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bdcaron

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Budget reverb recommendations?
« on: June 26, 2005, 12:34:04 am »

I have a Mackie SR 32/4, 4 mackie SR 450s, 2 Mackie 1501's.  I'm looking for a low cost simple reverb to use for an 11 piece horn band.  We don't need all the fancy effects just some simple reverb for the singer.

Less is more - cheap easy to use is what I'm looking for.

Thanks
Bruce
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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2005, 08:10:34 am »

Having a sax player with no delay+reverb means no Kenny G for you.

TC Electronic M300.
$200 some places.
Multi FX unit, but the reverbs are sweet.
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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2005, 10:05:19 am »

Thanks god!!
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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2005, 06:36:44 pm »

a couple of options would be the yamaha rev 500 or the lexicon mpx550 both are good units and really easy to use
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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2005, 06:58:18 pm »

Go to ebay and find an ORIGINAL Alesis Microverb. It's the 1/3 space one with a preset named "reverse". You can probably find all you want, for about $50.00 each

Really.

I mean it.

This may just be folklore, but I will tell the story anyway...

Once upon a time, a little company named Alesis made a little bitty 16 preset reverb named the Microverb. They sold enough of them for another, more established company who shall remain nameless (their initials are L.E.X.I.C.O.N.) to take notice. The bigger, more established company claimed that the numbers running around the little reverb's innards were way too close to what they already had running around the innards of their products. The upstart new company said "Gee wizz...sorry about that", and in an effort to not  have to get to know the names of the older established company's lawyers, they apologized and made the MicroverbII, with a whole new set of numbers running around the innards. They did keep the really cool 3-color LED Pilot Light/Meter/Overload thingie.

Like I said, this might just be folklore, but I can't figure out why someone would make up such a convoluted story to sell a discontinued piece of gear.

"Hey! These reverbs are cool, but the ones we don't make anymore are Way Cooler!"

I think these guys went on to make some sort of weird-ass tape recorder that used video tape or something.

Dave "perpetuating the lies" Dermont

P.S. Does anyone know the story behind the Alesis Wedge?
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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2005, 08:40:42 pm »

About the "Wedge". I don't know anything about them except that several years ago I really wanted one but G.C. was all out because it was on sale due to being discontinued. I had forgotten all about that thing til you said something about it. In case anyone wants to know, there is one on ebay right now for about 15 bucks USD.

I do have a lexicon MPX500, and I am sure that it is similar to the 550 that someone else mentioned. I am in the market for a TC unit in the near future to sit next to it if that says anything. It's not that I don't like it, I just want another FX unit or 2.

For what it's worth.

ATL Dave
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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2005, 10:26:41 pm »

AnotherDave wrote on Wed, 29 June 2005 15:58

Go to ebay and find an ORIGINAL Alesis Microverb. It's the 1/3 space one with a preset named "reverse". You can probably find all you want, for about $50.00 each

Really.

I mean it.


I still regret selling mine to Jeff Connolly of Boston's Lyres.

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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2005, 04:00:16 pm »

I was lucky enough to get one of the Alesis Wedge reverbs from GC while they were on sale for being discontinued.  $99 for a previously $500 piece of equipmetn seemed like a good deal to me.

I have loved the thing ever since.  I do have some complaints, but sound quality and amount of control are not on the complaint list.  The sound is one of the best I have ever heard, and it offers up to 24 individually adjustable parameters on some of the programs.

My complaints are that the thing feels cheap.  It's all plastic with plastic TRS connectors on the back/bottom.  To me, they could have charged a few dollars more and put the thing in a solid metal case with all metal TRS jacks (or XLRs).
Second, I wish that I could take the innards out and put it in a rack mount chassis.  The "desktop" style is nice, but it really gets in the way.  I know it's supposed to sit on top of the mixer, but I always find it in the way of something that I have to adjust.  Thirdly, dragging a power cable, and three or four balanced TRS cables across the top of my mixer to the Wedge is not something that I care much for.  I would rather have seen them put the "guts" in a rack mount chassis with just a simple control surface using a single wire that sat on top of the mixer.

However, I bought it for the sound quality, which for $99 at the time, couldn't be beat.

Oh...and it has a tap button. Smile

Jeff
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Re: Budget reverb recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2005, 05:49:36 pm »

bdcaron wrote on Sun, 26 June 2005 05:34

I have a Mackie SR 32/4, 4 mackie SR 450s, 2 Mackie 1501's.  I'm looking for a low cost simple reverb to use for an 11 piece horn band.  We don't need all the fancy effects just some simple reverb for the singer.

Less is more - cheap easy to use is what I'm looking for.

Thanks
Bruce


A horn band is missing a lot without slap delay capability. Sax ..IMO..always needs a 1/4 or 1/2 note delay.The TC M-300 can do verb and tap delay..easy to use and sounds good.
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