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Strymon BigSky + OB-6

Jdoo

Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:46:39 PM »
While the built-in effects of the OB-6 are great... for me, they fell short for in the reverb area.  I've wanted a 'real' reverb unit for a long while now, and a couple of videos recently convinced me to give the Strymon BigSky a trry.   So a couple of weeks ago I picked one up through Sweetwater... yikes.  What a difference for pads / strings / ambient stuff.  They are pricey, but there's a good reason for that.  It is loaded, with multiple 'reverb machines' - each with unique settings / effects to what youre sending through it.  There's plenty written up about the BigSky .. so I'm not reviewing it per se - but mostly posted, to say... it augments the OB in an incredible way.

The first unit I was sent, was DOA.   Sweetwater sent out a replacement system, which I received a few days later, along with mailing packaging / routing for the return.  Was really a pain-free transaction, and two thumbs up for Sweetwater's service.

I routed the BigSky on an Aux send from my mixer, and have used it with everything I have.  It's really a fantastic unit, and though I am still learning my way around it - it's pretty easy to hone in on effects / timbres that you're looking for.  Anyway -- highly recommend, if you're looking to sweeten up the sound of your OB-6 or other gear.. give the Strymon BigSky a look.

Here is the video that initial sold me on the BigSky.  Of Note:  It took about 2 minutes to dial in the patch, on both the Strymon and the OB-6.  Seriously ... easily done. I used a string-brass patch I had on my OB, and lengthened the attack / decay... and modified a BigSky 'Sloud' reverb machine to match.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNA5PSOlV7U

Also - there's a Peter Dyer - Strymon BigSky Reverb synth demo on YouTube.. that I used for inspiration (and it gives you a good idea of other keyboard-related timbre-altering reverbs you can get out of the BigSky.

Joe (no affiliation with Strymon . . . just passing on my opinion ) :)

Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 03:29:10 PM »
Ahh Reverb, got to love it. I find the OB's verb works sometimes. The lo-fi one, I forget what it's called right now, but I've achieved some nice smaller spaces with that one. I usually use UAD's reverbs though. I absolutely love the Lexi 224, AMS 16, EMT Plates 140 and 250. The AKG plate is next on my list. That thing is on another level for software verb. Their tape echoes are really good too. Tons of character.

Sweetwater does it right when you have to send something back. When I got my Sub37 it had to go back due to a slightly crooked keyboard and mod wheel panel. I sent it out on a Monday and got the replacement the next day. Couldn't believe it. Not even 24 hours.

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Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 01:18:26 PM »
Thought the same thing when I got my REV2. All the effects do the trick aside from the most important one, the reverb, which is why I bought the newly released Boss RV-500. It truly does bring an extra dimension to an already stellar sounding synth. 

Jdoo

Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 04:35:21 PM »
Thought the same thing when I got my REV2. All the effects do the trick aside from the most important one, the reverb, which is why I bought the newly released Boss RV-500. It truly does bring an extra dimension to an already stellar sounding synth.
Yeah, it was reverb that I was shooting for too.  I gave the RV-500 a look, but was snagged on a couple of the synth+BigSky videos.  I could have gone either way, but in the end - it was some of the Strymons reverb++ machines (Cloud, Chorale, and the delays in Magneto) that pushed me over the edge.  The RV-500 sounds incredible too, from the bits I've heard.

Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2019, 03:58:15 AM »
While the built-in effects of the OB-6 are great... for me, they fell short for in the reverb area.  There's plenty written up about the BigSky .. so I'm not reviewing it per se - but mostly posted, to say... it augments the OB in an incredible way.

Completely agree with you. The Big Sky is giving a.o. the Epic reverb OB-6 is missing, as stated in the SOS review.

Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2019, 10:19:15 AM »
jdoo,  I've had the Big Sky for a few years now.  Its strongpoint is certainly the really big dreamy reverbs.  I use it mainly in cloud, magneto or shimmer modes when I want that effect.  Mainly use it on the P12 and PEK since they have no reverb of thier own.    You can make it sound like your playing two synths at once in shimmer mode- but there's a slight lag if you're  playing quickly and it can get muddy.   I also have it inserted to the mixer so I can easily use it on variety of instruments

 For ordinary roomy or plate reverb I actually thought the OB6's onboard verb is standard and fine. Though I think more folks are expecting onboard reverbs to have the range of something like Big Sky.  I guess I was happy just to see some effects getting into the instruments in the first place. 
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Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2019, 05:31:54 PM »
Agree with the need for an external reverb...for studio stuff I have been using the <Exponential Audio> collection plugins that I bought in the big sale when iZotope bought the company, but that still left the offsite/live stuff. BigSky was definitely on my 'short list', but I ended up with the SourceAudio Nemesis, which gives me more options, but nice techie/dreamy reverb on the short time end of a number of the options.
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Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2020, 05:55:24 PM »
Thanks for sharing, that is a thing of beauty

Re: Strymon BigSky + OB-6
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2020, 02:25:54 PM »
Its strongpoint is certainly the really big dreamy reverbs.  I use it mainly in cloud, magneto or shimmer modes when I want that effect.  Mainly use it on the P12 and PEK since they have no reverb of thier own.

It's actually possible to build a reverb on the P'12, I tried, but my attempts didn't sounded as good as my external effects (M-One XL rack unit, Big Sky pedal), I was more successfull at making chorus effects.

The M-One has very cool reverb effects (particulary the spring), but the Big Sky... Mamma mia...