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BOSS Reverb Guitar Pedal (RV-6)
- Compact and versatile reverb pedal with rich, expansive soundDial in sophisticated, top-level reverb tones quickly with simple controlsNewly developed studio-grade algorithms powered by cutting-edge BOSS technologyEight sound modes provide a diverse range of ready-to-play reverb effectsShimmer, Dynamic, and Delay+Reverb modes deliver lush, immersive textures sought by modernplayersInput for controlling reverb level with an optional expression pedalSupports mono or stereo operation
- The Package Height of the Product is 4 inches
- The Package Length of the Product is 6 inches
- The Package Width of the Product is 6 inches
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Combining high-end sound and wide-ranging versatility, the RV-6 takes pedal-based reverb to the next level. Reaching beyond the capabilities of previous generations, this powerful stomp employs the latest Tech and legendary BOSS know-how to make it easy to get amazing reverb tones instantly. From subtle rooms to modern shimmer effects to long, evocative reverbs, the RV-6 envelops your tone in lush ambient spaces that endlessly inspire.
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The BOSS RV-6 has 8 modes, so I'll go through each briefly and give my impressions. There are also 3 knobs for effect level, tone, and time. Compared to the RV-5, most of the same reverb styles are available - including the popular modulated reverb mode which helped give the RV-5 such lasting appeal - but they removed the gated reverb and added "Dynamic", "Shimmer", and "Reverb + Delay". My primary basis for comparison is my DigiTech Hardwire RV-7 Stereo Reverb, which incorporates Lexicon algorithms and is excellent. It is a bit bulkier and heavier than the RV-6, to the extent that matters to you.
SPRING - This is a classic style of reverb found on many vintage amps (notably Fender, but many others), and while it's often associated with surf, it's broadly featured in countless subgenres within pop and rock. That being said, it isn't always easy to capture the metallic response of the spring as you hit strings more aggressively with a digital spring reverb, but I thoguht the RV-6 did a great job with it.
PLATE - Another vintage style of reverb, particularly popular in the 60's and 70's and noted for its pairing with higher gain rock sounds. Features a moderate amount of decay with a brighter tone than spring. I've actually started to appreciate it more and more, and it's done well on the RV-6.
HALL - Digital reverbs generally have no trouble simulating large hall reverberations, and the same applies to this pedal. Again, 5 of these modes were borrowed from the RV-5, but with some minor revisions/updating.
ROOM - It's great that the RV-6 features room reverb because it's an excellent alternative to the washed out sounds you get from so many other digital reverbs. It features a very short decay that sounds more like you're playing in small-to-medium-sized room, as opposed to an effect applied afterwards. My Hardwire RV-7 excels at this, but I thought the RV-6 did a great job as well.
MODULATE - This is the reverb mode perhaps most associated with BOSS reverb pedals, as it's somewhat unique from most vintage-inspired reverbs. It has a longer, dreamy decay with chorus-like modulation that swells and warbles subtly and extends the life of your notes and chords. It's really a beautiful effect, and a nice addition to the options found on this and other reverb pedals I've tried.
DYNAMIC - The Dynamic reverb on the RV-6 was an interesting concept, but one that didn't gel with me. Perhaps it's something you need to continue to tweak and get used to. The idea is that the amount of reverb increases when you play fewer notes, but decreases when you play a bunch of notes in succession. I think the goal is to dial back reverb at times when it would cause your tone to wash out, but I felt like it made chords and certain notes jump out in an artificial way.
SHIMMER - Shimmer is sort of the newer popular feature that so many reverb and delay pedals are scrambling to add (TC Electronic just added it to their Hall of Fame Reverb 2). It's difficult to describe, except that it sort of generates a polyphonic, harmonized accompaniment to your notes - almost like having a backing orchestra.
+ DELAY - This "reverb plus delay" mode is a cool feature that harkens back to the BOSS RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay pedal. I wasn't sure what to expect out of it because BOSS was a little vague in describing how it works, but it's actually a very straightforward reverb pedal that gives you control over the "feedback" (number of repeats) using the "TONE" knob, while the effect level increases the volume/intensity of the repeated notes. This is then layered on top of a reverb effect (which I believe is a "hall" reverb). The result is sort of an analog style delay, as the echoed notes themselves are subject to additional reverberation. I found it surprisingy easy to dial in, and quite convenient to be able to grab a single BOSS pedal, throw it in front of an amp or a mixer and have delay and reverb mixed in one pedal. Obviously, you'd get much greater depth throwing the delay pedal of your choice in front of the RV-6, and using the latter strictly for reverb.
The BOSS RV-6 is just a solid unit considering that it retails for $150.00. It certainly has the depth of features and quality of reverb to be considered a professional piece of gear, but if you're a semi-pro or even just a novice player looking for a solid reverb pedal that will last you for a long time, it's hard to find any fault with the RV-6. Especially considering that super-cheaper reverb pedals of any quality are usually pretty bad, or still around $100, so the RV-6 might be worth a look for just a bit more money. I should also mention that the current draw on a 9V power supply is only 65mA, which (I think) is surprisingly low for a digital reverb pedal. They actually claim 5 hours of battery life, which may be just enough to bother with it. All in all, this is an excellent reverb pedal, and just like any other BOSS pedal, it's hard to imagine not having use for it 10, 20, or even 30 years down the road.