If you’ve ever used Revalver in its various forms before, then the format of the post-effects section will be familiar even if some of the effects are new.
Convolution reverb may be old hat these days but this is a pleasingly simple model with a number of presets from popular reverbs. The whole effect works very well in Revalver, with the emphasis on subtlety. It is unfortunate that there appears to be no simple way of importing your own IRs into the module which does limit it’s appeal.
The big selling point of this 8-band filter is an “auto Q function that allows the equalizer to decide the bandwith”. After playing with this for an hour, I still don’t know what this means. What we do have is a very competent filter for tone shaping – soothing Revalver is not lavishly equipped with. Again, the effect is subtle and the emphasis is on usable tweaking of a basic tone. Be warned, there are a lot of knobs here and each one interacts with the other. Slight changes can have a major effect but single coils especially seem to respond to it. Bringing out the mids toughens the tone and seems to work very well with the clean amp models.
It’s digital and it flanges, what more do you want. Well, a bit more charecter frankly as this is a rather crude model and seems a bit of a relic in a 2014 product. It does a job but it is not very musical and frankly Tonestack has 3 flangers that can beat this one to a pulp.
World Wide Verb
An expanded version of the modeled stomp box, this makes much more sense as a post amp effect. Using convolution as a basis, this is the dark side. The C-Verb is all musical subtlety. This is extravagantly theatrical with a wide range of filters to push, twist and distort those poor IRs. It is huge fun (just twisting the Fatverb knob will expand the sound enormously). Again, an easy way of importing your own IRs would help, but this is a great effect. Bonkers, but great.
A stereo delay with chorus and ambiance effects. This is a very simple and old fashioned delay but it works because of the warmth of the tone and the way the delay interacts with the simple but musical chorus effect. It seemed to work very well after a clean amp tone and seemed to darken and soften amp output that overwise was too harsh (it sounded magnificent after the Masterpiece 50 amp). Push the effect and I quickly got a really good Jonny Greenwood OK Computer tone that I’d tried for years to get and it really worked for some ambient noodlings that quickly led to a couple of interesting song demos. A creative and inspiring effect.
You also get a noise gate and a 3rd party VST loader. The loader is very useful as it gives you access to a whole range of effects (which may or may not make up for the relative paucity of pre and post effects on offer here). Be careful loading VSTs as Revalver can crash if it does not like it.
So, once again a curious mixture of the humdrum (yes, that means you Flanger) and the inspired, I love the Again and World Wide Verb. There is also a basic lack of effects which might frustrate guitarists who these days simply expect to have everything on tap all the time. I’m assuming that updates will sort this out at some point, but a wider range of effects at launch would have been nice.
Next – the output section, this includes ACT settings on your processed signal, now this is very interesting and I think you’ll like it. Until then….
Viene la tormenta!