The Blackstar HT-Reverb is a high-quality reverb effect, designed and built by the rising star of UK amplification. The brand was formed by a group of engineers who, between them, have decades of experience from working with some of the world’s best-known brands. Since then, it has established itself as a force to be reckoned with…
Premium, Valve-based reverb effect
Blackstar’s reputation has been built upon a range of high quality valve amps, and here in the HT-Reverb, it has employed the same, valve-circuitry know-how. A heavy-duty metal chassis houses the effect, with two metal footswitch buttons.
Beneath this, the reverb is built around a 300V DC anode power supply. The reason for this is that this type of circuit is used extensively in valve amp design. By using this here, it imparts the pleasing characteristics of valve amp tone, such as compression and distortion. Turning down the gain reduces these effects in the same way as within a valve amp.
Choice of eight different reverbs types
In total, there are 8 different reverb types on the pedal, from long, lush, Hall and Plate reverbs, to smaller Room algorithms. These can be tweaked with ‘Time’, ‘Tone’ and ‘Dwell’ functions. The ‘Dwell’ control is akin to a derive control on a valve amp, adjusting the level of gain into the valve circuit. As such, it effectively controls the level of ‘valve’ characteristic (i.e. compression and harmonics).
Along with a standard on/off footswitch, there’s also a very useful short/ long switch. This allows the player to set preset ‘short’ and ‘long’ reverb times, then switch between them whilst playing. So, if you need a long, expansive reverb for a solo, and need a drier sound, but still need a bit of ambiance, it’s easily achievable.
The attention to detail extends to the switching circuitry, too. Blackstar has provided a circuit with silent switching, via high integrity buffered bypass. This also ensures that the pedal operates with low noise even with long cable runs.
The Blackstar HT-Reverb is high quality reverb with a unique design and character, and robust build-quality that is well up to a life of performance.
Manufacturer Blackstar Model HT-Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal Dimensions (H x W x D) 119 x 160 x 80 mm Weight 450g (16oz) Controls Mode (Room, Hall, Bright Hall, Plate, Spring, Arena, Reverse, Gate), Time, Tone, Dwell, Dwell level indicator LED (green, yellow, orange, red), Level, Bypass footswitch, Bypass on/off LED indicator, Time mode footswitch, Time mode LED indicator Indicators On/Off LED, Short/Long mode LED Connectors Input (1/4" Jack), Left (mono) output (1/4" Jack), Right output (1/4" Jack), 16V AC input Included Accessories Power Supply
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