Flounderguts wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:15 pm
< snip > I will probably pick up an Alesis (any comments on MidiVerb II vs quadraverb vs ???) <snip>
Unless you really want the ultra-simplistic UI of the MIDIverb II or simply must have a specific effect that it does, the Quadraverb is vastly more flexible and powerful, and has useful real-time assignable MIDI control over many parameters.
For a menu-driven machine, it's simple enough to use.
Its small room reverbs are still very usable today for some jobs, and the chorus>delay>reverb effects are wonderful pad thickeners.
I wouldn't use it as a main reverb for vocals or acoustic instruments though - it simply lacks the clarity and detail that a good lexicon or TC reverb has. For electronic music it is still highly useful, and is a nice flavour to have available in your palette.
It can clip nastily if overdriven at the input stage, so many users back off the input, making it noisier than more modern devices, but there are mods that can improve the signal/noise ratio using (I believe) a single zener diode, and possibly a resistor - I forget the exact details.
A high-ratio fast attack/release limiter on its input(s) also helps a lot with improving the noise spec.
Keep its mains wall-wart away from low-level and unbalanced signal cables - the PSU lump radiates hum. The inverse-square law is your friend there