The Old Blood Noise Endeavors Reflector Chorus is a chorus, at least at its core. But, like all Old Blood Noise pedals, it’s barely the thing that it says it’s supposed to be. Yes, It can be a pretty chorus, but it can also be so much more: a creative tool, a noisemaker, a handy projectile to throw at intruders. Brady, the man behind Old Blood Noise Endeavors, once told me he wanted his pedals to be a little messy. Noisy; not perfect. And that is where the reflector, like all of OBNE pedals, shines. After all, how many chorus pedals can you push with a fuzz and make sound like a theremin straight out of the soundtrack of Plan 9 From Outer Space? Only one that I know of.
The Reflector is the most complex of the OBNE pedals. It features three modes, each with its own personality. Wrinkle mode is a flanger-y chorus with an octave effect that ranges from an octave up to an octave down. Myriad mode is a traditional bucket brigade chorus that allows you to dial in some unique movement, or just layer on thick watery delayed voices for a deep beautiful chorus. Mirrors mode is a chorus with a twist: a deep, sweeping filter that allows you to control the overall sound of the chorus. Combined with the rate control, it can leave you with oozing filtered flange, or it can quickly run your signal into strange new territories.
I’ve been surprised every time by how versatile the Old Blood Noise pedals are. If all you want is a normal chorus pedal, this one might take a bit more work to dial in, but even players less focused on weirdness than I am will find this to be a beautiful and lush chorus pedal.