VanAmps Reverbamate (miracle reverb)

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by DestroyAllGuitars, May 19, 2005.


  1. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Had to post this out of sheer excitement due to tonal bliss.
    The VanAmps Reverbamate reverb pedal is IMO without a
    doubt the best thing to happen to non reverb amps ever. This
    pedal will give any 2 input or 2 channel amp one of the most
    gorgeous reverb sounds I've ever heard. It's an analog spring
    reverb based pedal and I've just ordered a 3rd one. I urge
    anyone looking to add reverb to a non reverb amp to try this
    pedal. This is the holy grail for reverb pedals.

    I've been getting them from Musictoyz.com, whom I just ordered
    another from moments ago.

    I would have to say that this is my favorite pedal of all time.
     
  2. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,044
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    VT
    Hey Cliff, are these basically like most reverbs which (TO ME) can't be in front of HI-GAIN amps? Keep in mind , I've owned a Kendrick Tank, and a Realtube 12 spring reverb, (still have a BOss RV2) , and have lots of studio rack pieces. I have never found a delay or reverb I can use in front of HI-GAIN amps.. (Obviously 1 man's hi-gain is another man's lo-gain) but I think you know what I mean. Are these basically the same or would they work at full rock -bar-band volume in front of a gainy amp. Or are they best as most are in front of lower gain amps , or post-preamp-gain in fx loops? THanks for any info.. That's great that you're loving them ; they look great! ERIC
     
  3. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Worked so well in front of my Tophat Emplexador 50 that I
    bought 2 more. The trick is that you put the wet output into
    a separate input or channel and then blend the amount of
    reverb from the pedal. I have found the reverb output control
    to be sensitive enough to work with high gainers. If you plan
    on channel switching, than you would run into the age old
    problem of having too much effect on the high gain channel
    if the effect output was originally set for the clean channel. Any
    front end pedal will have that problem, but if you are just using
    this pedal on a dedicated high gain channel, the output is
    sensitive enough to give you a nice area to play within.
     
  4. duckbunny

    duckbunny Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,533
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2004
    Location:
    This side of Buridan's Ass.
    I use one with my Victoria 35310, and it's absolutely wonderful. Can't say enough positive things about it.



    -db
     
  5. ericb

    ericb Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,044
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    VT
    Thanks for the info Cliff. I appreciate it! ERIC
     
  6. Seegs

    Seegs Member

    Messages:
    10,088
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Location:
    Germany
    Can you use it with only one channel of an amp...or would you always have to use a 2 channel/input amp and blend the two channels/inputs together...??

    For example...I have a 64 BF Deluxe where the channels are in phase so I could blend it by combining both channels but I don't always want the hotter tones that blending both channels gives me and I end up using one channel more than the other or both together...

    I also have a Fargen Dual Classic with 2 different channels which are externally switched by an A/B/Y pedal so if I understand right I can only use the reverb on one channel but not on both...is the only way I could use this pedal with this amp by blending both channels or can I just use the wet output and connect it before the A/B/Y pedel so I can have reverb on both channels??

    How does it take to being driven by dirt or clean boost pedals...does it have enough headroom to keept the reverb/tone clear when being pushed by OD or boost pedals...

    Last but not least how is the bypassed sound and how does it react with buffered pedals before of after it...

    Sorry for all the questions but I think this pedal was designed for a specific purpose...two channels/inputs in phase and I don't really understand how I would use it with my setup...which is basically one channel/input at a time??

    I have two amps without reverb and have been looking for an external reverb to work into my setup and have tried the following reverb units...63 RI Fender Tank...Digiverb....Little Lanilei...EBS Dynaverb...Guytone MR2 and either they sucked tone...didn't handle dirt boxes well or the reverbs weren't that convincing so I have basically gone without!!

    The RM does sound interesting I just don't understand how I would use it in my setup as it does sound limiting in that it seems made for a 2 channel/input amp....unless I can just connect the wet channel before my A/B/Y switcher...??


    Chow,
    Seegs
     
  7. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Unfortunately, if you only connect the wet sound, that is all you
    will get, pure reverb. You need to feed 2 inputs and blend from
    the reverb unit or feed 2 channels and blend from the unit & or the amp. That is the only way to make this pedal work properly.
    Mind you, when blending channels, it can be set so that the
    slightest bit of channel blend is introducing a substantial amount
    of reverb so you can avoid having too hot a signal when combinig channels.

    I only tried pushing it with an OCD and it held up very well. I
    will try pushing it with a few others today and post the additional info on this thread.

    The bypassed sound is transparent. I had been placing the
    reverb last in the chain, as that isit's more traditional place,
    but I will also throw some pedals behind it to test their reaction.
     
  8. Seegs

    Seegs Member

    Messages:
    10,088
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Location:
    Germany
    Hi Cliff thanks a lot for the info...I'll looking forward to hearing about how it holds up to the other pedals...

    Chow,
    Seegs
     
  9. Bloomfield fan

    Bloomfield fan Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,204
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Indiana
    I used one for years with a Victoria champ with fantastic results. Sort of my Princeton reverb.
     
  10. dayn

    dayn Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,796
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2006
    They do make one for single input amps as well. Check out their website.
     
  11. theHoss

    theHoss Member

    Messages:
    1,248
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2005
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    They do make one called the SoleMate that works with single channels.
     
  12. Doug59

    Doug59 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,030
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Location:
    Central Florida
    I just purchased one (Solemate) about a week ago. Awesome sounding reverb. I'm using it with my Univalve.
     
  13. erer

    erer Member

    Messages:
    348
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Location:
    Lincoln, NE
    anyone have gut shots?
    i want to see inside this thing bad
     
  14. JLee

    JLee Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,141
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    The Solemate, like every other reverb unit, doesn't work well in front of an overdriven amp unless you want very, very subtle amounts of verb. I actually prefer the Spring Chicken. The Spring Chicken isn't as bright and has more decay avaialble.
     
  15. jawas

    jawas Member

    Messages:
    64
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    I sold my solemate once I got a spring chicken.
     
  16. Ambient Exposure

    Ambient Exposure Member

    Messages:
    991
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Location:
    Australia
    I put my spring chicken up for trade when I bought the soulmate. :aok
     
  17. JLee

    JLee Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,141
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    I sold my Reverbamate, Solemate and Spring Chicken and bought nothing.:p
     
  18. gopherbroke

    gopherbroke Member

    Messages:
    539
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
  19. Grant Ferstat

    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    12,022
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2006
    Location:
    Perth, at the end of the Earth...
    I can't afford anything at the moment and I ain't no spring chicken!
     

Share This Page