Eventide has unveiled its new Blackhole reverb pedal.
Based around the popular Blackhole algorithm featured in the company’s H9000, this pedal comes loaded with five presets, but users can also create their own. In total, Blackhole can load as many as 127 presets via MIDI, which are also accessible in the preset list on Eventide's Device Manager app.
Additionally, five presets can be loaded at the user's feet via the pedal's latching/momentary dual-action Active Footswitch.
Blackhole also features two types of "infinite" reverb - accessed by the pedal's Freeze Footswitch. “Infinite mode” continuously layers new sound on top of a suspended reverb, while “Freeze mode” holds the effect steady, allowing musicians to play over the reverb tail.
Modulation is built into the structure of Blackhole's reverb itself, and can be used to smooth out rougher edges of more extreme settings, or for tone-shaping purposes.
The pedal's Catch-up mode helps dial in a sound when toggling between presets and parameters, while tone can be altered with Lo, Hi and Q (resonance) controls. Blackhole also comes with a Gravity control, which can custom-tailor the reverb tail in two realms – normal or inverse decay – to "create interesting swells or suck the dry signal back into the reverb tail."
The pedal's PreDelay control can offset the onset of the reverb, while any combination of parameters - according to Eventide - can be mapped to an expression pedal.
Elsewhere on the Blackhole, there's a rear-panel Guitar/Line Level switch - which allows impedance matching with guitars, synths, FX loops or DAW interfaces - an Aux switch that can be used for Tap Tempo, and a triple Aux switch for preset changing.
The pedal also offers buffered, relay, DSP+FX and kill/dry bypass options, with MIDI capability also available over TRS or USB.
The Eventide Blackhole reverb pedal is available now for $279.
For more info on the pedal, stop by eventideaudio.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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