Behringer Reverb Machine Review
This is my Behringer Reverb Machine review, One of my favorite guitar pedals to get lost in space with.
The Reverb Machine is one that has served me well for a very long time.
And, I'd like to touch on some of my experiences with this pedal. As well as give you a rundown and review on what the Behringer Rv600 is capable of.
One thing I should definitely mention is that this Behringer RV600 should not be confused with the Behringer DR600.
Whilst also a reverb pedal, they are quite different in my opinion. If you'd like to read more about the DR600 check out my Best Reverb Pedals under 100. For now, let us look at this awesome Reverb Machine stompbox by Behringer.
Behringer is a German-based musical instruments manufacturer. They have been around for a long time producing good quality as well as budget-friendly studio gear.
For as long as I can remember, Behringer has suffered from a bad reputation. Not because they make bad gear, but because they've always been seen as "the cheap option".
But just over the past few years, Behringer is slowly gaining a much better reputation. Especially with these budget guitar pedals.
Behringer: Quality Guitar Pedals for A Good Price
Behringer doesn’t have the cool factor of Electro Harmonix or similar guitar effects manufacturers. Mainly because most of their pedals are so-called ‘clones,’. I.e. inexpensive versions of legendary or expensive effects pedals. Much like that of the Joyo Clones as well as the Mooer Clones.
Having said that, the quality and affordability of Behringer products is something that should justify a second look.
I am a strong believer that making exciting music is something that should be accessible to a wider audience. Therefore, a lot of original guitar pedals on the market sell for ridiculously high prices.
And are generally not accessible to the average guitarists. For that reason, I laud Behringer for making budget-friendly pedals such as the Reverb Machine.
Seriously though, I own quite a lot of Behringer Gear, such as the C-1 Condenser mic, Guitar, and Bass V-Amps, the Digital Delay and the RV600 Reverb Machine. None of these have ever failed on me and I’m very satisfied with the results I’m getting out of these machines.
The Reverb Machine is a Line 6 Verbzilla clone
The Behringer RV600 Reverb Machine review is a clone of the Line6 Verbzilla. With its metallic dark blue finish, the RV600 is easily the coolest looking pedal in the Behringer guitar effect pedal series. The enclosure is made out of very sturdy plastic that should survive any stage antics. After this Behringer reverb machine review, I will hopefully get to a pedal comparison between the Rv600 and the Verbzilla.
I know that a plastic enclosure won’t fill most guitarists with confidence, but I played this pedal a few times live and in terms of robustness, it is up there with your Boss and Ibanez pedals.
Offering full stereo in and out, the RV600 is the size of a Boss pedal and has 5 knobs to adjust the wet/dry mix, reverb decay, -time, -tone. And, the preset selector knob to choose from its 11 reverb presets.
On offer are ’63 Spring Reverb, Spring, Plate, Room, Chamber, Hall, Ducking, Space, Cave, Tile and Echo. Also, a switch lets you choose whether you like the reverb trails fading out after you disengage the effect.
The pedal can be powered by battery or more convenient through an external 9vDC pedal power supply.
Concluding My Behringer Reverb Machine Review
The RV600 uses DSP technology and Behringer’s Real Sound Modeling (RSM) processor. Each of the 11 reverb presets sounds incredible authentic.
And is offering any reverb you could ask for; from tiled reverb for 50’s Rock ‘n Roll to its otherworldly Space preset, turning your guitar into heavenly synth pads.
The quality of each preset would satisfy most reverb nuts. No matter what you’re after if it’s adding a bit of depth and atmosphere to your tone or to use it in a more creative fashion to produce dramatic effects. The RV600 can do it all.
The Behringer RV600 is very easy to use. Download the manual but you should be up and running without it in no time.
This Behringer Reverb Machine review should be all that you need to get going with this pedal.
My Favorite Sounds of The Reverb Machine
I was especially taken by the Space preset. Space preset is possibly the solution for legions of U2 fans trying to emulate The Edge’s expansive ‘shimmer’ effect.
On the Verbzilla the preset is called Octo and produces a lush, harmonized, pitch-shifted reverb that turns your bedroom practice into ‘the great gig in the sky.’
While the Irish guitar legend is using high-quality and very expensive and rare studio rack gear to produce his trademark shimmer tone, you have it digitally modeled as preset #8 in your Behringer Reverb Machine.
I also enjoy playing the ducking reverb preset. Funnily enough, I used it more on vocals than for the guitar. Ducking reverb suppresses the reverb to a threshold that you set before the reverb kicks in. This is great when you don’t want the reverb to cloud while your playing but at the end of riff or phrase to come in.
The Tile preset gets you that 50’s RnR vibe; a tone used a lot in Rockabilly style playing, while the ’63 SP (spring Reverb) adds the classic spring reverb found in vintage Fender amps. A lot of players moan about their cheap spring reverbs built-in their amps – the ’63 Spring Reverb preset is your solution. In fact, it was this very setting that prompted this Behringer reverb machine review in the first place!
Review & Article by: Cornel Lazar