Review: Nux Atlantic -Part II

Nux AtlanticIn the second part of this review, you will get to know all about the sound of the astonishing Nux Atlantic.

Sound

At the moment, space-saving two-in-one pedals are really famous.
And actually, this two-in-one pedal offers almost every standard delay- and reverb-sound, a guitarist needs.

Tape Echo

The 60s delay with a maximum delay time of 55-550ms, is sonically oriented to a tape echo.
The attack is pretty percussive and fits into the mix without the sharpness of a digital delay or the blurred sound of an analog delay. With every further repeat the low end and the treble are cut and you will get a mid-accented delay sound. This turns out to be quite organic and decent and really reminds of a tape echo.
Turning the time pot while the trails remain, you can create pitches and modulation that are so characteristic for a tape delay. These effects also occur slightly delayed as if the speed of the tape is varying.
By the way: regarding the tape emulation, the range of the repeats pots reaches up to infinite repeats.

Analog delay

The 70s delay is oriented to a historically correct analog delay. The delays with a maximum delay time of 40 to 400ms create much darker delays that blur behind the played chords and thereby produce a beautiful room.
This is perfect for shorter delay times to thicken the sound of the guitar or to create dark soundscapes with many repeats.
The playing really reminds of an analog delay and with the repeats maxed, the delay is able to oscillate.
By changing the delay time while you are playing, you won’t get modulation, but the repeats get pleasantly knocking.

Digital delay

On the one hand, the 80s sound is sonically oriented to the clear and brilliant digital delays, on the other hand, you will get also dotted eighths accompanying the adjusted delay. This is really useful because you won’t have to adjust the dotted eighths separately if you vary the delay time. I think, in this case, the designers followed the rack setting of Bands like U2.
Turning the time pot switches to a new delay time (as this is typical for a digital delay).

Spring reverb

Similar to the delay sounds, the reverb sounds as well are categorized by decades.
The spring sound really reminds of the spring reverb in an amplifier. From a decent reverberation to long reverb tails with a lot of drip you can practially drive the spring reverb from a small Princeton reverb to a reverb unit. By keeping the footswitch pressed while the spring mode is activated, you will get a setting of both pots maxed.
Thus, you can choose between two presets. A decent reverb and an additional “over the top” spring reverb effect.

Plate Reverb

Sonically, I like the plate sound best. It offers a clear and metallic reverb that still leaves enough room in the audio image. Of course, it can be adjusted quite decent and then can be used as an “always-on” effect. But you can also turn both pots into full clockwise direction and thereby create a really dominating plate effect that reminds of the sound of The XX. By keeping the reverb switch pressed, you can additionally produce a shimmer effect.

Hall

The Hall effect is somehow darker than the plate reverb and underlines the spatial sound. With a lot of low end, it also shows some reflections while it fades out.

By combing the different delays with this reverb, you can create spatial sounds as you want to.
A darker analog delay with a metallic plate reverb?
Or do you prefer a tape echo sound with a little hall added?
Numerous combinations are possible. And for external sounds you can place the reverb at the first place in the effect chain. Thereby, the delay repeats become even more washed-out and blurred.

Frequently, the delay is used before the reverb. But the parallel option is really interesting as well. In this case, both effects do not influence each other and the audio image will stay more structured.

It is a pity, that there is no option to create a full wet effect, means, to play without the original signal. And, the level pots of both effects do only reach up to 50/50.
Maybe, this will be considered with the next firmware update.

Nevertheless, you will get a flexible and sonically convincing delay/reverb pedal in a compact enclosure and a striking price-performance ratio (the price is about 149€).
It is easy to handle and intuitive to use without any hidden functions.

Conclusion

The Nux Atlantic is a brilliant pedal that offers all needful features even for small pedalboards.