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In this video we drip slowly into the spellbinding tank of spring reverb. Among the oldest effects anywhere – not least for guitar – a classic spring reverb uses a physical chamber (tank), in which sit a number of real springs with an input transducer at one end and an output transducer at the other. Audio goes in, excites the springs, and the resultant sound is swathed in ambience. We love it.
However, not all amps have spring reverb – or any reverb at all for that matter – so what options exist for you to add to your rig?
We compare three genuine spring-equipped outboard units with some more compact digital takes on the spring reverb sound. Let’s get washy, baby…
A note on the Anasounds tanks. If you’re confused about which one you’re hearing, you can see the red and white cables plugged in to the tank being used at the top of the screen.
We’d also like to apologise for the confusion caused by talking over the reverb trails. One day before the end of time, Dan will learn that he has to let the reverb finish before talking. Danish Pete says he has a solution… but they don’t use room mics.
I’ll stop moaning now, but I’m not answering any comments on it because I’m tired to almost-death of explaining it over and over again: the voice mics are gained waaaaaay louder than the amp mics, so the amps are waaaaaay louder through the voice mics than through the amp mics. You bring the voice mics up because Dan starts talking, and then the sound of the reverb is unrealistically loud. I’m going for a valium and lie-down. Mick here.
Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- What are we doing today? 1:17
- Amps today… and questions: 2:35
- Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature: 3:07
- Audio Kitchen Big Chopper: 4:00
- Both amps together: 7:05
- We can’t play without reverb: 8:38
- Carl Martin Headroom: 10:22
- Issues with spring reverb on a pedalboard? 12:30
- Crazy Tube Circuits White Whale: 13:32
- Anasounds Element & tanks: 16:20
- Higher gain with reverb and single coils: 26:12
- …and humbuckers: 28:10
- Smaller pedal reverbs: 32:47
- Wampler Reflection: 34:50
- Chase Bliss Dark World: 37:45
- Pre-delay? 38:40
- …and with gain: 39:15
- Source Audio True Spring: 43:40
- Digitech Supernatural: 46:40
- Using amp reverb and a pedal together: 52:09
- A quick thought on differing reverb levels in dual-channel amps: 54:30
- All the reverb: 57:55