Set Your Tone on Fire!
I love reverb. Love it. Love, love, love it! And, I wanted a great reverb pedal on my board. Actually, if I’m honest, I wanted two great reverb pedals on my board. Something subtle that would be always on and something really big, like a large cathedral with a little bit of modulation for swells and ambient stuff.
Strymon had blown my mind with the TimeLine and the OB.1 and the reviews of their blueSky Reverberator were looking really good. But, I’d also been reading fantastic reviews about the Neunaber Stereo Wet Reverb, and with the ability to load different firmware on it via the built-in USB port it was almost a done deal.
And then, Strymon dropped the Flint.
This very cool two-in-one has three types of reverb on one side and three types of tremolo on the other and can take an external tap tempo or even a favourite switch to give you two presets. Nice!
Strymon launched a photo competition as part of the introduction of their Tap Favorite pedal and my entry won me a runners-up prize. What I received in the mail was a shirt, some stickers and the Tap Favorite switch that pairs with the Flint. So, I had the tap/favourite switch, but no reverb or trem… Yet.
At that time, we were playing a couple of songs at church that had Tremolo and the Flint seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I mean, who can argue with the value!? In my mind, I was buying a great reverb pedal and getting a tremolo for free.
The Flint gives you a 60s Spring reverb, a 70s Plate reverb and an 80s Hall reverb to play with. I had imagined that I’d set it on 80s and never touch it again. But, the 70s Plate Reverb won my heart with it’s natural modulation and that’s what I use 90% of the time.
Originally, I had used the Tap Favorite pedal as the Tap Tempo for the Tremolo. But, just recently I changed that over to switch between two reverb presets: a mild one that’s always on and a super ambient one for swells and the like.
The tremolo sounds great, which is kind of sad considering I don’t really need to use it that often. But, it’s the reverb that makes this pedal truly great. I think the reason I like this reverb over a lot of others is that it doesn’t actually sound digital (read: sterile). It’s really warm and organic. If you get to hear it through a cranked amp, there’s a lot of complexity and texture to the sound without making it muddy.