- UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE: Please upgrade the firmware on your RV-500 to ensure these presets will load and function properly.
- RV-500 EDITOR REQUIRED: In order to transfer these presets do your RV-500, you’ll need to download and install the RV-500 Editor from BOSS.
- STEREO: These reverbs will sound great in mono, but if you are able to run a stereo rig, they’ll sound better :).
HOW TO IMPORT
- DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE RV-500 EDITOR – this software editor is available from BOSS.
- CONNECT YOUR RV-500 TO YOUR COMPUTER – you’ll need a USB cable. Once you connect your RV-500 to your computer, you can connect the RV-500 editor to the pedal.
- IMPORT THE REVERB PRESETS: Navigate to the ‘Librarian’ section of the editor. Next, click the ‘Import’ button, and select a delay from the download folder. The Editor will ask you which slot you would like to import the preset into. NOTE: When you import a preset, it will overwrite whatever is in the slot you select. The presets need to be imported individually.
INCLUDED DELAY PRESETS
HALL VERBS: These reverbs use the ‘Hall’ algorithm.
- SUBTLE HALL – This is a short hall reverb without a huge decay. We like it for an ‘always on’ sort of reverb sound.
- MEDIUM HALL – The mix and decay sit between the ‘subtle’ and ‘big’ options.
- BIG HALL – Big and ambient hall reverb.
- BIG HALL MOD – An ambient hall verb with lots of modulation.
PLATE VERBS: These reverbs use the ‘Plate’ algorithm. They tend to sound brighter and more metallic (plate reverbs emulate an actual metal plate). You can, of course, re-voice it to be darker, brighter, etc.
- SMALL PLATE – Subtle plate verb.
- MEDIUM PLATE – The mix and decay sit between the ‘subtle’ and ‘big’ options.
- BIG PLATE – Big and ambient plate reverb.
SPRING VERBS: These reverbs use the ‘Spring’ algorithm.
- BASIC SPRING – Subtle spring reverb. This one sounds like a typical spring reverb setting built into a combo amp like a Deluxe Reverb.
- MEDIUM SPRING – The mix and decay sit between the ‘subtle’ and ‘big’ options.
- BIG SPRING – Big and ambient spring reverb.
ROOM VERBS: These reverbs use the ‘Room’ algorithm. Don’t be fooled – the Room setting can be small and subtle, but also hyooooge.
- SMALL ROOM – Subtle room verb.
- MEDIUM ROOM – The mix and decay sit between the ‘subtle’ and ‘big’ options.
- BIG ROOM – Big and ambient room reverb.
SHIMMER VERBS: These reverbs use the ‘Shimmer’ algorithm.
- ANGEL CHOIR – Lots of octave up shimmer.
- ANTI SHIMMER – This uses shimmer to pitch the reverb down. Don’t miss this one – it is a very cool sound.
- STREETS PAD – This uses octave up shimmer and the attack is set so that if you play a chord or note it will swell in. Be careful – this one can get out of control quickly.
AMBIENT AND SPECIALTY: These reverbs go from big to bigger (or weird to weirder, but in the best ways). There are ambient reverbs in the other folders as well, but we wanted more. These use a variety of different algorithms built into the RV-500.
- BIG ROOM MOD – Huge room reverb with lots of modulation.
- CLOUDY MAYBE – Uses the ‘Fast Decay’ algorithm to get a cloud type reverb
- HAUNTED HALL – Hall reverb algorithm with lots of modulation and movement
- PITCH VERB HIGH – Uses the ‘SFX’ algorithm and sounds almost like a POG (octave up) in the reverb tail.
- PITCH VERB LOW – Uses the ‘SFX’ algorithm and sounds almost like a POG (octave down) in the reverb tail.
- SRV BIG – Uses the ‘SRV’ algorithm to get a big ambient reverb. NOTE: This has nothing to do with Stevie Ray Vaughan
- SWIRL & BLOOM – Uses the ‘Fast Decay’ algorithm to get an ambient reverb with lots of movement and texture
- THE GLORY – Uses the ‘SFX’ algorithm to get a massive reverb full of texture and vibe.
- THERE IS A CLOUD – Cloud type reverb using the ‘Room’ algorithm
- THERE IS A STORM – uses the ‘SFX’ algorithm, and it sounds literally like a storm (wind).
A FEW NOTES ABOUT THE ALGORITHMS
The RV-500 includes an incredible range of sounds via all the reverb algorithms. One thing that surprised us is just how many different sounds are included in each different algorithm via all the parameters BOSS includes. For example, the ‘Room’ algorithm can be very subtle and give you the sense of hearing your guitar in a physical space (like you would expect), but it can sound enormous if you want it to.
Feel free to experiment with the different algorithms, and/or use these presets and jumping off points to create your own sounds.
The RV-500 allows you to assign the ‘Tap/Control’ button to various functions. These assignments are per-preset, so it can function differently in each preset. You can use the editor to easily change this. For the most part, we have left this button un-assigned, which allows you to change it to fit your needs. In a few presets, we’ve set this button to perform a hold type functionality.
SIGNAL CHAIN PLACEMENT
We created these presets with the RV-500 after gain, modulation, and delay pedals, but in front of the amp(s). If you choose to run reverb after your amps (either real-world amps or digital modeling), you will probably need to make some adjustments for the reverbs to sound right. In this situation (reverbs post-amp), you’ll likely need to increase the ‘Mix’ parameters of the reverbs. As always, use your ears and do what sounds best for your rig and your playing.
SUGGESTED RV-500 SYSTEM SETTINGS
In our usage, we find the following settings work best for us. But with different rigs you may need to make adjustments to find what works best for you. Please refer to the RV-500 manual and set the pedal up in a way that works best for your setup.
OUTPUT: Stereo (see the notes above if you’re running mono)
FSW MODE: Normal. We realize thatRV-500 gives you the option of running two reverbs at the same time with the ‘A/B SIMUL’ option, but for us, the Normal mode is the way to go. Feel free to use whatever setting fits your needs best.
Initial Release (Version 1.0): 2022-04-13
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