Software Review: Peavey ReValver MK III.V

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Peavey ReValver MK III.V
List Price: $299.00
www.peavey.com

For any guitar player, a new tube amp is something to celebrate. So imagine the celebrating you’ll do when you unleash the arsenal of amps and effects the Peavey ReValver Mark III.V has to offer. Not your average amp simulator, the software allows near infinite tweaking options of effects, amps, and even the inner-workings of what makes those amps have their signature sound. Designed to work as a standalone program or as a plug-in, just strap on a guitar and start deciding which of the 20 amps, 12 preamps and 9 power amps you want to play through. On top of the basic amp modeling, Peavey has thrown in 21 stomp boxes like wahs, gates, chorus and tap delays as well as some additional effects like their VC/L2 tube compressor/limiter, stereo widening or stereo reverb. The amps and effects are easily tweaked to get a desired sound. Many of the presets are crammed with these effects but it’s more fun to start from scratch and build up your rack and experiment along the way. For those who really want to micromanage, a right-click on any amp allows you to manipulate or change everything from power amp rectifiers to output transformers, and every tube can be swapped out for any one of the provided 17 tubes. The amps have plenty of character and shouldn’t have any problem pinch hitting in a recording session. The Peavey ReValver works great as a simple amp simulator and the ability to take so much farther is just a bonus.

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