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.