Boss RV-6 Reverb Reviews
Eight beautiful reverbs packed into one easy-to-use, compact pedal.
Combining high-end sound and wide-ranging versatility, the RV-6 takes pedal-based reverb to the next level. Reaching beyond the capabilities of previous generations, this power... read more
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Based on 16 Reviews
Great pedal that gives you a wide, diverse array of sounds.
This was the first pedal I ever bought for mysefl - I'd been gifted an OS-2 and a CH-1 years before - and I loved that I finally had access to such great reverb sounds, not to mention a reverb/delay setting. As I started buying more pedals, though, I started to use it less. I didn't necessarily like the shimmer setting that much at a certain point, I more or less replaced it with a Zoom MS-70CDR, which had an even more diverse array of reverbs, in addition to a far better spring settings and controlability. I ended up selling it to my band's bass player along with the other Boss pedals I mentioned (I don't mean this to be elitist bc Boss pedals are great) because I didn't find myself using them as much as I should. I used the money selling it to get an EQD Ghost Echo: a pedal that compensates its lack of diversity with an ethereal, haunting sound and an incredible spring sound.
This is definitely one of the best reverbs for its price, especially if you're still figuring out which reverb sounds you like - unfortunately though, it doesn't have a reverse reverb setting - so all in all a great pedal.
Take your RV-5 and throw it out the window
After owning 2 RV-5 pedals and a Blue Sky, I have to say this is my favorite reverb by far! It takes the famous RV-5 modulate setting and increases the quality big time. The tone control is actually usable in every position, and the other settings beside modulate sound good as well. Plus, you have shimmer and delay+reverb as an option! And the expression jack is a great addition. If this had a favorite switch like the Blue Sky, this would be the end all of all reverb pedals.
Not bad for the price!
I had this pedal on my wish list for quite sometime. I got it for my 15th birthday finally, and just messing around with this pedal was amazing. The only downside is that on the wet input and output, you cannot get your dry signal when you turn it off, but that's okay. This pedal is amazing, especially the shimmer, plate, and modulation settings! The pedal works really well with distortion, so far this pedal has been amazing to use!
If you want Strymon reverb but hesitate because of its cost, this is it. Of course Strymon's sound is so smooth that I don't think it's overpriced, but this RV-6 can compete. It has many useful modes with very natural decay, especially I like plate and hall reverb. Strymon's spring reverb sounds better than that of RV-6 for me, but it still make me feel good while playing.
BOSS's RV-6 is the latest incarnation of their stompbox digital reverb series, which started with the RV-2 way back in the late 1980s.
This one is pretty good! This time round we get Hall, Plate and Spring, a delay/reverb setting, the gorgeous modulated delay setting has been improved in richness from the RV-5, and we also get BOSS's attempts at the now-ubiquitous 'shimmer' reverb. Which, alas, isn't the best; it's a bit harsh to be honest. But, helpfully, there is a dedicated TONE knob, and, with a bit of tweaking, that harshness can be tamed a little. Strymon and Neunaber are still the kings of shimmer, but they're expensive! This is a good compromise for the more budget-conscious.
Good old BOSS, eh? Yes. Their pedals are workmanlike, a bit generic, and, dare I say it, just a wee bit ...boring? But, you know what? They get the job done. And sometimes that's what you want.
One Of If Not The Best Reverb Pedals So Far
This is a great digital reverb pedal. I personally have never really like digital reverb pedals as I always preferred an analogue pedal due to the feel of the reverb but this pedal hits the nail on the head. I got mine for £100 last year and I can see it being moved off my pedal board for years to come. It has tones of effects from your normal room/hall sounds all the way to modulation and even a little all be it not very good in my opinion delay function. But for £100 you can't go wrong with this little beast easily on of the best mid-low range pedals on the market at the moment.
Forget what some people say about Boss pedals.
They are, and they will always be, one of the best pedal manufacturers in the world. Like every company out there, they produce a lot of crappy pedals. But this one is an exception.
I was out there looking for a reverb pedal for quite sometime. But i was avoiding stuff like Strymon, Empress and Eventide. I even considered Neunaber and MXR but I could bring my self to spend over 200€ on a reverb pedal.
I went to a local music shop to see what they had and try a few options. I always thought I would go for a TC Electronic Hall of Fame. Maybe even a Digitech Polara. But never, ever, have I thought I would go for a Boss Reverb pedal, weather it'd be an RV-5 or and RV-6.
I was let down by the TC HOF, but was very, VERY, surprised when I played the RV-6: great reverb, that can compete with other higher priced reverbs.
The Modulation reverb is an interesting mode, and I can definitely see myself using this in the studio for some ambient stuff.
The Spring reverb is cool and all, and maybe it's because it's not my cup of tea, but I couldn't find it anywhere decent, felt too digital, too fake for my ears.
The Plate and Hall reverbs are spot on. It can be subtle at lower Time settings, and it can be quite aggressive but still very musical at higher settings. It does not get the sound too washed in effect. (you can still use the output B to get JUST the wet signal, and blend in the two outputs, in the studio, or send them through two different amps, in a live setting.
The Room reverb is very well designed. It can produce a subtle "presence" to the sound, and even if you "crank" the pedal, it does not get out of control.
The Dynamic mode is quite interesting and, honestly, one of the reasons I bought this pedal. It is very musical, and responds very well to your playing. It sits well in the mix and can fill the space around without feeling like "too much". One of the modes I use the most.
The Shimmer mode was one of the new additions to the RV family, and it is awesome! it just makes me feel like doing swells and ambient/atmospheric stuff all day long. You can adjust the brightness of the octave voicing with tone, so it can me more subtle and suit your needs better.
The +Delay mode is ok. I fool around with it, in juncture with my Ibanez DE7 to produce some ping-pong-ish guitars. it is a great delay if you need one, but I don't see myself using this mode, other than to making some experiences, since I have a delay pedal in my board already.
All in all, it is a great Reverb unit. Within its price range, It is safe to say that it is one, if not, the best bet you can make. You won't regret it.
Great sounds for such a small pedal
I didn't have a love for reverb until my friend let me play with his RV-6. Each effect has their own personalities that can entrance you. The modulate effect can make fantastic ambient and long droning sounds that are angelic, it's probably my favorite effect. The spring effect sounds super neat with a really small subtle vibrato effect blended together. Your plate effect sounds like a really basic reverb with short end times. The hall effect can sound really neat when looking for a much more echo like effect that you want to last longer. The room effect sounds really good for bedrooms and short echo'y sounds, kind of like the opposite of the hall effect. The dynamic effect is kinda confusing to me, but it sounds pretty cool. It sounds like the long droning sounds of modulation but a mixture of long and short echo's like hall and room. Shimmer in my opinion is my least used effect and least favorite, but it has it's moments. I think it's a little too touchy whenever you strum. It has really fast attack on initial strums and isn't consistent with the sound, but it can be used in certain moments like for volume swells or really loud parts if needed. Lastly, the delay is a pretty cool effect that can make some really neat sounds. One neat trick is if you just play for a few seconds on the maximum tone and time setting and let it keep delaying, move the time knob around and have some fun. You can make some really cool warbling sounds that will keep delaying on and on if you leave the tone knob in the same spot. As you set the time lower, slam it back up and it will make a warping sound that's really cool. If you run a looper on a board, these neat delay effects can be used super well in the background for certain situations.