“There’s three different presets that you can do with that, so I just have a basic hall-type setting, one that’s a little more spring-sounding, and then one that’s the shimmer octave setting. There was this pedal that we used to use called the [Boss] PS-3 Pitch-Shifter/Delay – the Cave In pedal was what we called it. And so that has that vibe, and we use that on quite a bit of stuff. So, I’m using the shimmer setting as my PS-3-ish thing.”more
The fact that this box has 3 preset-able reverbs is a real plus. Make ya sound hella nice with the octave generator. BRING ON THE AMBIENCE. I use the hall reverb extensively as it is my favorite, and the knob-age really allows you to get the exact parameters you want.
I picked this up for the octave/shimmer effects as well as the presets, and I was not disappointed. All of the features are wonderful and controls are simple. However, I switched to this from a Neunaber Wet Reverb, and I noticed that the reverb just doesn't sound as good. It still sounds great, and I don't regret changing, but I do miss the fidelity of the Neunaber over that of the Descent. Great pedal though, and it was definitely worth it.
After being relatively uninspired by my Strymon BlueSky some months after buying it, I decided to sell it, and find some other reverb for all my shimmery needs. This pedal came to my attention after finding out it's Julien Baker's shimmer of choice, and I love Julien Baker's tone almost as much as I love her. So I saved up to grab this, and it's the best pedal purchase I've ever made.
Very easy to use, with the most intuitive use of expression control I've ever seen, the possibilities of this pedal are endless. From your basic hall 'verb, to symphonic swells of upper and lower octaves, to far-out reverse synth-y sounds and everything in between. I like adding that shimmery stuff to my rhythm parts, but I also have a lot of fun adding a little lower octave to lead lines, adding a little low end dramatics.
It's easy to write this pedal off as being very niche, the sort of thing you only buy if you know it's the sound you want. And it is that (though I'd add that even if purchased on a whim, you'd be surprised what you can do with it), but here's the thing; it does that one thing better than most, perhaps better than anyone.
like fuck all the other modes this pedal has. Just use the shimmer with the tweak setting al out with a high reverb time, with a subtle octave down and dream the fuck into oblivion. Best shimmer reverb effect I've ever heard.