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Sony DRE-S777

Sony DRE-S777 Sampling Digital Reverb

The Sony DRE-S777 Sampling Digital Reverb employs a newly developed DSP (Digital Signal Processor) which allows Real Impulse Response processing. It performs high speed, real-time processing, and provides natural reverberations based on actual acoustic spaces such as concert halls.

Sony DPS-V55

Sony DPS-V55 Multi Effects Processor

The Sony DPS-V55 is outfitted with four inputs (and outputs) and can route the input signals in a variety of different ways depending on the chosen effect algorithms and program structures.

Sony DPS-V77

Sony DPS-V77 Multi Effects Processor

The Sony DPS-V77 incorporates both quality preset effects chosen from the DPS-R7/D7/ M7/F7 sound series and a host of exciting newly developed effects that let you go beyond traditional genre classifications.

Sony HR-MP5

Sony HR-MP5 Multi Processor

The Sony HR-MP5 is a compact multi-effects processor most suitable for recording studio use. Up to seven effects can be obtained simultaneously.

Sony DPS-F7

Sony DPS-F7 Dynamic Filter Plus

The DPS-F7 Digital Dynamic Filter Plus is a new signal effector using innovations in signal processing based on digital filter technology. The ten types of algorithms create a superior sound environment considerably exceeding the possibilities available through conventional effectors.

Sony DPS-M7

Sony DPS-M7 Sonic Modulator

The DPS-M7 is a digital sonic modulator developed with the wealth of digital and audio technology accumulated over the years by Sony, innovator of the highly acclaimed Digital Reverberator DRE -2000 and MU-R201.

Sony DPS-D7

Sony DPS-D7 Digital Delay

The DPS-D7 is a digital delay unit equipped entirely with Sony’s digital and audio technology at its highest level of sophistication which was released before with the Digital Reverberator, DRE-2000 and MU-R201 and has received much praise.

Sony DPS-R7

Sony DPS-R7 Reverberator

The DPS-R7 is a digital reverberator equipped entirely with Sony’s digital and audio technology at its highest level of sophistication which was released before with the Digital Reverberator, DHE-2000 and MU-R201 and achieved much appraisal.

Sony MU-R201

Sony MU-R201 Stereo Digital Reverb

All circuits from the input to the output stage are equipped for stereo processing. The key device of the MU-R201 is a newly developed 2-channel audio processing LSI, which creates stereo effects not possible with two monophonic reverberators.

Sony entered the world of digital studio effects with a bang, a big bang. The Sony DRE-2000 was launched in 1981, and was a very expensive product for it’s time, and still are if you can find a working unit.

The Sony DRE-2000 has been loved by Chris Lord Alge for many years and he has created some amazing mixes using the Sony DRE-2000 for reverb duties. It was some years before Sony introduced a new product, but they never made another digital reverb at that price point again.

In 1986 Sony released the Sony MU-R201, a far more affordable reverb, and a true stereo in and out reverb for the first time. The Mu-R201 was hugely successful in Japan, but no so much elsewhere. It was time to rethink things…

Sony invested time and money to develop their next major effort in digital studio effects, the DPS series released in 1991. The DPS series consisted of four effects processors, each specialising in something different, the Sony DPS-R7 for Reverb, Sony DPS-D7 for Delay, Sony DPS-M7 for Modulation and the Sony DPS-F7 for Filtering effects.

The DPS series were very successful, primarily the DPS-R7 and DPRS-D7 and primarily in the broadcast world, but that is not to say they did not sell well to studios too, they did.

As digital technology became more affordable and easier to make, Sony released their ultimate studio effects processor in 1995, the Sony DPS-V77. The DPS-V77 was essentially a ‘best of Sony’ effects processor. It is often called a poor mans Eventide, but this a is unfair. The DPS-V77 is a great processor with not only superior electronics to it’s earlier stable mates, but the effects patches too were great.

A few years later and Sony offered the world the Sony DPS-V55, a four channel version of the DPS series, but form all accounts it does not sound as good as the DPS-V77.

As a final goodbye to studio audio, Sony unleashed their finest reverb to date, the Sony DRE-S777. This was an all out assault on the professional reverb market, and it used the very latest sampling technology (convolution) to reproduce real world spaces. The results were truly excellent, but it was expensive and came perhaps just a touch to late to market.

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