A 1970 Gibbs spring reverb tank (2 spring model) was sampled 14 times. This was probably taken from a Hammond organ, but the same model was used in Fender gear also. Different hardware setups were used, along with a little digital and analog trickery (in some programs), to get a variety of tonal possibilities, all still true to the basic spring sound. In some cases, feedback was used (with 2 different paths), in others cassette tapes were used, and in some cases objects were placed on or wedged between the springs to cause different resonances and decay behaviors. Some employed a method to shift the frequency response of the spring up or down. Check the manual for detailed descriptions of how each effect was made.
Besides tonal variety, another main idea behind this set was to provide DISTORTION. This is because I’ve always liked distorted reverb. To this end, each sampled effect is available in 1k and 6k options. The 1k can be used for clean reverb, and the 6k ones for thicker or fully distorted verb. In some cases, the distortion can be mixed in and used to provide an all new element to a sound, making these useful for sound mangling purposes.
As you could imagine, a 6k reverb program at around 5 seconds would be quite taxing on any CPU (especially at 96khz). Keep in mind though, there is plenty of value just in the tonal variations/colors of reverb available, which can be used without the distortion kernels by using the 1k versions. There are also long and short presets for each effect, so you can quickly audition each by loading the short 1k versions until you find a color you like, then switch to the longer 6k versions at some point down the road (or not if you don’t need them).
2 programs from the set. One with 6 kernels, one with 1. Check the included .txt to see how they differ from the full versions.
Color Springs Demo pack
The manual has more general info, and specific info for each program. Check it out!
This guitar clip demo shows off the different tone/colors of spring reverb you can get from the set. Each of the 14 different verbs was used, in the order that they are described in the manual. First it’s dry, then one repetition with each verb.
This guitar clip is aimed at showing off the possibilities of the distortion element of the effects. Just like the above clip, every effect is used, and gone through in the same order. The distortion may be a little too prominent in some cases, but remember that you can always mix it in at the amount you need.
This is an acoustic guitar clip, and it just kind of jumps around to a few different programs in no specific order. Sometimes the distortion is mixed in at obvious levels, other times not.
This is a programmed drum mix, with snares, kicks, hats, and the occasional claps and electronic toms. First you hear it dry, then wet a few different times. The different drum elements are ran through different reverbs from the set before being mixed together.
This is just a series of claps, just a single clap sample played over and over, first dry then going through each effect in the set (in order this time). You will hear a static burst between each program change, because it actually plays twice for each program, once then again with more distortion mixed in. Keep in mind that here the tail of the verbs are usually cut short, to save time.
Thanks to elam (from Acustica Audio forums) and to Andreas Witez for their guitar clips!
Price = $9.50 US – Programs available for download immediately after purchase. You must be a registered user of the full version of Nebula to use these programs. Nebula 3 Pro or Server is recommended. The 44.1khz version of the set was made by converting the set with SoX.
Buy the 96khz version here:
Buy the 44.1khz version here:
Pay 1$ extra (total of $10.50) to get both versions here: