- 2 independent 56-Bit Processors
- 14+ Unique Reverb Engines
- 128 User Presets Via MIDI
- Sustain Chords with Reverb A while playing with Reverb B
- Stereo In & Out
- Neuro App for Mobile & Desktop
Source Audio has some of the most creative, forward-thinking products on the market. The award winning Ventris Dual Reverb (Nod to a Moon Crater?) is just one more example. They come up with cool ways to make pedals that are super flexible, with mobile apps that bring out the tone geek in all of us. I’ve been a fan since their first NAMM, and was recently impressed by the Nemesis Delay. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new Ventris Reverb pedal.
Out of the Box
Ventris comes with a ¼” to mini TRS cable, rubber feet, a two page instruction guide, and a 9v DC Power Supply. Most of us have pedal board power, but since Ventris is studio quality, it’s handy to have that extra power supply. The companion Neuro editing app for Mac/PC and Android/IOS is available as a download from the Source Audio website.
On the top of the unit is a 12 position Reverb Selector, with six additional knob Parameters: Time, Pre-Delay, Treble, Control 1&2, and Mix. There are 2-foot switches: Bypass & Option, 1 toggle selector for A, B or A+B reverb combination settings, and four preset LEDs. On the sides of the pedal are 2 stereo ¼” ins/outs and MIDI In/Thru. On back is a mini control input, an Expression input, mini USB and a 9v DC jack. It’s also compatible with Source Audio Neuro Daisy chain protocol. Ventris is packed with features for a 4 ½” square pedal.
The Neuro App
If you’re adventurous, the Neuro app goes really deep, yet editing and saving presets are easy. It’s fun creating your own custom patches with 128 MIDI presets. Using a Smartphone or iPad, you connect Neuro with the headphone jack or the computer via mini USB. There are stranger things you can do with the app, but you can still get creative with just the pedal and saving to the four onboard Presets. The Option Footswitch, normally a reverb freeze, can also be assigned a number of options with Neuro.
Ventris is actually two separate reverb units that work independently or together, in parallel or cascade mode (one into the other). This concept of having two independent reverbs that you can edit, mix, and match is genius. I find Ventris to be very user friendly. Scrolling through the 12 reverb types is fun. There’s: Lo Fi, Modverb, Shimmer, Echoverb, Swell, Offspring, Reverse, Room, Hall, E-dome, True Spring, and Plate. They are all studio quality, and I could see using Ventris as outboard gear in a recording studio.
They have packed a ton of user controls on top, so it’s quick and easy to try things. Another feature is Preset spillover, allowing the Reverb trails to fade naturally, even when you change presets. It’s a nice touch.
I’m always drawn to the most creative things I can get out of a pedal. I spent a lot of time messing with Ventris, and all the reverbs are great, but here are my first impressions.
- True Spring is so realistic it’s freaky. They admittedly spent a ton of effort on this one. It’s got a beautiful, rich “boing”, and better than any other spring pedals I’ve tried. This thing has everything you want in a Spring. I can’t wait to try it on Vocals too. Adelle’s signature vocal reverb is a spring. With Neuro there is an additional Outboard tube Spring reverb available that nails that authentic Surf tone drip. It’s killer on a Bari with some tremolo.
- ModVerb has a combo Tremolo/Spring, like a vintage amp, with the option to choose the order and either smooth or deep tremolo. Yes for Teles & Baritones!
- Lo-Fi has a tape-like distortion with differing amounts of nastiness. When you step on the Option footswitch it oscillates like crazy.
- Shimmer has that Angelic octave thing reminiscent of an Eventide classic. It’s combined with a room, and with control 2 you can dial in just the right amount. You can set both A & B to Shimmer via Neuro and get some killer effects when you set them to do opposite Ramp functions. Adding to that, you can assign the Option footswitch for more weirdness.
- EchoVerb is a perfect ‘go to’ for Ambient pads. It has delay, reverb and modulation, and the Option footswitch is normally set to Loop hold. It’s fantastic.
- Swell is the smoothest swell verb I’ve heard right out of the box. I do a lot of ambient swells, and this is so musical….
- Offspring is another cool one. This is something like an angelic shimmery/filtery arppeggiator. It’s very rhythmic, with control over the modulation. I think you’ll get a lot of mileage out of this one.
- Reverse reverb is very dramatic and can get real weird in a good way. It can get a cool granular vibe that I dig.
- Room is an authentic emulation of just that. You can hear the back wall, and there is Modulation control too. It’s a perfect reverb to add to another in A+B setup.
- E-Dome is a fantastic, giant space, with lush modulation. For ambient tones it’s a perfect A+B match with Shimmer or ModVerb. I’m a big fan of this one.
- Plate is a pretty authentic EMT style plate reverb. You can choose different sizes. They did a good job on this, and you could also use it on a vocal return in the studio.
- Hall is based on a classic studio reverb. It’s a great algorithm with five different size options, and by using the pre-delay you can make a super creative echo patch.
- Metal Box is an extra preset that you can access via Neuro. It’s a unique, tight metal box that I like for picking stuff and tight rock chords.
First you have to remember that all of the verbs above can be combined with themselves or with one another. As wonderful as they are by themselves, when mixed with another one you have endless possibilities. I’ve spent hours coming up with patches that are unique and musical. The editing capabilities are a tweekers dream. For the rest of us, we can also come up with all kinds of fresh original ambient sounds with just the knobs.
I found the Neuro app very helpful in the studio. It’s quick to edit, and you don’t have to kneel down to your pedal board. I like being able to sit in front of a console while editing sounds with a laptop. Overall, Ventris is a killer pedal, and will likely be the one to beat for a good while. The Spring is quite a knockout.