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I bought this so I could sound like SAW. Now I have it, and my dreams are realized. Well, they will be once I get all that other junk!
It's a fantastic reverb. For a long time I turned away from Boss stuff, just because I thought it was sort of like driving a Honda Fit to a party where everyone has some cool European convertible from the 60s. Then I realized that Boss effects do sound very good, and perhaps I should reconsider my judgment upon them. They are a bit vanilla, yes, but remember that effect pedals are modular. You can arrange them in any way you wish. The standard is of course, something like: drive>chorus/phaser>delay>reverb, but what would it sound like to reverse the order? I started thinking about effects in a less standardised way, and now feel freer because of it. Anyway, I think the Boss sound, and especially the 80s Boss sound is a failry clinical one (as far as their digital line is concerned, anyway), but I see that as a strength rather than a flaw. I record onto tape, so for me, sounding like organic, throbbing grit is, in the end, inescapable. A good way for me to not take this completely overboard is to use digital effects, and so, when it fancies me, I do. The Boss RV-2 gives me a bit of sterility in a dank, smelly, organic, analog cave. I love it for that.