- Published: 30 June 2019 30 June 2019
Hey, everyone! Hope your summer is going well.
It has been a little quiet lately, but our R&D logjam is starting to break loose. Today we announce our new Ratverb module. The Ratverb compares to the Realistic Electronic Reverb 32-1110. The original unit was intended to add a reverb effect to just about anything you could plug into it, such as record players, TVs, microphones, instruments, and audio components. It had a Mic In and a Line In. If you used the Mic input which was intended for instruments and other gear with a quarter inch jack, then you had control of the overall input gain with the Mic Level control. At low levels you get a “small room” analog reverb, based on the old Panasonic MN3207 bucket brigade delay chip. But as you turn up the Mic Level, it quickly began clipping and distorting. About halfway up was a nice overdrive sound, a little further was heavier distortion, and full up you got a nasty, spluttery, rude fuzz, sounding very similar to the Maestro FZ-1 Keith Richards used for the riff of riffs in “Satisfaction”.
The Ratverb closely follows the original circuit design and behaves the same way. With the Gain on zero, you get a slightly warm reverb with just a hint of extra grit and a slight boost. Turning the Gain up goes through all the levels of OD, distortion, and fuzz, just like the original. Although technically a delay, the very short delay time makes it difficult to use as a delay. It’s best as an analog reverb, giving a “small room” model, with or without the dirt.
It's sort of an odd pairing – boost/OD/distortion/fuzz with an analog reverb, but also oddly addictive. Cranking it up with a strat will definitely give you some satisfaction!
Check out all the details for the Ratverb. And keep an eye on FB for more upcoming announcements!