Catalinbread's Soft Focus is a shoegaze musician's dream come true. Named after the legendary patch on the Yamaha FX500 that gave Slowdive their signature sound, this reverb pedal is perfect for creating dreamy tones and cinematic textures.
The Soft Focus acts as a massive upgrade over the original FX500. While the Yamaha unit had a plug-and-play approach, no mix control, a sub-par preamp, and a dreadful tone-sucking bypass signal, the Soft Focus offers plenty of tone-tweaking capabilities and a clean, pure sound.
At its heart, the Soft Focus is a heavily modified plate reverb with adjustable time, which is subsequently split into three paths. One path features a "symphonic" chorus modulator, another layers in an upper octave, and the third leaves the reverb signal untouched. These paths are controlled via the Mod and Symphony knobs which can be used to channel a stellar array of otherworldly sounds, from soft, subtle echoes to cavernous walls of modulated reverb. All controls also couple to the reverb's tone, giving users tons of sonic versatility.
Complete with a sleek and durable chassis, the Catalinbread Soft Focus reverb pedal is an excellent choice for adventurous musicians seeking an instant shoegaze button.