Strymon bluesky alternative???

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by atracksler, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. atracksler


    Oct 30, 2007
    I really like the sound of the bluesky, I'm not crazy about paying that much for a pedal. What are some other lush reverbs that aren't so wallet draining?
  2. jazzercountry

    jazzercountry Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Source Audio dimension!
  3. Zoom MS-70CDR
  4. TC Electronic Trinity or either of the two reverbs from Mr Black.
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  5. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88

    Sep 16, 2013
    EHX Cathedral
  6. IngloriousOz

    IngloriousOz Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Red Panda context reverb
  7. Rneckties31

    Rneckties31 Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    It's hard to compete with it. It's so natural and I'm not exactly sure what it is about it....but it just sounds better than most anything out there in the pedal format. Same goes for the Big Sky. I play churches all around and the nicest reverbs I've had experience with or heard are the Strymon and eventide pedals.

    I have also heard some amazing sounds from a hardwire supernatural ambient verb. The verbzilla line 6 is also up there. But really IMHO nothing can beat the Strymon pedals.
  8. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Mooer just came out with the SkyVerb, I've owned a BlueSky and while the SkyVerb can't replace it, it's pretty good for the money.
  9. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    I chased that sound for a long time and ended up buying the BlueSky and then eventually the BigSky. I can tell you that the Zoom MS70-CDR comes close, but the best comparison is the Line 6 M series pedals. You can find an M5 with particle verb and octaverb (same as shimmer) for about $129 new. Used ones pop up all the time. I see the Neunaber Stereo Wet Reverb can also be programmed to shimmer. I have never tried the wet reverb, but several amazing ambient texture playing bass players on here rave about it. The SA Dimension Reverb also does really great lush reverb in the E-Dome setting. It is very close to the particle verb from Line 6. To me, the best part of Strymon verbs is the shimmer or chorale voicings. As I stated earlier, I know from experience that the M5 will cover that tone in spades.
  10. EHX Cathedral
  11. Rneckties31

    Rneckties31 Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    I totally forgot that pedal! Yes the M series pedals also have some amazing sounds.
  12. Sorry to resurrect this thread, but does anyone have a good audio/demo clip of the BigSky on bass? There was one on YT but there are to many effects going into the BigSky to actually hear the pedal itself.
  13. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    +1 on the Hardwire Supernatural as a budget alternative. The Line 6 Verbzilla, with the "Octo" setting, kinda started the trend, but now I find the sound too grainy, and I always had problems finding the sweet spot on the blend. I got rid of the ones I had and moved up to the Blue/Big Sky's, but got a Supernatural in a trade deal and was impressed with it as well.