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Review: Crazy Tube Circuits Splash mk3

The Splash mk3 certainly isn’t an inexpensive reverb stompbox (at $259 street, it sits near the top rung of current reverb-pedal pricing), but it earns its keep by serving up a couple of interesting side dishes from the usual ambience menu.
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The Splash mk3 certainly isn’t an inexpensive reverb stompbox (at $259 street, it sits near the top rung of current reverb-pedal pricing), but it earns its keep by serving up a couple of interesting side dishes from the usual ambience menu. Three reverb algorithms are provided—a moderate size (from springy to room and hall), a large size (hall to chamber and beyond), and an Exciter mode that adds modulation and high-frequency sheen to large- and small-sized reverbs. One of the tasty appetizers is the Excite knob that controls the harmonic textures and presence of the moderate/large reverb algorithms, as well as predelay in the Exciter mode. The other treat is the shrewd Kill Dry switch that instantly kicks in a 100-percent wet signal for luscious and sensual ambient washes. Whenever I was looking for ways to sweeten a track, I loved having vibey, ghostly shimmers just one click away.

All three reverb options sound delightfully organic—nothing seems hyped, hopped up, or unrealistic. Even Exciter mode appears natural. It just seems like a brighter “room” with a few twisting alcoves. I noticed audible hiss in all settings, but it’s slight enough to be obscured in a mix or on stage. If you dig ambient atmospheres and cinematic textures, the Splash mk3 is one of the best reverb pedals around for exploring extreme dimensions of time and space.

Kudos Gorgeous ambience. Kill Dry switch.
Concerns Slight audible hiss. Pricey.
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