up option for Feedback and there are now 2 different pitched voices to create various harmonisations. There are some classic types such as the Hall, Room, Chamber, Church, Plate and Spring reverbs. All lush sounding with tons of depth and versatility in terms of parameters. Then we have some utilitarian reverbs, Swell, Gated, Reverse, Bloom and Early Reflection reverbs. These are great for either 'always on' applications or for 'arranged' parts within a piece of music. Then we have the more 'out there' sounds of Extreme, Ethereal, and Magnetic reverbs; these include different types of modulation and combinations of other reverbs from the algorithm. You can store up to 300 presets on the X Space Reverb. The factory presets are also incredibly inspiring to play around with. These can be used as jumping-off points for creating your own reverb sounds, or for finding inspiration when writing! What I love most about the pedal is how you can go from a classic 'sensible' reverb that sounds studio quality on your pedalboard all the way to ethereal, expansive, space-like sounds and everything in between.
But what does this all mean in terms of sound and playability? Is it easy to use? To address the latter, yes. The functioning of the pedal is pretty intuitive; it's nice to be able to control the basic parameters of the Reverb sounds with the control's along the bottom of the pedal. Each reverb sound's parameters are slightly different depending on the model you choose. However, at no point did I feel lost or frustrated when plugging this pedal in. Of course, you could go down the rabbit hole with creating presets, but it's also very much a plugin and play if you want it to be! The X Space Reverb gives you the option of having left and right input and output for Stereo setups, however, the pedal, of course can be run mono. You can integrate the pedal with Midi and if you use the Amplitube software, you can use the X-Space within the software to edit your presets and export to the pedal via the librarian app.
In a nutshell, the X Space reverb is awesome. It's brilliant to be able to have the Amplitube Reverb Algorithm on your pedalboard, in a gig-ready format that sounds great and is easy to use. If you're looking for a considerably versatile Reverb solution for your pedalboard and you love what Amplitube offers, the X Space is well worth checking out. It's definitely a contender for other high-end reverb pedals on the market!
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