Why do so many reverb pedals omit a tone knob?

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  1. dnauhei

    dnauhei Member

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    I like dark reverb and most pedals will not work for me because they lack a tone knob. Is it really so difficult to incorporate one into a pedal?
     
  2. Footbutt

    Footbutt Supporting Member

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    my Space has plenty 'o knobs!

    but i understand. tone shaping in Reverb is key, in my opinion.
     
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    Thats one of the main reasons I got the Boss FRV-1. I roll the tone all the way off, and it still sounds springy, without being bright and piercing. I probably couldn't use it without the tone knob. I play into dirty amps with boost pedals, and these conditions easily aggravate reverb pedals, especially the treble frequencies. However, into a clean amp, the FRV-1 sounds great with the tone control around halfway.
     
  4. teleclem

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    I think that there are a lot of guys that just want a simple (1-2 knob) reverb.

    That said, I do like tweaking. And that's why I like my Space. :)
     
  5. JoeE

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    The treble cut mod is super easy on most reverb pedals. I did to on my chicklet and now it sounds much much better IMO.
     
  6. jnepo1

    jnepo1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Why would you need a tone knob on a reverb pedal? There are tone controls on most amps as well as other pedals, it's over thinking. Just play! Do you find tone knobs on built in reverb units?
     
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    The Dr. Scientist reverberator has 'dark' presets built in. I like it for a live/practice situation.
     
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    Sorry to disagree. One would need a tone knob on a reverb pedal because the tone of the reverb is too bright or dark. Nothing the amp tone knobs could fix. There are fine examples of amps that allow control of the built-in reverb tone, post-preamp. In fact, it is one plus with my own amp head and I take advantage of it for different styles. It isn't "over thinking" if a reverb pedal's tone is too bright or dark and therefore not usable. I for one didn't use the internal reverb in two previous amps at all because it wasn't useable but would have been if I could've dialed down the highs. And the pedals that I sought had some sort of tone conrol. The pedals that didn't? I passed on.
     
  9. Whalestone

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    Tone King Meteor/II:
    "A 12AX7 tube driven reverb receiver allows for shaping the sound of the reverb signal with its own reverb tone control"
    http://www.toneking.com/products/meteorII/index.html
     
  10. therealzeke

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    +1 love the FRV-1!
     
  11. Jove

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    The famous outboard tanks of the 60's, which are arguably what a good percentage of the "spring" style pedals are trying to emulate, do in fact have tone knobs. And in my opinion, it is one of the greatest advantages of an outboard spring reverb to have the shaping options. There are LOTS of sounds in a simple spring reverb as long as you can adjust the parameters.

    J
     
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    I agree, the liveliness knob is important on my RV7, I keep it below 12.
     
  13. midwayfair

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    Hmmm, maybe that's one reason people might want a reverb pedal instead of just using their amp's reverb?
     

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