The pedal that revolutionized compact reverb pedals has evolved. Plug into blueSky for the most lush, majestic reverbs imaginable. Transform a single note or chord into vast sonic atmospheres with impossibly gorgeous, incredibly long reverb tails. Hear the inspiring splash of an upgraded spring algorithm dripping with vintage vibe. Lose track of time and space as you interact with deep and expansive new Shimmer sounds never heard anywhere before.
Whether you’re a classic spring reverb fan, a studio rack aficionado, or an ambient soundscape creator searching for new sonic textures, the sounds you are looking for are here.
blueSky provides three different reverb types: plate, room, and spring, and each type can produce everything from stunning realism to expanded sounds far beyond what would be physically possible, while always remaining musical and beautiful.
Intuitive and powerful tone shaping controls allow you to easily dial in an endless variety of inspiring sounds. And with ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters and a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, blueSky is equally at home on top of a studio console or in front of a tube amp.
Our second generation blueSky offers true studio quality reverbs in a compact pedal, and adds significant new features, incorporating technological advancements, hardware improvements and design enhancements to give you additional flexibility, power, and ease of use on stage and in the studio.
● Tone Shaping – A dedicated Shimmer knob and new Shimmer behaviors yield an inspiring variety of immersive new sounds. A new Mod switch allows you to select the modulation depth for each reverb type. A beautiful new Spring algorithm creates extraordinary vintage spring reverb sounds, as well as expanded spring textures andhauntingly unique interactions with an octave-down Shimmer.
● MIDI – Full MIDI implementation allows you to control just about every knob, switch, and setting remotely via the EXP/MIDI jack or USB. And you can save and recall all the new sounds you create via 300 onboard MIDI preset locations.
● Hardware Improvements – A premium analog JFET input circuit ensures superb responsiveness to your playing, and you can select mono or stereo input with the flick of a rear panel switch. In addition, you can now control blueSky with an expression pedal or MultiSwitch Plus. All this, plus a new ARM DSP chip provides more processing power for every sonic nuance, with less energy consumption on your pedalboard.
blueSky features three reverb types, each with their own distinct flavor for every reverb application you may need.
A high-quality vintage plate reverb gives you the smooth, crisp reverberations heard on classic records from the 60s and 70s.
A versatile room reverb places your tone in cozy small rooms, massive arenas, and everywhere in between.
Our splashy spring reverb, a faithful recreation of the best vintage spring reverb circuits we could find, instantly adds character and retro mojo to any signal.
Dedicated tone controls make blueSky one of the most versatile reverb pedals around.
blueSky’s Low control tightens up the low end of your reverb by gradually dampening the low end frequencies, perfect for cleaning up muddy or boomy low end reverberations.
For dark, moody reverbs, use the High control to roll back the high frequencies and dial in the exact tone you’re looking for.
blueSky’s unique Shimmer function can add sparkle or depth as well as expanded dimension and complexity to your tone by adding pitch shifting “in the tank.” This artifact-free pitch effect has a distinctive organic sound. blueSky’s Shimmer behaves differently depending on which reverb type is selected.
Turn the Shimmer knob up when using the plate reverb to add regenerative octave-up pitch shifting. With the room reverb, shimmer regeneratively adds an octave plus a fifth. When used with the spring reverb, an intriguing octave down pitch effect with adjustable LFO speed is achieved.
There is a certain magic to the lush effects that can be created by modulating the lengths of the individual delay lines responsible for the reflections in a reverb tank. With blueSky’s Mod switch set to its light position, the delay lines are modulated to add subtle motion to the reverb tail. With the Mod switch set to deep, the signal entering the reverb tank is also modulated, in addition to the individual delay lines within the reverb tank.
blueSky features a full suite of powerful and intuitive reverb controls for easily dialing in your dream reverb tone in the studio or on the stage.
A dedicated Mix control lets you determine just the right ratio of wet to dry signal, from no reverb at all, to 50/50 at 3 o’clock, all the way to full wet, reverb-only tones.
blueSky’s Decay control determines how long you want your reverb to ring out. Go from short, snappy reverb tails, to spacious, nearly-infinite reverberations.
Pre-Delay lets you add space between your dry signal and reverb — a handy tool for maintaining clarity when using higher Mix and Decay settings.
Our new generation of blueSky features full MIDI implementation, allowing you to control just about every switch, knob, and setting remotely by sending MIDI commands from your controller or DAW via blueSky EXP/MIDI jack or USB-C connection. 300 MIDI preset locations are available for loading and saving your favorite settings.
Remotely bypass or engage the pedal, automate decay time or other knob adjustments in your DAW, recall unique presets for each song on your setlist — the possibilities with MIDI are limitless.
True & Buffered Bypass
blueSky lets you choose electromechanical relay switched true bypass for a 100% untouched, unprocessed signal when the pedal is bypassed (this is the default setting), or you can opt for our premium quality buffered bypass that conditions your signal to preserve its integrity by preventing the high end roll-off that can happen due to longer cable runs.
Uncompromised dynamics and feel. Exceptional touch sensitivity and responsiveness. blueSky feels just as good as it sounds, thanks to a high impedance ultra-low noise discrete Class A JFET preamp input.
Stereo In & Out
No need to make compromises when it comes to signal routing or pedal placement — blueSky features full stereo in/out capabilities.
A single TRS input jack allows blueSky to keep its compact form factor while giving you the option to use a stereo input signal. A dedicated rear panel Input switch allows you to easily set blueSky for operation with a stereo (TRS) or mono (standard TS) input source. Low impedance dual TS output jacks let you use blueSky as a stereo effect.
Pedals aren’t just for guitarists. blueSky’s adjustable input signal level makes it a versatile tool for endless applications from the studio to the stage.
By setting blueSky to line level input mode, you get 10dB of added headroom, allowing you to use blueSky with bass guitars with active pickups, synthesizers, effects loops, vocals and more.
Powerful New ARM Processor
Significant developments in mobile phones and computers have led to an evolution in technology that now allows our pedals to perform more simultaneous processes with less power draw than ever before. That means more processing power for every sonic nuance with less power consumption on your pedal board.
Controls & Routing
Selects between three reverb types:
plate: a high-quality vintage studio plate type reverb.
room: a versatile room ranging in size from a bedroom to an arena.
spring: a re-creation of the best vintage spring reverbs.
Controls the duration of the reverberated signal’s decay.
Controls the amount of low frequencies within the reverb, with damped low end at minimum to no damping at maximum.
Time before the reverberated signal appears.
Load your saved Favorite setting, indicated by the RED
LED. Press-Hold for BLUE flashing LED, then press for SAVE.
Engages and bypasses effect. RED LED indicates the effect is engaged
Selects between two different modulation intensities, light or deep, or no modulation when set to off.
Controls the balance of the dry and wet signals from 100% dry at minimum to 100% wet at maximum, and a 50/50 split when the knob is at 3 o’clock.
Controls the amount of high frequencies within the reverb, with a damped high end at minimum to no damping at maximum.
With the plate reverb, adds regenerative octave-up pitch shifting. With the room reverb, adds an octave plus a fifth. With the spring reverb, adds an octave down pitch effect with adjustable LFO speed.
AUDIO INPUT SELECTOR
mono: Use with a mono input signal. Output is stereo. stereo: Use with a stereo input signal. Output is stereo. IN
High impedance, ultra low-noise, discrete Class A JFET preamp input. TRS adapter cable required for stereo input signal.
Low impedance stereo audio signal outputs. Use OUT L for mono output.
EXP / MIDI
Multifunction communication jack for external control of blueSky’s features and functions. Use a standard TRS expression pedal for continuous control over the knobs of the pedal (default setting). See complete User Manual for details about configuring for MIDI communication or accessories such as Strymon Conduit, MultiSwitch Plus, and MiniSwitch.
Computer connection for controlling via MIDI and for performing firmware updates.
Use the included power supply or an adapter with the following rating: 9VDC, center negative, 300mA minimum.
Ins, Outs, and Switches
● High impedance ultra low-noise discrete Class A JFET TRS stereo input.
● Low impedance independent TS stereo outputs.
● Expression pedal input allows the connection of a TRS expression pedal, MiniSwitch,
MultiSwitch Plus, or TRS MIDI connection.
● USB jack for controlling via MIDI from a computer or for performing firmware updates.
● Dedicated Favorite & On/Off footswitches
● Premium JFET analog front end
● Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters provide
uncompromising audio quality
● 520MHz ARM Superscalar processor
● 32-bit floating point processing
● 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response
● Audio Input Impedance: 1M Ohm
● Audio Output Impedance: 100 Ohm
● Strong and lightweight anodized sky blue aluminum chassis
● 9V DC power supply included
● Power requirements: maximum 9 volts DC center-negative, with a minimum of 300mA of
– 4.5” deep x 4” wide x 1.75” tall
– 11.4cmdeepx10.2cmwidex4.4cmtall – Designed and built in the USA
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