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Introduction/Technical requirements

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Recording the Guitar

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Working with ReValver® MK III

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The Modules

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Complete amplifiers

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Pre-amplifiers

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Power amplifiers

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Stomp boxes/Pedals

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Speakers/Cabinets

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General Effects

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Miscellaneous Utilities

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Tweaking Modules

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MIDI Control and automation

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Plug in automation

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Finding a good sound/FAQ

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License and copy protection

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Credits and Copyrights

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Introduction

Congratulationsonyourpurchaseof ReValver®MKIII! ReValverMKIIIisarevolutionary64-bit amplifiermodelingsoftwarethatcapturesthetruecharacteristicsofvacuumtubeswhileallowingusersunprecedentedcontrolovertheirtonalityandgainstructures. ReValverincludes65 incrediblelinkablesubmodulesthatmodellegendaryamplifiers, stompboxesandrackeffects, makingReValverMKIIIthemostadvancedvirtualamplifierontheplanet! This programworks

bothasastandaloneusingmiscellaneoussoundcarddrivermodels,orasVST/AUplug-insonvari- oushosts.Theprogramisdesignedforminimallatency(input/outputdelay)whichisonlylimited bytheplug-inhost.

Technical requirements

Mac

OS:MacOSX10.4.X(PPC,Intel)

CPU:G4orlater.1GHz minimum forsatisfactoryusage(certainpresetsrequiremoreCPUcapac­ ity).

TheLiveHostofReValverMKIIIrequiresCoreAudioforplayback,andMIDIforMIDIcontrol.(MIDI optional.)

AUplug-inrequiresAUhost.

VSTplug-inrequiresVSThost.

PC

OS:MicrosoftWindows2000/XPorlater

CPU:IntelPentiumII,AMDAthlonorlater.1GHz minimum forsatisfactoryusage(certainpresets­ requiremoreCPU)

TheLiveHostofReValverMKIIIrequireeitherASIO,MME,WDMorDirectSoundforplayback, andMIDIforMIDIcontrol.(MIDIoptional.)

VSTplug-inrequireVSThost.

Compatibilityissues

WhileeverymeasurehasbeenmadetoresolveanycompatibilityissueswithvariousVST/AU hostsandsoundcards,someissuesmayremain.Ifyoubelieveyouhavefoundanewcompatibilityproblem,pleasebrowsetowww.peavey.com/products/revalver. Thereyouwillfindproduct updatesanduserforums.

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LoadingtheVSTorAU plug-inintotheDAW

OnaMac,aplug-inintheVSTorAUformatisautomaticallylocatedbythehostandnoaction needstobetakenfortheVST/AUhosttofindtheReValver®plug-in.Itshouldbeautomatically listedamongtheavailableplug-insafterarescan.

InWindows,itispossibletoinstalltheVSTplug-inatanylocation.TomaketheVSThostawareof thislocationitmustmanuallybepointedto.DuringtheinstallationofReValver,youaregivena choiceoflocationtoinstalltheVST(separatefromthestand-aloneversion).Werecommended thatyouinstallReValvertoalocationyouhavealreadyusedwiththehost.MostDAWsprovidea meanstolistavailableVSTpaths.

Forexample:

Reaper:

Menu:Options->Preferences->Plug-ins->VST

Press“Add”tobrowsetotheVSTpathwheretheReValverVSTisinstalled.Youthenpress“Rescan directory.”

WhenthehostrecognizesReValver,youshouldinserttheprogramoneachtrackthatyouwishto useit.ThismethodvariesbetweenDAWs.

RecordingtheGuitar

RecordingaGuitarisnotaseasyasitmightseem,butitdoesn’thavetobedifficult.IfyourGuitar isnotpoweredbyabattery(andveryfeware),thenitisgeneratinganelectricalsignalwhichis not compatiblewithmostsoundcards.

Therearecommonelectricalstandardsbetweenaudiogear,andunfortunatelytheGuitarfalls completelyoutsidethosestandardsbecauseitispassive.TheelectricalsignalfromtheGuitaris theresultofthemovementofmetallicstringsoveramagneticpickup,andthisisrarelyaccept­ ableasanelectricalsourcewhenyouconnectitdirectlytoacomputersoundcard.

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ConnectingtheGuitartothesoundcard

HerearethreewaystoconnectyourGuitartothecomputer:

1)Thesimplestoptionisto hookituptothesoundcardLine-Injackusingasuitableconnector, usu­allya1/4”to1/8”adapter.Theadvantageisthatyoudon’thavetobuyanyadditionalgear (exceptmaybethecableadapter)butthesoundisnotideal,probablynotevengood.Thereason forthedullandboringsoundisduetoanimpedancemismatch.

Thesoundcardinputisdesignedtoacceptinputfromelectricaldeviceswhichhaveadequate drivingsignal;aGuitardoesnothaveenoughsignal.Theinputimpedanceofasoundcardisinthe orderofafewthousandohms(kOhm),whileideally,youwantittobearoundamil­lionohms(1 megohm).

2)Anotheroption istouseaDirect(D.I.)boxorPreamp. DIstandsforDirectInputorDirect Interface.Itisanelectricallypoweredboxthatcanbeusedtomatchtheinputimpedanceofthe soundcardandtheoutputimpedanceoftheGuitar.ThesimplestDIboxcouldcostaround$20, butthereareboxesthatcouldeasilycost$200ifyouwantallthe“extras,”too. ADIboxhasaHi-Z input,(“Z”istheunitofImpedance;HighImpedanceinput,inotherwords).Torecord,youjust plugtheDIboxdirectlyintothecomputerLine-Injack.

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3)Themiddleroad,whichprobablywon’tcostyouanything,butcouldbealmostasgoodasaDIbox,istheuse ofanordinarystompbox,whichinfactisasortof DIbox.Itcouldbeapedalofanykind;adistortionpedal, chorus,echo,etc.,aslongas:

a)Itiselectricallypowered,andyouactuallyusethebatteryorpowersource

b)Youuseitinbypassedmode,i.e“off”

c)Itisnot a“truebypass”device,(Inotherwords,in“off”mode,ifthesounddisappearswhenyouremovethe

battery,thenitisadevicethatyoudo want to use asaDIbox)

AGuitarpedalisobviouslyadevicewhichisdesignedtobeusedwithaGuitar.Torecord,justplugthepedal directlyintothesoundcardLine-In. Adjusttheoutputlevelsonthepedal. AGuitarpedalisanexampleofa devicewithaHi-Zinput.IfyoucouldfindanotherdevicewithHi-Zinputs(“Instrumentinput“)youshouldtry thataswell.

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4) Thebestoptionis,ofcourse,topurchaseagoodqualityDigitalAudioInterface. ThereareseveralonthemarketmadespecificallyforGuitarforunder$100. LookforadevicewithASIO (audiostreaminput/output) drivers,whichisanindustrystandardandwillworkwellwithReValver®MKIII. Afteryouinstallthedevice,theAudioDevicesmenuundertheFilemenuwill allowyoutochoosethatdeviceforinputandoutput,thentheControlPanelbuttonwillbe activated,andserveasalinktoyourdevice. Sincetherearesomanyavailableoptionsonthe market,itisimpossibleforustocommentonthespecificsofaparticularproduct. Justkeepin mindthatmostASIO-drivenaudiointerfacesoperateinasimilarfashion,andthecontrolpanel willenableyoutomakechangestothebuffersize,changingthelengthoftimethecomputerhas tomakecalculations,andresultinginmoreorlesslatency. Generally,thesmallerthebuffersize, thelowerthelatency. However, youwillhavetoexperimentwithbuffersizestofindtheoptimumsettingsforyourcomputer,basedonyourprocessorspeedandamountofmemory.

Awordaboutlatency

Latencyisatechnicaltermthatbasicallymeansforthetimelapsebetweenplayinganoteand hearingit. WhenusingReValverasastandaloneprogram,youneedtosetthelatencytoaslowa numberasyourcomputerwillallow. IfyouareusingyourPCorMac’soriginalfactorysound card,youarealmostguaranteedtohavelatencyissues.Itreallydoesmakesensetogetahighqualitysoundcard,andtherearemanymodelsavailableatvariouspricelevels.

ReValverbyitselfdoesnotcontrolhowmuchlatencyyouwillexperiencewiththeprogram, neitherthestand-alonenortheplug-in.(Inplug-inmode,thelatencyiscontrolledentirelybythe DAW). Tocontrolthelatencyinstand-alonemode,youareadvisedtosettheappropriatenum- bersinthesoundcarddriver.ReValverprovidesashortcuttotheASIOcontrolpanelofyourcard. (In“AudioDevices”menu,selectASIO,yoursoundcard,thenpressControlPanel).

Thelatencyisdirectlyproportionaltothe“samplechunksize.” Shortlatencyequalssmallchunk size. Recommendedchunksizeis128-256samples.Ifthesoundisbreakingup(choppysound, stuttering), increasethebuffersize.(Trythesestandardvalues:64,128,256,512,1024,2048). Itisadvisabletostartwithasmallernumberandgraduallyincreaseuntilthesoundisnolonger choppy.

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RecordingtheGuitarwithorwithouteffects?

Shouldyouusehardwarecompressors,distortionorothereffectsbeforeyourecordthesignal?It isyourpersonalpreference.Ifyoucan’tlivewithout“thatspecialsound,“thenyoushouldprobablyrecorditthatway.Butwhenitcomestocompression,EQ,reverbandotherspecialeffects thatcould beproducedinsoftware,thenyoushould produceitinsoftwareandnotinhardware. Thatwayyoucanalwayschangeyourmindafterward.

TotrulyaccessalloftheincredibletoneshapingthatReValver®allows,youshouldtakeadvantage ofaprocesscalled“re-amping.” Inanutshell,re-ampingsimplymeanstorecordtheGuitardry asandthenusetheReValverplug-intochangethetones. Inthisway, youwillhaveunlimited accesstoalloftheamazingtonesReValvercanoffer. Ofcourse,asintheparagraphabove,ifyou can’tlivewithoutacertaindistortiontone,youcanstilluseReValver’seffectsmodulesasarackof effects. Theskyisthelimitandit’sallatyourfingertips! Thereisone“effect”yougenerally shouldusebeforesamplingthesignal,namely“limiting.”Itisafunctionwhichkeepsthesignal fromclippingdigitallyincaseyouhappentouseatoostrongsignal. Someaudiointerfaceshavea softlimiterbuiltin;however,whenyouarerecordingadryGuitarthepresenceofdistortion meansyouaresendingtoohotasignaltothecomputer. IfyouarerecordingadryGuitarto re-amp,thereshouldbenodistortionwhatsoever.

Using16bitor24bitsampling?

Manysoundcardstodayoffer24-bitsamplingathighsamplerates.WhiletheCDaudiostandard isonly16-bitandstillsoundsquitegood,itmakesperfectsensetouseasmanybitsaspos­sible duringrecording.Ingeneral,itisalwaysgoodthinkingtousemorebitsthanyouwillneedinthe veryend.

16-bitaudiogivesyouabout96dBofdynamicrange.24bitsgivesyouanadditional48dB.Ahigh gainpresetinReValverMKIIIamplifiesthesignalalot,probably40-80dB,andwiththoselevels youwouldstarttohearthesoundcard“quantizationnoise”(bitnoise).Withmorebitsthereis lessdigitalnoise.Youwillstillhearelectricalnoise,butthatisusuallysignificantlyless.

Using44.1/48kHz,96kHzorhigher?

Thehigherthebetter,normally,butinReValverMKIII,allvitalpartsareoversampledtothe double-sampleratetomakesurethereisaminimumofaliasingnoise. Aliasingnoise,simplyput, isanunpleasentbackgroundnoisethatcanoccurwithanymodelingsoftwareoramplifierwhen theCPUisaskedtodomorethanitcando. YoushouldalsoconsiderthatmostgoodGuitar soundsareverybandwidth-limitedandyouprobablydon’tneedthehighfrequencyrangethat even44.1kHzsamplerateoffers.

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WorkingwithReValver®MKIII

Thetitlemodule

Atthetopofthegraphicalinterfaceoftheprogramisamodulecontaininggeneralsetup functional­ity,includingtheInputvolume+-16dBadjustment(withpreandpostLEDindicators),­ Outputvolume-32dBadjustment(withpostLEDindicator).Theadjustmentknobscanautomati- callyadjusttheinputandoutputvolumeto0dBbypressingthe“Learn”buttons.

PressingthegearwheeliconbringsuptheOptionswindow.

TheTitle module alsohoststhebank&presetmanagement;seebelow.

Presetsandbanks

ApresetofReValverMKIIIisconstructedfromoneormoresub-modules.Thesignalpathmoves downthepathofmodulesfromtoptobottom. Ifthe“signalsplitter”hasbeeninserted,the chainissplitintotwoparallelchainsuntiltheyaremergedinthe“signalmergemodule.”

Thereisnorestrictiononhowtocombinemodules,astheycanbe“chained”inanycombination (althoughsomecombinationsareundesirable).Theideaistoimitatethebehaviorandapplica­ tionofreal-lifeampsandeffectunits.

Normallyyouwouldfindcombinationswiththisorder:Stompbox(ifany),Amp,Speakerand Effect(ifany).Anampconsistsofapreampandapoweramp,andyoumayreplaceamodulein the“Amp”categorywithacombinationofa“Preamp”and“PowerAmp.”

Presetsareorganizedin“banks.”Toselectapresetfromabank,thatbankmustfirstbeselected fromthetitlemoduleatthetopofthechain.AbankandpresetcanalsobeselectedthroughMIDI command.

Tosaveapresetorbankinanewposition,press“New”besidethedrop-downmenu.Youwillbe askedtonameit.Whenyouhaveenteredaname,pressthe“Done”buttonortheEnterkey.To cancel,presstheEscapekey.

Afteryourenameapresetorabank,ReValverautomaticallysavesit.

Pressing“Save”willsavethecurrentpresetorbankintothecurrentlyselectedposition,overwritingtheold.

Toimportorexportapresetorawholebank,pressthe“Imp.”(import)or“Exp.”(export)but­ tons.

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Qualitymodes

BypressingthegearwheelicononthetitlemoduleyoucanselecttheStartupqualitymode. Themix-downqualitymodeforces64-bitprocessingat4xoversampling.Thismodefullyexposes thequalitiesoftheprogram,whereasthenormal“realtime”modemaybealittlemorenoisyand islikelytocontainsomealiasingnoise(especiallyinhighgainamps).

Itisrecommendedtoalwaysusethe“mix-downmode”whenfreezing/renderingorwhenmix­ing atrack.Pleasebeawarethattheadditionalrequirementsofmix-downmodecouldmakethe multitrackerstutterordropoutifrunatrealtime.TheCPUrequirementsismorethan5times thatofthereal-timemode. Toswitchthemode,youmustrestarttheVST/AUhosttoallowall instancesofReValvertofullyreload.EverynewinstanceofReValver®willbestartedinthecurrentstartupmode. Insomecases,thesoundofReValvercanbedifferentwhenswitchingmodes. Thatisbecausenotallfeaturescanbeaccuratelyexpressedinreal-timemode,butonlyinmix- downmode.

Selectingmodules

Toinsertamoduleanywhereinthesignalchain,right-clickyourmouseon“clickforanewmodule here.” Themoduleselectorallowsyoutoselectmodulesfromtheircategories,andwilldisplaya briefdescriptionabouteachmodule.

Movingmodules

OneofthecoolestfeaturesinReValverMKIIIishoweasyitistomovemodulesaround,totally reconfiguringthesignalchainonthefly. Tomoveamodule,simplymovethecursortotheright ofthemoduleovertherackscrewuntilyourcursorturnsintoa4-pointedcross,thenholdthe mousebuttondownandmovethemodulewhereyouwantit. Releasethebuttonandyou’re done! Bemindful,however,thatnotallroutingwillsound good. Forexample,puttingyouramp directlyintoaChoruspedalisnotverypleasingtotheear!

Togglingbetweenmonoandstereo

Eachmodulecanbesetindividuallytoprocessthesignalineithermonoorstereo.Iteither mergesthechannelsorexpandsthemdependingonhowthepreviousmoduleisset. Some mod­ules,suchasREVERB,VOLUMEEFFECTSandDELAY,aresettoSTEREObyDEFAULT.

Ifthehost(VST,AU,DirectX)haspatchedReValverMKIIIonamonotrack,allprocessing­willbe converted to stereo.

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The Modules

Completeamps

Themodulesinthiscategoryareintegratedpreampsandpoweramps;thus,nomodulefromthe “preamp”or“poweramp”categoriesisneededalongwithan“amp”inaReValver®MKIIIpreset.

Modulename=Peavey6505®

Description=Loud,meanandbuiltfortheroad,the6505wasnamedincelebration­ofPeavey’s first40years,1965to2005. 6505Seriesampsfeaturefive12AX7preamptubesandfour6L6GC poweramptubes,withpresenceandresonancecontrolsandthree-bandEQfortamingtheir notorious tone.

Modulename=Peavey6505+

Description=Addinganextrapreamptubeandevenmoregaintothe6505,the6505+represents thepinnacleofmetaltone. The6505Seriesampsaretheundisputedgo-toGuitarampsfor scoresofrock,hardcoreandmetalbandsduetotheirrawtone,relentlesspowerandroad-prov- enreli­ability.

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Modulename=PeaveyValveKing®

Description=Atruetonemonsterinitsownright,TheValveKingdeliversatonerangingfrom bluesycleantocrunchyandclassicrock.Theamphasabuilt-inspringreverbandseparateton- estacksforthe CleanandLeadchannels.Theamp’spreampandpowersectionsuse12AX7and 6L6GCtubes,respectively.TheValveKingalsofeaturesglobalresonance,presenceandreverb controls.

Modulename=PeaveyClassic®30

Description=Oneofthemostwidelyusedandversatileampsinthemusicbusiness,theClassic 30hasadual-channelpreamp,allowingquickvariationsofthetonefromvintagebluestomod- ernhardrocktogrunge.Theboostswitchisparticularlyuseful­inobtainingthemoretraditional “cranked-amp”toneswithouttheharshnessgeneratedbysendingtoomuchlowendtothe poweramp.

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Modulename=PeaveyJSX®

Description=Loadedwiththreeindependentchannelsandcomprehensivetonalcontrol,theJoe SatrianisignatureJSXputsthefullspectrumofGuitartonesatyourfingertips,startingwitha pristinecleanchannel,theperfectfoundationforlayeringoutboardeffects,andincludingthe exclusiveFATswitchthataddsextrahefttotheUltraandCrunchchannels. Theampalsohas presencecontrolandthepatentedresonanceadjustmentfortheultimateintone!

Modulename=PeaveyTripleXXX®

Description=TheULTIMATEtonemachine.Ashotasthenameimplies,theTripleXXXrips,with four12AX7preamptubesandfour6L6GCpoweramptubes.Theampiscontrolledbyamaster volumepotandindependentvolumeknobsforeachofits3channels.TheUltraandCrunch channelshavegaincontrolstofurtherassistintamingthisbeast.Tonecontourisaccomplished throughpassivecontrolsontheCleanchannel,whiletheUltraandCrunchchannelsutilizeactive Bottom,Body,andHair(low,mid,high)controls.

Modulename=Flathill

Description=Thishigh-gainrectifieramplifierhas5modes,Normal/Clean/Modern/Red/Vintage, eachwithindividualfrequencycharacteristicsandgain.

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Modulename=Basic100

Description=WithonechannelforGuitarandoneforbass,this“100watt”amphasalotof bot­omandisfavoredforit’scleantones. TheGuitarandbasschannelshavedifferentgainand tonestacks.Thebasschannelevenhasa“Deep”switchthatshiftsthefrequencyresponseofthe Bassknob.OntheGuitarchannel,theBrightswitchgivesyouabrightersoundonlowergain.

Modulename=LePetite

Description=Thisampcontains3preamp chainsinparallel,whicharefedintoonepoweramp. The3channelscanbemixedindividuallywiththe“blend”knobs. ThethreetypesareClean/ Diode/Triode.Thesecondpartoftheampconsistsof1triodetubeandapush-pullpairofpen­ todes.

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Modulename=FoxACS-45

Description=Thisamphasthreechannels,allrunningatthesametime;aNormal,Brilliantand Tremolochannel.TheTonecontrols(Bass&Treble)onlyworkontheBrilliantchannel.TheTone Cutcontrolremovessomehightreble(onallchannels),andworkslikeareversedpresence control.

Modulename=HomeBrewSE-1

Description=TheHomeBrewSE-1isalow-wattage,singleendedampwithtwochannels.Fora low-wattagecircuitithasasmanyas3triodestagesforgain.Theamphas2channels,Clean/Dist.

Modulename=TheMatchBox

Description=TheMatchBoxisdesignedtoprovidecleantooverdrivenamplificationwitha min­imumofclipping.Ithasasmanyas4gainstageswithconsiderableattenuationbetween stages.Ithasapowerampinapush-pullconfigurationbutnonegativefeedback(NFB).The soundisfit­tngforbothGuitarandbass.Thisampusesaveryspecialtubeconfigurationthatgives youanextrabrightsound.Foradditionaldistortion,pleasetryanyofthedistortionstompboxes infrontoftheamp.

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Modulename=‘62BluesMaker

Description=Looselybasedona1962classic,thisamphas2channels,normalandtremolo.The originalampdidnothavea“Drive”control,butweputonehere tomodu­latethedistortioninthe poweramp.

Modulename=ACM900

Description=Thisampismodeledaftera“Rock&Roll”ampbuiltwithbothvalveandsolidstate components.Ithasonly1channelbutthetwogainknobscontrolthegainattwostagesinthe preamp.

Modulename=HomeBrewPP-2

Description=TheHomeBrewPP-2isalow-wattage, push-pullampwithtwochannelsanda British-styletonestack.

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Preamplifiers

Amodulefromthiscategoryispreferablyplacedbeforeamodulefromthe“poweramp”category.

Modulename=Peavey6505®preamp

Description=Thepreampfromthe6505amplifier. Allthetonalcontrolwithoutthepoweramp section.

Modulename=PeaveyClassic30®preamp

Description=ThepreampsectionoftheClassic30withoutthepowersection.

Modulename=PeaveyJSX®preamp

Description=AllthefunctionalityofthePeaveyJSXwithoutthepowersection.

Modulename=PeaveyValveKing®preamp

Description=ThepreampsectionoftheValveKingamplifier.

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Modulename=Pre-HB

Description=Simplepreampforcleanandslightlyoverdrivensounds.Thepreampgoeseasily intooverdrive,butdistortsgentlyandrelativelycleanly.

Modulename=Pre-02

Description=Thispreamphas2parallelchannels: atriodetubepathandadiodeclippingpath. Thetubesoundmixedwithdiodedistortionmakesaninterestinganddynamicmixasthetwo componentsdelivertwodifferentovertonespectra.

Modulename=‘62BluesMakerpreamp

Description=ThispreampwastakendirectlyfromtheBluesMaker‘62amp.Itcontainsboththe cleanandtremolochannels,includingthetremolocontrols.

Modulename=Basic100basspreamp

Description=ThisisthebasschannelpreampintheBasic100.Thetonesectiondoesnotinclude amidcontrol,astheoriginaldoesnothaveone.TheDeepswitchlowersthefrequencyofthe basscontrol.

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Modulename=Basic100Guitarchannelpreamp

Description=ThisistheGuitarchannelpreampfromtheBasic100.Itisrathercleanduetoit’s dual2triodes,neitherofwhichtypicallysaturates.

Modulename=ACM900preamp

Description=ThisisthepreampsectionfromtheACM900.Thetwogainknobscontrolthegainin twoplacesinthechain.

Modulename=FlathillModernpreamp

Description=ThisistheModernchannelpreampfromtheFlathill.Veryhighgainandbright.

Modulename=FlathillNormalRedpreamp

Description=ThisistheNormalRedchannelpreampfromFlathill. Thishigh-gainpreamphasa presencecontrol,whichusuallysitsinthepowersection,butgivesextracontroloverthebrightness.

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Poweramplifiers

Amodulefromthiscategoryispreferablyplacedafteramodulefromthepreampcategory.

Modulename=Peavey6505®poweramp

Description=The4x6L6GCpowerampsectionfromthePeavey6505amplifier.

Modulename=PeaveyClassic30®poweramp

Description=TheClassic30’spowerampsectionispureEL84heaven. Bydecreasingthedriveon thepreampandincreasingthelevelofthepoweramp,youcanachievegreatEL84saturation.

Modulename=PeaveyValveKing®poweramp

Description=TheValveKing‘spowerampsectionfeaturestheclassic4x6L6lineup. TheValveKing,however,addsthepatentedPeaveyResonancecontrol,aswellasaPresencecontrol.

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Modulename=M-998

Description=Thissimplepoweramp,uses2triodesinseriesforextragain,andalsousesapairof tonalcharacterfilters,thatcanbetweakedintheTweakGUI.

Modulename=StandardPowerAmp#2

Description=Thispoweramphasastandardpush-pullendstage,butnotdrivenbytheusual LongTailPair(LTP).Itdoeshavea“clean”switchforlessdriveandslightlydifferenttonalchar­ acter.

Modulename=‘62BluesMakerpoweramp

Description=Thispowerampistakendirectlyoutofthe‘62BluesMaker.Ithasadriveandpres­ encecontrol,andhasastandardNegativeFeedbackLoop(NFB)towhichthepresencecontrolis attached. TheNFBshapesthedistortioncharacterofthepowerstage.

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Modulename=Basicpoweramp

Description=ThispowerampistakendirectlyoutoftheBasic100.Justliketheoriginalamp,the powersectionhasonlyamastercontrol.TheNegativeFeedbackLoop(NFB)shapesthedistortion character,andcanbeadjustedintheTweakGUI. ForanexplanationoftheTweakGUI,seepage 35.

Modulename=ACM900powersection

Description=ThispowerampistakendirectlyoutoftheACM900.

Modulename=Flathillpowersection

Description=ThispowerampistakendirectlyoutofFlathill.

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Stompboxes/pedals

Amodulefromthiscategoryisusuallyplacedbeforeanampmodule.Theyaredesignedtoshape thesoundbeforeitiscoloredbytheamp.

Modulename=OverDriver

Description=ThisstompboxiswiredsomewhatlikeaGuitaramp,inthatituses3stagesofdiode distortion.The“Turbo”actslikea“Master,”addingsomeextragainbeforethelaststage.This stompboxcouldbeusedtodriveaspeakerbyitself.

Modulename=ChorusCS-1

Description=Thisisaversatilestereochoruswithadjustablespeedandmodulationdepth,stereo­ width,feedback,delayand3individuallyadjustablefilterbandsonthewetsignal. Achoruscan beusedtoenrichthesound.

Modulename=ACS-CS1compressor

Description=Thiscompressorisusedtoevenoutthevolumesothatthelowerlevelsdonot com­pletelydisappear,makingthesoftsoundslouderandtheloudsoundssofterandaddinga certainsustain.

Modulename=ACS-LM3limiter

Description=Alimiterisaspeciallytailoreddynamicscompressor.Thisparticularlimitercom­ pressesthesoundafactor50:1overthegiventhreshold.Itwillstopsoundsortransientsoverthis threshold,limitingtheoutputvolume.

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Modulename=SlowGrowSG-1

Description=Anautoswelleffecttracksthenotesyouplayandremovesthetransientstomake themusicsoundlikeit’sbeingplayedbackwards.

Modulename=OctapusOctaver

Description=Behindeverygreattoneis anothertonewaitingtocomeout.WithOctapusyoucan releasethissuboctave,takenfromandaddedtoyourmelody. TheOctapusisatightandaccurateoctaverstompboxthatworksbestwhenyouplayonenoteatatime. Becarefulwithchords oritwillnotsoundasexpected.

Modulename=FL-Duoflanger

Description=Thisflangereffectmixesavarying,delayedsignalwiththeoriginalsignaltoproduce aseriesofphasecancellations.These“notches”makeupthesoundoftheflanger.TheFL-Duois actuallytwoflangers. Exceptforthemixingcontrols,theysharethesameknobs.

Modulename=TexasTrebleMaker

Description=TheTexasTrebleMakerisatrebleboosterwhosepurposeistoequalizethefrequencyspectrumoftheGuitartomakethedistortionsmooth.Theovertonesofmostsoundsare progressivelyfainterthehigherupthespectrumtheyare.Thismeansthatthedistortionasound generatesinadistortioncircuitmainlyoriginatesfromtheovertonesofthelowestfrequencies, placingthefrequencyrangeofthedistortioncompo­nentsinaparticularplaceofthespectrum. Atrebleboosterisdesignedtoreshapethecleansoundsothatthedistortioncomponents originateinequalamountsfromeachovertone.Theresultisamuchsmootherdistortion,andof coursemoreofit!

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Modulename=TheSher’ff

Description=TheSher’ffstomppedalisatoughbutversatiledistortioneffect. Looselymodeled aftera1980s-eracousinit’sperfectforbluesandrockeitherbyitselforwithacleanampchannel.

Modulename=Re-Lay2delay

Description=TheRe-Lay2isadoubledelaywithalotofoptions.Youcansetthevolumeofeach tap,plus2individualfilterspertap.

Modulename=Re-Lay4delay

Description=TheRe-Lay4isaquadrupledelaywithalotofoptions.Youcansetthevolumeof eachtap,plus2individualfilters(intheTweakGUI)pertap. Seepage 35 foranexplanationof theTweak GUI.

Modulename=Greener

Description=Aclassic,yetsosimple.Thislate‘70ssolidstatestompboxutilizesadiodeclipping circuit,shapedbypreandpostfilteringforoptimalsmoothoverdrive/distortion.

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Modulename=Driver

Description=Thisisaveryversatilestompboxthatdeliversanythingfromsmoothoverdrive (with“Blues”turnedup)toaheavilydistortedandoverloadedsound(“Gain”and“Muffler” turneduphigh).Themoduleusesamodifiedamptonestackthatallowsforheavymidscooping, greatforbluesandrock&roll.

Modulename=MagnaVibe

Description=NottobeconfusedwithTremolo,avibratoisafrequencymodulatorthatproduces aneffectsimilartothesoundyouhearwhenyoubendthestringupanddown,changingitspitch. Thisvibratoallowsyoutoselectaratebetween0and10Hz,aswellasageneraldepth.Aknobfor “delay”allowsthevibratotokickinafteryoupluckthestring,makingitmoretransparentwhen youplayfast.Twomodesareavailable,a “standarddigital”,andanemulationofacertain“magnetic”stereoamp.

Modulename=Tremolo

Description=Atremoloisanamplitudemodulator. Thiseffect“rotates”thevolumeattherange of0-10Hz.Twovariantsareincluded:theclassic“digi­tal”tremolo(multiplyingthesignalwitha sine)andtheevenmoreclassic“tubebias”tremolo(addingasinetothebiasofatube,partly saturatingthesignal).Thetubebiasvariantaddsanatural­overtoneand clarity.Thedigital variantcanadjusttheup/downslopeofthetransitionfromsofttopulsing.

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Modulename=Wow-Wah!

Description=AWahpedalisalow-,high-,orband-passfilterwithadjustablefrequency.Atthe pointofcutoff,thereisapeakwithadjustableresonance,makingtheGuitarsound“waaaoooowwwoooaaa”.Theresonancehassimilaritieswiththehumanmouth,hencethename.ThefrequencycanbecontrolledeitherbyaMIDIpedal(orthemainknob)orbyauto­maticrotation.The resonancecanrangebetweenany2frequenciesofyourchoice.Anextraknobaddsovertones thatenhancetonalclarity.

Modulename=BassBox

Description=ThisisadistortionpedalwithaharmonicspectrumtailoredforbassGuitar.The evenharmonics­arestrongerthantheodd,makingthedistortionverysmoothandborderline “clean.” Asecond­gainknoballowordinarydiodeclipping(somewhatasymmetrical).Thismodule canbeusedtoaddsmallamountsofcolorandspicetothebasssound.

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Speakers/cabinets

Amodulefromthiscategoryisusuallyplacedafteranyampmodule.

Modulename=Convolutionspeakersimulation

Description=Thismodule usesreal-timeconvolutiontomimicactualspeakerandcabinet setups. ConvolutioncanbeveryCPU-intensivesothereare2optimizationoptions,“Resample” and“Hi-Res.” ForcingdownsamplingofthesignalreducestheCPUutilizationtoanamazing25%, whilestillretainingvirtuallythesametonalquality.(ThisispossiblebecauseGuitarspeakers generallydonothaveafrequencyrangeofmorethan5-6kHz.)Theavailablespeakersandcabi­ netsweresampledwithseveralmicrophonesplacedatvaryingangles.Onesampling(an“ImpulseResponse”)isafixedmomentintimeandcannotbeadjusted.TheLoadbuttonallowsyou toimportyourownImpulseResponsesin .wavformat.

Modulename=SpeakerConstructionSet(SCS)

Description=Selectfromanyofthepredefinedspeakermodelsandputtheminacabinetwitha physicalsizeofyourchoice.Thissimulatedspeakercabinetisthenmikedbyanyofthe20micro­ phoneconfigurations.(ThistechniqueisconsiderablylessCPU-intensivethantheRIRconvolu­tion module.) Remember,ReValverMKIIIiscapableofbuildingvirtualspeakercabinetsthatreally cannotexistinthephysicalworld,anddependingonwhichcomponentsandsettingsyou’re change,youcouldendupwithsomevery“unique”sounds.

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Generaleffects

Modulename=8Q

Description=Aneightbandparametricfilterwithadjustablefrequency,gainandQinseven types:highshelf,lowshelf,highpass,lowpass,bandpass,notchandpeak.Eachbandcanbe eitherafirstorderorsecondorderIRfilter.(Pleasenotethatfirst-orderfilterscannotrepresent EQ,bandpassornotchcurves.)

Modulename=3Q

Description=Tripleparametricfilterswithadjustablefrequency,gainandQinseventypes:high shelf,lowshelf,highpass,lowpass,bandpass,notchandpeak.(Pleasenotethatfirst-orderfilters cannotrepresentEQ,bandpassornotchcurves.)

Modulename=ACSR1StereoReverb

Description=Stereoreverbdesignedtobeplacedlastinthechaintogiveambienceorwidthto theresult, withadjustableecho,pre-delayandroomsize. Threefilterscanbeprogrammedto shapethecharacter­ofthewetsignal.

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Modulename=ACSR2StereoReverb

Description=Stereoreverbdesignedtobeplacedlastinthechaintogiveambienceorwidthto thesound,withadjustablepre-delayandroomsize.Threefilterscanbeprogrammedtoshape thecharacterofthewetsignal. ThisreverbisthickerthantheReverbR1;italsohasdifferent defaultfilterparameters­.

Modulename=Ph2Phaser

Description=Phasingworksbymixingtheoriginalsignalwithonethatisphaseshifted. This phaserfeaturesa feedback­andwidthcontrolforstereoeffects.

Modulename=SCH-1B Noisegate

Description=Anoisegateisasimplewaytogetridofnoiseinthesignal.Thetraditionalwaythis effectworksisbyloweringthevolumeofthesignalwhenthesignalitselfbecomesveryweak. TheSCH-1Bisdifferentintwoways. First,thisnoisegatedoesnotoperateonaclosed-onlyor open-onlybasis,butisvariable. Second,­SCH-1Bdoesnotaffecttheactual“volume”butcontinu- ouslychangesthefilterparam­etersofanintelligentfiltercircuit.Youmaynoticethatthenoise gateishalf-closedwhenplayingsoftly.Comparedtotraditionalnoisegatesthishastheeffectof beingperfectlyresponsive.Thenoisegatehasfourseparatebands,andthefourthhasanadjustablefrequency.

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Modulename=Stereowideningeffect

Description=Thismodulewithcombinesambience,stereowideningandexciter/enhancer effectstogiveyourtoneawider,fullersoundwithmorepresence.Theenhanceroperatesby the delayingthelowerfrequenciestoallowthehighfrequenciestocomefirst,givingthesounda touchofpresenceandclarity.Becauseofthedelay,theenhancermayappeartoadd“distance”to thesound.Youcanblendtheenhancementwiththemixcontrol.Thewiden­ingeffectsappliesa rotatingphasedistortiontoeachchannel,andincombinationwiththeambience­componentyou canplaceyouraudioinarichvirtualroom.

Modulename=ChannelDelay

Description=Thismodule candelaytheleftandrightchannels0-100msindependently(each channelcanbeadjusted+-16dB).WiththeAmbianceoptionengaged,themoduleactsasifthe timedelayrepre­sentsadistanceinaroom.Thefartherawayfromthesourceachannelis,the fewerhighfrequen­ciesandlessvolumeithas.

Modulename=VSThostmodule

Description=Thismoduledoesnotprovideanyeffectorsignalprocessingbyitself,butsimply allowsyoutoloadathird-partyVSTplug-inandrunitasaregularReValver®MKIIImodule.This allowsyoutouseyourfavoriteplug-ininsideoftheReValverMKIIIsystem.VSTPlug-InTech­ nologybySteinberg.

Note: WhilePeaveymakeseveryefforttoensurecompatibilitywithawiderangeofVSTplug-ins, occasionallycombiningcertainVSTswillrequiremoreCPUpowerthansomecomputersare capableofprovidingandmayresultinunstableperformance. Alwayssaveyourpresetbefore loadingathird-partyVSTpluginintotheVSThostmodule.

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Modulename=CS3TubeCompressor

Description=Acompressorisusedtoeventhevolumesothatthelowerlevelsdonotcom­pletely disappear. Manymusicprofessionalsbelievethatatubecompressorsounds“warmer”thana solid-statevariantduetotheslightsaturationofthetubesandbecausethetransformeraddsa subtletouchof“crunch.”

Modulename=CS2Compressor

Description=Acompressorisusedtoeven theloudnesssothatthelowerlevelsdonotcom­ pletelydisappear.Itwillmakeanydistortionmoduledistortforlonger.

Modulename=Gr8Graphicalequalizer

Description=Thissimple8bandgraphicequalizerhasfrequencybandsplacedstrategicallyfor bassandGuitar.Thebandscanbeadjustedmanuallybypressingthe“T”button.Pressing“R”will resettheband.

Modulename=ConvolutionReverb

Description=Aconvolutiontypereverbwhichusespre-sampledimpulsesassourcetemplates. ThesoundandreactionoftheoriginalsampledreverbiswhatyouhearinC-Verb. Youcanload yourown*.wavsampleswiththe“load”button,orselectafactorysamplefromthelist.

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Miscellaneousutilities

Modulename=Signalsplitter

Description=Thesignalsplitterdividesthesignalinto2streams.Eachrunsinparallelusingit’s ownsetofmodules.Inthe“signalmerge”module,thesetwostreamsaremixedintoonesignal again. Youcanonlyusesignalsplitteronceperpreset.

Modulename=Frequencyanalyzer

Description=Thefrequencyanalyzercanscantheaudioinrealtimeandpresentthefrequency contentonalivedisplay.Theupdatespeed canbeswitchedbetween50msand500ms.The analyzercancreateuptothreesnapshotsandoverlaythemovereachother.Byhoveringyour mouseoverthegraphyoucangetanaccuratereadoutofthatposition.Theanti-aliaseddisplay yieldsaveryaccuratepicture.

Modulename=Leveler

Description=Autilitymodulethatcanbe insertedwhereveryouwishtomonitororchangethe volumelevels. Themodulemonitorsboththeleft&rightchannels.Thismodulehasavolume adjustanda“Learn”buttontoautomaticallyadjustlevelto0dB.

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Modulename=StereoLevelsadjust

Description=Sameas“Leveler”module,butwithacontrolknobforeachchannel.Thisutility modulecanbeinsertedwhereveryouwishtomonitororchangethevolumelevels. Themodule monitorsboththeleft&rightchannels.Thismodulehasavolumeadjustanda“Learn”buttonto automaticallyadjustlevelto0dB.

Modulename=Tuner

Description=Guitartunerwithtwosimultaneousdisplays,needleandstrobe.Withanti-aliased graphics,thistunerdisplaysyourtuningwithincredibleaccuracy.The“A”isadjustablebetween 425Hzand455Hz.Nevergooutoftuneagain!

Modulename=Simul-Tune

Description=Thisisnotonebutsixindependentstrobetunersrunningatthesametime,one assignedtoeachofaGuitar’ssixstrings.Thetuningispresentedinstrobeformandyoucan adjusteachstring’stuningchromatically. Thebrightnessofthestrobeindicatestheconfidence levelofafrequencyinthatparticularrange, (i.e.darkdisplay=notevenclose).

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Modulename=Singletonestack

Description=ThismoduleonlycontainsonetonestackwithBass,MidandTreble­knobstoadjust thefilteraspectsofanyoftheincludedtonestacksofReValver®MKIII.(TheFoxytonestackdoes notusetheMidknob.)

Modulename=Singletriode

Description=Thismodulecontainsasingletriodetubewithnofilters,withaleveladjustment­ beforeandafterthetube.Usingacoupleoftheseinaseriesislikebuildingyourownamp!

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Tweakingmodules

OneofthemostpowerfulfeaturesofReValver®MKIIIistheabilitytotweakeachparameterofamodule otherthantheusualknobsandbuttonsonthefrontofthemodule. InanefforttoexplaintheTweak modeinReValver,we’vewrittensomeshortexplanationsofeachtweakinthetubetweakGUI.

TheTweakmodeinReValverwaswrittenonanengineeringlevelusingrealschematicsbyarealtube amplifiercompany,andittakesyearstolearntubeamplifierengineering,so theawesome“tweakability” ofReValverMKIIIwillkeepeventhemostexperiencedvalveamplifierengineerbusyforhours. Userswho don’thaveanyexperiencewithtubeampswillhavefun,andyou’lllearnalotabouthowtubeamplifiers work.

Pressthe“+”but­ononthemodule,orselect“TweakModule”onthemodulemenutobringupthe generalTweakGUI. TheTweakGUIisageneralGUIthatholdsspecializedtweakablecomponentsthat differfrommoduletomodule.SomefeaturesincludeFrequencyAnalyzer,Oscilloscope,TotalHarmonic DistortionanalysisandsaveImpulseResponse.

TheFrequencyAnalyzerrunsafrequencyresponsetestofthemoduleinquestion.Itdoessoby insertingashort“pulse”andperformingaFFT(FastFourierTransform)frequencyanalysisofthe out­put.Pleasenotethatsuchtechniquesmaynotyieldexpectedresultsinnon-linearmodules suchasdistortionmodules.TheFrequencyAnalyzeralsoaccuratelydisplaysthephaseresponse ofthemodule.Theanalyzerwindowisdisplayedinlogarithmicmodewiththelowerfrequency showninhighresolution.Thisemphasiscanbeadjustedviatheslideratthebottomofthewindow.

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The TotalHarmonicDistortion(THD)analyzerdisplaystherelationshipbetweentheinputsound andthedistortedoutputsound.

TheOscilloscopeviewillustrateshowamodulealtersthesinewave.Itisavailableforeach moduleasawhole,andforanytubecomponentthereof.

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YoucansavetheImpulseResponse(IR)ofamoduletoa.wavfilein44.1kHzstereo.Theimpulse responseispracticallythesameviewasthefrequencyanalyzer,butthistoolallowsyoutosave theresponsetodisk.ThisIRcanbeusedintheconvolutionspeakermodule(oranyotherIR plug-inbythirdpartymanufacturers)andcanbeveryusefulcapturinga“filter”ora“sound”of anymoduleinReValverMKIII,oranyVSTplug-inintheVSTmodule.Youcanevencapturethe soundofathirdpartyspeakersimulatorfromanotherVSTplug-inandrunitinsideofthespeaker convolutionmodule!

Allmodulesoffersomeeditingfeaturesandmayinclude:tubes(andtubeconfiguration),tonestack(filtercollection),filtercoloring,rectifierproperties,transformerproperties,negativefeedback,speakercabinet,microphoneandloudspeaker.

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TheTubeTweakGUI

OneofthemostpowerfulfeaturesofReValver®MKIIIisthedetailandnumberofparameters thatcanbeusedtofinetuneanytubecircuitinamodule.Inthemodule’sTweakGUI,clickona tubeicontobringupthetubeTweakGUI.

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OnthetubeTweakGUI,theeditableparametersaredividedintotwogroups,thePhysicalandthe Non-Physical(whichhasnomean­inginrealitybutcanbeusedtoenhancethesonicproperties, anyway).

Dependingonwhichtubeyouwishtotweak,youcanchoosebetweentriodesorpentodes.A powerpentodeisatubetypeoftenusedtodrivethespeakers;thereforeyouwillusuallyfind themasthelasttube(s)inthechainofanyamplifier.Triodesarevoltage(V)amplifiers,whereas powerpentodes(combinedwithatransformer)inReValver®MKIIIaretreatedascurrent(I) generators.Youcanreplaceanytubeinthemodulewithanothertubeofthesamegeneraltype, fromastockoftemplates.Theinternalparametersofatubeconsistoffeatureslikeamplification,­ linearityanddrivingstrength. Theseparameterscannotbechangedandarenotdisplayedonthe GUI.IfyouchecktheoptionOnlyLoadInternals,onlytheseparameterswillbeloaded,otherwise theentireGUIwillbereset.TheCharacterparametercanbeusedtoshapethefrequenciesofthe distortedcomponent.(Onlowinput,theCharacterhasminimalimpactonthesound.)

Ifyouareeditingapentodeyouhavetheoptionofconfiguringitasasingle-ended(ClassA) amplifierorasapush-pull(ClassB)amp.Onepush-pulltubeisactuallyaneven-number2or4, butastheparametersareidenticalforall,onlyonetubeiconisdisplayedontheTweakGUI.A triode­canonlybeconfiguredasaplatefollower(acathode-biasedvoltagegainstage).

VPPisthepowersupplyvoltagedeliveredtothetubestagefromthepowersupply.Usually,the VPPisslightlylowerifthestageislocatedearlyinthesignalchain.Incasethepowersupplyis “sagging”­(usuallyduetoheavyloadandhighvolumes),theVPPbecomestemporarilylower,but theamountdependsoninternalvaluesineachReValverMKIIIampmodule.

Plateload(triode)andtransformerimpedance(pentode)andtheparametersoverwhichthe signalisgenerated.Thevalueoftheloadaffectsthesignaloutputstrength. Also,thetransfer characteristicsoftheloadchangesthevoltageon,andcurrentthrough, thetubeitself.

Attenuationisnotdirectlyapartofthetubestagebutcanbethoughtofasagenericwayof decreasing(attenuating)thesignalafteramplification.

Cathoderesistor(whereapplicable)isaresistorwhichisusedtobiasthetube,orinotherwords balancethesymmetryofthewaveform.Itiscommonlysetnear1.5kOhmsfortriodes,butthe actualsettingdependsonthedesiredsound.Thesettingwillalsoaffecttheoverallgaininan “unbypassed”stage.(Seedefinitionof“unbypassed”below.)

Cathodecapacitor(whereapplicable)isconnectedinparallelwiththecathoderesistor.Ithastwo maineffectsonsound: 1)Thecapacitorenablesthestagetoamplifythesignalmore;and 2)It willactasalow-shelffilter,effectivelycuttingoutsomelowbass.Thecutofffrequencyisequalto 1/(6.28*RC),withCasthecapacitorvalueandRasthevalueofthecathoderesistor.Thisinturn affectsthedistortionspectrum.Withacathodecapacitor, thestageiscalledbypassed,and without,unbypassed.

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ThecouplingcapacitorremovesthehighvoltageDCoffsetfromtheoutputsignalofthetube stage.Thishigh-passfrequencyisusuallybetween5-10Hz,butifitissethigherthenausercan changethetonalanddynamicpropertiesofthestage.

Thegridresistorvalueisanall-in-oneresistorusedtocalculatetheeffectsofthestage’sband­pass limitation.Insideeachtubethereisaninternalcapacitancecalled“Millercapacitance.”The greatertheresistor,thelowerthebandwidth.Thebandwidthcanbecalculatedat1/(6.28*RC) whereRisthe“gridresistor”andCistheMillercapacitance(usuallyaround150pF).Inanormal triodestagewitha12AX7tube,thebandwidthisaround15kHzifthegridresistoris68kOhm.

ThesliderforClassA/Bisusedforpentodesinpush-pullconfigurationonly.(TheBiasvoltage slidercanbeusedasanalternative.)Thissetsthebiasofthetubestagesuchthatitcorresponds moretoaClassAorBstage.

Someofthenon-physicaltweaks:

Normally,atube’soutputswingisdeterminedbytheVPP,alongwiththevariousloadsinthe circuit­.SettingClipLimittosomethinghigherthan1.0givesthecircuitagreaterdynamicrange. Theoutputgetshigherandthedistortionononesidedecreases. Clipsoftnessisusedtosmooth outthesharpdynamicedgeandgivesthedistortionasmoothsound.

ThedefaultvalueoftheDynamicBiasoffsetamountis1.0,andscalingthisvaluechangesthe dynamicsofthesignal.Thesignalisusuallynotentirelyfreetomovethroughthetube,andstrong transientsandhighvolumesaffect thebiasofthetube,movingupanddown,asafunctionof volume.

Cathodebiasedtrebleboost(whereapplicable)changesthe“filtereffect”thatthecathode resistor&capacitorhasonthefrequencyresponse.

TheBiasadjustslidersimplyaddsorsubtractsacertainvoltagetoorfromthetube’sbias.Otherwise, thisbiasisdefinedbythetubeanditssurroundingcomponents.

Extrainputheadroomgivesthestagemoredynamicheadroom,makingthetubedistortlaterif givenagreaterheadroom.Foratriodethismeansthesignalis“attenuated”beforetheinputand “amplified”aftertheoutput,thusrestoringthesignalstrengthtothefollowingtube.

ThetubeTweakGUIfeaturesthefollowinggraphicaldisplays:A“bode plot”(frequency&phase response)anoscilloscope(withinputandoutputsignaldisplayoverlaid)and “transferfunction” (asnapshotofthestaticinput-to-outputrelationship).

ThewholetubecomponentcanbedisabledviatheDisablecircuitcheckbox.

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MIDIcontrolandautomation

Inthestand-aloneversion,allknobs,fadersandbuttonscanbecontrolledbyMIDI.TheVSTand

AUplug-incanbecontrolledusingnativeautomation,butnotallparameterscanbeautomated.

MIDI

TosetupMIDIcontrolinthestandaloneversion,pleaseselectyourMIDIinterfacefromthemenu (File-\>MIDIdevices...).IfyouhaveaddedanewMIDIinterfaceafterstartingtheprogram, pleaserestarttoallowtheprogramtofindit.ToassignaMIDIeventtoaGUIcontrol,please right-clickonthecontrol(button/knob/fader)andselect“MIDIlearn”fromthemenu.Youwill thenbeaskedtoactivatethecontrollerontheexternalMIDIcontroller. Itisrecommendedthat youassignaMIDIbuttontoaGUIbutton,andaMIDIfader/knobtoasimilarGUIelement.To removethespecificmappingfromtheGUIelement,right-clickandselect“MIDIclear.” Itisnot possibletomapthe“Loadmodulepreset,”“Savemodulepreset,”“Mono/stereo”or“Tweak” buttonstoMIDI,butyoucanmapthe“Enable/disable”module.

IfyouhaveassignedaGUIelementinamodule,youarefreetomovearoundthemoduleany­ whereinthepreset,butifyoudeletethemodulethemappingwillbecleared. MIDImappingis storedinsidethepresetandwillberestoredwhenyoureloadthepreset.

Plug-inautomation

ReValverhasanautomationfeaturethatallowsyoutomakechangeswhenyouaremixingasong. Thiscanbeparticularyimportantwhenrecordingavirtualwah-wahtrack,forexample,where youneedtobeabletomakethosechangesjustlikeyouwouldwiththepedal. However,dueto themodularstructureofReValverMKIIIitisnotpossibletomapall GUIelementstoplug-in automationevents.Forexample,ifyouhavetwodistortion­pedalsinthechain,onlythefirstin thechainwillreceivetheevents,eveniftheywererecordedfromthesecond. Touseautomation, yourVST/AUhostmustbecapableofreadingandwritingautomationeventsfromplug-ins. PleaserefertoyourDAW’smanualformoreinformationonitsparticularuseofautomation.

Table 1: Plug-in automation parameters

VST name

AU name

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ped Gain

Distpedal Gain

Primary gain knob on a dist effect

 

 

 

Ped Gai2

Distpedal Gain2

Secondary gain knob on a dist effect

 

 

 

Ped Out

Distpedal Output volume

Distpedal Output volume

 

 

 

 

 

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Table 1: Plug-in automation parameters

 

 

 

 

VST name

AU name

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ped Bass

Distpedal Bass

 

Distpedal Bass control

 

 

 

 

Ped Mid

Distpedal Mid

 

Distpedal Mid control

 

 

 

 

Ped Treb

Distpedal Treble

 

Distpedal Treble control

 

 

 

 

Ped Tone

Distpedal Tone

 

Distpedal Tone control

 

 

 

 

Ped Mix

Distpedal Mix

 

Distpedal wet/dry mix

 

 

 

 

Pre Gain

Preamp Gain

 

Preamp Gain

 

 

 

 

Pre 1

Gain type 1

 

Preamp Gain 1

 

 

 

 

Pre 2

Gain type 2

 

Preamp Gain 2

 

 

 

 

Pre 3

Gain type 3

 

Preamp Gain 3

 

 

 

 

AmpBass

Amp Bass (tone control)

 

Ampmodule tonestack, bass control

 

 

 

 

AmpMid

Amp Mid (tone control)

 

Ampmodule tonestack, mid control

 

 

 

 

AmpTreb

Amp Treble (tone control)

 

Ampmodule tonestack, treble control

 

 

 

 

AmpPres

Amp Presence

 

Ampmodule, presence control

 

 

 

 

CleanDrt

Clean

 

Clean / dirty switch

 

 

 

 

Drive

Power amp drive

 

Power amp master / drive

 

 

 

 

Out Vol

Output level

 

Output level

 

 

 

 

TremDpt

Tremolo depth

 

Tremolo depth

 

 

 

 

TremSpd

Tremolo speed

 

Tremolo speed

 

 

 

 

Type A

Type A

 

Type A

 

 

 

 

Type B

Type B

 

Type B

 

 

 

 

Type C

Type C

 

Type C

 

 

 

 

Type D

Type D

 

Type D

 

 

 

 

Type E

Type E

 

Type E

 

 

 

 

RevrbMix

Reverb amount

 

Reverb amount

 

 

 

 

RevrbLen

Reverb length

 

Reverb length

 

 

 

 

Wah Pos

Wow-Wah Amount/Position

 

Wow-Wah Amount/Position

 

 

 

 

Wah Mix

Wow-Wah Mix

 

Wow-Wah wet / dry mix

 

 

 

 

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Table 1: Plug-in automation parameters

VST name

AU name

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amp Out

Power amp Output level

Output adjust knob on amp or poweramp­

 

 

module

 

 

 

Pre Out

Preamp Output level

Output adjust knob on preamp module

 

 

 

Findingagreatsound:FAQ

Q.WhatcanIdotoimprovethefrequencyresponseofapreset?

A.UseanEQorchangethetonestackofanamp,butmostofall,experimentwiththespeakers. A surprisinglylargepartofthesoundcomesfromthespeakers.

Mostampshavebass,midandtreblecontrolstoadjustthetonestack’sfilterparameters. You shouldassumethedefaultvaluesareactuallythebestformostusers,forthatamp. However,the powerofRevalveristheabilitytoexperimentwithallaspectsofanamp’sdesign.

Rememberoneimportantthing: everyEQyouusebefore anampwillaffectthefrequencyrange ofthedistortionharmonics. Ifyouonlywishtofine-tunethesoundofapreset,primarilyusethe EQthefarthest down thechainaspossible.

Q.HowmuchdoesthesoundoftheGuitarmatter?

A.Itmattersalot! Onemustneverthinkthatthefinalsoundisthesameifyouswitchtoanother Guitar. Thesoundofasingle-coiledpickupisverydifferentfromthatofahumbuckerpickup. Everybodyhastheirfavorite,andthesoundandfeelingdiffersasmuchasanytwoamps.

Q.DothetonestacksinReValverMKIIIactuallysoundlikethe“originals”?

A.Yes. Thesoftwareversionofthetonestacksareverysimilartothoseontheoriginalamps. All capacitors,resistorsandpotshavebeenaccuratelymodeled.

Q.Whataboutthepresencecontrols?

A.Thepresencecontrolsareusuallynotapartofthetonestackbutarepartofthepoweramp. Mostampsuse “negativefeedback”tocontroldistortionandoutputlinearityofthepowerstage. Byapplyingafilterinthefeedbackpath,andcontrollingthisfilterwithaknob,averynicemid/ high-midpresencecanbeachieved.

Q.AretheampsinReValver®MKIIImodeledafterrealamps?

A.Mostofthemare. Theprogramisabletomodelabout90-95%oftheelectroniccomponents inanygivenrealamp,includingthetubes,diodes,filters,transformers,powersupplyandmore. WhenmodelingarealampinReValverMKIII,theoriginalorreissueschematicshavebeenused. Sometimesablendofschematicswereused,andsomeampshavecomponentsthatwere tweakedbyearafterwardanddonot totallymatchtheoriginal.

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Q.IhavesomeverycoolImpulseResponse(IR)files.CanIusethemwithReValverMKIII?

A.Yes. Thespeakerconvolutionmodeler(RIR)canloadfilesin.wavformat,provided theyare reasonablyshort. RIRisusingareal-timeenginethatrequiresnoparticularsamplechunksize,so itcanoperatelessefficientlywithlargerfiles. Allinputisthereforeshortenedconsiderablyif needed. Noreverb,echoordelaytypeofIRscanbeused.

Q.InReValverMKIIIyoucanswitchbetweenpush-pullandsingle-endedstages.Whatabout thephaseinverter?

Thephasesplitter,“LongTailPairPhaseInverter“hastwooutputs,eachbeingessentiallythe samesignalbutwithonebeinginverted180degrees.Thisisacommoncircuittodriveapush-pull stagethatinfactrequirestwosignals,onebeing180degreesapart.

Ifyouwishtodriveasingleendedstageyouneedonlyone signal,andthereislittleadvantagein drivingitwithaphaseinverter.

Inamodulethatinfacthas aphaseinverter,youcanstillswitchthepush-pullstagetoasingle- endedstage.Whathappensissimple:theinvertedsignalisignored.Onlythetophalfofthe invertersignalisused.

Licensingandcopyprotection

ReValver®MKIIIutilizesacopyprotectionsystemthatisentirelysoftwarebased.Thereisnoneed tobuyorpurchaseadrivertomaketheprogramwork.

Alicensefortheprogram,orasubfeatureoftheprogram,ishandledthroughlicensefilesintext format.Theselicensefilesarelockedtoaparticularhardwarecomponentonthecomputerin question.Theactualcomponentcanbechosenfromanumberoftypes(butatthetimeofwriting,onlythe“systemdrive”canbechosen).Youmayupgradeyourhardwareanynumberof times,requiringanewlicensefile(whichcanbedownloadedthroughthePeaveywebsite,orthe accompanyingActivationTool).

Creditsandcopyrights

Copyrights

ReValverMKIIIreliesinpartonthefollowingtechnologies:

PortAudio,copyrightRossBencinaandPhilBurk.PortMIDI,copyrightRossBencina,PhilBurkand RogerB.Dannenberg.FFTReal,copyrightLaurentdeSoras.ASIO,VSTPlugInInterfaceTechnol­ogy bySteinbergMediaTechnologiesGmbH.SomespeakerIRsamples,copyrightChrisHurley,DimitarNalbantov,MurrayMcDowall.FamFamFamSilkicons(http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/ icons/silk/)