Boss RV-5 Effects Pedal : Review

RV-5

Easy but versatile

Notwithstanding the remarkable simplicity, it is equipped with only 4 knobs, it turns out rather flexible. Let's see the available controls.

E. Level

Like always, the general volume.

Tone

The equalization. At the minimum value the sound will be rather warm. On the contrary, at the maximum, it will be brighter.

Time

It modifies the length, the duration. Substantially, the decadence period.

Mode

6 different options at the user disposal.

  • Modulate
  • It adds a modulation to Hall.

  • Gate
  • It is much compressed and produces a rather particular sound.

  • Room
  • It simulates the reverberation of a small room.

  • Hall
  • Like the previous, but in a larger room.

  • Plate
  • It produces a metallic sound, with a great high end.

  • Spring
  • The classic Accutronics. I have to say that the result is really valid.

Examples

Some settings included in the manual of the RV-5.

Room

Room

Fat

Fat

Garage

Garage

Chorus

Chorus

Spring

Spring

Concert Hall

Concert Hall

Bright

Bright

Deep

Deep

Sound and conclusions

Much silent and, certainly, it produces a quality sound. The Mode knob makes the RV-5 a good solution in many different contexts. Spring and Hall are, in my opinion, the best available options. It isn't cheap, but it works very well. A good Boss pedal for the Reverb.

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