Ibanez SDR 1000 Stereo Digital Reverb

Welcome to a whole new realm of digital signal processing! The Ibanez SDR 1000 Stereo Digital Reverb re-defines digitally-simulated reverberation with true stereo operation.

Ibanez SDR-1000+

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Featuring 16-bit digital processing for crystal-clear reverberation, and factory preset programs developed by professional studio engineers, especially for the Ibanez SDR 1000.

The results are room, hall and plate simulations of unusual naturalness and clarity. The Ibanez SDR 1000 also provides “gated” and ”reverse” reverb effects, as well as dual multi-tap delay (echo) processing. The Ibanez SDR 1000 is truly a digital processor for everyone.

Details

The Ibanez SDR 1000 incorporates many design break throughs, in both hardware and software, that combine to make it the unique processor that it is. The following list high-lights the major features that you should be aware of.

The Ibanez SDR 1000 provides, for the first time, TWO independently programmable channels. You can now set up two totally different reverb sounds (in the “Dual Reverb” Mode 7) or two arrays of delay taps (in the “Dual Delay” Mode 5), and use them simultaneously! True stereo reverberation is possible with advanced, high-speed parallel digital processing. The two channels of the Ibanez SDR 1000 may be easily programmed for identical processing characteristics. The custom-design DSP (Digital Signal Processor) is a high-speed, full 16-bit LSI (Large Scale Integration) chip. This provides professional-sounding reverb effects with very low distortion and low quantization (digital-error) noise.

The Ibanez SDR 1000 provides a powerful, user-oriented programming capability. Eight “modes” create eight distinct “sound fields”, including hall, room, plate, gated and reverse reverb effects, and dual, multi-tap delay effects. The Ibanez SDR 1000 comes factory-programmed with 30 preset sounds. These sounds have been created by some of the hottest recording producers in the industry, so they represent the most popular reverb and delay sounds available.

Each mode has user-programmable parameters (including programmable four-band EQ) for an unusually wide range of possible reverb and delay sounds. Seventy user-programmable preset locations give you plenty of space to be creative! Advanced user-friendly software makes program copying and editing a snap. You can also compare your new sound with the sound in memory, with the touch of a single key!

Extensive MIDI flexibility lets you program the SDR 1000 to fit into any MIDI system. Select any program within the SDR 1000 with your MIDI controller.  The SDR 1000 also lets you select programs with the front panel keypad, or remotely with momentary footswitches or with the Ibanez FC60 intelligent Foot Controller. Select your programs in live situations from any stage location.

The SDR 1000 provides an eight-digit fluorescent display and LED-keys that prompt you for easy preset programming and recall. Phone jack and RCA-type pin jack inputs and outputs make the SDR 1000 easy to use in any live, studio or home recording application. Versatile input level ranging and output signal mixing make it easy to “optimize” the SDR 1000’s performance in any application.

Specifications

Released: 1986

Quantization: 16 Bit
Sampling Frequency: 26kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-11kHz
Dynamic Range: >90dB
THD: Below 0.008%

A little history on the Ibanez SDR 1000 and how it came to be

The Ibanez SDR 1000 was developed for Ibanez, by Sony. A short time later Sony released the same unit after upgrading the algorithms and called it the Sony MU-R201. Later, Ibanez released the Ibanez SDR 1000+ (pictured above) which used the same algorithms as the Sony MU-R201. So yes, you can listen to the samples of the Sony MU-R201 to get an idea of how the Ibanez SDR 1000+ sounds, but not the Ibanez SDR 1000 as the algorithms are not the same.

Ibanez SDR 1000 Stereo Digital Reverb Reviews

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Community Score

88%

USERS
(3 Reviews)

Build Quality 82%
Sound Quality 83%
Usefullness 93%
Mojo/Funk 87%
Reliability 95%

What other owners say...

It's A Keeper!

By Hollowman9

Build Quality 85%
Sound Quality 75%
Usefullness 90%
Mojo/Funk 100%
Reliability 85%

Can be noisy if gain staging isn’t properly setup. The pots get scratchy and are not robust. The dual concentric level controls got frozen together somehow and are not on the same settings. I have to balance my sends to compensate. The jacks are cheaply made and the buttons don’t have good feedback.

But for the money this is a very nice sounding reverb. Can be ice cold and spooky sounding but smooth and works great in mixes. I use it for electro-industrial and it’s an excellent fit on synths, samplers and drum machines. Honestly over the years it’s become a favorite go to unit. It’s an interesting contrast to my Lexicon, Kurzweil and Eventide reverbs. Has some similarities with the Alesis Midiverb II which I also enjoy.

It’s old! Replace those capacitors. Doing so reduced the noise floor on mine noticeably.

Perfect for Drums

By Andrea Zanini

Build Quality 80%
Sound Quality 100%
Usefullness 100%
Mojo/Funk 100%
Reliability 100%

I have two of these units. Bought them mainly for mixing drums and they are stellar. You get everything from subtle ambiance to that classic 80’s gated extravaganza. For the prices they go for today, make sure you grab one! Or two!

Total sleeper

By Anonymous

Build Quality 80%
Sound Quality 75%
Usefullness 90%
Mojo/Funk 60%
Reliability 100%

Picked this up as part of a package deal. Had heard some good things about it but had my doubts. After a couple years I find that it is quite the sleeper and I am using it more and more. This is a huge box, both physically and sonically. It has a few sweet spots that are really very sweet. The sound of its reverb is very liquid and flowing with some of the best gated verbs I have ever heard. The dual delay is very handy and can create some decent chorus and flanger effects. At longer delay and decay times the tails get very synthetic sounding which I find is very nice on synths but not so much for drums. Editing is dead easy and dual channel operation is very useful. A surprisingly decent little box if a tiny bit noisy. The buttons and controls could be better quality.

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