MXR M300 ReverbReverb:  Reverb is created when soundwaves from any sound source reflect off surfaces in a room causing a large number of reflections to reach your ear so closely together that you can’t interpret them as individual delays.  Simpler:  Tiny echoing decays that become more pronounced in a larger space.

Simplest Definition:  Echoes in a tin can.


Video Explanations:

Video: Reverb vs. Delay Sounds


Types of Reverb:

Plate Reverb:  One of the very first artificial means of replicating reverb was the plate reverb. This was actually a roughly 4×8-foot steel plate suspended in a frame and stretched extremely tight. A speaker driver attached to one end of the plate would make it vibrate. These vibrations would travel through the plate similarly to soundwaves through a room, and be picked up at the other end of the plate by a microphone that worked by capturing vibration instead of soundwaves in the air.  The tighter the plate, the longer the decay.

Spring Reverb:  Just like Plate Reverb, Spring Reverb was created mechanically by sending the signal electrically through springs instead of a plate.  Many amplifiers with built in reverb use spring reverb.  It has a distinct, splashy sound all it’s own and has become synonymous with surf music due to the heavy amount used.

Spring Reverb vs. Plate Reverb Demonstration


Effect Pedal Examples:

Plate Reverb Pedal: Catalinbread Talisman

Spring Reverb Pedal: Anasounds Element with Reverb Tanks


Common Internal Components:

Written Articles:

Fender Tech Talk: Reverb


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