Strymon BigSky VS NightSky (Comparison)
Our pick: Strymon BigSky
The BigSky and NightSky are two very different pedals. While the BigSky is a pure digital reverb, the NightSky is more of reverb/ambience/synth combination effect unit. In most cases, the BigSky is going to make the most sense for electric guitar players.
Some comparisons don't leave us with a lot of differences to highlight. But the Strymon BigSky and NightSky are not that kind of comparison. While both are technically reverb pedals by Strymon, they're dramatically different in terms of their sound type, intent, and functionality.
In short, the BigSky is a pure reverb pedal while the NightSky is a "Reverberator" with tons of augmentation options like pitch shifting, filtering, shimmering, and varying textures that you can apply.
This makes the NightSky far more of an effects tool and ambient noise creator, capable of working with a wider range of instruments, including keyboard.
But which one is right for you?
We'll do a quick comparison as well as a more detailed look into each pedal.
For guitar players, the BigSky probably makes more sense
Though up front we can say that most guitar players will probably do better with the BigSky, since the NightSky is designed for a far heavier effect and ambience profile. But if you don't want to take our word for it, we'll get into the reasoning in the following sections.
Comparing the Strymon BigSky and NightSky
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Audio demos of each pedal tell a lot of the story. You can hear that the NightSky is far more of a synth station than just a reverb pedal.
Detailed Spec Sheet
In other words, it's a pure reverb pedal versus an ambience station. The controls - in particular - reflect this distinction.
3 x Reverbs, Glimmer Dynamics, Shimmer Pitch Shift, Drive Saturation, Waveform Modulation
Type, Value, Decay, Pre-Delay, Mix, Tone, Param1, Param2, Mod
Mod/Speed, Depth, Decay/Length, Size/Pitch, Mix/Reverb, Tone/Low Cut, High Cut, Voice/Interval, Shimmer, Dry
16 x Presets (onboard), 300 x Presets (via MIDI)
2 x 1/4" stereo, Expression pedal
2 x 1/4"
2 x 1/4"
2 x 1/4"
Strymon BigSky Details
The Strymon BigSky is a pure digital reverb pedal, housing 12 reverb algorithms and a litany of control. With over 300 presets you have a ton of creativity and functionality at your disposal, which makes the BigSky ideal for players that use a lot of reverb and want some variety to work with.
As we've already seen, this is different from the NightSky because it's entirely reverb focused, without the additional sounds and synth-like effects.
If you're looking for just reverb and you don't care about the heavier ambience in the NightSky, the BigSky is all you need to focus on.
Strymon NightSky Details
On the other side of that coin:
Those looking for a reverb pedal that puts emphasis on synth sounds and heavy ambience might consider the Strymon NightSky, which is named/described as a "reverberator."
This means you have a little bit of reverb packaged with a ton of additional sounds, including the following:
- Shimmering effects
The result is a massive amount of ambience that is ethereal, deep, and reminds us more of a synth than a reverb pedal. That's the biggest difference between the BigSky and the NightSky, which means it's going to come down simply to which type of effect you're looking for.
Do you want pure reverb or an ambience/synth pedal?
The answer will determine which one of these effects you go with:
- Strymon BigSky: Pure reverb
- Strymon NightSky: Ambience/synth effects
Yes, they're both reverb pedals, but the NightSky is taking you in a different direction - going more broad with less depth, while the BigSky is more narrowly focused on reverb but with more depth and subtlety.
Our opinion is that the BigSky is more likely to be the fit you're looking for. In fact, the NightSky almost gets you away from purely guitar sounds and into more synth/keyboard territory.
So for that reason alone, we'd recommend the BigSky to most guitar players.
But again, only you can tell for sure which type of effect you're looking for. Just make sure you know the difference between these two pedals before you pull the trigger.
Questions and Comments
Do you have questions about the BigSky or the NightSky?
Better yet, maybe you've used or owned one (or both) of these pedals and want to share your experience.
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