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Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:50 pm
by Sir Ruff
I've recently been interested in vintage digital reverbs as a novel source for some murky, character-filled tones and was wondering if people had some suggestions of units to check out in the lower end of the scale (ideally under $200). As a frame of reference, I was about to jump on a Dynacord DRS-78 but backed out because of the price/functions/size, despite it sounding great and super dark.

I guess the older you get, the more you are talking about blended delays rather than actual digital processing, but it's the final effect I'm most interested in - basically the more artificial and gritty, the better! If there are any plugins free or otherwise that fill a similar niche, would be interested in hearing about those too...

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:00 pm
by nogginj
i found a lexicon lxp1 for $50 and i really love the character of it.

for a simple roll-yer-own...set up a few aux channels with simple, single delays. route each delay back to each other delay in varying amounts. for colour, set up some filters before or after the delay.

you'd be surprised how reverby something as small as 3 or 4 delays start to sound once you start feeding them back to each other.

this is probably easier to do programmatically vs in a daw, but it can be done.

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:24 pm
by Sir Ruff
nogginj wrote:i found a lexicon lxp1 for $50 and i really love the character of it.

for a simple roll-yer-own...set up a few aux channels with simple, single delays. route each delay back to each other delay in varying amounts. for colour, set up some filters before or after the delay.
I actually just passed up one of those - think I need rack only.

I know what you mean by feeding one delay into another. I'm limited by two at the moment, so it still only ends up sounding like two delays :)

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:51 pm
by THEODICY
Ensoniq DP/4

You get some very useable reverbs and a whole lot more. It's a staple in some contexts and can be had given your price range if you are patient.

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:27 am
by sqweebking
Roland DEP 3 or 5

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:13 am
by Sir Ruff
THEODICY wrote:Ensoniq DP/4

You get some very useable reverbs and a whole lot more. It's a staple in some contexts and can be had given your price range if you are patient.
I actually used to have one of those. It sounded good - probably too good for what I'm after now:)
sqweebking wrote:Roland DEP 3 or 5
huh, ok... just been reading about the DEP-5. Sounds like that might be a good option with some modulation features. I've also been suggestion the Ibanez SDR-1000 if anyone can comment on that.

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:30 am
by bhrama
sqweebking wrote:Roland DEP 3 or 5
+10000, had one in the 80s and it kicked the bucket, still miss it

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:42 am
by sqweebking
I love my DEP-5, I thought it was severely underrated when I picked it up exactly two years ago on Friday for $92.40

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:08 am
by Sir Ruff
sqweebking wrote:I love my DEP-5, I thought it was severely underrated when I picked it up exactly two years ago on Friday for $92.40
haha, nice... sounds like I'll definitely be on the lookout for one of these!

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:17 am
by piRoN
Yep, DEP-5 is a winner. Great for those thick-as-treacle 80's 'verbs.

The gated reverbs alone are more than worth the price of admission. Lots of editability too, and the delay algos are fantastic.

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:43 pm
by meatballfulton
Yamaha SPX90

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:34 am
by tekkentool
Redline reverb by 112db has a lot of old lexicon emulations from 80's units IIRC.

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:06 am
by astroidmist
Impulse responses from old gear, of course.

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:02 am
by colmon
yamaha rex-50

essentially the spx-90/50 algos in a tabletop box the size of a small answering machine ca. 1988

super artificial 12bit reverbs, huge cavernous 99 sec decays, world famous kevin shields approved reverse reverb algo

i got one for 1000 yen, way way way way under your budget

Re: Vintage digital reverb suggestions? hardware/plugins?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:25 am
by Virgule
Ibanez SDR1000/Sony MU-R201.
There's also the Korg DRV series.