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BOSS RV-500 Reverb Pedal (Return Unit)


Product Highlights

  • 21 Modulation Effects in 12 Modes
  • Stereo I/O
  • Run 2 Reverbs Simultaneously
  • Separate Verb by Frequency or Output
  • Delay & Modulation on All Verbs
  • Tap Tempo/Control Footswitch
  • Top-Panel Knobs for Broad Control
  • LCD & Buttons for Extensive Editing
  • Control/Expression Jack & MIDI I/O
  • Included Editor/Librarian Software

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Put 21 different reverb effects under your feet with the BOSS RV-500 pedal, intended primarily for electric guitar. Rooms, halls, plates, springs, it’s all here, alongside more esoteric processes, such as octavized shimmering, as well as the characterful Lo-Fi, Slowverb, and Storm. Classic Roland units have also been emulated, such as Space Echo (the RE-201), and SRV, based on the SRV-2000, a popular unit in the 1980s. The RV-500 provides its sound using 32-bit AD/DA conversion, 32-bit floating-point processing, and sampling rates of 96 kHz.

With a panoply of parameters in every effects type, you’ll be able to control your tone to an extensive and deep degree. In addition to dedicated panel knobs for pre-delay, effect level, and tone, you’ll also be able to perform extensive editing via the LCD screen and quadrumvirate of push-buttons. A tap tempo/control footswitch offers more in the way of on-the-fly manipulation. A and B footswitches not only provide bank selection tools—they also give you the ability to engage two reverb as once in a variety of modes (series, parallel, and parallel to different amps/destinations come to mind).

In terms of I/O, the RV-500 gives you a bevy of possibilities, what with its dual inputs for stereo instruments, dual outputs, expression/control jack, and MIDI I/O. All in all, you’ll find 297 built-in patch memories in the unit itself, though you can also interface via USB with Editor/Librarian software on your computer for remote editing, storing your custom patches, and more. This pedal runs on four AA batteries, or by means of a power adapter, available separately.

A/B Simul Mode and Independent Delay
By means of its DSP engine, the RV-500’s Dual mode provides two independent reverbs at once; you can feed them both with a full-range input, or with divided frequency ranges on each input to build rich, multi-range sounds. And when you employ A/B Simul mode, you can use any two RV-500 reverb patches at the same time, with your choice of series or parallel connection order and mixed or split A/B output. What’s more, each patch also includes a digital delay with a full set of parameters including modulation and EQ, plus the ability to set the reverb and delay effects for series or parallel operation on a per-patch basis.
Intensive Real-Time Control
The RV-500 offers freely assignable switches and extensive real-time controls. By default, the A, B, and TAP/CTL switches offer control for patch/bank selection and bypass, plus tap tempo or real-time adjustment of one or more parameters. However, the switches can be customized to access three different mod patches, A/B Simul mode, and other functions. Via the rear-panel CTL 1,2/EXP jack, you can plug in up to two footswitches for further control, or an expression pedal to adjust wah, effect rate, and other parameters. MIDI I/O is also included, enabling further creative possibilities with advanced setups.
Key Features at a Glance
  • Effects delivered with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating point processing, and 96 kHz sample rate
  • 12 modes and 21 modulation types, all with extensive editing parameters
  • Wide range of reverbs, including emulations of notable Roland units
  • A/B Simul mode for using two patches at once, with your choice of series/parallel connection, mixed, or split A/B output
  • Selectable carryover function allows reverb tails to continue with patch change or effect bypass
  • DSP provides independent digital delay with modulation along with each reverb patch
  • Graphic LCD and intensive real-time control options
  • 297 onboard patch memories and hands-on controls
  • Selectable buffered-bypass or true-bypass operation
  • MIDI I/O for interfacing with MIDI control devices
  • USB-MIDI for connecting to the MD-500 Editor/Librarian or a DAW
  • Runs on four AA-size batteries or PSA-series AC adapter (available separately)
RV-500 Modes and Algorithms
  • Room: Small, medium, large, and ambience
  • Hall: 3 different hall sizes
  • Plate: Classic studio-style reverberation
  • Spring: Choose from one to three springs
  • Shimmer: 2 voices of pitch-shifted reverb
  • Fast Decay: Esoteric reverb with quick decay for increased clarity
  • Early Reflection: 4 types with envelope parameters to shape sound in a quirky manner
  • Non-Linear: Includes gate, reverse, and granular types
  • SFX: 3 characterful reverb types for special effects called Lo-Fi, Slowverb, and Storm
  • Dual: 2 independent reverbs that can accept a full-range or frequency-divided input
  • SRV: Recreates the Roland SRV-2000, a classic rack reverb from the 1980s
  • Space Echo: Recreates the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, a coveted tape-echo unit

BOSS RV-500 Specs Sampling Frequency 96 kHz AD/DA Conversion 32-bit Processing 32-bit floating point Modes 12x (room, hall, plate, spring, shimmer, fast decay, early reflection, non-linear, SFX, dual, SRV, space echo) Memory 198 (2 x 99 banks, segmented into A and B categories) 297 (3 x 99 banks, segmented into A, B, and C categories) Nominal Input Level -10 dBu Maximum Input Level 8 dBu Nominal Output Level -10 dBu Maximum Output Level 8 dBu Impedance Inputs: 1 MOhm Outputs: 2 kOhms Recommended Load Impedance Outputs: 20 kOhms or greater Controls A Switch B Switch TAP/CTL Switch DOWN Button UP Button EXIT Button EDIT Button MODE Knob TIMEVALUE Knob PRE-DELAY Knob E.LEVEL Knob LOW Knob HIGH Knob Bypass Buffered or true (with relays) Display Graphic LCD (128 x 64 dots, backlit LCD) I/O 2 x 1/4" Input jack, phone type 2 x 1/4" Output jacks, phone type 1 x 1/4" TRS CTL1, 2/EXP2 jack, phone type 1 x USB Type-B computer port 1 x 5-Pin DIN MIDI Input 1 x 5-Pin DIN MIDI Output 1 x DC input jack for power Power Supply 4 x AA batteries (LR6), AC adapter (available separately) Current Draw 225 mA Expected Battery Life Alkaline: approximately 4.5 hours, depending on condition of use Dimensions (W x D x H) 6.7 x 5.4 x 2.4" / 17.0 x 13.8 x 6.2 cm Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg (including battery) Packaging Info Package Weight 3.7 lb Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 7.8 x 4.5"

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BOSS RV-500 Reverb Pedal 4 x AA Batteries Limited 1-Year Warranty on Parts Limited 90-Day Warranty on Switches Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor


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