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A NEW ERA OF REVERB

The new pinnacle of what a reverb pedal can be has arrived.

In BigSky MX, raw computational power meets innovative design and consummate sonic craftsmanship to give you positively sublime reverbs with stunning new levels of richness and complexity.

These are sounds to inspire new creative works and endless hours of playing.

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ONE VERB TO RULE THEM ALL

BigSky MX packs a remarkable amount of premium features into a single pedal.

Unlock massive width and presence with full stereo I/O featuring our discrete Class A JFET input preamps.

Create lush pads to play over, or infinitely sustain any notes played for unique atmospheric effects.

Change presets and control parameters with MIDI via USB-C, TRS, or DIN connections. Adjust controls on the fly via an expression pedal. All this and more in an elegant, easy-to-use pedal.

BigSky MX features seven brand-new algorithms in addition to significant enhancements to the other classics.

Dual reverbs can be routed in Series, Parallel or Split modes, and individually panned per engine.

Access full IR editing functionality, as well as custom long captures of classic studio gear.

WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT REVERBERATION

32-Bit

Tri-Core Arm Processor

800 MHz

Tri-Core Arm Processor

BigSky MX features a staggering amount of computing power — it uses a high performance tri-core 800 MHz ARM processor — all dedicated to producing truly breathtaking reverbs. Our new reverb algorithms were meticulously created by hand, and then a state-of-the-art gradient descent optimization algorithm was used to dial out any undesirable ringing or artifacts. 

This type of neural fine-tuning is based upon the same techniques that have enabled the recent AI revolution, and the result is springs that drip and splash, physical spaces you can really feel yourself in, and the sweetest possible musical response to every note you play.

TWO REVERBS AT ONCE

BigSky MX allows you to use two reverbs at once, for powerful sound sculpting and expansive reverb sounds that evolve organically over time.

You can switch between reverb engines with a single button press while editing, and easily see the Series, Parallel or Split audio routing state clearly displayed onscreen.

For a more interactive experience, you can dedicate a footswitch to control each reverb’s on/off state if you desire.

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SOMETHING NEW AT EVERY POSITION ON THE DIAL

BigSky MX features seven brand new reverb algorithms built from the ground up, plus new features and enhancements for the classic BigSky algorithms. 

Impulse and Chamber were created specifically for BigSky MX, and Spring, Plate, Hall, Room and Shimmer boast entirely new handcrafted algorithms while still giving you access to the original BigSky voices for each one.

Within every reverb type on BigSky MX, there are new sounds and features ready for you to explore.

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UNPRECEDENTED IMPULSE RESPONSE CONTROL

Any compatible audio file can be loaded, allowing you to use convolution reverbs for everything from hyper-realistic spaces to wacky experimentation. 

BigSky MX comes preloaded with 22 unique stereo impulse responses, including a collection of our very own meticulous captures of legendary analog studio gear that are addictively inspiring.

BigSky MX gives you powerful editing tools to intuitively manipulate impulse responses in real time.

Set decay envelopes, gate the reverb tail, reverse the entire IR, resample on the fly to shorten or stretch the impulse, and create infinitely sustaining granular pads at the press of the Infinite footswitch.

REVERB MACHINES

CLOUD
Cloud is our gorgeously voluminous ambient reverb that draws from techniques developed in the late ‘70s. The Ensemble feature can create lush synthesized string section swells under your guitar playing, or add harmonic enrichment to the reverb when used more subtly. Thanks to the additional processing power available in BigSky MX, Ensemble now features significantly improved dynamic response, further enhancing the organic and musical way it reacts to your playing.
SHIMMER
The MX Shimmer is an all-new take on a classic effect. This new algorithm is frequency-based, and unlike other pitch shifting effects is optimized to work great even at the end of your signal chain (where your reverb is most likely to be placed). This is a fast and modern Shimmer with finesse that works beautifully in front of a second reverb. For the classic time-based ambient shimmer sound pioneered by Brian Eno, select the Classic shimmer voice. We love both sounds, so experiment and see which one works best for the atmosphere you wish to create.
BLOOM
Newly added to the Bloom machine in BigSky MX is the Harmonics engine, which lends crystalline polyphonic wind instrument accompaniment to the overall sound. The core Bloom reverb features a slowly building envelope resulting in huge ambient sounds that sit nicely with the dry signal even at high Mix levels. In addition to Harmonics, Bloom features a unique Feedback parameter for additional harmonic movement and a wide variety of ear-catching and inspiring sounds.
CHORALE
The Chorale machine creates intriguingly lifelike vowel sounds in its reverberations, and new in BigSky MX is the addition of a new Choir engine, which enables you to add a tenor or baritone vocal section for even more powerful vocal pads. In addition, the Mod knob is powerfully effective for adding realism to the chorale effect —- as Mod is turned up, randomization is added to pitch and timbre to create an increasing number of singers that have distinct voices.
MAGNETO
Capable of old-school magnetic drum delay, the Magneto machine sets up a multi-head echo, allowing you to select any number of heads from one to six. The Pre-Delay knob adjusts the feedback of the repeats, while the Diffusion parameter provides ambience by smearing the response of the heads, blurring the line between delay and reverb. Stereo ping-pong instantly creates a huge stereo field that is especially effective when combined with other reverb types in a Dual scenario.
NONLINEAR
Various physics-defying reverb shapes are available for special effects and unique textures. Choose from three “backward” shapes, add CHOP for tremolo, employ a GATE for abrupt cutoff, and more. A vast array of time-warping possibilities await your exploration.
ROOM
BigSky MX Room algorithms create intimate environments ranging from well-tuned Studio ambience to larger Nightclub acoustics. The Tone knob, Diffusion, and Low End parameters adjust the damping and scattering effects of room materials, furniture, and people for heightened realism.
HALL
Diffused reflections and slower-building density are the hallmarks of this versatile reverb, built from the ground up for BigSky MX. The Concert size is well-balanced and warm, while the Arena size is huge, enveloping, and booming. The Mid parameter allows for EQ tailoring of the reverberated sound to make sure that it fits perfectly in the mix. A Swell parameter allows you to swell the reverberated signal behind the dry signal, or swell the dry signal into the reverb. At 100% dry, you can use this to swell your dry signal into a second reverb.
CHAMBER
Chamber is a generous and dense medium-sized room reverberation with excellent focus and clarity. The selectable Color options recreate the result of varying the different speakers, mics and preamps used in the process of capturing the sound of the chamber.
PLATE
Two plate types are available: Small and Large. The Small Plate is a warm vintage analog plate with included tube preamp modeling, delivering sweet saturation when pushed by a strong input signal. The Large Plate gives you an ideal digital plate, offering instant response and reverberation over the entire frequency range.
SPRING
With its Mix and Tone Controls, Dwell parameter and selectable number of springs, the Spring machine allows for complete customization from warm and mellow to splashy and dripping. The new MX spring is all about the drip, and is superbly dimensional and realistic. New analog tube modeling was created for the Dwell parameter, to give you everything from super clean to driven tube amp.
IMPULSE
This convolution reverb utilizes Impulse Response (IR) files to create mathematically perfect recreations of recorded spaces. BigSky MX includes a hand-picked selection of IRs, from in-house captures of classic studio effects, to wacky analog gear, as well as natural spaces sourced from 3rd parties. Importing your custom reverb IRs is also possible using the free Nixie 2 app.
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AUDIO EXAMPLES

Click the arrows to explore different BigSky MX audio examples.

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

All sound samples use only Iridium as the guitar amplifier.

 

FEATURES

CONTROLS & ROUTING

Use the + signs to explore controls and connections.

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DISPLAY
The high-contrast OLED Display offers bright, clear views for simplified preset navigation and editing.

Use the Global Settings to adjust the display brightness and customize screens to best suit your environment and desired workflow.

TYPE
Turn to select a reverb type.

Push to choose the Dual mode and select Reverb 1 or 2 for editing—the brighter LED indicates the reverb selected for editing (see DUAL MODES).

Hold to enter the Save screen to rename and save the preset.

DECAY
Controls the decay time of the reverberated signal.

The range depends on the selected reverb type.

For the Magneto and Nonlinear types, this knob controls the delay time.

PRE-DELAY
Adjusts the time between the dry signal and the onset of the reverb, from 0 to 1.5 seconds.

For the Magneto and Nonlinear types, this knob controls the amount of feedback.

TONE
Adjusts the high-end content of the reverb.

Lower settings create darker, warmer reverberation—higher settings are bright and crisp.

Set at 12 o’clock for a nicely balanced top end.

MOD
Adds modulation to the reverberated signal.

Modulation is off at minimum.

Lower settings provide a subtle and natural movement.

Higher settings tastefully add stronger modulation.

PARAM 1/PARAM 2
Assignable for the current reverb type.

To assign, push the VALUE encoder, choose the desired parameter from the menu, and hold VALUE while turning the PARAM 1 / PARAM 2 knob.

MIX
Controls the balance of your analog dry and wet signal, from 100% dry at minimum to 100% wet at maximum.

50/50 mix occurs when the MIX knob is set to 3 o’clock.

VALUE
From the Home screen, turn to select one of the 300 preset locations.

Push to enter the PARAMETER menu.

Hold for 1 second to return to the Home screen. Hold for 3 seconds to enter the GLOBAL SETTINGS menu.

FOOTSWITCHES
Press A or B to engage or bypass the current bank’s preset.

Press A & B to select a lower bank.

Press B & INFINITE to select a higher bank.

Hold INFINITE for Infinite Sustain or Freeze (configurable via the PARAMETER menu).

Optionally, set the FS MODE Global Setting to DUAL to configure footswitches A and B to independently enable/ bypass Reverbs 1 and 2.

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LEFT IN & RIGHT IN
High impedance, ultra low noise, discrete Class A JFET preamp inputs.

Use LEFT IN for mono input.

Add a RIGHT IN for stereo input.

Use the GLOBAL SETTINGS menu - INPUT option to set the proper INPUT level.

LEFT OUT & RIGHT OUT
Audio signal outputs. Connect to both the LEFT and RIGHT OUT for stereo output.

Use the LEFT OUT for mono output.

See the full User Manual for details.

USB
Connect to a computer for using the Nixie 2 app, MIDI control, and installing firmware updates.

EXP
Multifunction communication jack for external control of BigSky MX’s features and functions.

Use a standard TRS expression pedal for continuous control of BigSky MX’s knobs, or use the Global Settings - EXP MODE options to configure the jack for MIDI communication or accessories, such as Strymon MultiSwitch and MultiSwitch Plus. See the full User Manual for details.

MIDI IN & OUT
Full-featured MIDI input and output supporting MIDI CCs for parameter control, Program Changes for preset changes, and more.

See the full User Manual for details.

9VDC
Use a power adapter with a rating of 9VDC, center-negative, and 500mA minimum (sold separately).

SPECS

  • Dedicated INFINITE switch for momentary/latching use of Freeze or Infinite function
  • Stereo input & output
  • Premium analog front end and output section
  • Selectable input level for instrument and line level signals
  • Analog dry path for a zero-latency dry signal that is never converted to digital
  • True Bypass (electromechanical relay switching) or selectable Buffered Bypass
  • EXP input allows the connection of an optional TRS expression pedal, MultiSwitch, MultiSwitch Plus, or TRS MIDI connection
  • USB-C jack for performing firmware updates, MIDI I/O, and connection to the Strymon Nixie 2 editor software
  • Input Impedance: 1 Meg Ohm
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ohm
  • A/D & D/A: 24-bit, 96 kHz 
  • Max Input Level: +10 dBu
  • Signal/Noise: 116 dB typical 
  • High-performance 800MHz tri-core ARM processor
  • 32-bit floating point processing
  • Use an adapter with the following rating: 2.1mm, center-negative, 9VDC, 500mA minimum (sold separately)
  • Strong and lightweight anodized aluminum chassis
  • Dimensions:
    • 5” deep x 7” wide x 1.87” tall

    • 12.7 cm deep x 17.2 cm wide x 4.8 cm tall
  • Designed and built in the USA 🇺🇸
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