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Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb pedal surrounds your tone with an aria of rich presence. It's loaded with 7 different types of reverb pl...Read More

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Stunning, programmable reverbs with tap tempo and complete control.

The Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb pedal surrounds your tone with an aria of rich presence. It's loaded with 7 different types of reverb plus digital echo, all of which work in true stereo. Full programmability lets you recall previous settings instantly. The EHX Cathedral Stereo Reverb lets you create the perfect space for your instrument or voice while offering an elegance that takes your music to a higher ground.

The Cathedral offers two spring modes: Grail Spring, based on the Holy Grail's spring emulation, and Accu Spring, an Accutronics spring tank emulation. Top notch, professional Hall, Room, Plate, and Reverse reverb algorithms. Grail Flerb mode is the EHX Holy Grail Flerb with greater adjustability. Echo mode makes the Cathedral into a versatile 2-second digital delay. Up to 2 seconds of Pre-Delay, with Feedback allow for reverberant echoes. Tap tempo footswitch sets the pre-delay time with your foot. Instantaneous infinite reverb is yours by pressing and holding the Tap footswitch. Tone controls on the reverbs allow for further refinement of the sound. True stereo in and out.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit A/D/A converters
  • True stereo inputs and outputs
  • 8 programmable reverb styles with the ability to load and save
  • Tap Tempo to set pre-delay section
  • Damping/Tone control available for each reverb mode
  • Grail Spring, Accu Spring, Hall, Room, Plate, Reverse, Grail Flerb, Echo

Make your instruments and vocals sing with this awesome stereo reverb effects pedal.

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Electro-HarmonixCathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Performances (6)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
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    Excellent Reverb

    This is absolutly the best reverb pedal I have experienced so far, much better that T.C.'s Hall of Fame. The sound quality is excellent, and the Cathedral offers far more control....Read complete review

    This is absolutly the best reverb pedal I have experienced so far, much better that T.C.'s Hall of Fame. The sound quality is excellent, and the Cathedral offers far more control. Having the various types of reverb is one thing, but being able to customize to your sound, to your other equipment, and to adjust to different venues is just one reason this pedal is worth every penny. Lest we forget the presets for each type, which only adds to the versatility and usefullness. Additionally when this pedal is off, it's quiet, true bypass. This is a powerful and versatile piece of equipment and can take some time to dial in, but well worth the time. My only complaint/sugestion to EH, is to add a footswitch to the pedal so I can change presets without taking my hands off the guitar. I use this pedal at church in live praise & worship, connected to PA's, in my home studio, for practice. This pedal is very responsive to various playing styles, clean or distortion, works great in either lead or rhythm, electric or acoustic. It literally sounds awsome everywhere, you just have to know how to control it, but at least with the Cathedral you have the options to do so.

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    Out Of Control

    Did my research, read the reviews and ordered this unit. I play Shoegaze and Dreampop so I am way picky about my reverbs. I run a modded Peavy Valve King 1x12 and dropped...Read complete review

    Did my research, read the reviews and ordered this unit. I play Shoegaze and Dreampop so I am way picky about my reverbs. I run a modded Peavy Valve King 1x12 and dropped this into the effects loop. This unit was an out of control wash, literally. Nothing but a wash of indistinguishable noise. I spend 45 minutes trying to dial in a good hall...big wash, moved the room and plate and spent another 30 minutes trying to dial those sounds in. Maybe I had a bad unit but I got nothing but crap from this pedal. I was way disappointed took it back for a refund. Not worth the price tag. Going back to my search for a RV3.

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    4.0

    Solid mainstream reverb offering.

    By Josh L.

    from Lafayette, LA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Lacks Buffered Bypass

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Great competitive quality reverb box. It really does a good job with its available feature set. My only complaint is the non-buffered bypass. (no trails on effect disengage) No complaints about what the unit offers and what you can do with it for the money though. Especially because my unit just stays on anyway, in which case the signal is still getting driven to the amp in a quality way. I like the way the preset situation works too because I typically want one choice reverb sound most of the time (maybe slightly different depending on the song, but nothing that can't be done right before the song starts), and then one specific preset that's a quickly engageable 'more' sound. But when engaging or disengaging the preset, I didn't want that abrupt, disappearing previous trails thing happening. This pedal doesn't do that. It just ramps up or ramps down but stays active. Works well. Sounds natural. Unless you're turning the pedal fully off, you lose signal strength especially because it's probably last in your chain too, but hey. Can't have it all. Leave it on! Looks cool. Workable size. Pre-delay is immensely valuable. Blend control instead of level is awesome. Strreo is cool but would also benefit from a buffered bypass especially if you're running something strreo into it, but like I said, if you leave it on always.. no worries. Reasonable power consumption. Great unit. Best one for me right now. Tried a ton.

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    5.0

    Great Workhorse Effects Pedal

    By James Barr, Guitar

    from Ny,NY and Asheville, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Steel String Guitar Nylon
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I was an eventide user and still us the H9 daily, but I wanted a simple non-digital-sounding reverb to pair with H9 effects like chorus, wah, flange, etc. This unit is perfect. Can generate warm classical or jazz complementary reverb from small room to huge cavern, as well as metallic, rock, acid sounds. Controls are large to the touch, easily understood, lots of creative selection. I perform at least 3 times a week, usually more, on Nylon String (finger style) and pick on steel string. I use this with a Ramirez a/e, a 12-string, a les paul and several other similar guitars. I play in medium size venues with unpredictable acoustics, and this unit can be tuned to deliver appropriate reverb to all the places I've played, including outdoors. I play solo with rare performances with cello, violin, flute, doublebass. I play Bach, Beatles, Broadway; Baroque, Classical, Contemporary; ambient, rock and ethnic. You get the picture! NYC studio for 24 years, now in NC. Wish it ran on batteries also, but that is not an issue for me.

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      5.0

      Sounds like a "church" organ

      By Crust

      from Brockton, MA

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Cathedral reverb sounds "heavenly"...nice reverb petal..."deep" sounds.

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        5.0

        Excellent Reverb

        By rdj8607

        from Savannah, Georgia

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Church Live Praise And W
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is absolutly the best reverb pedal I have experienced so far, much better that T.C.'s Hall of Fame. The sound quality is excellent, and the Cathedral offers far more control. Having the various types of reverb is one thing, but being able to customize to your sound, to your other equipment, and to adjust to different venues is just one reason this pedal is worth every penny. Lest we forget the presets for each type, which only adds to the versatility and usefullness. Additionally when this pedal is off, it's quiet, true bypass. This is a powerful and versatile piece of equipment and can take some time to dial in, but well worth the time. My only complaint/sugestion to EH, is to add a footswitch to the pedal so I can change presets without taking my hands off the guitar. I use this pedal at church in live praise & worship, connected to PA's, in my home studio, for practice. This pedal is very responsive to various playing styles, clean or distortion, works great in either lead or rhythm, electric or acoustic. It literally sounds awsome everywhere, you just have to know how to control it, but at least with the Cathedral you have the options to do so.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Ahh

          By nickitysplit

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

          • Washes Out

          Best Uses

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I like this pedal a lot, but I also like my TC Electronic Hall of Fame.

            To those who said you can only use the included power supply to power this...

            You should be able to use any other 9 volt power supply. From the EHX website: The Cathedral requires 9 - 9.6VDC at 200mA with a center negative plug. The Cathedral accepts Boss style AC Adapters.

            Technical Specifications

            Sample Rate = 46.88 kHz
            A/D and D/A Conversion Bit Resolution = 24 bits
            Processed Audio Bit Resolution = 32 bits
            http://www.ehx.com/products/cathedral/instructions

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing pedal

            By TJ

            from Venice Fl

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Hard To Figure Out

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is absolutely amazing did everything I wanted and more. I have only had this pedal for about a week and I all ready love it. It has so many effects for a reverb that the possibility of sounds are endless. I would recommend this pedal to anyone willing to spend over $200 if not the holy grail by EHX is an amazing reverb too.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Does what was expected

            By Bearman

            from Northern Minnesota, Ely

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I wanted a simple unit that was easy to haul about and operate, yet had a wide range of good sound. Because I knew from past experiance with Electro-Harmonix`s products, I had no second thoughts about buying one. Once the sound I wanted for each guitar was dialed in and set, there was nothing else to do but let it do it`s job. I bought this for live work, but I have now also tried it out in studio, and it`s fine. Yep it`s not your high class rack mount reverb unit [I already had that], but then I didn`t expect it to be. But it sounds good and for my chores, it does real well. One plus that all the Electro-Harmonic products have, is it`s built road tough. Well worth the price when moving from place to place.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Shoegazing Heaven

              By jarofkla

              from Virginia

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Love this pedal. I can now fill the room with a wall of sound!
              Too many options! Fine tune your exact space.
              A tiny bit trebley, but that's what I heard this pedal would do. The dampening knob helps keep it under control.
              A bit of change required to buy, but worth every penny. Wouldn't live without it now.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Yay! Cathedral!

              By Chris Davis

              from L-town!! word up lol

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I needed a reverb type pedal to use with my amp, although a great amp the reverb became to overwelming at times and i found it difficult to get a good sound out of it. Im not to crazy about the mode knob though, a video on EHX website says to use the side of your foot and that just doesnt seem safe to me (I'm a big guy and dont want to break the knob) but that would be my only complaint about this pedal. As much as I love the reverbs that the cathedral produces it doubles as an excellent delay (on the echo mode), i use it with quarter note or dotted eight delays to fill up soft parts in a song or to get a big tail on a swell. I also really like the tap tempo on this thing, it make it great for live settings.
              The Cathedral is a monster! It can do pretty much anything you need it to do!
              Its built like a tank and i havent had any problems with it yet! Only gets a nine because of the mode knob.
              Its EHX! Definitely stands out among the rest, and the presets are rediculous. It does alot and is worth every penny.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This Thing is AWESOME!

              By srinivassa

              from Huntsville, AL

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              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

              About as close to perfect as you can be. You would really have to picky and know your verbs to not be happy with this thing. It's got to be up there on the list though. I don't know how it compares really primo verbs, but at some point, it just becomes a matter of taste. This thing is worth owning unless you are an absolute snob about verbs, which happens. Otherwise, if you are just looking for a really great verb, this has to be on the list.
              This thing has a really good feature set. Every knob does something really useful. You can absolutely dial in a great verb with this pedal, period. It also has presets and delay. Fullest featured verb I've ever played. Might even compare with a TC Nova Verb or other very tweekable verb in the feature department.
              All EHX pedals are constructed of the same metal housing, and use a highly durable metal switch. It should hold up forever. I give it a 9 because the knobs are a bit small, and the whole apparatus is a bit dinky. GREAT for pedal board space, but it does feel like a male foot in army boots could break something.
              It's expensive, but it's worth it. Honestly, I would rarely give anything this expensive a good value rating, but it just blows away a verb, and it kicks the verbs I have on my two multi-effect pedals.

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