Vintage Digital & Analogue Studio Effects
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Having done all they could with the DPS series, Sony only had one place left go, and that was to combine all four DPS effects into a single processor. The Sony DPS-V77 was born! In creating the Sony DPS-V77, Sony unleashed a 'Best of Sony' in terms of not only the effects on offer by combining all the best DPS Series effects, but also the sonic performance of the internals too.
The Sony DPS-V77 incorporates both quality preset effects chosen from the DPS-R7/D7/ M7/F7 sound series (these processors are trusted by professional musicians and producers alike) and a host of exciting newly developed effects that let you go beyond traditional genre classifications.
In addition, the two fully outfitted multi-type effect blocks (each allowing you to choose from the full range of effects) and two EQ blocks allow for tremendously ﬂexible sound shaping.
User-friendly operating environment
A primary concern when creating the Sony DPS-V77, was to provide musicians and engineers with a powerful operating system for fast, efficient, and creative sound control.
The shuttle ring and ten key number pad provide almost instantaneous access to any effect, program, or parameter setting. The large display and function keys let you carry out simple edit functions directly from the play screen, perfect for live and/or studio situations where timing is crucial.
Seamless changes between memorized effects (morphing*) Everyone’s probably encountered the frustration of changing effects in mid-tune only to have the previous effect cut out unnaturally (such as a sudden loss of reverb or delay).
The Sony DPS-V77’s morphing function automatically crossfades the new and previous effects. Therefore, you can maintain reverb resonance while bringing in a flanger, or shift pitch while the chorus element fades.
* You can only use one effect block when morphing.
Large memory banks
In addition to the 198 different preset effects created by musicians and engineers from around the world (PRESET memory), there is also room for you to store up to 198 of your own original effects (USER memory) to the Sony DPS-V77, We’ve also made it easy to organize the memory so you can recall effects you need without hassle.
Full MIDI compatibility
You can use MIDI controls like wheels and velocity effect controllers to adjust effect parameters in real time (RTC). The MIDI interface also lets you conduct program change and data save operations.
Digital IN/OUT terminals
In addition to the two types of analog IN/OUT terminals, PHONO UNBALANCED and XLR BALANCED, the Sony DPS-V77 is also provided with digital IN/OUT capability (optional cables are available for either SPDIF or AES/EBU connections).
Use the digital IN/OUT to preserve signal quality when making connections with CD players or additional Sony DPS-V77 units, or for direct digital mix down to DAT recorders.
In addition, you can output signals from the analog input jacks as digital, output signals from the digital input jacks as analog, and even use both the analog and digital jacks at the same time.
Quantization: 1 Bit
Oversampling: 64x (24 bit Resolution)
Sampling Frequency: 48kHz
Frequency Response: 10Hz-22kHz
Signal to Noise: > 97 dB
Dynamic Range: > 97 dB
THD: Below 0.003%
Preset Memory: 198 effects
User Memory: 198 Effects
Dimensions: 482mm x 44m x 320mm
Gold Plate Reverb
Small Hall Reverb
Track A Room Reverb
Vocal Chamber Reverb
Vanilla Gate Reverb
Power Chamber Reverb
Tight Chamber Reverb
12 Stage Chorus
Crystal Plate Reverb
Dry Ambient Reverb
Small Hall Reverb
3D Cathedral Reverb
Boston Hall Reverb
I have this, the M7, the R7 and the HP5. All are fantastic but this is a great all in one box that is more sophisticated than the HP5 but easier to program than the M7 or R7. Sound quality is superb and the effects are spectacular (easily in line with a top Eventide or Lexicon). The M7 is a real fave of mine but the V77 gives you a lot of its presets, plus a bunch of other goodies and the ability to combine two effects at once (in addition to EQs and gate etc.).
Issues with the display are common (missing lines) but they can be easily fixed. The style of LCD in the V77 (which is different to other Sonys such as the HP5) requires that you use a soldering iron at around 300c (that’s what I had it set to on my Hakko) with a 3mm tip on the top part of the plastic ribbon running from the display pc board to the glass. Essentially what you need to do is reflow the very fine solder connections under the plastic and bind them to the connections on the display again.
The contacts in question (from memory) are on the top of the LCD unit at the rear (just before the cable folds over on to the main PC board on the back of the display). You obviously need to remove the faceplate to gain access, but this is very easy to do if you have taken apart studio gear before. Do not overheat the soldering iron and make sure you keep it moving. There is a very good video by a young guy on YouTube showing how to fix this very same problem with a Nintendo Gameboy. You need to be patient. I ran my iron over the connections continuously for around ten minutes. If you are concentrating, you should be able to feel the iron running over the traces (although they are very fine).
When I first plugged the LCD back in the five or six missing lines were still missing. Then after a few seconds the LCD kicked into action and each of the missing lines permanently disappeared and is perfect now. This is a very common problem on these types of displays from this era and can be fixed to get the V77 working like new again. It’s an incredible FX machine and deserves to live on!
I was thinking of blowing money on an Eventide H8000 at first but after coming across this website, I learned of the Sony DPS-V77 and it’s capabilities. Fast forward to actually owning one, I must say that The Sony DPS-V77 embodies everything that I needed and then some! Honestly will never get rid of this unit. Somewhat of a secret weapon as not many people are hip to it. Uniqueness over popularity, Sony DPS-V77 is it!
This box does many things pretty well, but the Crystal keys preset sounds like nothing else on the planet. This is the perfect sound for picked electric guitar, offering a unique stereo spread that lifts the guitar in the mix really nicely. Someone needs to make a plugin that emulates this preset, I have tried to emulate with the SoundToys suite and failed!
I have had a lot of multi-effects boxes from the likes of Roland, Yamaha, Sony, Lexicon and Eventide. I have to say, this Sony DPS-V77 is for me, the most useful. If you put aside the incredible pitch effects that the Eventide can do and look at things like chorusing etc, I prefer this Sony to all others. Crystal Keys preset is what did it for me, it is something like micro-pitch and chorus in one effect and is incredibly useful on guitar for stereo spreads and to simply add movement to a track, nothing else beats this for me.
This is a ‘best of Sony’ box and it is a real shame that Sony pulled out of the market as the DPS-V77 shows just how good they were at taking on the likes of Lexicon and Eventide at their own game and coming out the other end standing tall. So, if you can not afford an Eventide, get this Sony as I believe you will find it more useful.
I have owned the DPS-R7, DPS-D7 and DPS-M7 previously but sold them all because of their nightmare interface that made tweaking the presets difficult. The DPS-V77 addresses that problem and combines all three of those effects and the DPS-F7 into one box, with greatly improved AD/DA conversion and with lower noise floor.
There are some excellent presets in the V77 from the simple to the bazaar. Often referred to as a poor mans Eventide, it certainly fills the void in my rack for lush choruses and stereo effects suitable for widening vocals, guitars and snare etc. and lets not forget the excellent reverbs which are smooth and lush also. The bonus is the digital in and out, provided via an 8 pin micro DIN connector unfortunately, but it can handle 24bit/44.1kHz and 24bit/48kHz signals only.