Most folks who hear the name Demeter immediately think of the manufacturer’s well respected gates and mic preamps. Yet, for several people at last year’s AES show in L.A, one of the winners was Demeter’s new stereo spring reverb, the RV-1 Real Reverb. This limited-edition unit is a pure pleasure to work with and should find a place in any studio that needs a quiet analog reverb with personality.
Designed by James Demeter, the RV-1 is a 2-channel unit that takes up one rackspace and is 10 inches deep. The bulletproof chassis houses two Accutronix spring reverb tanks, each containing six springs. For added flexibility, channel 1’s reverb tank has a decay time of 1.5 seconds, while channel 2 decays in 3.5 seconds. The tanks are shielded to reduce noise, and each channel has its own dedicated connections.