T-Rex only makes high quality pedals. And this one is another example. The T-Rex Room Mate Junior is something like the little brother of the T-Rex Room Mate, another great top-of-the-range reverb pedal with an awesome tube-driven analog circuitry.
Without the tube, but with great quality analog circuitry, the digital signal processing of the Room Mate Junior does a great job emulating warm and realistic reverberation ambiences.
The Room-Mate Junior will eradicate any speculations about unwanted noise and vibrations in a live-setting
With some amps their built-in spring reverbs often can make the sounding very trebly as well as having to deal with noise issues. The Room-Mate Junior will eradicate any speculations about unwanted noise and vibrations in a live-setting. This is what it sounds like when you marry cutting-edge digital technology and superior analogue craftsmanship to deliver a superb vintage reverb sound. Have you ever wondered what it sounds like when angels sing? Try the Room-Mate Junior and you’ll get the idea!
This is another great versatile pedal. The sound quality is great (as usual with T-Rex devices) and you’ll get the best out of it straight away. It’s super easy to use and the knobs will respond just like you want them to do.
Features and controls
The Room Mate Junior will let you play with four modes of reverb: room for small studio-like ambients recreation, hall for emulating bigger (up to huge) venues, spring for the old reverb sound of the vintage spring reverbs that were built-in in vintage tube amps from the sixties, and LFO, that will add some chorus to the mix.
A cool feature of the Room Mate Junior is that it includes an Input Gain knob on the side of the pedal. As you’ll probably guessed by its name, it’ll let you tune the input level of the signal coming to the pedal. On the side of this knob there is a red LED to indicate clipping if present. This is a pretty unique feature among reverb pedals, and it comes handy when placing the T-Rex within your effects loop.
As I’ll describe later, you can adjust the output level of the signal coming from the output of the pedal too. The Room Mate Junior will get along extremely well with any amp and the other guys on your pedalboard thanks to this adjustability.
The Room Mate Junior is powered with an standard 9V negative power supply, requiring something about 85mA of current for its operation. It has three jack connectors, one for the input and two for a stereo output.
The controls that you’ll see in this pedal are simple. It has five knobs: four of them are on the top of the pedal (Mix, Level, Decay and Mode) and the other is on the righthand side (Input Gain). It’s got a single (true bypass) on/off stomp switch.
This is how the knobs in the pedal work like:
- Mix controls the bluend of the dry and wet signals.
- Level is the volume (overall) of the signal coming out from the Room Mate.
- Decay sets the length of the reverb.
- Mode sets the reverb mode (spring, room, hall, LFO).
- Input Level. You can adjust the input level of the signal entering the pedal, so you don’t overload it in case you place in an effects loop.
This pedal sounds pristine. The rooms and halls are warm and they reproduce real reverberation ambiences.
On the other hand, the Spring Reverb sounds very clear, and not noisy at all. Well, this might be good for some, but not for me. I love how vintage spring tanks sound, and they are many things but clear a noiseless… Some means of changing the high frequency response of the reverb could be great for having darker sounds.
However, the Room Mate Junior could be a great choice to use it with other acoustic instruments. In fact, as you may see in the pedal’s user manual, the LFO mode is a Reverb embellished with chorus, perfect for acoustic guitar.
Check out the videos in the playlist below to see if this pedal is for you.
Should you buy this pedal?
The straightforward answer to this question is: it depends. If you are looking for a pedal recreating natural room ambiences, this one sound great. Both Room and Hall modes sound pretty natural, but you have to take into account that, although it has an stereo output, the input is mono. It may be ok for you if you are using just reverb for your stereo path, but think about it if you’re going to use another stereo pedal (like an stereo delay) in front of the reverb: you might prefer a true stereo reverb in that case…
If you are into vintage sounds, you may prefer a pure spring reverb pedal. There is plenty of options here, just check out the following section to see the alternatives to the Room Mate Junior.
If you are not serious about reverb and you are looking for a pedal that will enforce your sound by giving some presence to your sound, this may be a great option. Just adjust the knobs to have the sound you like, and forget about it.
Alternatives to the T-Rex Room Mate Junior
Considering the features of the Room Mate Junior, the alternatives you might be considering are those offering several reverb modes (sounding great).
You will have to look to both Electro Harmonix Cathedral and TC Electronic Hall of Fame. These offer a few more reverb modes though, and both a true stereo. They sound great too and have some more versatility, and their price is lower.
On the higher end, you should have a look to the Strymon blueSky. I’m serious here, this is one of the greatest reverb pedals. Strymon pedals sound like nothing else and you will love them from the moment you play with them.
You have, of course, its bigger brother: The T-Rex Room Mate. Tube-driven, sounds great, but it discontinued, although you can still find some deals in amazon.
This is the brief summary of my review of the T-Rex Room Mate Junior:
- It is true bypass
- The Room and Hall reverbs sound warm and natural
- The LFO reverb (blended with a chorus) is very cool for acoustic instruments
- It is noiseless; high quality built
- The input level can be adjusted with an additional knob on the side of the pedal
- The T-Rex is built like a tank
- The input could be stereo too
- You have plenty of alternatives for spring reverb
- A little pricy, although you can find good deals on amazon
As a conclusion, the T-Rex Room Mate Junior is a good reverb pedal offering several types of reverb. It sounds great when recreating natural ambiences (with Room and Hall modes), and the LFO is a cool feature too. You may think though that the spring reverb doesn’t sound like old school vintage outboard units… For some people, the ability of adjusting the input level with a dedicated knob will be very cool, specially when placing the pedal within FX loops.
Although you may find it a little pricy, you can find good deals in amazon.