Sonic State Studio / Effects Units / YAMAHA REV 500

Average rating: 8.8/10 out of 10

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wild jagd from UK writes:
Nice and simple interface, very clear, bright display and a wide enough range of presets for most applications.

Sound is very subjective, but I found it a tad 'big' on some sounds when you use short reverb times - it does medium to long decay reverb better on the whole, sounds more natural at longer settings at least. Nice auxiliary FX to flavour the reverbs though, it can do deliberately artifical, spacy sounds with some flair.

Good connections round the back (balanced jacks and XLR, switchable levels) high-fidelity sound for the money and trivial to operate. I'd like a different method of selecting patches though, quite a bit of button-pushing to cycle through the presets. I'd have thought one of the shaft encoders could have been pressed into service for this at a touch of a button (like the one used for 'effect level' when the button is pressed).

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 15-May-02 at 8:43
nubey a Professional user from usa writes:
My main reverb too, wish the backwards reverb was as good as my old SPX90, but nonetheless it sounds brilliant. Not super natural but more of a high fidelty giant metal room. Big sounding but it has the digital sound which is noticable towards the end of the reverb. Excellent for techno, a little sloppy on drums but top notch for spacey-synth-pads and so forth.

Good price, display, UI, and design (nice black metal with blue paint on the faceplate).


Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Monday, 29-Jan-01 at 15:31
francesco a part-timer user from Germany writes:
We bought this unit some years ago mainly for live use to replace our former reverb device, a Lexicon Alex. The unit with it's 4 rotary knob's is very easy to use and the large display is a great help under live conditions. The sound quality is very, very good. I think we will use this unit for a long time

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 25-Jan-01 at 16:30
William Kurniadi a Professional user from Indonesia writes:
a Very good FX processor, the 32 bit internal processing and 20 bit AD/DA really give some edge to the sound sources with the right use,...the reverbs are dense, with lots of headroom and also incredibly quiet, I feel like I have Yamaha's Best Reverb Processor Pro R3 which is used in 02R, 03D, 01V available anytime on hand with a very good price! Good work yamaha,...

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Saturday, 07-Oct-00 at 1:48
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