Reverb is quite possibly the most used guitar effect. Interestingly enough, it is probably also the one most often taken for granted.
A fair number of amps come with a knob that adds a little bit of echoey flavor to your guitar’s tone, but beyond that many of us don’t think much more about it…
Until…you hear a classic 60’s surf song with that thick, twangy spring reverb, or you listen to an epic David Gilmour solo that sounds larger than life.
It’s at those moments that we realize what great reverb can do to our sound. We also realize how insignificant our stock amp reverb can be.
Well my friends, I’d like to introduce you to the answer to all of your reverb problems: the TC Electronic Hall of Fame. I have spent the last few days with one, and am happy to say that since it arrived, my amp reverb has not moved beyond zero. The Hall of Fame on the other hand has been up to 11 (okay, there’s actually not an “11” on it, but I can pretend).
The Hall of Fame features 10 classic reverb tones: from classic spring reverb to epic cathedral style reverb, and everything in between the Hall of Fame has it covered.
Most importantly, all the reverbs types sound amazing.
For years I have used a rackmount reverb box through the effects loop of my amp, but I haven’t touched it since picking up the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame sounds as good, if not better, and it’s all contained in the convenience of a stompbox. Guess which one is headed to my next gig?
The Hall of Fame also features an 11th slot for TC’s TonePrint technology which opens the door an entire array of other reverb tones accessible through your IOS or Android device. No wires required, you play a sound reminiscent of a 90’s dial up modem into your guitars pickups and it programs the pedal for you. Can we say “Awesome”?
If that isn’t enough, you can also download TC’s TonePrint Editor and create new reverb tones on your Mac or PC. Believe me when I say, once you try the Hall of Fame, you will NEVER use your built in amp reverb again.
Another cool thing is that this pedal takes stereo inputs, and of course, provides stereo outputs as well. Since the reverb is most likely going to be the last effect in your chain, you can make the most of your stereo modulation effects (such as chorus) by applying the Hall of Fame reverb to both sides when running a two amp set up. Your reverb setting of choice can further be tweeked by the decay, tone, and volume knobs.
As for other specs, the Hall of Fame is encased in a heavy duty aluminum case, it is true bypass, and features an analog dry through design. This means your signal is never digitized, giving you color-free audio and zero latency. There is also a micro switch for selecting longer or shorter delay time before the reverb kicks in. Think of this as the wall on the other side of the room that bouces the sound back to you before you hear the reverberation. Overall, this is a well-built, high-quality pedal that is designed for gigging.
For the most part I have played with the Hall of Fame in my home studio. I have run it into the front end and through the effects loops on two different low-watt tube amps, and even though it sounds great either way, my preference is through the effects loop. The pedal sounds very natural, and is great for adding reverb to an amp that doesn’t have it built in, like my trusty VHT Ultra 6 (I’ll be using it in the demo videos).
I plan on taking it out this weekend for a small gig. I honestly can’t wait to show it off to my buddies, since I know they’ll all be GASing (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) over it.
Enough for the writing, I’m off to practice my David Gilmour licks. If I can polish them up enough, you may even hear them in the video.
Until next time,
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