Boss RV-500 Reverb Pedal
Put 21 different reverb effects under your feet with the BOSS RV-500 pedal, intended primarily for electric guitar. Rooms, halls, plates, springs, it’s all here, alongside more esoteric processes, such as octavized shimmering, as well as the characterful Lo-Fi, Slowverb, and Storm. Classic Roland units have also been emulated, such as Space Echo (the RE-201), and SRV, based on the SRV-2000, a popular unit in the 1980s. The RV-500 provides its sound using 32-bit AD/DA conversion, 32-bit floating-point processing, and sampling rates of 96 kHz.
With a panoply of parameters in every effects type, you’ll be able to control your tone to an extensive and deep degree. In addition to dedicated panel knobs for pre-delay, effect level, and tone, you’ll also be able to perform extensive editing via the LCD screen and quadrumvirate of push-buttons. A tap tempo/control footswitch offers more in the way of on-the-fly manipulation. A and B footswitches not only provide bank selection tools—they also give you the ability to engage two reverb as once in a variety of modes (series, parallel, and parallel to different amps/destinations come to mind).
In terms of I/O, the RV-500 gives you a bevy of possibilities, what with its dual inputs for stereo instruments, dual outputs, expression/control jack, and MIDI I/O. All in all, you’ll find 297 built-in patch memories in the unit itself, though you can also interface via USB with Editor/Librarian software on your computer for remote editing, storing your custom patches, and more. This pedal runs on four AA batteries, or by means of a power adapter, available separately.
A/B Simul Mode and Independent DelayBy means of its DSP engine, the RV-500's Dual mode provides two independent reverbs at once; you can feed them both with a full-range input, or with divided frequency ranges on each input to build rich, multi-range sounds. And when you employ A/B Simul mode, you can use any two RV-500 reverb patches at the same time, with your choice of series or parallel connection order and mixed or split A/B output. What's more, each patch also includes a digital delay with a full set of parameters including modulation and EQ, plus the ability to set the reverb and delay effects for series or parallel operation on a per-patch basis.
Intensive Real-Time ControlThe RV-500 offers freely assignable switches and extensive real-time controls. By default, the A, B, and TAP/CTL switches offer control for patch/bank selection and bypass, plus tap tempo or real-time adjustment of one or more parameters. However, the switches can be customized to access three different mod patches, A/B Simul mode, and other functions. Via the rear-panel CTL 1,2/EXP jack, you can plug in up to two footswitches for further control, or an expression pedal to adjust wah, effect rate, and other parameters. MIDI I/O is also included, enabling further creative possibilities with advanced setups.
Key Features at a Glance
- Effects delivered with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating point processing, and 96 kHz sample rate
- 12 modes and 21 modulation types, all with extensive editing parameters
- Wide range of reverbs, including emulations of notable Roland units
- A/B Simul mode for using two patches at once, with your choice of series/parallel connection, mixed, or split A/B output
- Selectable carryover function allows reverb tails to continue with patch change or effect bypass
- DSP provides independent digital delay with modulation along with each reverb patch
- Graphic LCD and intensive real-time control options
- 297 onboard patch memories and hands-on controls
- Selectable buffered-bypass or true-bypass operation
- MIDI I/O for interfacing with MIDI control devices
- USB-MIDI for connecting to the MD-500 Editor/Librarian or a DAW
- Runs on four AA-size batteries or PSA-series AC adapter (available separately)
RV-500 Modes and Algorithms
- Room: Small, medium, large, and ambience
- Hall: 3 different hall sizes
- Plate: Classic studio-style reverberation
- Spring: Choose from one to three springs
- Shimmer: 2 voices of pitch-shifted reverb
- Fast Decay: Esoteric reverb with quick decay for increased clarity
- Early Reflection: 4 types with envelope parameters to shape sound in a quirky manner
- Non-Linear: Includes gate, reverse, and granular types
- SFX: 3 characterful reverb types for special effects called Lo-Fi, Slowverb, and Storm
- Dual: 2 independent reverbs that can accept a full-range or frequency-divided input
- SRV: Recreates the Roland SRV-2000, a classic rack reverb from the 1980s
- Space Echo: Recreates the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, a coveted tape-echo unit