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Sony DPS-V55

Sony DPS-V55 Multi Effects Processor

Sony made a killer effects processor with the DPS-V77, so next step was to capitalize on that with a four channel version right? But, something went wrong...On paper at least, the Sony DPS-V55 should be a killer effects processor, but by all accounts it does not succeed. Just as Roland did with their SRV-3030, the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.


The Sony DPS-V55 is a four channel multi-effect processor with 20 bit quantisation and 48kHz sample rate to yield outstanding audio quality. It should have yielded better results than it does, but the effects sound uninspiring and cold by comparison to all that came before it.

Four channel construction – 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.

Flexible effect algorithms and program structures – The Sony DPS-V55 incorporates a total of 45 different effect algorithms divided into three different types: 4ch, 2ch (stereo), and Mono-Pair. Each effect contains several adjustable parameters and can be easily modified. In addition 2ch and/or Mono-Pair effects can be used in combination within a program, and the program structure can be switched between serial and parallel, allowing you to take full advantage of the four channel construction.

User-friendly operating environment – A primary concern when creating the Sony DPS-V55, was to provide an intuitive operating system for creative sound control. All effect parameters can be accessed directly using the EDIT PARAMETER buttons.

Large memory banks – In addition to the 200 different preset programs (numbers 001~200) created by musicians and engineers from around the world (preset memory), there is also room for you to store up to 200 of your own original programs in the user memory (numbers 201~400). We’ve also included a search function so you can recall the programs you need without having to remember their program numbers.

Search function – The search function lets you locate programs you want by specifying the type of effects they contain.

TAP function – The TAP function lets you adjust certain parameters simply by tapping on the ENTER (TAP) button.

MIDI compatibility – The MIDI interface lets you conduct program change and data save operations.



Quantization: 20bit
Sampling Frequency: 48kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-22kHz
Dynamic Range: 91dB
THD: Below 0.008%

Preset Memory: 200
User Memory: 200

Dimensions: 482mm x 88mm x 290mm
Weight: 3.6kg

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Sony DPS-V55 Multi Effects Processor Reviews

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Community Score


(3 Reviews)

Build Quality 83%
Sound Quality 77%
Usefullness 83%
Reliability 72%

What other owners say...

Bread and Butter Unit

By Rene Kirchner

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

I have had it in the rack, along to a Sony R7. It´s not that detailed, but it´s easy to use.

Match it with the correct pre amp to hit the spot

By James Blackwell

Build Quality 70%
Sound Quality 70%
Usefullness 70%
Mojo/Funk 95%
Reliability 50%
This unit has a very low output and therefore in normal circumstances you’ll need to pump up the line gain in your pre, not a problem. However, marry this up with the correct mic pre and something very special happens with the colour. Its one of those units you send a full bus signal through and mix it 50/50 for example, just to get the colour, space and height. I love it for dry hip hop and uncluttered recordings makes things sound contemporary retro.

Hidden Treasure

By Mike

Build Quality 100%
Sound Quality 80%
Usefullness 100%
Mojo/Funk 100%
Reliability 85%

I see people on various forums say this box isn’t so hot and best avoided. I say fine, more for me then. I’ve had mine since 2006 and have found it to be one of the most useful and flexible effects units in my arsenal. It sounds very nice using it’s standalone effects. With the multi-effects it can be a little noisier. Some of the presets are fantastic and most are fantastically weird. I really love the pitch delays, distortion and reverbs. The chorus is outstanding. the vocoder is pretty lame. Compression is workable but difficult without gain reduction metering. Recently my rotary encoder went. But this unit is worth the trouble to repair. Overall this machine provides a ton of unique effects and plenty of unusual colors.

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