Neunaber had something special in their hands when they released the Stereo Wet. They totally outdid themselves when the Immerse dropped. Rather than having to load all their reverbs one at a time as with the Wet, they threw all of their reverbs into one pedal (wet, hall, spring, plate, etc.), with extensive modulation and tone-shaping controls. Best reverb I have ever owned, and I owned both a Stereo Wet AND a Strymon BlueSky prior to this! My only complaint is that there is no blend knob, but the work-around I devised is to flip on the "kill dry" switch and use a splitter cable out of the original sound source (guitar, synth, etc.) and plug the two signals into a mixer and blend it that way. A little cumbersome, but it works!
An absolute monster of a reverb. Will take you to places you've never played. I've played it for nearly 3 months and it has changed everything for me.
Tone(s): There are numerous tones on this standard size stomp box. Wet (a signature Neunaber tone), Hall, Plate, Spring, Shimmer (a), Shimmer (b), Reverb + Echo (delay), and Reverb + Detune (chorus like). All of these are top quality tones. I originally fell in love with Neunaber when a friend loaned me the Wet Stereo V2 and a Strymon Blue Sky. I played the Strymon for about a half hour and then I plugged in the Wet and played it for the rest of the weekend. I certainly think Strymon is top quality but Neunaber is really something special… something unlike anything else I’ve ever played.
The Wet gives a tone that's simply hard to explain. It's comparable to a hall but more ethereal. For home use and for my minor/darker stylistic playing, the Wet takes me to another world of stories in my mind. I expand the depth to a physically impossible length and keep the level at about 2 o’clock. From here, you can add shape to the room/structure with the modulation and I keep the tone dark, about 10 o’clock. It’s is an ominous pad of dark matter that fills your room while your guitar continues to morph the soundscape.
The Hall is what the standard norm of hall is but just so realistic it is transporting. I use this more in live environments as it is more natural. Take the tone knob up to ¾’s and you really get a special psuedo-shimmer compliment without being as overwhelming as most shimmers.
Plate is where I take the high gain. If you play high gain, this is the reverb for you. It’s very thickening of what you play versus diluting. I’ve used many reverbs that really thin out my tone when high gain is pushed through it. This Plate does a great job of allowing the high gain and additional harmonics ring throughout while adding a spatial expanse.
Spring is not a type I used much before as they just sounded too digital on other pedals to me. However, Neunaber has made it a prominent tone for me. I’ll move into single coil territory with a tiny bit of dirt while I add a spring reverb on it to create a very vintage tone.
Shimmers are fun and being that I play in a worship band, I can put this to use at times by filling the room with a pad. A is more orchestral and epic and B is breathier and more heavenly. I’ve no preference between the two as they are quite different when playing with a full band. You’ll find that the song will lend itself to one or the other fairly quickly. Echo is a blending type delay. You can control how much delay you want in your signal or how much reverb. It’s more of an either or while blending between the two. To be honest, the delay was frustrating at first because it sounded better than my other delay pedals. What a good problem to have though. Detune is a very 80’s chorus-y vibe. Fortunately for me, I’m fine with that. A lot of people don’t care much for chorus but this is subtler than most. It is really more of the wet signal that is altered and your dry stays more intact than most chorus pedals which, to me, makes it more useful.
There’s a lot to go over here but I’ll keep it simple and focus on the more advanced features. Volume (how loud the wet signal is), Depth (how long the wet signal lasts), Type (which of the above reverbs to use), and Tone or Echo Time (Brightness or darkness of the wet signal or delay time of the echo setting).
That’s four of the five knobs. The 5th knob is a variable knob that changes its purpose depending on the reverb type you use.
Wet and Hall – Modulate (not like typical warble modulation but more of how “bumpy” or “rocky” the shape of the space creating the reverb is) Plate – Pre Delay Spring – Low Cut Shimmer (a) and (b) – Shim level. Controls how many “voices” are mimicking your guitar playing.
+Echo and +Detune – Reverb Level. Controls how much of your wet signal is reverb or delay/detune.
Other misc features are: Stereo in and out, Kill Dry Switch (externally accessible), Trails Switch (externally accessible). The Kill Dry is much more helpful than I anticipated. While it does have more practical uses for how you wire up your rig, I use it mainly to shape my reverb tone. The fact that this is external is brilliant. There are no favorite switches or taps and this will never plug into your PC for updates like their Expanse series.
Final Words: If you’re in the market, do yourself a major favor and give this a whirl before making your decision. I’d recommend this for any guitar player looking to add a high quality reverb. This, or some variation of it, will be on my board for a long time to come.