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Post by JohnLRice » Sun May 07, 2017 11:10 pm

Starting a thread for this newer pedal https://www.meris.us/product/mercury7-reverb-pedal/

and the 500 series version that has been around for a little while.
https://www.meris.us/product/mercury7-reverb/

I just got the pedal version yesterday, here's a quick test:
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Post by numan7 » Sun May 07, 2017 11:22 pm

it certainly looks interesting!

the website mentions that all parameters can be controlled via cv-pedal. have you tried this yet, JLR? how do you go about setting the cv-amts for the individual params?


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Post by NoLegs » Sun May 07, 2017 11:32 pm

Nice! I really want one of these. Thanks for the demo. What was the female chorus sound you used towards the end? That sounded especially nice through the pedal.

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Post by JohnLRice » Mon May 08, 2017 1:13 am

numan7 wrote:it certainly looks interesting!

the website mentions that all parameters can be controlled via cv-pedal. have you tried this yet, JLR? how do you go about setting the cv-amts for the individual params?


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I haven't tried CV control yet but I saw a demo and it looks pretty slick! With say a volumn pedal in the heel position you set all the knobs to their starting position an then you move the pedal to the to position and set all the knobs to the desired ending position. Once that is done you can use the volume pedal to morph between the two settings! :eek: :hyper: :tu: I think it might be interesting to try under sequencer control to for having some obvious effect on certain notes/steps and not on others!

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Post by JohnLRice » Mon May 08, 2017 1:15 am

NoLegs wrote:Nice! I really want one of these. Thanks for the demo. What was the female chorus sound you used towards the end? That sounded especially nice through the pedal.
Thanks! The first half of the demo was all modular synth an the second half was all Mellotron M4000D.

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Post by NoLegs » Mon May 08, 2017 7:19 pm

JohnLRice wrote:
NoLegs wrote:Nice! I really want one of these. Thanks for the demo. What was the female chorus sound you used towards the end? That sounded especially nice through the pedal.
Thanks! The first half of the demo was all modular synth an the second half was all Mellotron M4000D.
Ah that explains it. Gotta love the Mellotron. Thanks man! :banana:

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Post by rauch » Tue May 09, 2017 9:45 am

sounds good for sure but does it sound like a 224?

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Post by rauch » Tue May 09, 2017 10:45 am

how is it on drums / percussive sounds?

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Post by Klangzaun » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:21 am

Thanks for the demo. I am interested in the cv control as well. Did someone tried this out?

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Post by sneak-thief » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:51 am

Re. CV control - I'll try it out this weekend and report back.

One thing that I find irritating is that the wet/dry knob jumps from ~80% wet to 100% wet in non-swell mode. Swell mode doesn't have this jump but a stereo input signal becomes mono.

So if you're looking for a smooth dry to fully wet transition, you're not going to get it. I haven't fully tested this with CV and MIDI yet.

The rationalization is that many people want 100% wet and it's an easy way to set that. What the heck, if they're concerned about people for some reason not being able to reach 100% wet when turning the knob, why not just have a steeper mix curve that ends sooner instead of a drastic switch at 3/4 of the knob rotation?

Others have mentioned this: http://www.ilovefuzz.com/viewtopic.php? ... 0#p1216757
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Post by Klangzaun » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:05 am

Thanks for checking the CV control.

Actually I am considering to get the Mercury7, the upcoming Ventris or the Immerse Reverberator.

I would set them to 100% wet as I want to use it as send effect.

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Post by smetak » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:52 pm

I have their Ottobit - excellent effect and the filter is impressive. Thought about the Mercury 7, but blew a good deal of coin on Clouds, a Happy Ending kit and a pricey Wren & Cuff fuzz, so will have to settle for the new TC HOF, which costs less then half. No Mercury for me, unfortunately.....

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Post by dkcg » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:48 pm

Tried the Buchla through Mercury as a send effect in the mixer. Sounds great! No clipping (I set it to line mode, it defaults to instrument levels), and it's a lot of fun using an exp pedal to change so many settings at the same time.

I think it's better with pads than drums or other percussion, but overall a really useful delay with a unique exp imlementation.

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Post by sneak-thief » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:21 am

I've had good results with percussion by cutting the low frequency pot, dropping the modulation and dialing back intra-tank pitch shift and decay. For me at least, this creates less busy tails that fit in the mix better.

Also, zero modulation with piano sounds great.

For that long-decaying Blade Runner boom on low percussive sounds, kill the high and turn low up all the way and the bloom washes over like massive explosion.

Don't underestimate the palette and level of complexity of this pedal - when you start to experiment with all of the controls, it has a much wider range than at first glance.

It's also the antithesis of menu diving in a Lexi PCM. The immediate controls invite quick results and much gratification.
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Post by dkcg » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:50 pm

Cross posted from a thread in the Buchla forum since this is dripping wet with the Mercury in Cathedral mode.

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Post by Klangzaun » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:43 pm

Ok, guys. You got me. I ordered the Mercury7 today.

btw: I have asked the Meris team about the mentioned midi cable and 4 button switch. Both will be released in a while as they told me. May I will check out that midi cable, but I'm not sure if do need presets.

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Post by rauch » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:17 pm

@dkcg thanks sounds great! :tu:

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Post by 3001 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:59 am

those who have the mercury 7, what other effects do you have with it?

I've got an h8000fw and a space, and wondering if it'll compliment. Getting a bit sick of the h8000fw tbh with no knobs, although it's sweet as hell sounding. Looking for some more fun options, but from these demos changing params seem to be steppy on the mercury?
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Post by L. Fishtongue » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:32 pm

I just picked up one of these and I'm a little confused at what a couple of the alternative functions do, namely, density and predelay. Are changes within these alternative functions really subtle? I have the pedal set to mono and line level and I have my modular synth at its input. Maybe I need to have my ears checked, but maxed out or minimized for both those functions sound sorta samey to me. This is my first reverb pedal so I don't have anything to compare it to.

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Post by Klangzaun » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:31 am

L. Fishtongue wrote:I just picked up one of these and I'm a little confused at what a couple of the alternative functions do, namely, density and predelay. Are changes within these alternative functions really subtle? I have the pedal set to mono and line level and I have my modular synth at its input. Maybe I need to have my ears checked, but maxed out or minimized for both those functions sound sorta samey to me. This is my first reverb pedal so I don't have anything to compare it to.
May you hear it better in cathedral mode as it offers a longer and more intensive effect. Be sure that autoswell is deactivated. Try to turn the modulation and highs above 12 o'clock. Although these a finetuning and more subtle you should hear what these parameters do. Try the vector control in shimmer mode here as well.

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Post by Ra » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:07 am

Does anybody have some insight on how this compares to the Strymon BlueSky as an all purpose reverb? Not only for guitar but electronic synths and percussion too.
The Strymon is nice, but I'm missing the subtlety and tweakability quite a lot. Lot's of the modes and functions are pretty much never used, because they're too "in your face". So the Meris Mercury7 seems to be a bit more finetuneable, not just for modulation and shimmer, but also just for simple reverb duties.
Been thinking about getting it, because the similar form-factor would make it a good replacement for the BlueSky. But I'm still not sure.

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Post by worra » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:20 am

I have a Mercury 7 and it is absolutely one of my favorite pedals on synth. I've tried a few others and while the Empress Reverb is also great, the M7 just really nails the modulation sounds.

My one major complaint, is that the mix knob on the M7 has a hard cut for the dry signal right before you get to fully wet. It's definitely a bit annoying with a hotter signal like a synth, you can't get the dry to fade perfectly into full wet, there's a little cut you can hear.

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Post by sneak-thief » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:01 am

3001 wrote:I've got an h8000fw and a space, and wondering if it'll compliment. Getting a bit sick of the h8000fw tbh with no knobs, although it's sweet as hell sounding. Looking for some more fun options, but from these demos changing params seem to be steppy on the mercury?
There is nothing steppy on the Mercury7, barring the single small jump from mostly wet to fully wet on the mix control, which in Meris' words is a feature for those using it as a send effect from their mixer (to guarantee a fully wet setting).
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Post by milkshake » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:17 am

sneak-thief wrote:
3001 wrote:I've got an h8000fw and a space, and wondering if it'll compliment. Getting a bit sick of the h8000fw tbh with no knobs, although it's sweet as hell sounding. Looking for some more fun options, but from these demos changing params seem to be steppy on the mercury?
There is nothing steppy on the Mercury7, barring the single small jump from mostly wet to fully wet on the mix control, which in Meris' words is a feature for those using it as a send effect from their mixer (to guarantee a fully wet setting).
To add to this:

The "steppyness" (I interpreted this as a small click when changing a parameter) depends on what you are changing now and what have you changed before. There are 2 layers of control, changing between those layers will probably give a sudden change in sound when moving the same knob (sudden large parameter jump).
Also switching the pitch vector will sometimes give an audible click.
Changing the whole algorithm makes a click.

But in practice its rare to hear clicks. I only switch control layers often to change the modulation speed. That can give a click when changing the modulation depth.
And if you have set the pitch vector mix level to reasonable levels, you can switch pitch vectors without audible clicks. Except when you switch the pitch vector off!
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Post by muddy ranks » Mon May 07, 2018 5:32 pm

NoLegs wrote:Nice! I really want one of these. Thanks for the demo. What was the female chorus sound you used towards the end? That sounded especially nice through the pedal.
The latter portion of this video seems to come from Mellotron sounds. I'm guessing the digital ones they make these days, maybe?

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