The Ensoniq DP/4 is a great sounding 24-bit digital effects processor combining four independent effects processors, and four independent inputs and outputs featuring full mixdown capabilities.
The Sony 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, DRE-2000 and MU-R201 and achieved much appraisal.
Ouality-conscious design – A/D and D/A high performance converter
The Sony DPS-R7 converts the incoming analog signal to a digital signal, passes it through various effects, than re-converts it to an analog signal before output. The determinant to the sound quality is the conversion mechanism that adopts the 18-bit oversampling stereo A/D converter and the pulse D/A converter of 40.96 MHz. These account for highly accurate, less deteriorated effects.
User-friendly and comfortable operation
The large size backlit LCD of 40 characters by 2 lines makes it possible to proceed with smooth operation while viewing the operating condition in real time. Moreover, the LCD display incorporates an on-line manual (in English) which displays information required for operation.
Abundant preset memory settings
The unit has a hundred variations of the effects created by musicians, sound mixers and acoustic engineers around the world in its preset memory. This will help you select and replay immediately the desired effects for a particular purpose.
Sound creation of any kind
The EDIT function allows you to modify the presets or to create some individual effects. Besides the preset memory for a hundred effects. the unit has a so-called user memory where you can save up to 256 effects you are going to create. Using this memory allows more varicolored play of effects.
Wide range of effects
The Sony DPS-R7 consists mainly of a reverberation block together with an input block, a pre-effect block, a post-effect block and an output block for signal processing. For Processing signals with stereo-input/stereo-output in the reverberation block, one of 5 types of ST-ST algorithms is available, while the monaural-input/stereo-output processing allows you to take any two types of MONO-ST algorithm. One of the six types of algorithms can be used in the pre-effect block and one of seven in the post-effect block. By combining these blocks and algorithms used in the blocks, a wide range of effects will be able to be created according to the input source.
The remote commander (not supplied) makes it possible to remotely control the Sony DPS-R7.
2 types of I/O connectors are provided
The Sony DPS-R7 has XLR connectors (balanced-type) and phone jacks so that it can be connected to instruments, recording equipment or PA (public address) equipment.
Linkage with MIDI equipment
The MIDI device incorporated in the Sony DPS-R7 can receive program change signals from another MIDI equipment connected so that the Sony DPS-R7 can be controlled by the MIDI equipment connected. Thus, it can function as an effector when connected to digital instruments. In addition, controls from PC‘s or MIDI sequencers are very helpful for composition.
This is clean and can be uncoloured. It is the reverb I go to when I want to match or augment a natural reverb already recorded. It can be basically nu-identifiable even on a simply miked acoustic recording. (I have over a dozen hardware reverbs and no others can do this function as well.)
I have AMS RMX 16, AKG BX20, A Plate, still this is on every mix since I got it one year ago. Fantastic “real” reverb sound that beats all plugins.
Obviously better than using a plug in reverb. Perhaps a little noisy but nothing important because you can fix it with a good input/output balance. Clean reverb and good early reflections, good presets and a lot of parameters to configure your own user banks.
I can remember back in the day when the Sony DPS-R7 was first released dreaming of owning one but they were too far out of reach back then, now prices on these things are falling daily to stupidly low levels, and after trying one in my rack all I can say is get yourself one. Way better than any plugin I have used and build quality is great. Forget about editing as the interface is bloody confusing so just go with the presets as they are excellent.
I really liked the R7, it offered really nice reverbs with smooth tails, a very useful reverb for anyone looking for a good hardware reverb that still stands up today. My only complaints are the user interface once again, plus it was somewhat noisy. Regardless of the specs I found it to be noisier than the older Sony MU-R201, so I kept the later.
Quantization: 18 Bit
Sampling Frequency: 40kHz
Frequency Response: 10Hz-18kHz
Dynamic Range: > 90dB
THD: Below 0.004%