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Is It Fender or The True Spring Reverb?

Is It Fender or The True Spring Reverb?

Can You Tell Which is a Fender ’65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb Amplifier and Which is The True Spring Reverb?

Our man Andy Martin over at Reverb.com just dropped an outstanding True Spring Reverb video. The video offers a blind comparison between the spring reverb and opto tremolo effects of our new True Spring Reverb pedal and those of a Fender ’65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb amplifier. Do you think you can tell which is which? Please go to the YouTube comments section and let us know what you think.

Andy Compares The True Spring Reverb with A Fender Deluxe Reverb

Also be sure and check out the Reverb.com blog for a brief history lesson on the development of spring reverb and where it stands today. We took great care in preserving the amazing qualities of vintage spring reverb tanks and the classic forms of guitar amp tremolo during the development of True Spring Reverb. We couldn’t be happier with how the pedal sounds, and the reaction we’ve heard from the first wave to True Spring owners has been amazing. Huge THANKS to all of y’all!

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Source Audio Trey Anastasio and the Ventris Dual Reverb

Source Audio Trey Anastasio and the Ventris Dual Reverb

This is exciting – we have it from reliable sources that Trey Anastasio is taking a pair of Ventris Dual Reverbs out on the road this summer. We have several HARDCORE Phish and Trey fans here at Source Audio, so the entire building is abuzz.

According to Ryan Chiachiere of the “Trey’s Guitar Rig” website, Trey is running a pair of Komet Trainwreck 60 Amps, each with its own Komet Ambikab speaker cabinet. The Ambikabs were designed specifically to run time based effects by including a dedicated effects loop, which maintains complete speaker separation between the guitar’s dry and wet signals. In those effects loops sit a pair of Ventris Dual Reverbs set to the True Spring reverb engine. It is a very unique set-up, LEARN MORE…

Premier Guitar Magazine Honors The Ventris Dual Reverb With Their “Premier Gear Award”

The Ventris Dual Reverb is finally making the rounds to the music gear publications and the reaction has been outstanding. We recently learned that the Ventris was honored with Premier Guitar Magazine’s coveted “Premier Gear Award.” We couldn’t be more grateful in accepting this prestigious award, many thanks to all the fine musicians over at PG!

Charles Saufley, PG’s Gear Editor concluded in his review that, “[The Ventris] does organic and old-school mechanical reverb with aplomb and in good taste. But the real joys are in combining Ventris’ voices and the ease with which you can embark on deep sound-sculpting adventures.” READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW…

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Source Audio – Is It Fender or Is It Ventris

Ryan Holding Source Audio Ventris

Source Audio – Is It Fender or Is It Ventris

60 Cycle Hum Asks: “Is It Fender or Is It Ventris?”

This past January at the NAMM Show we had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Ryan Burke from 60 Cycle Hum: The Guitar Podcast. Ryan quickly filled us in on his eternal quest for a reverb pedal that captures the elusive “drip” of a real Fender 6G15 outboard spring reverb tank. “I’m forever chasing that drippy dragon!”

A drippy spring reverb tone is THE sound for surf rock guitarists worldwide. Ryan, a true connoisseur of surf rock tones, is exactly the type of musician we aimed to convince with the Ventris Dual Reverb’s new Outboard Spring engine. He only had to play one note through the Outboard Spring to concluded, “They’ve freakin’ done it. It drips!!!” Click the video link below to hear 60 Cycle Hum’s side-by-side comparison of the Ventris and an actual Fender outboard spring tank. Can you tell which is which?

Fender Spring Reverb and the Ventris: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Make sure to keep an eye on the 60 Cycle Hum Youtube channel for the big reveal in this blind comparison. Also, if you want to hear the Outboard Spring engine in your own rig, it is available now with the Neuro Desktop Editor. It is a free download for Mac and Windows PCs. Check out our Neuro/Ventris blog for instructions on downloading the Outboard Spring to your Ventris.

The Ambience Maker

Chords Of Orion

After all this vintage spring reverb talk, how about we turn our attention to some ambient guitar? We were blown away by the new videos from our pal Bill Vencil (a.k.a. “Chords of Orion”). Bill’s Fripp/Eno inspired compositions are some of our favorite ambient recordings in the guitar world. If you are an explorer of sonic space, we urge you to check out the Chords of Orion demo of the Ventris Dual Reverb. Bill’s baritone guitar plugged into the Ventris with the TIME control turned way, way up is truly an inspiration. Enjoy…

Chords of Orion Demos the Ventris Dual Reverb

Bill is also one of the first guys to dive deep into the ambient possibilities of the Ventris Dual Reverb/Nemesis Delay combo. Make sure and check out his song, Anno Requiem – An Ambient Guitar Meditation. It features the Ventris, the Nemesis, a fuzz, a volume pedal, and a looper. It is a big, BIG sound.

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PRE-ORDER the Limited Edition Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb

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PRE-ORDER the Limited Edition Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb

Pre-order yours today – Available December 2017.

OVERVIEW

The Ventris Dual Reverb was a monumentally ambitious project. The 2016 release of the Nemesis Delay introduced an engineering plateau for Source Audio, but the Ventris Dual Reverb takes guitar effects engineering to new heights. This supremely intelligent pedal features two completely independent reverb processors, essentially housing a perfect pair of high-powered reverb pedals in a single box. It is the Ventris Dual Reverb’s powerful dual processing that sets the pedal apart from its predecessors and introduces a forward leap in sound quality and function. Why?

  • Dual Reverb Effects: The power to combine two reverb engines truly expands the ambient possibilities and unleashes the creative mind.
  • True Spillover: Seamless and unlimited “spillover” from one preset to the next is an enormous advantage in live situations. There are no limitations in terms of reverb type or the duration of the transition.
  • Massive Processing Power: Dual processing eliminates bloated all-in-one reverb programs. Instead of being forced to allocate 5% of the processing power to something vital and complex like the True Spring reverb, we can now dedicate 100% of the processor, opening the door to a new frontier of realism and sonic exploration.

Source Audio’s two man engineering team of Bob Chidlaw and Jesse Remignanti took extreme care in crafting the Ventris Reverb’s exceptionally spacious tones, covering all the bases from beautifully natural reverberations to haunting “unnatural” tones. The Ventris Dual Reverb includes 12 onboard reverb engines as well as an ever-expanding collection of reverb effects available via the Neuro Mobile App or Neuro Desktop Editor.

The True Spring engine takes full advantage of the Ventris Dual Reverb’s immense processing might, perfectly capturing the unmistakable “drip” of vintage spring reverb tanks. It was a massive undertaking, requiring a deep understanding of the physical characteristics of reverb springs, advanced experience in sound design, and exceptional processing power. Chief Scientist Bob Chidlaw drew upon all his knowledge and experience in the creation of the True Spring engine, from his days as head engineer at Kurzweil to the creation of Source Audio’s Soundblox 2 Dimension Reverb. The result is an exceptionally realistic sound that flawlessly captures all the subtleties and idiosyncrasies of classic spring reverb equipped amplifiers.

In addition to the True Spring engine, the Ventris delivers a comprehensive collection of perennial reverb favorites. The Plate reverb engine has the marvelously lush and diffuse effect found in classic plate fixtures from the late 1950s. There are also excellent simulations of natural acoustic spaces – choose from a range of room sizes starting with the warm and tight subtleties of the Room engine and advancing to the expansive reverberations of the gargantuan E-Dome. Finally, the Hall engine captures the lush sounds of high-powered rack units from the 1980s.

The Ventris also offers a fantastic collection of unnatural reverb effects. The Swell engine creates a reverb volume swell for gradually emerging pads of sound. Shimmer mixes in two pitch-shifting reverberations, adding a touch of angelic or demonic sheen. Reverse turns the verb around for a chilling and dramatic backmasking effect. The Offspring engine resurrects the forgotten “Laserverb” effect from early Kurzweil rack units — it is a unique retro-futuristic sound that conjures images of sci-fi battles from a galaxy far, far away.

The Ventris Dual Reverb also features a long list of mandatory control functions and introduces some bold new ones. The A+B toggle switch makes it super-easy to select between the pedal’s two signal processors or combine them into entirely unique dual reverb effects. Stereo Inputs and Outputs provide a mega-wide stereo spread for larger-than-life ambience. The OPTION Footswitch offers a variety of hands-free control options including preset scrolling, A to B processor toggling, reverb hold, runaway reverb, and tap tempo. The Ventris also features 8 onboard presets, full MIDI functionality (extending the preset number to 128), expression control, external preset switching, and more.

Finally the Ventris is compatible with the Neuro Desktop Editor and Mobile App. Connect the Ventris Dual Reverb to either of our Neuro Editors and choose from an expanding palette of additional reverb types. Use the Neuro’s advanced set of deep editing parameters to create highly customized reverb effects. Easily burn your edited tones directly to the any of the Ventris’s effect selector positions or to one of its 128 preset slots.

For more information, product details and to pre-order yours click here. 

Available December 2017.

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Source Audio Offers a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Development Process of the Ventris Reverb

Source Audio Offers a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Development Process of the Ventris Reverb

SOURCE AUDIO PRESS
April 6, 2017

Boston, MA – Following the success of the much-heralded Nemesis Delay, Source Audio has embarked on the creation of a highly anticipated follow up: the Ventris Reverb (scheduled for release in summer, 2017). In an informative behind-the-scenes video titled, Inside the Sound Laboratory with the Ventris Reverb, Source Audio’s Chief Scientist, Bob Chidlaw, sat down for an in-depth discussion on spring reverb and the development of the Ventris Reverb’s True Spring engine. The video breaks down the physics and mechanics of a real spring reverb tank and provides insight on what it takes to replicate the effect with digital signal processing.

Also included in the video is a blind listening test and Ventris Reverb giveaway. Source Audio recorded three sound clips: one with the Ventris and two others with real spring reverb tanks. The video asks viewers to pick which clip is the Ventris Reverb’s True Spring engine. All participants that guess correctly will be entered into a random drawing to win a Ventris Reverb.

In truth, Source Audio has a specific goal in this exercise. Rather than manipulating off-the-shelf digital reverb processors, Source Audio builds their effect engines from the ground up and engages in intense research and A/B testing before arriving at a final product. The SA engineering team has not reached the end of the True Spring engine’s development process and is looking for feedback on the work done so far. A Comments section on the contest’s landing page asks participants to ponder a pair of questions: “Was it easy or difficult pick our Spring Reverb engine from a line-up of real spring reverbs?” and “What did you hear in the clips that influenced your decision?” Source Audio will review the feedback and make design refinements as necessary.

The Ventris Reverb is a powerful stereo reverb pedal featuring 24 distinct effect engines ranging from classic Spring, Plate and Room sounds to advanced Shimmer, Modulation, and Pitch Shifting reverbs. The Ventris also features dual DSP hardware, eight onboard presets, true pre-set spillover, dual reverb stacking, stereo inputs and outputs, soft bypass (or “trails”), a unique hold function, full MIDI control, and deep editing functionality with the Neuro Mobile App (a free download for Android and iOS).

Like all pedals in the Source Audio One Series, the Ventris features an intuitive set of controls on the face of the pedal and a much larger set of editing parameters when connected to the Neuro Mobile App. Front panel controls include Pre-Delay, Time (which controls the length of the decay), Mix, and Tone (a high-frequency damping filter). The pedal also includes two variable knobs that change function depending on the nature of the selected Reverb engine. The Neuro Mobile App offers an additional set of reverb engines and an extended set of deep editing parameters. With the App users can edit highly customized presets then save and share them with other musicians in the Ventris/Neuro Community.

Take the Ventris Reverb Blind Listening Test and Giveaway

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Wizard Magic with Nick Reinhart & Juan Alderete

Wizard Magic with Nick Reinhart & Juan Alderete

Wizard Magic with Nick Reinhart & Juan Alderete | From Source Audio 15/10/2016

We really can’t say enough about Nick and Juan of PedalsAndEffects.com. Seriously, these guys make some of the most entertaining and informative pedal demo videos out there – even their episode on how to wrap guitar cables had us glued to the computer monitor. Both are effects pedal gurus and serious, serious musicians. Nick Reinhart plays in the incredible avant-rock band, Tera Melos (dig this, guitar freaks…), and Juan Alderete has been kicking it hard for years with a long list of killer bands including Racer x, Juliette Lewis, and the amazing Mars Volta (and this…). These dudes are no-joke.

So it goes without saying that we’re stoked about their new Nemesis Delay video. Yes, the Nemesis can blow minds with its dead-on tape and analog delay simulation, but that’s not of major interest to Juan and Nick – they want to find what lurks in far corners of our mysterious black box. It’s all about pitch shifting, reverse, bit crushing and rhythmic delays in this video – and yes, the Nemesis can go there, big time.

Check out Juan and Nick’s Nemesis demo…

And here is another cool truth – if you own the Nemesis, you can check out Juan and Nick’s custom presets. Just pull out your Neuro App and search the Web tab of the Browse Sounds page for presets by “juanalderete” and “nickreinhart.” These are some great, great presets that we think you will find totally inspiring – they certainly inspired us!

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Pete Thorn Rips It Up with the Nemesis Delay

Pete Thorn Rips It Up with the Nemesis Delay

Our old friend Pete Thorn is back with a killer demo of the Nemesis Delay. In the video Pete performs an amazing original guitar instrumental using five different Nemesis Delay tones, then breaks them down track-by-track. It’s lots of fun and the tones are excellent – we urge you to check out the demo.

Mr. Thorn is a busy, busy guy – making stellar demos is basically his “other” gig. Most of the time Pete is in the studio or on the road, lending his amazing guitar vision to great artists such as Melissa Etheridge and Chris Cornell or international mega-talents like Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi and Michel Polnareff. When you’re done hearing the amazing things Pete has done with the Nemesis Delay, make sure you visit his YouTube Channel and check out all the other cool stuff he’s up to. If you really want to go “full gear-geek,” tune in to an episode or two of Tim And Pete’s Guitar Show (with guitarist Tim Pierce) – it’s a blast for guitar nerds like us.

Premier Guitar Magazine Honors The Nemesis Delay with Their “Premier Gear” Award!

We are extremely proud to announce that the Nemesis Delay has been honored with Premier Guitar Magazine’s coveted “Premier Gear” Award with a 5-out-of-5 star rating for tone. Reviewer Charles Saufley raves, “Nemesis can shine dishing authentic slapback sounds at the grimiest, most beer-soaked punkabilly gig-or perform precise sound-sculpting functions in the hands of a top-tier producer or engineer in a state-of-the-art studio. The world of musical possibilities it makes available between those extremes is a joy to explore.”

We highly recommend that you read the review as well as check out the excellent Nemesis Delay demo video from Premier Guitar’s own guitar guru, John Bohlinger.

 

Read the review…

 

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News from Source Audio

News from Source Audio

David Gilmour Returns to Pompeii With A Little Help From the Source Audio Programmable EQ

David Gilmour Returns to Pompeii With A Little Help From the Source Audio Programmable EQ

We could not be more thrilled to learn that David Gilmour – one of our all-time guitar heroes – has added the Source Audio Programmable EQ to his live rig.

In fact, he’s added THREE Programmable EQs to his live rig. Gilmour recently returned to Pompeii – the site of his band’s 1972 documentary, Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii – for a once-in-a-lifetime (well… maybe a twice-in-a-lifetime) show in support of his amazing new record, RattleThat Lock. (Photo by Sarah Lee of The Guardian).

Find out more about David and how he’s using the Programmable EQ.

John Thomasson of Little Big Town Rocks The AfterShock Bass Distortion At Foxboro Stadium

John Thomasson of Little Big Town Rocks The AfterShock Bass Distortion At Foxboro Stadium

We recently had the great pleasure of visiting Foxboro Stadium to visit John Thomasson, the bassist of the multi Grammy winning band, Little Big Town. LBT was in town for a two night stay at Foxboro with country powerhouse, Luke Bryan. John has been rocking the AfterShock Bass Distortion since we met him at Summer NAMM in Nashville, back in late June.

Learn more about John and how he’s using the AfterShock.

The Soleman MIDI Foot Controller Is In Stores!!

The Soleman MIDI Foot Controller Is In Stores!!

The Soleman MIDI Foot Controller is the perfect addition to your Nemesis, HUB, or any other MIDI system for that matter, is now here. Send simple program change messages to your Source Audio pedals, while receiving preset titles directly from the HUB; create set lists to scroll through your presets without all that tap dancing; create custom macros to send a mass amount of program changes, continuous controller messages, and more to various MIDI channels simultaneously with the push of a button; convert CV data from your expression pedal to MIDI, and so much more!

Learn more about the Soleman.

Check Out the Latest Source Audio Demos

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New From Grace Design | The M108 and ALiX Pedal

New From Grace Design | The M108 and ALiX Pedal

We are pleased to introduce two new products from Grace Design. The M108 USB interface and the Grace Design Alix Pedal.

The Grace Design M108 is a 8 x 2 USB audio interface. The M108 features 8 highly musical microphone preamplifiers and 8 balanced analogue outputs. The transformerless transipedance preamplifier design provides unmatched ability when resolving complex waveforms and captures recordings with amazing depth and clarity.  The intergrated A/D conversion delivers digital waveforms to the workstation that are pure and beautiful. The M108 is simple to use with a single push-button rotary encoder for menu navigation and dedicated push buttons assigned to core functions.

The Grace Design ALiX is an all in one Instrument Preamplifier, DI, EQ and Boost pedal. The ALiX is built using the same roadworthy chassis as its larger sibling the FELiX. The powerful EQ section allows for simple and intuitive tone-shaping. The high-pass filter cuts 12dB per octave from 20Hz to 1kHz, and can also be set as a notch filter for chasing down problem feedback or rumble areas. Parametric midrange covers from 70Hz all the way to 8KHz, and fixed low and high controls are carefully voiced for musical shading of bass and treble. Also, the instrument input has a 3 position impedance switch to ensure your pickup system sounds it’s very best. The isolated DI output with our custom wound transformer delivers stunning clarity and bass response with incredibly low noise.

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