Ethereal - Reverb and Delay
How many times have you sat in front of your favorite ambient pedal and felt like you need weeks of training at NASA to use it? Knobs, switches, sliders…It’s often SO hard and frustrating to find a usable tone on those things quickly... Keeping that firmly in mind, when we first considered making an ambient pedal, ease of use was a top priority, right up there with top tier quality tone on par with pedals at twice the price.
How do you describe a pedal like the Wampler Ethereal? Does ambient heaven cover it? Is it the gateway between real life and the astral plane? Or is it just gorgeous? It’s hard to know which phrase to use when talking about it, because they all match it perfectly… plus, of course, so easy to use you’ll be getting those perfectly Ethereal tones instantly.
When designing the Ethereal these were the EXACT thoughts running through the mind of Brian Wampler. He wanted to make a delay that is as pure as you could want, with a time of up to 1s, a reverb that is thick and then have the option to mix them all up and put them together in one glorious effect that will send you away… all the way away while making it as easy to use and easy to find those perfect tones as possible.
Oh, and did we tell you – it’s been a bit of a secret, there isn’t one delay lurking within the Ethereal, there are two! The first delay constantly sits there like a heartbeat, coming back at you at quarter notes, we then layer another over the top – that one can be put into a triplet pattern, or a dotted 8th (so you can get that beautiful quarter + dotted 8th mix) and even a self-oscillating dotted eighth pattern that just takes you away and leads you over the edge and down the rabbit hole into perfect ambience… Things can get a little crazy when that one is selected, so you know, knock yourself out – it’s there to make some incredibly strange yet beautiful sounds… See that little switch down there? Yep, that’s the one, just to the right of the stomp - that’s a trails button. When this is used the delay patterns and reverbs sing out after the pedal has been deactivated, so you can even control what you want to come back at you.
While you are enjoying the delay patterns, sitting underneath is that beautifully cavernous plate style reverb that is alive with character and shape, that can be brought in to exactly the right level (whether that be under your guitar, the same level - unity, or even considerably louder) to compliment the delay.
As you can imagine, this has been some feat of engineering (definitely worth waiting for) as we wanted all this to happen from a regular sized box, with the purity of tone and response you would expect from a Wampler. So, as with our other time pedals, we split the signal going in, the effected signal is then laid back on top of the original base tone, making sure that YOUR guitar sounds exactly how it does going in.
The Wampler Ethereal. Not only can it be used a stand alone reverb or delay pedal, it can be combined for you to worship, to get lost in, to even help you inspect your shoes… but most of all, it was designed to inspire.
An Ambient Dream
Massive never ending reverbs, beautifully modulated dual delays…. what more could you want from an ambient pedal? The only thing small about this pedal is the footprint.
The quarter note keeps going, but with the Ethereal you have the option to overlay an eight, dotted eight or even a triplet… You can reach the Edge of Floyd and just about anything else.
It’s the kind of infinite plate you can only dream about… it can go forever, it can completely overtake your tone, it can sit in the background just adding depth…
Built for Forever
Brian Wampler’s attention to detail and commitment to bringing you the best-sounding & most usable Effects Boxes on the market is nothing new. Those qualities are on full display within the Ethereal. We’re all tone-freaks, and we’re always trying new things, but we hope this pedal finds it’s forever home on your pedalboard, so we built it to last that long.
See it in action:
- Built in the U.S.A.
- High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
- Relay true bypass with soft switch (buffered bypass in trails mode)
- Top mounted input and output jacks 9v power jack
- Power draw: 64mA (at 9v) and 68mA (at 18v)
- Allows for you to use reverb and two delays simultaneously
- Maximum 1 second delay
- Second delay can be layered on top in 3 different patterns
- Includes Wampler’s limited 5-year warranty
- 2.50″ x 4.50″ x 1.5″ (63.5mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches
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Daniel Schiffer –
I am so happy that I looked for a new ambient effect and found exactly what I was looking for ; thank you so much Brian!
Andrew Haun –
Excellent pedal! Very easy to take minimal guitar playing, and translate it into meaningful ambient music to layer on a loop station.
Paul Stubbs –
Nice pedal and really simple to dial in some lush spacious sounds. High quality like all Wampler pedals and will last forever. My only wish is that the reverb was not swiched with the delay, so you could actually use the reverb on it’s own (via the mix) and then switch in delay when needed. As it is you have to have either both on or off, or mess with the mix on the fly. Just means it won’t replace my reverb pedal as I had thought.
Todd Marx –
I needed a pedal to replace my two digital delay pedals on my board that were just not doing it for me. I have been with Wampler pedals for quite a long time and knew when this one came out it would get me to the delay I wanted for my lead playing. Once I got it, I quickly removed the two delay pedals from my pedalboard, and replaced them both with the one Ethereal pedal. Let it be known that henceforth, the Ethereal shall never be removed from this said board. Thank you Mr. Wampler!
Look no furher, this pedal replaces all your separate reverb & delay pedals. It’s super easy to use and sounds superb!
Thank you Wampler!
Anthony Murphy –
This replaced three other pedals on my board, fantastic sounds and tweak-able from standard delay reverb up to full ambient washes. Sat really well with cleans, overdrives, and fuzz and coped with boost as well. Its so great to get all these sounds without having to waste time in menus and presets. I didn’t need an end of chain buffer with the trails switch on either. This is one great pedal.
this is such a great addition to my pedal board: when it arrived it made me immediately want to play and keep on playing simple chords en notes and let them drift away into space…a very musical addition to create soundscapes for the band and to make practicing at home a lot more fun. Great great pedal!
Jamie M Harrison –
I enjoy the way this pedal goes about letting me choose straight 1/4 note delays and the funky U2/Edge delays in a really smart way. Its easy to work which is helpful on stage or in studio when time becomes stressful. I also like that the reverb is not very adjustable its just the right sound and more or less of it. For this pedal that’s exactly what i want! Very dreamy, ambient, umm….Ethereal
It does what you should expect but you can also get some “normal” tones out of it as well if its the only Reverb/Delay you bring.
Arthur Taylor –
This thing manages to get most of what I want in terms of echoes – and I’m one who can really go to town with delay and reverb, hours lost tweaking. This just does it, one pedal, a few knobs, bam. Beautiful.