Blackhole reverb pedal promises a universe of creative possibilities

Eventide has launched Blackhole, a reverb pedal with an ‘otherwordly’ range of features and effects.

With Blackhole, users can pick and choose from five presets, namely the titular Blackhole, Dark Matter (delay), Nebula, Singularity and Pulsar, or get creative with presets on their own.

The Blackhole algorithm was first introduced in Eventide’s DSP4000 Ultra-Harmonizer hardware processor. 

Blackhole can load as many as 127 presets via MIDI, which are also accessible in the preset list on the Eventide Device Manager (EDM). Five presets can be loaded at a player’s feet for access from a latching/momentary Dual-action Active Footswitch. 

The rear-panel Guitar/Line Level switch allows impedance matching with guitars, synths, FX loops or DAW interfaces. A single Aux switch can be deployed to Tap Tempo, or a triple Aux switch can be used for easy preset changing. Blackhole offers multiple Bypass options: Buffered, Relay, DSP+FX or Kill dry. MIDI capability is available over TRS or USB.  

Blackhole features two types of infinite reverb. ‘Infinite mode’ continuously layers new sound on top of a suspended reverb while ‘Freeze mode’ holds the effect in stasis, allowing musicians to play over the reverb tail. The Freeze Footswitch allows instant access to this feature. Unlike other reverbs which may offer pre or post modulation, Blackhole features modulation built into the very reverb structure itself;  to smooth out the rough edges of the most extreme settings as well as tone-shaping.

Reverb size can range from small rooms to ‘a limitless universe’, while PreDelay can offset the onset of the reverb. Any combination of parameters can be mapped to an expression pedal. 

Blackhole’s Catch-up mode helps dial in a sound when toggling between presets and parameters, while tone can be fine- tuned with Lo, Hi and Q (resonance) controls. 

Blackhole’s tone controls can be used to add airiness or tame the low end. Movement can be added to the EQ controls via an expression pedal. Finally, a Gravity control can custom-tailor the reverb tail in two modes, normal or inverse decay, to create interesting swells or suck the dry signal back into the reverb tail.  

Available now, Blackhole is priced at $279, and available here