EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run Digital Delay and Reverb Pedal
The EarthQuaker Avalanche Run is a deceptively powerful pedal. The Avalanche Run is great for musicians looking for a plug-and-play unit that, while flexible, won’t take hours of experimentation to wrap your head around its features.
- Controls: Time, Repeats, Tone, Mix, EXP, Decay, Mix, Ratio, Reverse/Normal/Swell
- Delay Time: 0ms to 2000ms
- Stereo Input/Output
- True Bypass
- 9-Volt Adapter
An interesting feature of the Avalanche Run is its EXP control, which allows you to control what an expression pedal does while plugged into the pedal. It controls things like the timing, amount, and volume of repeats. You can also use the EXP control and a footswitch to change between the pedal’s modes.
Speaking of which, the Avalanche Run comes with three different delay modes: reverse, normal, and swell. Normal is your standard delay, reverse reverses your input signal, and swell mimics volume swells. You also edit the rhythmic subdivisions of your repeats with the ratio control.
While delay is definitely the main focus of the pedal, its reverb functionality is also pretty handy if you’re not in love with the reverb you get from your amp (or if your amp doesn’t have reverb to begin with). Reverb is controlled through the mix and decay controls, with mix controlling the volume of the reverb and decay controlling its length. It’s not quite as powerful as a dedicated reverb pedal, but it’s definitely still useable.
The unit also comes with true bypass construction, a tap toggle switch, as well as stereo and mono outputs.
To see which Delays we recommend, see our guide to The Best Delay Pedals.