In this article, we are going to examine the differences between two major reverb pedals manufactured by Strymon:
The BigSky and the BlueSky are two different skies.
The BigSky is not only the more expensive option but also the one that is physically larger. Despite this, the BlueSky is still able to provide a wide variety of sounds, modes, and adaptability options. But does it come close to matching up to the BigSky in terms of performance? Is there a possibility that BlueSky’s price could fall to the point where it becomes a more financially advantageous choice?
One simple comparison of features reveals that the primary “leg up” that the BigSky has over the BlueSky is its banking system, which has over 300 presets, and the fact that it’s MIDI controllable, providing a significant amount of control that is lacking from the BlueSky. Both of these features are absent from BlueSky.
But which of these does a better job of making the case that it is worth the money it costs?
In order to find out, we are going to investigate the specifics of both of the reverb pedals.
In addition to having MIDI control and 300 presets, the BigSky has a total of 12 different reverb algorithms, which is more than the BlueSky, which only has three. Although the tone quality is comparable, there is undeniably value in the BigSky for those who want more control and more versatility from their reverb pedal.
The BigSky’s banking system enables you to easily cycle through effects and explore presets, regardless of whether or not you make use of a MIDI controller. Therefore, it is not so much a problem with the sound quality as it is a problem with the functionality and the usability of the product. The reason for this is not that the BigSky produces a sound that is superior to that of the BlueSky, but rather that it provides significantly more capabilities and simplifies the process of navigating the various effects.
It’s almost like a miniature computer that creates the atmosphere you want.
Details concerning the Strymon BlueSky
The user interface of the BlueSky is significantly more compact, and it features a bypass switch in addition to a secondary “favorite” preset switch. This is a better option for you if you don’t use reverb very often and if you’re the kind of guitar player who keeps their pedal in the same mode no matter what they’re playing.
This provides you with a lot of room to work, but it is not even close to being as comprehensive as the BigSky.
Again, we find that the sound quality of both is pleasing, as Strymon seems to always be able to put together digital algorithms that have a rich sounding that does not cause us to miss analog circuits.
The BlueSky is a good option to consider if you want a control scheme that is more straightforward and don’t feel the need to use all of the presets that come packaged with the BigSky. You will also have a smaller selection of modes to work with, with only three distinct types of reverb and then three additional variations for each of those.
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However, BlueSky does not really reduce costs to the extent that we had hoped it would. In comparison to the BigSky, which retails for $470, the BlueSky maintains a price point of approximately $300; this is, of course, still quite pricey for a reverb pedal.
If it were priced closer to $200, we might consider recommending the BlueSky to our readers. However, due to the fact that it does not really save you a significant amount of money, we would advise you to go the extra mile and purchase the BigSky due to the numerous modes, presets, and adaptability options it provides. Due to the fact that it is, all things considered, one of the very best reverb pedals that have ever been developed, we have no problem shelling out the additional $170 to bring it into our living space. Please let us know in the comments section below if you disagree with anything we’ve said about these pedals or if you have any questions about them, and we will try to assist you as best we can.