More Dimension: The Tone King Checks Out the DigiTech Polara Reverb

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Happy New Year!

Now, let’s get on to the gear.

As mentioned last time on TheToneKing.com, we had couple of bucks from all the gifts that we ended up returning. Last time we checked out DigiTech’s Mosaic. This week we’re going to take a look at another brand of awesome, DigiTech’s Polara Reverb.

I’m guessing that naming the pedal Polara was to emphasize that this pedal can move between distinct poles of sounds and hit everything in between. While it moves between those two distinct poles, sounds emerge that redefine what players have come to know as reverb.

The highest standard when it comes to reverb are Lexicon. And, while crafting the Polara, DigiTech packed seven of them into a 4.4” x 2.65” x 2” box. While the names of these verbs may sound familiar – room, hall, spring, etc. – these terms are redefined in the Polara with clarity and versatility.

Whether it’s the subtlety of Room or Spring for intimate encounters, or the freaking huge GNR solo sounds of Hall, the Polara’s got everything that players need to recreate classic sounds or creating something new.

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Then, there’s the spacey stuff.

Bands like Northlane or Periphery are really pushing the envelope when it comes to using these reverbs in tunes. There was a time that verbs like Modulated and Reverse were only used for ambient free-form stuff. These bands are showing that even these wild effects can be used to make structured songs that sound freaking amazing.

That brings me to the newest verb on the block. Through the Polara, DigiTech is introducing the world to their new Halo reverb. Imagine your guitar sound pulled stretched through a wormhole and backed up by an ethereal orchestra from another dimension. That will give you a general idea of what the Halo reverb will do to your guitar. It’s like entering 5-dimensional space.

Independent Level, Liveliness, Decay, and Type controls offer versatility and the ability to manipulate the space-time continuum. Stereo Ins and Outs, Soft Click Footswitch, and a Reverb Tails On/Off toggle wrap up the package.

Nothing says holidays like returning a bunch of shitty sweaters and getting two killer pedals. For us at TheToneKing.com, it’s always the time of year for gear. And, DigiTech came through with the Polara and the Mosaic. These two killer pedals were a classy way to top off to our 2014.

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About the Author: Marc published his first novel Becoming in 2010. It’s a kick-ass book with monsters and dreams and stuff, and you should buy it. Since then, he’s written thousands of articles for TheToneKing.com, many of which have been picked up for circulation by manufacturers and other news outlets. His next book, Drugs and Pancakes, should be available early 2014 if his alcoholic editor can find time to work on it in-between destroying his liver and screaming about punctuation. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors, which means that he’s not as dumb as he looks. He’s been playing guitar for over 25 years, which is almost twice as long as most of his students have been alive.

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