MXR Reverb: The History of Reverb, In One Pedal!


If you're looking for a new reverb pedal, then check out the new MXR Reverb: it gives you all the most classic reverb sounds, in a compact unit!

MXR M300 reverb

Reverb is one of the most traditional and most widely used guitar effects, live and in the recording studio. Even if your guitar amp already comes with a good reverb, having an extra reverb guitar pedal may prove a very useful addition to your sonic arsenal! Even though there are some truly great reverb pedals on the market, the MXR M300 Reverb still manages to impress: there are other pedals that do more, but none does it better than this MXR. Analogue signal path guarantees tonal purity, and the DSP sounds as real and analogue as anyone could hope for... the spring sound is simply amazing!

Check this demo featuring our Dagan from PMT Newcastle.

The MXR Reverb is landing at PMT in the next few days, so visit your local PMT Store to try it for yourself - you will be impressed, trust us! To guarantee yours, you can simply reserve or Pre-Order today on our MXR Reverb product page.

Why Do I Need A Reverb Pedal?

Reverb is that sense of place and depth you hear when sound is reflected off of solid surfaces. Architects have been designing concert halls and other enclosed spaces to enhance this effect with live music for more than a hundred years. Recorded music, however, can sound flat and unnatural if it doesn’t sound as if it actually exists in a physical space, so musicians and producers have relied on a number of methods to recreate the sonic characteristics of playing in acoustically rich environments. It's safe to say that 99.99% of any songs you've ever listened to feature some sort of reverb.

This type of effect can be used on a subtle way, or in more dramatic ways. A musical sub-genre such as shoegaze relies heavily on using lots of reverb, for instance.

MXR M300 Reverb MXR M300 Reverb: a fantastic reverb pedal

The MXR Reverb offers players the history of these methods and then some in a standard MXR box, featuring six distinct high end styles exquisitely crafted and tuned by the award-winning MXR design team. It’s got a simple three-knob setup, a hi-fi analog dry path, and a massive 20 volts of headroom thanks to our Constant Headroom Technology™ so that it plays exceptionally well with distortion, modulation, and other effects.

For guitarists who use vintage-style, valve amps with no reverb, usually having a pedal that simulates spring reverb is essential. The MXR M300 does this type of reverb, and much more. This is a precious tool to have in your on-stage rig or in the studio.

Different Reverb Types Explained:

Here's a brief description of the reverb types featured on the MXR M300 pedal. It really represents the history of reverbs!


Playing in the toilet There are easier ways to get a good room reverb...

With the advent of recorded music, one of the first solutions to the “flat sound” problem was to play music inside of an enclosed space with a microphone sending the signal to a mixing board. The first of these “reverb chambers” was a bathroom, but specially designed rooms were eventually built into the recording studios themselves. The Room setting captures the sound of those reverb chambers, adding subtle body and projection to your guitar tone at shorter decay times while longer decay times yield rich organic space that doesn’t wash out. Think old blues and jazz recordings. This setting is also great for livening up a dead recording sound.


Plate-based reverb—which creates its effect through the vibration of large, thin metal plates—was the next step in studio reverb evolution. It became the standard for recording studios because of its clean, bright sound, and, while quite heavy, they could actually be moved around. The Plate setting provides a shimmering smooth wash of space that’s a go-to choice from the studio recording world. Use this setting to give your signal a classically lush, “hi-fi” sound, make up for dead venue acoustics when playing onstage, liven up a flat recorded sound, or bind all of the elements of your tone together.


Spring-based reverb as we know it today uses a transducer to vibrate one or more springs while a pickup transmits the generated sounds. Whereas plate units were large and expensive, spring units were small enough to put into amplifiers, and their low cost meant that the average guitar player could afford them. This style became a crucial component of old school surf rock tone. Use this setting to recreate the classic bounce and twang of classic amp-style reverb. Like the Room and Plate styles, Spring style is great for revitalizing a flat recorded sound, and like the Plate style, works great as a “tone binder.”


Epic If you can't go to a cathedral or hangar, they'll come to you... with the MXR Reverb!

The Epic setting sounds like you’re playing in a large, voluminous space such as a cathedral or a cavern. Think Pink Floyd. This setting is perfect for creating atmospheric, otherworldly environments.


The Mod setting combines smooth plate reverb with richly organic modulation in the feedback path. Use this setting to get classic shoegazer tones, liven up a dead recording, or create fluid, ethereal textures.


The Pad setting generates long synth sounds with a unique combination of sub-octave and octave-up with echoes mixed with synth/organ modulation and reverb, unlocking an expressive tonal palette that’s perfect for creating rich, arresting soundscapes.

Excited yet? Order your MXR Reverb today, and be one of  the first to own this amazing new pedal!

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