[review] Mooer Audio SkyVerb (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players.

The Mooer Sky Verb as the name suggests is a digital reverb. Another new and original addition to the ever expanding line of Mooer pedals (I lost count). Brilliant, lush reverb effect is what Mooer promises. Does it deliver?

Mooer Audio SkyVerbThe looks

Cool blue colored pedal with a 3-way mini toggle to switch between Studio, Church and Spring settings. Controls  include Decay, Mix and Tone. True bypass switch.

The Sounds

According to the specs, what we have is a 32bit digital reverb. The Studio mode does warm, natural indoor reverb; Church does huge reverb with soft reverbs and reflections; Plate does a classic plate reverb, Effect/Dry signal can be blended with the Mix control, Tone control affects high frequency, Decay-control is for adjusting the room size.

Now I have to mention, the Skyverb has a couple of cool reverb sounds, the Plate reverb is particularly nice, as long as you keep the Effect/Dry mix in balance. When you dial in more Effect, the Skyverb reveals its weakness, it's a cold, metallic and artificial sounding reverb that seriously messes up your guitar and amp sound. Particularly the Church mode suffers from this, the Studio mode a bit less, but again at higher decay settings turns into an unnatural sounding room reverb. Still useful for shoegaze, dreampop sounds, but lacking character. It sounds okay at low decay settings.

The Verdict

A useful plate reverb, a couple of decent room reverb settings and a somewhat unrealistic full blown church setting. In the end, it's the color I liked best.

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