This is the one that started it all, and is still the one most people talk about. Upon it’s release in 1981, the Sony DRE 2000 costs tens of thousands of dollars, most digital units of the time did. Needless to say, it was only the big studios around the world who could afford one of these. Being a dedicated digital reverberator, the effects focused primarily on reverb but did offer some time delay based effects such as delay.
These were very complex and somewhat fragile units that over time have proved to be failure prone and very difficult to repair, so finding one in 100% working condition is not easy, and repairing one even more difficult. Still, the legend lives on among some of the industry’s biggest names, not least of which Chris Lord Alge himself who considers this one of the greatest reverbs ever made.
Today, if you can find one, expect to pay serious money for it, somewhere in the vicinity of US$4-10K depending on condition, but what ever you do, do not have it shipped to you, go and collect it, treat it with kid gloves and install it in your studio with great care, as they do not make them like this anymore.