Digital Reverbs

Vintage Digital

The first digital reverb to hit the market was way back in 1972, when the German manufacturer EMT who were enjoying dominance with the in studios around the world with their EMT 140 Plate Reverb, introduced the EMT 144 Digital Reverb. The EMT 144 was a rack mount design with very limited capabilities and as such was not very successful. Few of these classic old digital reverbs remain in existence today. In 1976, EMT joined forces with American electronics company Dynatron to develop the now legendary EMT 250 digital reverb. Looking like something from a sci-fi movie, the floor standing EMT 250 was almost novel in appearance, but it’s incredible performance would ensure it became a mainstay of studios the world over. The EMT 250 was updated to the EMT 251 which offered increased bandwidth, additional programs with additional parameters to tweak the reverb programs. In 1978 American company Lexicon released their competitor to the EMT 250, their Lexicon 244 digital reverb, a reverb that to this day is still being used in studios today.

Algorithmic Reverb All early digital reverbs are algorithmic reverb designs. Algorithmic reverbs are essentially delay lines that repeat on themselves to simulate reverb decay. The ‘algorithms’ used tweak each repeat usually with modulation and various other filters. Some of the worlds most loved digital reverbs such as the EMT 250, AMS RMX 16, Lexicon 224 and Lexicon 480L are all algorithmic reverbs. It is clear that not all algorithmic reverbs are created equal, and it is why to this day, those reverbs are so revered, their algorithms are superior to other manufacturers.

Convolution Reverb Convolution reverb is to reverb what sampling was to keyboards. Convolution reverb involves measuring a live space, and using this ‘impulse response’ applies it to the incoming signal to simulate that real space. Convolution reverbs works exceedingly well, and provides very realistic reverb. Early hardware reverbs to use convolution techniques were the Sony DRE-S777 and the Yamaha SREV1.

Reverb Plugins Today plugins like Audio Ease Altiverb provide hundreds of impulse response reverbs in a plugin format. Some of the ‘real’ spaces provided with that plugin are quite breathtaking. In particular, the Great Pyramid of Giza, a space no one will ever get to record in, sounds phenomenal. Most reverb plugins these days are either algorithmic, or convolution, and with today’s computer power, we can enjoy the very best sounding reverbs possible and for far less that what a hardware reverb costs. However, there is still some kind of magic in these older hardware reverbs that most of us just can not let go of.

EMT 250 Digital Reverb

The EMT 250 Digital Reverb is completely electronic, with no moving parts; ruggedly built and insensitive to shock or vibrations. Extremely versatile with many programming possibilities and adjustment of parameters.

Dynacord DRS 78 Digital Reverberation System

The Dynacord DRS 78 provides a very wide range of reverb and echo effects and it produces above all true and absolutely natural reverb effects.

Lexicon 224 Digital Reverberator

The lexicon 224 is a legendary studio reverb unit having featured on countless number one records around the world.

Deltalab DL-2 Acousticomputer

The Deltalab DL-2 Acousticomputer is a true stereo (2 channel) delay and special effects unit with highly musical sound quality and extremely flexible versatility.

AMS RMX 16 Digital Reverberation System

The RMX 16 digital reverberation system is totally electronic; the sound is completely unaffected by external vibrations or mechanical shocks. Unlike its mechanical counterpart the RMX 16 system does not require special installation.

Sony DRE 2000 Digital Reverberator

The Sony DRE 2000 creates high-quality reverb effects with a better signal-to-noise ratio, better frequency response and wider dynamic range.

Ursa Major Space Station SST-282

The Ursa Major Space Station is an advanced signal processor using time delay techniques to transform a mono source into a new, stereo, output signal.

Quantec Room Simulator

The QUANTEC Room-Simulator – a computer technology based system for the generation of acoustical effects simulating variable sized rooms.

Eventide SP 2016 Signal Processor Reverb

The Eventide SP 2016 Effects Processor Reverb is something special in the way of studio gear. If you’ve never worked with one before, your ears are in for some very pleasant surprises.

Yamaha Rev1 Digital Reverberator

The Yamaha Rev1 is a highly refined system offering superb performance and is well suited for use in recording studios, broadcasting, and for sound reinforcement.

Publison Infernal Machine 90 Stereo Audio Computer

The Publison Infernal Machine 90 is a computer based audio processor from a company based in France.

Ursa Major StarGate 323 Digital Reverb

Ursa Major StarGate 323 is a high performance digital reverberation system whose sound quality and features match those of much higher-priced systems.

Yamaha R1000 Digital Reverberation

Incorporating the most up-to-date advancements in digital signal processing, the Yamaha R1000 brings high performance to a highly versatile and affordable digital reverb unit.

Ursa Major StarGate 626 Digital Reverb

The Ursa Major StarGate 626 (and the StarGate 323 that came before it) was an updated version of the Ursa Major Space Station.

Ursa Major 8×32 Digital Reverb

The Ursa Major 8×32 has been designed for exceptionally easy and informative operation and has been priced far below other comparable digital systems.
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