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Walrus Audio Descent Reverb/Octave Machine 

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The Descent is a three mode reverb system; hall, reverse, and shimmer. In each mode, the user has the ability to feed +1 and -1 octaves into the reve...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed to create ambient textures of sound, from thick and endless hall reverbs to symphonic shimmers.

The Descent is a three mode reverb system; hall, reverse, and shimmer. In each mode, the user has the ability to feed +1 and -1 octaves into the reverberated signal. The Hall mode will feature a classic reverb sound that can move your signal from a small-room-echo to a haunting long hall- echo. The Reverse mode smoothly flips your signal to playback unique responses and can be manipulated with pre-delay time controls. Shimmer mode highlights the octave features, dry signal, -1, and +1 to mix in your signal and creates a symphony of sound.

The Descent offers you eight controls to precisely hone in your perfect reverb. In addition, the user can use an auxiliary momentary switch in the fav input to switch the pedal on/off and/or save presets. If you have an already crowded pedal board, you can set your Descent at the back of the board and run a small SPST switch to the front of the board so you don’t lose valuable real estate. The Fav input requires a TRS cable to be used. The expression pedal control works with most on-the-shelf expression pedals. This feature allows the user to set the high and low parameters of each control and then fade in and out the those controls by moving your foot up or down on the expression pedal.

FEATURES
  • Three reverb modes: Hall, Reverse and Shimmer
  • Feed +1 and -1 octaves into reverberated signal
  • Dry Mix, Reverb Time, Diminish, Tweak, Wet Mix, Dry Signal, -1 and +1 controls
  • Remote, Expression, Left Out, Right Out and In jacks
  • Dimensions: 5 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ x 1 9/16″

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Walrus AudioDescent Reverb/Octave Machine
 
3.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

Awesome and unique reverb!

By Kenny

from Lafayette Ga.

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Comments about Walrus Audio Descent Reverb/Octave Machine:

I dont know if these other guys maybe got a defective unit or maybe didnt understand how it operates with an exp pedal but my experience with this pedal has been stellar! I wasnt even all that interested in reverb because most amps have a little but this thing takes it to a whole other level! All the control parameters you need to dial in a touch of conventional reverb or dial it up to a rich ambiance or get a bit thick n trippy with some octave and reverse. Best shimmer verb Ive heard. LOVE this pedal!!!

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1.0

Excellent idea, poor execution

By D'asterix

from Minneapolis, MN

Pros

  • Interesting concept

Cons

  • Just doesn't work

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    Comments about Walrus Audio Descent Reverb/Octave Machine:

    I really want to like this pedal, but it is the only one I've purchased that I keep off my board on a consistent basis. It's noisy, and I have the same problems as a previous review stated (noisy/clicking knobs, noisy bypass etc). Additionally, I find on mine the "hall" setting just makes a bunch of white noise and doesn't actually work. There's nothing seemingly wrong with this pedal, and I hardly use it so I'm not quote sure if it's broken, or if that's just the way it works.

    I also find the knobs to be basically useless. They don't seem to shape the sound much at all, reverb seems to be "on" or "off" with no in-between. I love a guitar that's swallowed up in reverb, but I don't want it all the time. This pedal gives basically one sound in three reverbs and, to me, that's only good for one song.

    I liked the idea of the octave settings, and truthfully I would love this pedal if it seemed to actually work and provided better tonal shaping, but it just doesn't do that. I constantly have to have the wet mix all the way up just to hear all by reverb at all. Start turning that knob down, and I barely get to the 3 o'clock position and I don't hear anything.

    Maybe I have a defective unit, but it also doesn't seem to play nicely in a line up with other reverbs, even when it has its own isolated power supply. It glitches and basically turns itself off and all I get is a red light on the bypass switch. I know this requires a decent amount of mA, but I've got this hooked up to a Chameleon, on its own supply line, and it still glitches on me.

    It will probably end up being the only pedal I send back/sell. Its also made me think twice about ordering another Walrus Audio pedal again, which is sad since they're somewhat unique and cool looking.

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    5.0

    Beautiful, Lush, Hi-fi, Amazing preset options for live use

    By bobo

    from ohio

    Comments about Walrus Audio Descent Reverb/Octave Machine:

    Beautiful, Lush, Hi-fi, Amazing preset options for live use! Love it

     
    1.0

    Noisy Knobs, noisy bypass switch, noisy pedal

    By Shimgazer

    from Tulsa, OK

    Pros

    • Great graphics
    • Independent control of shimmer octave up & down
    • Not a bad size
    • Shimmer & reverse on the same unit

    Cons

    • Bypass foot switch is noisy
    • Knobs make a digital clicking noise
    • Not much nuance to how the knobs shape the sound
    • Pedal has a lot of overall noise (hum) on & off

    Best Uses

    • Ambient music, post rock, shoegazing, indie

    Comments about Walrus Audio Descent Reverb/Octave Machine:

    When I ordered my descent I was stoked. I've been looking for a reverb with both shimmer and reverse. I was also excited about the independent control over the amount of octave down and octave up in the shimmer trails. It also looks super cool.

    Unfortunately, the one I purchased had issues, and upon further research.First, the knobs make a digital clicking when you turn them. Second, the bypass foot switch is a bit noisy. Third, the pedal overall is noisy, on or off, there is a noticeable hum. I plugged straight into it and used multiple isolated high current adapters, and the problem persisted. I also compared this to my Strymon Flint, and the Flint was nearly silent using the same cables and power sources. Fourth, most of the knobs lacked nuance. It seemed like in the bottom half, they didn't do a lot to shape the effect, but somewhere between 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock, most of them went extreme. Don't get me wrong, I like extreme effects. This is a shimmer reverb for goodness sake, it should be extreme, but the knobs should have a smoother control over the parameters.

    Upon closer evaluation of a handful of YouTube videos, reading a few threads, and visiting a local music shop that sells the pedal and demoing their's, I found that these are all common issues with the pedal. This is one of the coolest pedals on paper and it appearance, but in design and functionality, it leaves much to be desired.

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