Nux NDR5 Atlantic Delay and Reverb Effects Pedal
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Nux NDR5 Atlantic Delay and Reverb Effects Pedal
The Nux NDR5 Atlantic features the best delays and reverb algorithms all in a single stompbox. You can choose between 3 delays and 3 reverbs, with the addition of the 'Shimmer' function particularly useful for creating unique atmospheres for your intro, outro and interludes. Tap time function and internal routing complete the picture.
The Tech Features
Power Requirement: 9v DC Centre Negative Power Supply (Cannot be used with a 9v Battery)
Delay Options: 70's Analog, 60's Tape, and 80's Digital
Reverb Options: Spring, Plate, and Hall
Tap Tempo: Yes
Input: TRS, Effect Loop Connection via Y Cable
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Atlantic Reverb/Delay pedalA great piece of gear. Well worth the money.
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Superb unitI’ve bought from Artist Guitars no fewer than 162 times since my first purchase back in August 2013 (yep — I went through my order history on the AG site and counted ‘em). These sales have ranged from picks/strings/pedals through to acoustics/electrics/basses/amps and everything in between. I mention this to illustrate that I’ve now reached the point where, if I see AG selling something, I’m extremely confident that it will (a) do what it says on the box; (b) represent good value for money; and (c) be backed by excellent after-sales service ….. And that brings me to my purchase of this NDR5 Atlantic, which is one of NuX’s “Verdugo” series of pedals (curious name, that, since “Verdugo” means “executioner” or “hangman” in Spanish, but I digress …..) Anyway, I needed both delay and reverb for a new pedalboard but, because of space limitations, my preference was for one pedal combining the two functions. There are plenty of demos of this one on YouTube, so, rather than describing the effects, I’ll just limit myself to some general observations ….. DELIVERY & PRESENTATION: Neatly packaged, and delivery from AG was super-fast (as I’m interstate, I expected to wait a week, but got it next day!). The included manual (in both English and Chinese) is small, but just adequate (of course, you can also download it from the web). There are no cables included, but then I wouldn’t expect them. BUILD QUALITY: Has a strong but lightweight (420g) aluminium chassis, and the dimensions of 105mm x 115mm x 57mm mean that it’s a little wider than your average pedal, but still smaller than having separate reverb and delay boxes. Black powder coating and white lettering with red knobs make for an attractive unit. Knobs and buttons seem of good quality (I haven’t owned mine long enough to judge their longevity). Connection ports (power, input, output, USB) are all grouped at one end, which helps when you’re saving space on your board. Power is standard 9V negative tip, but there’s no option for battery power. The manual doesn’t state what the power draw is — I saw one review that said the NDR5 uses only 6 mA, but that would seem ridiculously low for a digital pedal like this. Website stinkfoot.se (incidentally, a great site for looking up the power draw for most common pedals) reckons the NDR5 uses 120mA, and that sounds about right to me. SET-UP: Of course, you can just power up and start experimenting with the knobs but, if you want to tinker, there are options to run delay and reverb in parallel, or in series — and, with the latter, you can even specify the order i.e. reverb, then delay, (or) delay, then reverb. There’s also a mini-USB port for downloading firmware updates via your computer — probably worth doing when you first un-box the unit. Incidentally, the procedure for updating the pedal is not in the manual, and it’s not completely intuitive, so here’s a quick summary:- (1) Download the Firmware Update from the NuX support site (both Mac and PC versions available); (2) Start up the Firmware Updater — at this stage, it will show “No device found”, because it can’t yet see the NDR5; (3) WITHOUT ANY POWER CONNECTED to it, plug the NDR5 into your computer using a micro USB DATA cable (note: DATA cable, not a “charge-only” cable!); (4) Hold down the “Delay” and “Reverb” footswitches together; (5) While keeping those two footswitches held down, insert your power cable into the NDR5; (6) The “Delay” and “Reverb” lights should both be flashing, and the Firmware Updater should now recognize the NDR5 and show its name e.g. “NUX – ATLANTIC …- ######## - Device connected”. ….. At this point, you can select the update file that was downloaded along with the Updater, and start the update. IN USE: If you want to hear the effects, go watch the video on the AG site, or browse through those YouTube demos. I’d just comment that the sounds are clean, clear, and of good quality, and you can hear the distinct differences as you tweak the various delay or reverb types. (I’ve tried it with acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, and even baritone uke, and it works well with each (given appropriate settings).) And that “Shimmer” effect (accessed by holding down the Reverb footswitch) is just about worth the price of admission alone. (Although the manual says to use it with Plate Reverb, I found it also gives a great sustain on Hall Reverb.) ….. Oh, and I’ve seen online comments that the NDR5 could do with some tone controls but, hey, that’s why I have a 10-band EQ on my board! SUMMARY: A very good value unit, with effects that place it in a category above its Artist Guitars cost point. (And yes, I shopped around on price, and AG came in best.) And no, I don’t work for or have any affiliation with Artist Guitars (I live in provincial Queensland), but I do appreciate good products at reasonable prices, and with the assurance of a three-year warranty. ….. Is this the world’s best reverb/delay unit? Perhaps not — there are plenty of exorbi
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Great sound, small footprintDefinitely a recommended buy; this is another NUX product that does what it says on the tin. It doesn't have as many knobs/adjustments as a separate delay and separate reverb but this is mostly a good thing... especially in live performance. Making up for the lack of tweakability is the quality of sounds provided - and the ease of getting from one good sound to another. The delays are all good representations of tape, bucket brigade and digital devices - and they've been tailored into very useful settings already. Ditto, the spring, plate and hall reverbs. You get to set the important parameters: delay time & number of repeats; reverb time. An important setting is 'Level'... how much of the delay or reverb you want to hear. This is done the way I wish every other manufacturer would do it: the dry signal is always at 100% and you're ADDING the delay/reverb to that (in effect, the delay/reverb is side-chained). This gets rid of the absolutely annoying nature of older "Mix" controls - where your dry signal is balanced against the wet signal. While that might seem a reasonable idea, in performance it's a bloody nuisance: you're playing (dry) at one level, then activate the delay/reverb... and now your dry level drops to (say) 70% to allow for 30% delay/reverb. Yes, it's the correct balance of dry to wet... but you need to turn your amp or guitar up to get the dry signal back to the same level as it was before you turned on the effect! Grrr! Another very cool feature: you can choose to run the delay and reverb in parallel (effectively like two separate signal paths) or series (delay feeds into reverb or reverb feeds into delay - the sequence is selectable). These options provide subtle changes which makes chasing 'the sound' much easier. Enough about the features (there's more). The build quality is excellent, the footprint is very small for all the functionality. And, most importantly, I never felt that the sounds were a compromise just to jam it all into one box. Are the delays as good as the boutique pedals? Not quite. Are the reverbs as good as the boutique pedals? Not quite. Are the delays and reverbs much better than practically anything other than the really high-end pedals? Yes, by miles. They're VERY useable on stage and in the studio. And it's much easier to get a great sound than most pedals. Life's too short to spend much time between songs tweaking too many knobs - and this pedal solves that issue very well. By way of reference, I ran it against a Strymon El Capistan (an $800 delay) with an Eventide H9 for reverb (another $800 pedal). Within ten seconds I had a sound out of the Atlantic that was within 95% of my a favourite lead sound on the boutique guys (a long-ish tape delay cascading into cavernous reverb, but never swamping the guitar). Then I went the other way, starting on the Atlantic: a short slap delay into a room reverb for slightly overdriven aggressive rhythm chunking on the back pickup. It sounded great on the Atlantic... and I was never able to match it - even with 5 minutes of tweaking - on the El Cap/H9 combo. In summary, if you can't get the Atlantic to sound good, you should probably examine what guitar you're playing and how you're executing it. I'd buy an Atlantic (at the price, you're practically stealing it) for its quality sounds... and the convenience and thoughtfulness of design are a real bonus. P.s. I paid full price for it, I don't work for NUX or Artist, I've been professionally involved in live and studio playing for too many decades to reveal here. On another note: The NUX Komp Core compressor is a really great product too. I don't know who does their electronic design, but: Respect! It's the most useful live compressor I've found - and I've tried practically every boutique compressor around. Cheers!
Why would you need anything else?Honestly the best reverb AND delay I’ve ever played all things considered. Sure there might be other pedals that sound slightly (barely slightly) better but when you factor in the price and the features you get coupled with a great sound it’s too good to pass up. I’ve recommended it to so many mates and they’ve all loved it after buying it so I would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone.
Nux Atlantic reverb/delay pedalGreat value for money. Quality build and terrific modelling and amazingly versatile. Very fast delivery too.