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REVERB pedals: Digitech RV-7 vs. Boss RV-5?

papersoul

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I have the RV-5 and love it! However, I wonder if the Digitech hardwire RV-7 is even better?

Thanks for any opinions.
 

wiklund87

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depend on what you want... I stick with the RV-5 because of the modulate mode... hall reverb ain't bad either
 

papersoul

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depend on what you want... I stick with the RV-5 because of the modulate mode... hall reverb ain't bad either
Well, I use the RV-5 in the Hall and Room modes. They sound the most obvious and are heard in the mix.

Sounds like the Digitech kills the Boss?
 

WoodyStrat

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I have the RV-7 and it is very good!! I think the Line 6 Verbzilla is a squeak more authentic for spring reverb but all in all I am preferring the Hardwire. It is still new to me and what I have found with Hardwire pedals is that they are so adjustable that they need to sit on the board for awhile to get it exactly where you want it. But it is there! The other side of that is that there are no bad sounds that I have found anywhere on the dial! Well, excepting the "Reverse" setting. I can't find any valid musical application for that one but it is probably me!! :facepalm
 

papersoul

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I know the audience can't tll the difference! LOL.

Comparing clips, the Boss sounds better to me. I also would like to find a nice analog reverb. Might have to try the Tech 21 Reverb/Boost.
 

Kestrel

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Well, I use the RV-5 in the Hall and Room modes. They sound the most obvious and are heard in the mix.

Sounds like the Digitech kills the Boss?

Not necessarily. I love the Modulate mode on the RV-5. My biggest gripe about the Hardwire RV-7 is that it doesn't get 100% wet except in Reverse Reverb mode which is the main reason why I don't use it anymore. Otherwise, it sounds great. I use a lot of ambient sounds so I needed a pedal that could get me a good bit of etherial reverbs. It depends on the style of music you play, but for my needs I'd rather use a Boss RV-5, Digitech Digiverb, Tech 21 Boost RVB or Line 6 Verbzilla over the Hardwire.
 
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I also would like to find a nice analog reverb. Might have to try the Tech 21 Reverb/Boost.
There's no such thing as analog reverb .. ;)

Regarding the pedals in question;
to me, the RV-5 is just usable due to the Modulated reverb. It kills the Modulated setting of the RV-7.

For anything else, I'd say the RV-7 since the other reverb sounds on the RV-5 are pretty poor.
 

greenlander

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100 times better...
I had the boss,I liked it but when I used the RV-7....
Amazing...
I'm the exact opposite. Had the RV-7, thought it was "okay". Tried the Boss RV-5 and thought it was 100 times better. Best modulated reverb currently available IMO.
 

jzucker

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rv7 was the least impressive TGP hyped product I tried this year. It's a close 2nd to the bad monkey!

Seriously, the RV7 sounds only marginally better than the digiverb. At least in spring mode. I'm sorry but I just don't hear those vaunted lexicon algorithms.
 

papersoul

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My buddy brought over his RV-7 tonight. Comparing the two....the Boss's modulated setting destroys the RV-7 and that is my main setting! Now, I thought it was a toss up between the Hall setting on both, but overall....I prefer the Boss. It rocks! :)

My friend is a rack snob and we both agree the Boss wins hands down over the RV-7. I even asked some family members who have no clue which sounds better without looking and they said the Boss. I know I like my Boss better than my rack unit....and my Rocktron. I thought the RV-7 was a wasted product.
Right on, the Boss 100 times better than the Digitech.

I am keeping the Wet Reverb on my rador and maybe grab one in a few months.
 
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big jilm

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I had the Hardwire reverb for about a week. Didn't like anything except the plate setting, which wasn't bad. Opted for the simpler, better sounding Malekko Spring Chicken, which suited my reverb needs better. That said, I did think the Hardwire sounded better than the Boss - and I'm no Boss hater - have two of their pedals that get used.
 

jzucker

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it only has one reverb. It's a spring reverb with a hint of plate. It sounds extremely natural. Actually better than the reverb in my '72 super reverb which is incredible. No tone suck, extremely transparent sounds great for distortion or clean, can do surf or ambient, does feedback, etc. Check out the demo I did of it. The RV-7 is just meh. RV-5 spring is pitiful.
 

papersoul

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Thanks! IN a few months, I'll pick one up to compare! If that good, the EV-5 will go up for sale. The thing is...I love the Boss RV-5 for the killer Modulate setting! Sounds great on clean and leads!
 




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