By Robbie Gennet
IN A WORLD OF COMMON PEDALS LANDS SPACE, A STOMPBOX DERIVED FROM Eventide’s vaunted studio-quality rack effects. Space does reverbs and other timedomain effects, using 12 unique algorithms, each of which is the basis for a group of preset sounds. The ten knobs on the face can morph each algorithm in various ways to achieve sounds that surpass what you might think is possible from any reverb you’re meant to step on. Delay, chorus, and tremolo can be attained, but a far bigger deal is that you can detune the effect trails.
Such studio luminaries such as Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Richard Devine, Flood, and Alan Moulder programmed many of the 100 presets. Some factory presets offer usable everyday reverbs; others explore the realm of soundscape design. Eventide provides a foldout with in-depth descriptions of each preset, and you can edit and save presets as you see fit.
A unique feature is the Hotswitch, which toggles the current preset’s parameters to a second set of values. This gives you an alternate version of each sound that toggles seamlessly. Switching between presets isn’t as seamless: Because Space lets the previous effect’s tail ring out (arguably for good reason), the new preset may take up to a few seconds to load after you make the switch.
The learning curve is easy, as the first 12 presets are set to each successive algorithm, letting you explore each from the ground floor. When you turn the preset knob, each of the other 88 presets flashes the algorithm it’s built on so you can relate it to the fundamental sound. The first four presets are your usual suspects: Hall, Room, Plate, and Spring. It’s the next eight that take us into, well, space. They include Reverse, TremoloVerb, the distorted MangledVerb, a variety of hybrid multi-effects including DualVerb, DynaVerb, and ModEchoVerb, plus Shimmer and Blackhole, the latter of which offers the most sonic “depth of field.”
A connected expression pedal can control any combination of the ten parameters, effectively “scene morphing” between two groups of knob settings within a given preset. Via USB or five-pin ports, MIDI can control nearly every aspect of Space; you can also use the pedal as a MIDI clock source. The temptation to explore the deepest parts of Space is part of the fun of playing with it. You can get basic reverbs out of it, but that’s like taking a Ferrari through a school speed zone. There just isn’t a lot this pedal can’t do.
PROS Amazing array of reverbs, delays, choruses, and tremolos. Stereo inputs make it suitable for keyboards. Depth of sound is rich and warm.
CONS Possible lag when switching presets.
$579 list | $499 street