Easy DIY reverb?

Hi. I would like to build a reverb unit to be used for vocals. It would be used in a live setting primarily, but it might find a place in the studio if it outputs a nice or unique sound.

For size considerations, I would like to stay away from spring-based units. I have several years experience with circuit building, so if you know of a design, pass it on.

Any ideas?! Thanks for your help. The audio knowledge on this board is impressive! :)



2012-06-25 12:57 pm
if no spring then btdr 3, but try spring one more time , use a good hi-pass filter on line input and output.

here is a simple one but it uses a spring.


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2008-12-20 5:59 am
Here's one for you to read

Hi. I would like to build a reverb unit..., I would like to stay away from spring-based units.
Welcome back.

This DIY Reverb page on Hometracked lead me to this article from ETI magazine using the MN3011 BBD

As it's got plenty of "how it works" info you should be able to clone it with whatever BBD device you can get your hands onto.

Otherwise you're into ADC/CPU/DAC territory.
The Belton / Accutronics modules are available from AES (tubesand more.com). The data sheets are on their site. Select "reverb tanks" from their site menu, then search for "belton."

Here is the docs for the one I used.

Yes, you can use the 6.3 volt winding in a tube amp for power if it is already floating with a FWB. It might be possible to use a single half wave diode if one side of the heater winding is grounded, but I have not tried this.


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I don't mean to sound unkind, but I assumed when you asked about building in a reverb circuit, that you had the electronic skills required. Power supplies are fairly straightforward. They can be derived off existing circuits often. If the amp has a bias tap on the PT, we could tap a diode into that for a positive supply as easily as the negative bias supply. it would never know the difference. Granted, that would start out closer to 50v than 5v, but it is simple to adjust that.
Is that you in the pic?

That is me, but I have shrunken about 15 pounds since that picture was taken.

I don't know if I would attempt cobbling a +5 from existing circuit unless the transformer had 5 volt taps........that would start out closer to 50v than 5v, but it is simple to adjust that

The Belton module draws 60 to 100 mA, so the choices are rectified heater power, a separate supply, or dropping 50 volts down to 5. A buck converter is about the only way to lose 45 volts without making a lot of heat.