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Product ValhallaVintageVerb
Developer Valhalla DSP
Price (MSRP) $50
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ValhallaVintageVerb

ValhallaVintageVerb is a postmodern reverb plug-in, inspired by the classic hardware digital reverbs of the 1970s and 1980s.

Features

8 true stereo reverb algorithms:

  1. Concert Hall. Based on the hall algorithms of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Huge spatial image, echo density that can be adjusted from very sparse to very dense, and lush chorusing modulation.
  2. Bright Hall. Similar to the Concert Hall algorithm, but with a brighter initial sound, and deeper and lusher modulation.
  3. Plate. Inspired by early 1980s plate algorithms. Highly diffuse, bright initial sound, high echo density, lush chorused modulation.
  4. Room. Emulates the sound of early 1980s room algorithms. Medium diffusion/early echo density, somewhat darker sound, chorused modulation.
  5. Chamber. A transparent and dense algorithm. Highly diffuse, high echo density, less coloration than Plate/Room algorithms, chorused modulation.
  6. Random Space. This generates DEEP and WIDE reverbs, with a slow attack, and more diffusion than the late 1980s algorithms that inspired it. The modulation uses internal delay randomization, to reduce metallic artifacts without the pitch change that can occur in the algorithms with chorused modulation.
  7. Chorus Space. Same as Random Space, but with the delay randomization replaced with lush chorused modulation.
  8. Ambience. Combines time varying randomized early reflections with a full-featured reverb tail, with the balance between early and late reverb controlled by the Attack knob. Useful for adding "air" to drums, vocals, and any place where a reverb should be felt but not heard.

3 color modes for dialing in the tone color and sonic artifacts of a specific reverb era:

  1. 1970s. Replicates the reduced bandwidth of the earliest digital reverberators (10 kHz maximum output frequency). Downsampled internally, to reproduce the artifacts of running at a lower sampling rate. The modulation is dark and noisy, and can produce strange and random sidebands with sustained notes. This is intentional.
  2. 1980s. Full bandwidth / sampling rate, for a brighter sound than the 1970s. The modulation is still dark and noisy, but will produce different artifacts than the 1970s mode as it is running at the full sampling rate.
  3. NOW. Full bandwidth / sampling rate. The modulation is clean and colorless, versus the funky artifacts of the 1970s/1980s modes.

The interface has been designed to be instantly accessible and user friendly:

  • Streamlined set of powerful parameters, organized into logical categories.
  • All controls on one panel. No menu diving required.
  • Tooltips at the bottom of the plugin window, that describe the currently selected reverb mode and color mode, as well as any parameters the user is adjusting. The goal is for the plugin to be self-documenting.
  • A powerful cross-platform preset menu, with the ability to copy and paste presets in a text format. Share presets via emails, forum posts, etc.
  • Continuously resizable – just click on the lower right corner and drag to the desired size.
  • Modernist, minimalist 2D graphic design.

The copy protection is based on a simple keyfile, and the plug-in can be installed and used on multiple computers. No dongle required, no challenge/response.

Discussion: Active

Discussion

19 December 2012 at 9:54pmliquid_noise

Yes really, it's a great plugin - I have it one day now, but I can day it's one of my best reverbs!

20 December 2012 at 8:52amsolidtrax

Day one purchase without even trying the demo. That's how much faith I have in ValhallaDSP. This reverb is awesome and the price is insane. Waves would have asked 4 times as much, Softube probably 5 times as much and Universal Audio at least 6 times as much, but probably 7! ;-)

20 December 2012 at 1:29pmQuietinthedark

I've spent a long time looking for reverbs that accurately simulate nice sounding real spaces. V3 sounds better than the real world.

10 April 2013 at 4:30pmChasingAndromeda

I wasn't going to purchase this because I thought UberMod and Valhalla Room covered all my needs. But, one day a few weeks ago, I downloaded this on a whim and decided to play around with it. It didn't take long to decide that this was a totally different beast that had a place in my plugins folder.

I am completely enamored with how it sounds on guitars, both electric and acoustics. The 70s mode adds this wonderful warmth that I have not been able to replicate with this kind of smoothness using any other reverb. It is just a lush sound that really makes the guitars shine. It is also wonderful on electric piano. The 80s mode sounds work well with synths. The presets are very usable. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the Valhalla products.

29 May 2013 at 1:43pmFraggle

I bought valhalla shimmer a few years back and although i felt it was a bit of a 1 trick pony, it did that trick very very nicely.

I bought valhalla vintage verb a month or so ago. For the price it is absolutely phenomenal. I love its flexibility and range of uses. Before i got this verb i used Reaktor's space verb 2 for big gushy spaces and long decay tails for moody atmospheric musical ideas, but i found i had to use other verbs for smaller spaces. Its great now to have one reverb that can do everything.

However, A week ago i found an error on this verb that caused it to crash. I wrote to the developer, who replied saying that between 1 and 2% of customers reported this crash. He gave no promises to find the glitch and produce a patch or updated version. I was disappointed by that but i understand that he is not a big company and given the pricing he puts on his products i an forgive him this slackness because he really does make lovely gear for those with not much cash to spend.

So i can't give it a 10/10 but its fair to say its a 8.5-9/10 product.

20 June 2013 at 11:24pmMadeInMachines

I'm currently demoing this plugin and really like it but it's causing consistent crashes in live 9 using the vst. The developers response was to blame live even though his others work fine in live 9 and so do all of my other plugins. I had to write twice to get a reply and wait 3 days and it wasn't particularly helpful saying 'use the au version'. This really isn't the customer support that I expect so I'm glad I tested it and haven't bought it as it's pretty useless to me until it's fixed and it doesn't sound like the developer has much will to fix it. Annoying because it sounds excellent.

21 June 2013 at 8:25amFraggle

Hi.

just for your interest, the software this was bugging out in was also Ableton 9. I agree with you: its not an Ableton issue either.

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21 June 2013 at 3:32pmKlemperer

I just can say that I never had any issue with the Valhalla plugins, and I own all of the payware ones. Reaper, Orion, Audiomulch and more daws run perfectly with it. Awesome, indeed, as these plugins are not only affordable and come without the ugly types of copy protection, they sound incredibly beautiful.

So I just hope you'll get your Live issues sorted. I had a very old live lite version, but deleted it, otherwise I could have done a little testing just to find out if there was something crashing here too :(.

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