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2:40 Spring Reverbs
2:51 Arturia’s Physical Modelling
3:35 REV Spring-636
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Artificial Reverb is one of, if not the most, widely used time-based audio effects in the modern producer’s arsenal. It can be used to simulate realistic environments for music, films, and video games or used creatively for those same platforms.
Long gone are the days of having to take your entire band to a cathedral to get those long, lush acoustic reverb tails. Now, simply drop your favorite VST plugin on your audio channels and choose the cathedral preset from the menu.
Furthermore, even long before computers and VST technologies, there were many “mechanical” reverbs an audio engineer could get their hands on and run their sounds through to simulate depth and space.
One of those reverbs is what is known as Spring Reverb.
Spring Reverb is as straightforward as they come. You have springs that reverberate to the sound of an audio signal and after the source sound stops, the springs continue to reverberate and create their own noise that mimics the tones of the original giving you a reverb tail.
It’s even quite common to have more than one string with different properties to give you interactive resonances and a fuller and more interesting reverb sound.
Everything in the spring reverb’s chain of hardware will affect the tone and quality of the reverb tail. How thick and long are the springs, how tightly they are wound, how many springs you have, the quality of the transducers, their enclosure tanks, etc.
Spring Reverbs are relatively light weight and can be quite small which make them ideal for reverb units in organs and guitar amps.
However, they don’t really sound like actual realistic acoustic spaces. They have a distinct “spring” characteristic that many people have fallen in love with over the years which is why you can find so many VST versions of this type of reverb.
For example, Arturia’s Rev SPRING-636, which they based on the legendary Grampian 636 spring reverb. The original 636 was the go-to reverb of The Who’s Pete Townshend, of legendary dub producer Lee Scratch Perry, and a cornerstone of reggae and ska music… and with it’s legendary status you can expect to pay a legendary price of an original hardware unit these days!
However, thanks to the power of Arturia’s exclusive True Analog Emulation (TAE®) and Phi® modelling technologies, they have been able to recreate everything that made the 636, and spring reverbs in general, so very special.
TAE® handles the electronic side, analyzing and accurately modelling the way the circuitry works, and how it responds to various audio signals. Phi® lets us study the physical nature of the reverb, how the spring reacts, how the tank’s resonance changes the sound.
Combing those technologies to get as close as humanely possible to the actual sound of a spring reverb unit and going the extra mile by sprinkling in a few extra and more modern features gives you everything you could ever want from a Mechanical Spring Reverb right in your DAW.
For one shining example, a huge added benefit of having this digital copy is that Arturia has included many different “spring tank” models in Rev SPRING-636: you can find the one that suits your music best.
If you are looking for the sound of springs, look no further than Rev SPRING-636 by Arturia. Available now on PluginBoutique.com