We’ve reached Part 10 of my journey into Revalver and have finally reached, finally, the output section. When fired up this models a nice old fashioned mixer section with EQ, compression, signal mixers…if you’ve used any DAW since 1870 it will all be pretty familiar.
Except for one thing…the ACT output shaper. Now we’ve already seen ACT in the input section where it is used to model various electric and acoustic guitars – it was an interesting effect but a little gimmicky. In the output section, it is rather more profound. In ACT you have a number of preset tone shapers, from clean to heavy, designed to mimic the output stage of various rigs. It analyses a tone from your guitar then models a range of tone changes in a way that is much more versatile than simple EQ-ing and yet creates through this modeling a subtle and organic sound that is a much more exciting effect than the rather crude guitar modeling of ACT in the input stage.
I certainly found myself using ACT clean output presets on a lot of my playing and it genuinely added a depth and complexity to the basic tone. ACT used in this way is very exciting and a real step forward.
This allows 8 presets to be pre-loaded into memory to be switched seamlessly during live shows. It’s similar to similar modes in Jamup and Tonestack and seemed to work well in a home studio set up.
Revalver and Your DAW
I tried Revalver in Reaper and Cakewalk and it behaved well in both of them – with the exception of the VST loader in Reaper which caused a few crashes. My latest Windows update appears to have solved that so it may have been an internal conflict. I felt that Revalver’s approach to the guitar’s signal chain fitted in to my DAWs rather more intuitively than Amplitube and I found the combination easier to use.
Speaker IR loader
I found the speaker IRs used in Revalver to be very high quality but should you wish to use the billion or so free or paid-for IRs out there, the IR loader provides a very simple method of doing so – it is very stripped down compared to some loaders out there but I found it to be stable and the sound sat nicely in the signal chain.
So, thats it for today, tomorrow I’ll be signing off with my final thoughts and conclusions. Is Revalver a triumph or a travesty?