The Wampler Etheral is a pedal that combines two essential effects for any self-respecting guitarist. Reverb and Delay. Please note, this is not a question of offering you a classic combo for the most standard use. The Etheral is mainly intended for fans of these two effects and for those who want the possibility of creating atmospheres, ambient sounds, naps, without having to manipulate 25 buttons.
Externally, we are entitled to a standard chassis with a pretty metallic turquoise finish. The connections are on the top, practical. The pedal offers the usual controls for a Delay: Feedback, Delay, Mix and a Tone. The Reverb part is very simple, it is limited to a Mix control, knowing that the Delay settings also have a certain impact on those of the Reverb. There is also a small push button on the front to access different rhythmic subdivisions and a button on the side to activate or deactivate Trail mode.
We start with a clean sound with the Delay Mix on full blast and the reverb at minimum (so zero reverb). We obtain a very nice, slightly modulated delay. It's precise, ample, it encompasses your sound without modifying it. In fact, your signal remains unchanged in parallel with the wet signal, which allows you to keep the organic and 100% analog side of the original signal. The Tone is very effective, it allows you to bring back detail depending on how you use the delay. By pushing the feedback, the effect begins to oscillate and creates a semi-infinite loop, without destructuring. The different rhythmic subdivisions are very useful and allow you to create different patterns when using the delay in usual registers. But it is by pushing the reverb mix that the Etheral reveals its full potential. We are treated to a very dense Room, which is built very gradually. You can obtain a light effect until 9:00 a.m., then switch to a more "atmospheric" rendering around 12:00 p.m. Beyond that, we will really be in an ambient register which will allow us to create enormous layers, deep and dense. Add a small volume pedal and you can really create unique soundscapes, without fiddling with 500 parameters.
The Wampler Etheral Delay & Reverb is a pedal intended for those who want a superb delay capable of switching to very spacious sounds where the guitar becomes almost "infinite". This, without any hassle and for a very accessible budget.