The Wampler Ethereal is the answer to a very common question - How do I get an amazing ambient tone in a single pedal without tonnes of knobs and controls?
The Ethereal isn't only a delay pedal but it also has reverb built-in to give you those massive, cathedral-like reverb tones.
The Secret Sauce
Wampler have achieved an such a 'big' delay tone by stacking 2 different delay types on top of each other. The first is a simple quarter-note delay that acts as the backbone of the Ethereal maintaining a steady beat. You can then choose which sub-division of delay you want to go with it by pressing the 'Delay Mode' switch and choosing from:
- Dotted 8th
- Self-oscillating dotted 8th
This means you get 2 delays and reverb all running simultaneously from one pedal.
The Ethereal has also got a tiny switch next to the stomp which allows you to turn trails on and off.So when you finish playing your incredible, ambient intro, you can switch the pedal off without worrying about the signal cutting from rich and 'wet' to dry in an instant. As far as performance goes, this is a very important function, especially if you're using an ambient delay.
Here's what Wampler say about the Ethereal
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 patterns.
- Built in the U.S.A
- High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
- Relay true bypass with soft switch
- 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
- 2.50 x 4.50 x 1.5 (63.5mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches