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Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run Delay/Reverb Effects Pedal Review

Alclair Summer 2017 – HLB

Honestly I haven’t had that much excitement for a reverb or delay pedal since the Strymon Blue Sky and the Nuenaber Stereo Wet. Everything else while good has just been a replication of those two pedals with a few slight differences in eq, mix and depth range. So when Earthquaker released their Avalanche Run I wasn’t in any huge hurry to try it out because I was convinced that Strymon and Nuenaber had the market cornered for Delay and Reverb so why drop the coin on something different. Then my local shop got one in so I decided to give it a try in the shop. Spoiler alert. I now own one.

Backing up though I want to discuss some of the cool features that the pedal has and why I have played 3 weeks in a row and only used this for delay and reverb. I know crazy! But true!

At Woodsy’s Music in Kent, my go to local store I grabbed one of these off the shelf and plugged into one of the new Fender Bassbreaker series amps. Another great product but for another day. The pedals quality is what you would come to expect from Earthquaker. A gorgeous transparent blue sparkle finish with detailed white screen printed artwork, complete with black and white knobs and click-less foot switches.

Upon plugging in and setting all of the knobs to 12 o’clock I was surprised at how usable the pedal was. Many of Earthquaker Devices’ pedals are unique and take a while to implement into your board. Not this guy. The tone of the reverb and delay trails was neither harsh or too bass heavy. The reverb had a light shimmer to it but was not fatiguing to the ear like many of the other shimmer effects on the market. As I cranked up the mix and depth knobs to around 3pm I found what I believe to be the best sounding ambient swell tone of all time. All of this with the delay settings at 12 o’clock and the delay mix at around 9-10 o’clock.

My next question was, can this be used as a stand-alone delay and/or reverb pedal? It absolutely can! By turning the mix completely down on the delay you can use the pedal as a reverb only unit. By turning the mix completely down on the reverb you can use the pedal as a stand-alone digital delay pedal.

The delay side of things is fantastic as well. The repeats are warm but maintain enough high end to cut through the mix. The knobs have a ton of range and almost every setting we dialed in was usable. While the “standard” setting was my favorite, both the “swell” and “reverse” settings were surprisingly usable as well.

The only complaint I have is that the labels for the sub-divisions knob are somewhat confusing to the musically untrained and will likely require a visit to the users manual or Earthquaker’s website to look up what each setting means. Oh wait I will just include them here. Problem solved.

  • 1/1- Quarter Note
  • 3/4- Dotted 8th
  • 2/3- Quarter Note Triplet
  • 1/2- 8th Note
  • 1/3- 8th Note Triplet
  • 1/4- 16th Note

With stereo in and out as well as an expression out the pedal offers a ton of flexibility. As mentioned above I have been using this as my only delay and reverb pedal the past couple of weeks and it has worked incredibly well. I do have a bit of light reverb on my amp but I just adjust the mix and tap in the tempo for each song. By far the most usable and versatile combo pedal I have ever used. Well worth the pricetag.

Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run

Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run
91

Tone

10/10

    Ease of Use

    8/10

      Build Quality/Durability

      10/10

        Pairs Well w/ Different Amps & Pedals

        10/10

          Price

          8/10

            Pros

            • Versatility
            • Build Quality
            • Pedalboard Footprint
            • Incredible Tone

            Cons

            • Confusing Sub-Division Knob Label

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            5 Comments

            5 Comments

            1. Joseph Poe

              December 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm

              Hey Aaron,

              Love your site and based on some of your reviews I’ve made purchasing decisions including various drives and such for worship use, thnx. I’m looking for a second delay to add to my DD-20. I already have a TC Electronics Trinity (HOF variation) and a vintage DOD 68 chorus for ambient stuff. Would the Avalanche run be a great add if I got rid of the Trinity and the chorus? Don’t mind spending the coin if it fits the kit.

              blessings

              Joseph

              • Aaron Lehman

                Aaron Lehman

                January 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

                Joseph,
                I cannot say enough about this pedal. Oddly enough I use it with my DD-20. Honestly I think that this pedal is an absolute must have for worship guitarists. So essential! Thanks so much for the kind words. Glad you are finding good material on our site!

                Aaron

            2. Luke Ellis

              February 23, 2017 at 4:48 pm

              Hey Aaron!
              I love the review man. I’ve been looking into getting this pedal for quite a while but I’m a little bit hesitant because I play through a Boss DD 500 and a Strymon BlueSky already. Would this pedal add any extra benefit to my pairing as a second, softer delay to add ambiance or would I need to get rid of the BlueSky to make any usage of the reverb in the Avalanche Run?

              • Aaron Lehman

                Aaron Lehman

                February 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

                Luke,
                I currently use it with a DD-20 and a Boss RV-5 set to really wet modulated reverb with the tone cranked. Kind of similar to the shimmer setting. I think that you will find layering the BlueSky over top of the Avalanche Run will take you into ambient lands you could only dream of. The delay is good on the pedal but I prefer to set it to a good ambient position then forget it. Every now and again I will mess with the mix. The DD-500 will still be much better for programming your song presets and getting different digital delay sounds. Overall the delay sounds very analogish.

                The Avalanche Run is definitely a darker sounding reverb and will pair great with the brighter more shimmery tone of the Strymon stuff. The only place I think you could have some issues is if you run your BlueSky on the Room/Norm or Room/Mod setting with really dark settings on the High and Low damp. If you run the BlueSky on the Plate or Spring settings you will be fine.

                Hope that helps. This pedal truly has become a must have on my pedalboard.

            3. H. Leppanen

              July 29, 2017 at 1:43 am

              Hey Aaron,
              not a big thing but the other company´s name is Neunaber.
              Henry

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