Vintage Digital & Analogue Studio Effects
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Back in the mid 1980s, a brand emerged out of Japan to take on the big names in Japanese digital audio effects such as Korg, Roland and Sony. Vesta Fire rose to the challenge with the Vesta Fire RVD901 digital reverb.
The Vesta Fire RVD901 is according to it’s advertising material, a fully adjustable digital reverb of outstanding quality. Eight preset reverb effects are available including gated and reverse reverb effects. But the RVD901 does not limit you to just eight presets, because each one is fully adjustable using controls for pre-delay (a must for obtaining clear well defined reverb) decay, hi and low cut filters and effects mix.
The Vesta Fire RVD901 is a high-performance digital reverb incorporating 8 basic reverb algorithms (called “modes”) and 5 controls, allowing for limitless variations, well, almost.
With the Vesta Fire RVD901 both Mono in/Stereo out, and Stereo in/Stereo out operations are possible, enabling you to give a stereo effect to monaural output instruments and to apply reverb to stereo sources without losing the original stereo sound.
Reverb time can be controlled through Pre Delay and Decay adjustment. High Frequency Dump and Filter functions enable you to change the sound characteristics. Moreover, special effects can be attained using the Hold feature.
On it’s release back in 1986, the Vesta Fire RVD901 sold for £265 in the UK, making it one of the most affordable digital reverbs on the market at the time.
Quantization: 16 bit
Sampling Frequency: 39.0625kHz
Frequency Response: > 30Hz – 16kHz
Dynamic Range: 87 dB
As stated in the review on this website already: the unit is from the eighties and sounds like the eighties. since the the review is written by me, I need to emphasize that there are (were, back then) of course better and expensive sounding units on there market, but the RVD901 is the easy and straight forward one to got to. You need some authentic eighties gate reverb on you drum machine – take MODE4 and there it is. Even from today´s perspective, if you are not after all the vintage sound, MODE1 offers largest and widest sound. That one was and is still a surprise for me. Go through the review and check one out if it crosses your way. PS: I gave it just a 70% in reliability, since the RVD is pretty young in my studio setup. Since it survived until now, I assume it´ll last and will be stabile.