Re: [AH] Modular spring reverb quality

From Drew Neumann
Sent Fri, Mar 21st 2008, 18:53

The Modcan might be worth a look too.  Or find a used early 80's Fostex 
spring unit (they made a nice rack one).

Another Drew
On Mar 21, 2008, at 10:03 AM, drew wrote:

> 	So. I really miss my spring reverbs... I'm trying to avoid the whole 
> "buy several old units, keep one, spend months reselling the rest" 
> cycle that I perpetuated for many years, so I've been thinking about 
> getting a MODULAR spring verb.
> 	I have some questions though. What's the quality like on the various 
> companies' modules? I have both a Eurorack and a dotcom system. My 
> dotcom has a big hole in the upper-right, so it'd be perfect, if it 
> sounds right. Euro would be fine, but I'd have to hack a hole in it to 
> access the spring ins/outs, which would look a little booty.
> 	Other options would be the Doepfer reverb, or (maybe) the Demeter 
> Real Reverb. The problem with the Demeter being that I wouldn't want 
> to hit it with DC or kick it around, which is half of the fun of 
> having a spring reverb. It's also a lot more expensive. I'm sure it 
> sounds good, too, but does it sound TOO good? Did they design the 
> spring out of the spring reverb?
> 	Something I've also wanted to try is switching up spring tanks on the 
> same reverb. I don't mind sourcing/buying a few different 
> Accutronics/whatever-brand tanks and altering them at my leisure... 
> Don't remember if it was the Allen Strange book or somewhere else, but 
> I recall some patch being made with a spring-verb tank that was 
> stuffed full of cotton. This killed the longer reflections and was 
> used for a string timbre. I'd imagine it would be nice to put some 
> different sources through it to add interesting harmonics without the 
> grossness/bleed that a ring-modulator adds to the signal.
> 	Back in the day I spent a lot of time building electro-acoustic verbs 
> and quasi-instruments to play and sample. I used to have a shitload of 
> scavenged electrical and mechanical parts, so it was essentially free. 
> And fun. These days I lack the time to meticulously glue 
> contact/electret mics to old springs, and I lack the springs, and I 
> lack an electronics workshop, and, well, let's be honest, I lack 
> patience and a good attitude. The rest of the list is off-topic so 
> I'll stop here. :)
> 	drew
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