VREV-666 Spring Reverb plugin emulates the hardware VREV-666 reverb, a vintage compact spring reverb unit manufactured in the 1960s for the BBC.
The plugin version of the VREV-666 expands on the original’s feature set by adding a mix knob, a pre-delay control, and a simple EQ. The pre-delay goes up to 150 ms, which is fine, but it would be handy to have the option for longer pre-delays.
Another welcome addition is the built-in limiter which prevents internal digital clipping. Its threshold is controlled by the Effect Limiter knob, and the green GR light bulb indicates that the limiter is active.
Spring reverbs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. They have a distinct sound quality that is unrealistic but, at the same time, undeniably charming and unique. Spring reverb is one of the main “secret spices” in genres like reggae and dub.
The thing about spring reverb plugins is that most of them don’t capture that authentic sound of hardware spring reverb units. I found the majority of virtual spring reverbs to sound too clean and lifeless.
VREV-666 sounds much closer to what I’d expect from a real spring reverb. The reverb algorithm is spot-on, and the Tone control works great for fine-tuning its character.
You can download VREV-666 Spring Reverb for free from the product page linked below. A valid email address is required to sign up for a Fuse Audio Labs user account.
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Download: VREV-666 Spring Reverb (2.8 MB download size, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & macOS)