The Reverb Type
DVR2 offers a pristine generic reverb with true vintage flavor. Generic Reverb is complementary to Source Reverb.
The term is used to describe a flattering sustain effect, which can be added to many sources of a mix. It produces little character but also does no harm, because the effect is blurred or washed out. Instead, it adds a good sense of spaciousness and more or less pronounced modulation.
Generic reverb is primarily a flattering sustain effect which can be added to many sources of a mix, or a complete stereo or multi-channel stem. It adds little character but also does no harm, because the effect is blurred or washed out.
If early reflections are offered, there are only few of them and they play a rudimentary role. Therefore, a strong localization is not imposed on the signal, which is what you want when one reverb is used on many sources. For a graphical artist, the equivalent tool to generic reverb would be a paintbrush.
Generic Reverb Pros
1st choice for composite, mixed material and stems.
1st choice when used with multichannel joystick on console or DAW.
1st choice for adding to classical main microphone pick-up.
Works well on moving sources.
Prettier than life.
Quick and easy to use.
Generic Reverb Cons
Blurring takes away character from individual sources.
Pitch modulation may be a problem with some material.
Mono compatibility often compromised to obtain extra width.
Imaging inferior to source based reverb.
Full Screen - Overview
The DVR2 has one simple edit page with direct access to all parameters. On the top you find the preset selector, where you can scroll through the presets.
This is where you adjust the main parameters of the reverb: the decay time, the decay multiplier for the low- and high end and the pre delay time.
"Trim Lo Freq" is a subtle damping of selected frequencies in the lower end.
"Hi Cut" is the DVR2´s HiCut and can be used to limit or extend the overall frequency spectrum.
"Hi QScale" corresponds with the small pot-meters inside older reverbs used to equalize sound differences caused by electric component-tolerances. Use the Q-scale in combination with the HiCut Frequency to shape the treble to your personal flavor.
Lo Res" switches the DVR2 to a lower bit-resolution. This adds an older, grainier sound with noise, giving a simulation of various vintage reverbs.
"Input Trans" emulates the sound of input transformers typically used in vintage reverbs. Use it to create a warm vintage-like sound. Especially good for short decay times.
"Modulation" sets the depth of the modulation. Normal is set to 100%. Increase if you like a more liquid, chorus-like sound.
"When you press "Vintage Reset", the filter and misc. parameters are reset to values according to "vintage specs". This will set the DVR2 to sound very close to the sound of a perfectly aligned EMT 250, using more DSP power to mimic artifacts of old hardware. Listen carefully to the overall mix impression when using this, and use the A/B to compare. There is no right and wrong.