Not bad, but...
Long time UA, UAD user. I've been very happy with most of my UA purchases over the years. The Golden Reverberator sounds pretty good, but there are couple of basic things that make this pedal a bit of a disappointment.
A: The labeling below each knob and toggle switch is nearly unreadable. A mid-tone silver font on a mid-tone gold background. This slows the learning curve and is counter-intuitive for live performance. Why???
B: No power supply included. For a $400 stomp box, this is a drag. Eventide provides power supplies for their $400 stomps, I would expect the same from UA.
C: Build quality feels a little light. I don't believe they are made of plastic, but they almost feel like it. Again, I expected more from UA given their standard of quality on everything else UA that I own. (2x 6176s, 3x Apollo x8p, UAD-2 Satellite, and a 2108).
My initial intent was for placing the Golden Reverberator into my Hammond A100 effects loop as a road worthy substitute for my internally mounted Trek II spring reverb. The Trek II can be noisy when turned way up, and can bounce on certain risers or stages. The quietness of the UADFX is good for quieter studio sessions, and won't give that spring bounce live. This setup allowed me a fantastic A/B of the UAD spring verb verses the real thing. The Trek II sounds better and more alive for sure. But the UAD is quiet and stable. The UAD will be a great road back up. Also good for any backlined B3 with and efx loop, but no built in reverb.
I also ran the GR between my Mini Moog D and tweed deluxe. Sounded fantastic in this instance.
All in all, I'll keep the pedal, but it would be nice to see the next round get better labeling and include a PS.
I have had mine for a week or so now and absolutely love it. Im not usually a reverb sorta guy when it comes to my live rig but this had me very interested straight away as the quality of what I heard was superb. No midi no problem, never cared for it. I like a more simple approach. With quality reverb like this you don't need a space station interface.
Cracking job chaps!
Best reverb pedal i've used, hands down... it sounds AMAZING (the spring 65 is my favorite so far). Also, it's super intuitive and you can just tell UA went all out on this.