• Amazon: Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
• Pros: Unmatched versatility, with amazing sounds. A rough and ruggedly-constructed pedal, that can handle even the hammer of the gods.
• Cons: Not true bypass. And some sounds are better created on other pedals. But that’s getting picky.
• Overall: Like having a rackmount processor in a stompbox.
The Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb is an industrial-strength stereo-effects pedal. One of the most versatile digital reverb boxes this reviewer has ever tested, it has 6 different Modes (Spring, Plate, Hall, Room, Gate, and Modulate) that are selectable by the Mode knob. It also has knobs for Level, Tone, and Time. The RV-5 features stereo input and output, an option that’s cool as all hell, as you can use it in line after a stereo effects unit, including a synth or keyboard. Each of the sounds is absolutely stellar, high quality, and tweakable. (Nice!)
The Modulate setting is a new addition, adding some spacey movement to the mix. The Gate setting is either awesome or just interesting, depending on your tastes; it’s used on drums frequently and sounds pretty cool on guitar. The Plate setting can create some amazing tones, and is one of the better plates you’ll hear in a stompbox. Spring is decent, but there’s a very weird flammy pick attack that doesn’t sound natural, and Boss’s brother-pedal the FRV-1 is wayyy-friggin’-cooler at emulating spring reverb. Hall and Room both are natural and refined classic sounds.
If you’re looking for essential pedals for your rig, or a box that can take your axe from deep to shimmery, look no further. Plunk down some cash on the Boss RV-5. And prepare to get blown away.
Amazon: Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb