You know how the competition can force anyone to up their game and start creating products that work amazing? That is exactly what has been happening on the market of musical equipment for a while now. The brands that were not that capable before can now manufacture devices that set high bar when it comes to the performance. Such companies are typically those that produce cheaper stompboxes. You will notice that many musicians complained about their quality a few years ago, but more and more guitarists are falling in love with newer models. Such tendency is especially exciting for budget-players, since they have the opportunity to experiment with their favorite effects without spending all their savings. Mooer is one of those brands that always comes out with reliable pedals. Their devices are quite affordable, but the quality always exceeds the price. Today I want to talk about their Reecho Pro, an updated version to the original Reecho. This bad boy offers so much that you will have a hard time believing your eyes. It will let you try out different delays with ease and explore this effect to the fullest. Everything about this pedal is enjoyable to the point where you just cannot stop. Stay with me and I will give you detailed information about this fella!
I don’t even know where to start, because I just want to tell you everything all together. But I will do my best to organize my thoughts and keep it simple. As you look at Reecho Pro, it does not have the appearance of a fancy piece of equipment. In fact, all you can see is a silver box with numerous knobs and switches. Though it does not have distinctive appearance, the features it offers are rather mind-blowing. With the weight of 400 grams and the size of 106 (H) x 96 (W) x 53 (D)mm, this baby comes with 5 delay modes. They are topped with 3 effects that enhance your options even more. Reecho Pro utilizes floating-point DSP that keeps your tone in perfect shape. Additionally, it has a looper mode that allows you to record your favorite pieces (up to 20 seconds) and layer them on top of one another. You can also save one preset and employ it whenever your heart desires. It has two footswitches: the first sets the Tap Tempo of the delay, while the second activates the pedal. Reecho Pro can operate in True and Buffered Bypass modes. This way you can choose if you want the effect to disappear all at once or leave a trail once bypassed. This bad boy can be employed in stereo or mono, giving you the possibility to add spatial feel to your sound. It also has three LEDs that indicate whether delay is on or off, flash depending on the speed of the delay and light up as you enter the preset mode. Reecho Pro uses a 9V DC adapter for power and has a standard jack that accept your typical supplies. Huh, now we can all see just how versatile this baby is!
The control section of Reecho Pro is definitely overcrowded. You will see 8 knobs and two switches that give you all the control you ever wanted. Keep in mind that some encoders change their functionalities when in Loop and Preset modes (refer to the manual for detailed information on that).
- Dry – modifies the level of the original signal;
- Low Cut – changes the amount of lower frequencies and allows you to accentuate or cut them whenever needed;
- High Cut – does the same thing as Low Cut, but with higher frequencies;
- Time – alters the delay time and allows you to achieve slow or rhythmic delays;
- Feedback – modifies the amount of repetitions in your delayed signal and enables them to feedback into your sound;
- Wet – adjusts the volume of affected signal and makes sure your delays are in sync with the rest of the chain;
- Delay Type – allows you to choose between 6 types of delays: Digital, Analog, Real Echo, Tape Echo, Tube Echo and Galaxy.
- Effect Type – enables you to select one out of four effects: Normal, Modulation, Dynamic or Reverse.
- Ping-Pong – activates the ping-pong mode in which delays rotate between left and right outputs and pulsate, creating greater dimension;
- Trail – lets you choose whether you want your delay to fade away gradually or cut off immediately when you bypass the pedal (in other words, you switch between true and buffered bypass).
Before purchasing Reecho Pro, I had explored all of its features and was so impressed that I could not wait to open it up and start playing. Due to the low price point, I had my fingers crossed when I plugged it in for the first time. But I was not disappointed even a bit. This pedal gives you so much to experiment with that you might spend hours fiddling around without even noticing. You simply get lost in its essence and do not want to stop exploring. The delay modes are dimensional and vibrant, with full and rich bodies. As you add modulation on top, you receive sweet chorusy layer that suits delay perfectly. Dynamic kicks in as you pause during playing and fills in all the blank spaces. Reverse creates a funkier effect and enters the weird territory just a tiny bit. The looper functionality was quite useful, but it is not as high quality as a stand-alone unit. This fella might develop some hiss, but it is nothing that cannot be fixed. The ability to store presets was also helpful due to the number of controls we have here. And when you add twin footswitches (that make your job so much easier) on top of the whole package, you simply cannot believe your eyes when you check out the price.
On the whole, Mooer Reecho Pro is one of the most versatile delay pedals in its price range. It opens up countless possibilities and lets you play and explore for hours on end. It is one of those devices where price does not even make sense. It is simply an amazing stompbox to perform with. Good luck!
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