Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Pedal

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 350+ ratings and reviews.

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$222
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Pedal
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Pedal

The Electro-Harmonix Cathedral is a versatile stereo reverb pedal, featuring 24-bit AD/DA conversion and true stereo input output compatibility.

It features 8 reverb algorithms, from old school reverb types like Hall, Room, Plate and Accu Spring, to modern algorithms that include Reverse, Grail Flerb, Grail Spring and Echo.

All these modes are then tweakable to your preference via the six knobs, while handsfree realtime operation are afforded by the two foot switches. All these features are packed in a colorful stompbox that's around twice the size of regular stompboxes.

Features:

  • 8 Reverb Types: Grail Spring, Accu Spring, Hall, Room, Plate, Reverse, Grail Flerb, Echo
  • Controls: Blend, Reverb Time, Damping/Tone, Feedback, Pre-Delay, Mode, Tap Tempo Switch
  • Input: Stereo 1/4"
  • Output: Stereo 1/4"
  • Power: 9VDC Power Supply
  • Bypass Type: Buffered Bypass
  • Tap Tempo to set pre-delay time up to 2 seconds
  • 24-bit AD/DA converters
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 2.5" x 7.25" x 5"
  • Weight: 2 lbs

Pros

While some did mention churchy and atmospheric, the word "heavenly" best matches the both user sentiment and the label of the pedal. While it's not the be all and all, reports of the EHX Cathedral Stereo reverb's versatility are plenty, with many stating that they were able to conjure various sonic landscapes, from classic surf to infinite reverb ambience. Reliability and the artistic decal on the front fascia of the pedal were also well received, matching the pedal's ear candy with eye candy that easily stands out in a pedalboard.

Cons

While versatility is always a good thing, there will always be some who will be deterred by complex controls and tweaking, and a few of them shared their comments via reviews. There was a user who complained about the EHX Cathedral not working too well with his acoustic-electric guitar.

Overall

If you're looking for a versatile reverb pedal that allows for more experimental algorithms like reverse and infinite reverb, then check out the EHX Cathedral. There are also some more highly rated options that you might like to consider which you can find in our guide to The Best Reverb Pedals.