Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Alesis Midiverb II program 43 - 200 msec reverse reverb - My Bloody Valentine

The Alesis Midiverb has a lot of fans out there in the electronic music and guitar bashing worlds. From Aphex Twin to My Bloody Valentine, it's graced some astoundingly creative records. 

So what is program 43? 

It's listed as a 200 millisecond reverse reverb. Really it's a load of delay taps that builds the sound up beaituflly as each tap gets louder. 

Now this video is one of the best out there. It shows how the delay taps work with the SMMH and it's the same concept with the Midiverb. 

The difference is that the Midiverb taps 'smear' together a lot more than the SMMH which, even with distortion over the top, still lets you hear the individual taps. The Midiverb flows more and you can hear that thick chewed up sound Kevin Shields referred to as sounding like it was melted. 

I've been trying to replicate this with plugins, namely Echoboy by Soundtoys and Ubermod by Valhalla DSP. I'll post up the results in the future. In the meantime here's a quick demo of program 43. Note it was a bit fiddly getting the levels right so the volume isn't always great. The Midiverb is not a quiet unit and so I did turn down the output a bit. 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal - great when it's fuzzy, terrifying when it's trebly.

There is little I can say on this in detail. So we will go with short points.

-It's horrible when the treble is pushed up
-It's godlike with the low end going up
-Get it right, the pedal sings. 
-Get it wrong, it urinates into your mouth.