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vortex valve spring reverb

all valve amplifiers.  the vortex is designed to be used in a control room situation.   fed from an aux send and equalizer -  either outboard or ITB -  so as to tailor the signal that hits the spring . and then the vortex output should feed another eq to feed the reverb back into the mix.  with THAT set up u can really get in there and create specific characters for different purposes. you can make a vast and bassey booming atmosphere on a bass guitar or synth or vocal. or you can make a splashey little fat crack under a snare drum. or make a very fantastic-realistic room sound drum and bass section. or add a single magical distortion to a guitar.

the spring tank is mounted out of the chassis. so as  to ‘ adjust ‘ it.    place bits of soft cloth or sheepskin ontop  the springs to damp the reverb time down. then drive the spring a bit harder ..   and wow. its pretty much there into lee perry land. some smart tweaking on the send and return eqs . to clean and refine the energies and wow wow its amazing.  the kind of depth and delicious fullness of a fat refined reverb can do.  yummy experimentation.

the vortex also features a very beaut switched internal speaker.   the function is there partly to test the signal that is hitting the spring. check for too much level -  distortion -  and the signal’s balance. very useful for getting the verb sound clean of  noises or too much bottom end. or whatever. the spring is very sensitive to it.

because the speaker and amp is  EF86. EL84 A-class hi fi and pretty fat sounding for its size – u can use the  vortex as an auxillary mini monitor. it is definitely good enough to be your ‘radio sound’. the speaker has a clear valvey tone that can fill a room.  the speaker has a pretty fat bottom end.

price is 1450nz$ .   inclusive of gst (in NZ)

there’s  an iceypole’s chance in hell -  that  software emulations can build that organic authentic sound – that feels so alive – like this real electromechanical device.

vortexion spring reverb

the vortexion is designed to be used in a control room situation.   fed from a  aux send and equaliser -  either outboard or ITB – so as to tailor the signal that hits the spring.  very important . and then the vortex output should feed another eq to feed the reverb back into the mix.  with that set up u can really get in there and create specific characters for different purpose. you can make a vast and bassey booming atmosphere on a bass guitar or synth. or you can make a splashey little fat crack under a snare drum. or make a very fantastic-realistic room sound drum and bass section. or add a single magical distortion to a guitar.

the spring tank is mounted out of the chassis. so as  to ‘ adjust ‘ it.    place bits of soft cloth or sheepskin ontop  the springs to damp the reverb time down. then drive the spring a bit harder ..   and wow. its pretty much there into lee perry land. some smart tweaking on the send and return eqs . to clean and refine the energies and wow wow its amazing.  the kind of depth and delicious fullness of a fat refined reverb can do.  yummy.

theres only an iceypole’s chance in hell that a software emulation can build that organic authentic sound – that feels so alive – like these real electromechanical devices.

the vortexion also features a really beaut  switched internal speaker.   the function is there to test the signal that is hitting the spring. check for too much level distortion and the sound balance. very useful for getting the verb sound clean of raspey harsh too ugly noises or to much bottom end. the spring is very sensitive to it.

the speaker and amp is  EF86. EL84 A-class hi fi and pretty fat sounding for its size. u can use the  vortexion as an auxillary mini monitor. it is definitely good enough. the speaker has a clear valvey tone that can fill a room.  the speaker has a very fat low volume bottom end.

price is 1450$.   inclusive of gst and delivery within NZ.

reverb with the bafflelator

there is a reason i’ve got so much ‘junk’ . boxes and cabinets and suitcases full of all sorts of crap. in the house  – under the house – behind the house. bits and pieces of mechanisms from houses – appliances – cars – bikes  -  wheelchairs – furniture -  kitchen sinks  -  radio – test equipment – tape recorders.
and then  a funky issue requires an innovative solution – we wallow in that soup til the screamingly obvious thing smacks us in between the eyes.  powerful shit actually.  then igor has let loose and made this bafflelator mechanism. out of a twirly screw thingy from a edwardian window adjustor and a chopped off corner of 70s turntable. the mechanism moves the whole  40mm polystyrene baffle from quite distance away – to hard up against it. interesting. so the plate is totally a winner now. can do very natural dirty realistic warm reverberation in many dimensions. he also has a very searing short short delay setting . phazing almost. hard as a nail direct across the plate. a freakingly dynamic effect. – a welcome addition at the coalface. i’ll add some good soundfiles to this post asap.  it really sounds awesome.

going down the reverb road

igor and i have been souping up my old home made plate reverb. getting it working again now that it’s  plywood home slash export crate is finished .  checking the plate tension. and refitting the pickup and driver units. my hotted up general radio amp serves as the new low distortion driver stage.  Ive piggybacked a balancing transformer to the pickup amp so that it can run a long way into a control room microphone amp .  ace3 is a quick test jammed track with the plate all over it.  now we’ve found a big 40mm slab of polystyrene to fit as a baffler. and as i type igor is beavering away on making the  baffle adjustment device. the bafflerator . sure to baffle. the plate is very natural sounding – if by natural you mean stuck down a 500ft rock pit.  moving the dampening polystyrene board up closer to the plate (but not touching) dramaticly changes the reverb time. bump that block right up onto the plate to physically damp it. .. and the sound is amazing. bonking and  baffing and plonking. . its a whole freaking new genre.  the plate is being used next week at york st studios in auckland for a live to half inch half track valve tape recording machine (ekadek’s tube  ampex) session with nathan haines and band. completely wild out there sparking jazz. should be a great day.

plate reverbing all up the place

this is the driver attached to the plate with the soldered cylinder brass cone connector. and detail of the barcus berry pickup bud being held tight against the plate with a small piece of soft steel .

this is the remote damper actuating mechanism that i have . its quite a thing well made. the dc motor drives the screw so that the block moves along it. the direction of the screw/block is determined by which button is pressed on the remote. it just changes the polarity feeding the motor. the block would be attached to an folding arm mech which brings a big polystyrene baffle closer or further from the plate. when the block has shifted to either end .. it operates a motor cut off switch so nothing gets damaged. the blue potentiometer attached to the motor gearing adjusts a sense voltage back into  the remote so as to indicate a reverb seconds time on the 16 led display.

so my first compile of sounds ‘plated’ up to their eyeballs. plate testing2.mp3 3meg the plate fx comes and goes thruout. sometimes hard panned. sometimes mixed up front alone and sometimes mixed in the back. ive left some tails hanging and have some beats banging. i havent eqed the reverb send or return and havent laboured over this demo. so its  rough and naked and natural with no beauty mix treatments.

ive changed the pick up set-up so that a very high gain fet (field effect transistor) amp is in the path. it just seems easier than buiding an expensive 4 valve amp with more gain than my in stock devices. the fet amp is small and simple and sounds dam nice actually. it seems to couple to the pickup just right with a very acceptable noise floor. next to do is to fine tune the plate tension to suit and organize the damping mech. not easy. then to create a crate for the whole thing to live in.

plate reverb further up the garden path

new driver
new driver

this strange little thing is a  new reverb plate driver element.  essentially its a speaker magnet and voice coil assembled with a double inverted spider (which holds the voice coil in the magnet gap) and without the normal basket frame and paper/poly speaker cone. a naked motor to vibrate the sprung steel plate.

old broken driver

old broken driver

this is the old blown up dilapidated one. see the handmade brass cone with the little nut retainer on the top … thats the kind of thing i need to make next for the new driver element. shaped from thin brass sheet and soldered.

vortex reverb

vortex reverb

i have two types of pickup device ready to go. a barcus berry hotstuff – hotpoint – hot&hard(?) … and a PZM contact mic. these plates are close now. ive yet to make any driver or pickup amps yet of course. for the get going i’ll use my vortex spring reverb – chassis. its got the right kind of amps to fire up the plate. just for the meantime. im thinking of making the amps into old radios (with internal speakers). so for to allow double life as occassional penthouse apt salon/saloon valve mojo playback unit. or room reverb amp. or office ipod playback amp.