True, old-school overdrive sounds best when coming from non-master-knob tube amps. With this in mind, Origin Effects researched and analyzed the sounds of countless classic valve driven amps when creating the Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Custom. The RevivalDRIVE features all-analog components, with discrete transistor-based circuitry replacing valves, to recreate each stage from a true valve amp-style signal path. From clean boost to cranked overdrive the RevivalDRIVE is able to replicate the sounds from a wide range of American and British amps. Mid-boost and EQ/filter controls allow you to customize your tone to get the exact overdrive you need.
With the Cali76 compressor, Origin took the sound and response of the legendary Urei 1176 studio compressor and reproduced it in a pedal, following the same analogue circuit topology but adapting the components to work in pedal format. The same approach was applied to the RevivalDRIVE.
Using all-analog components and replacing the valves with discrete transistor-based circuitry, Origin have recreated every stage of the signal path you’d find inside a vintage valve amp. This includes not only the preamp, phase inverter, power amp and rectifier stages, but also a synthesized mains power signal and a speaker-emulating reactive load.
Accurately emulating valve amp circuit behavior is just the start. The RevivalDRIVE’s intuitive controls let you play around with different elements of this circuit, effectively redesigning the amp as you go.
Change the preamp voicing and “bright capacitor” values to explore a range of British and American amp flavors. Rein in the low end for a lean and defined overdrive or push the bass into brutal distortion. Fine-tune the overdrive’s response to your picking dynamics. Goose up your tone with a mid boost, adjusted to just the right frequency, or blend your dry and overdriven signals together.
One pedal, many amps, your tone!
Thanks to its unique design, the RevivalDRIVE is able to recreate aspects of real valve amp behavior never previously captured in a pedal.
Valve and silicon rectifier channels let you experiment with different flavors of power amp sag, while the variable Ghost control recreates the “double tone” or “ghost note” effect encountered when cranking certain vintage amps, subtly thickening up solos.
Dual Class-A preamp stages offer realistic gain-staging and natural-sounding clipping, while the phase inverter and push-pull power amp stages provide a realistic tonal response, symmetrical harmonics, subtle crossover distortion and touch-sensitive drive characteristics.
Using a built-in reactive load, the pedal also models the interaction between a real valve output stage and a speaker cabinet, delivering amp-like feel and realistic harmonics.
Origin have built a range of EQ compensation features into the RevivalDRIVE to make sure it will sound great with whatever amp you’re using – even a flat-response power amp.
With most overdrives, the designers have voiced the pedal to work with their own favorite amp. If you happen to use something different, then you’re out of luck. You’re left with a sound that’s either too harsh or too muddy. Worse still, you can end up sacrificing the clean amp settings you want to use in order to accommodate the overdrive pedal.
With the RevivalDRIVE, there are no compromises.
The RevivalDRIVE is packed with ingenious features and subtle touches designed to aid the player and increase flexibility.
A set of DIP switches at the rear allow you to turn the Valve Rectifier channel into a second Silicon Rectifier channel and toggle the simulated mains power supply between US and GB frequencies, altering the character of the ghost tones produced. When plugging into a flat-response power amp or PA, you can choose to make use of the RevivalDRIVE’s preamp-style tone-shaping even when the overdrive effect is bypassed.
Adding the optional footswitch (sold separately) lets you remotely trigger the fully variable mid boost to punch through the mix or override the Dry/O.D. blend control, instantly switching from a lower gain tone to full throttle.
|Unit Weight||1200 g|
|Input Connectors||1/4-inch TS|
|Output Connectors||1/4-inch TS|
|Power Supply||Required (not included)|
|Power Consumption||100 mA|
The last overdrive you’ll need. If you buy it.
For those of you that fear this device is hard to dial in, IT IS!
First, setting the levels is not explained in the manual. Go to TheGearPage.net for a good set of instructions. Second, I found that matching the EQ to my amp was very difficult. I like a bright clean sound, and most ODs sound too fizzy. Even with all the EQ trimpots on the RevivalDrive, I could not entirely dial out brightness and fizz.
What I DO like about this unit: 1. The BLEND control is great for dialing in on-the-verge of breakup sounds. 2. The GHOST control is unique.
Is this worth the price? Maybe. I suspect you could do the same with a good conventional OD, a small foot pedal mixer, a parametric EQ, and a ring modulator for the ghost sounds. Using the mixer, mix the OD with output EQ'd and the bypass, and then mix in ring modulator sounds to taste. That's four pedals, easily bigger and just as expensive as the RevivalDrive I suspect.
It is an honor to own the Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Custom. There is nothing you can’t do, nowhere you can’t go with this pedal. It made my other overdrive pedals obsolete. I sold them, no remorse. My amps sound better, my guitars sound better.
Complicated, but sounds incredible
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