The modern-day studio has become a place where differing thoughts and design aesthetics merge together to give us more creative tools. For the release of the TC Electronic DVR250-DT, the brand's designers have built something that will equally delight fans of digital reverb and those that crave more tactile control over their sound.
At its core, the DVR250-DT is an incredible reverb plug-in. TC Electronic has taken inspiration from one of the most beloved reverb units ever created, the EMT-250, and kept very faithful to its classic sound. While the 100-pound radiator-style build of the original is gone, something very unique has taken its place.
Get a taste of the new TC Electronic DVR250-DT by watching our demo video below. You'll hear examples of the digital reverb controller on vocals from Madelyn Grant, electric guitar played by Dustin McLaughlin and acoustic guitar and drums played by Bryan Reilly.
The magic of the DVR250-DT is its commitment to the EMT-250's controls. The plug-in comes with a handy desktop controller featuring the same controls as the classic standalone reverb. The desktop controller features four main levers, which control Time (t), Low frequencies (>), High frequencies (<), and Predelay (+td), in addition to some secondary controls like Mix and Modulation and Output Select.
If you're looking to add something that goes beyond the bounds of reverb, the DVR250-DT also features several other options for shaping your sounds. There are five additional buttons on the controller for Echo, Delay, Chorus, Phasing and Space. If you're feeling stuck, there are an ample amount of presets to help you along the way.
Using the plug-in and controller is extremely simple and intuitive. All you need to do to get started is download the software, plug in the provided USB cable into the unit's rear micro-USB port and away you go. There's no extra power supply needed as the DVR250-DT is bus powered. One thing to note, the plug-in can't be used without the controller, but using them in tandem is what makes it so fun.
This release from TC Electronic checks so many of our boxes, as it gives us an outstanding plug-in inspired by a classic reverb unit, in addition to a tactile controller. It allows you to break away from clicking on the screen with a mouse and just use your hand to make adjustments while listening to what you're working on. The DVR250-DT is a very inspiring piece to say the least and it only weighs in at a price tag of $349.