ReValver Mk III, the revolutionary virtual tube-amplifier software developed by a veteran tube-amp maker Peavey Electronics, recently won a Premier Gear Award from Premier Guitar magazine and Platinum and Value Awards from Future Music magazine in the U.K.
Peavey ReValver Mk III is a revolutionary 64-bit amplifier modeling software that captures the true characteristics of vacuum tubes while allowing users unprecedented control over their tonality and gain structures.
"Amp modeling software hasn't quite been like this before," commented Premier Guitar's editorial staff. "You can swap tubes, mix and match sections of completely different amps, change resistor values and build whatever setup you desire, even if it's impossible in the real world."
ReValver Mk III models 15 of the world's most popular guitar amplifiers, including several Peavey amps, through an exclusive algorithm that analyzes the interactions of the components at the circuit level, based on the amps' original schematics. By controlling these amplifier models from the component level, ReValver is able to model every nuance with amazing accuracy, creating totally new capabilities allowing serious players to design their ultimate custom amps and speaker systems.
"In terms of sounding and feeling like a real amp, ReValver is easily the best software I've tried," wrote Michael Ross in the June 2008 issue of EQ. "I will stack ReValver against any other software, and more than a few boutique amps." In his June Guitar Player critique, he added, "At times, I forgot I was playing through software. ReValver's amp models might be the ones that make you leave the real thing at home."
As advanced as ReValver's modeling algorithms are, operating the models can be as simple or in-depth as the user desires. The software GUI is instantly familiar and easy to use, with a drag-and-drop interface where users can add and subtract individual components and devices such as amplifiers, preamps, power amps, stomp boxes and effects.
Unlocking ReValver's groundbreaking customization tools is also easy. By right-clicking on an amp model, users can 'go inside' and adjust the amp's tones and components on the Tweak Module GUI. This allows users to change, add or subtract tubes on all amplifier models, and then calibrate even the voltage parameters of those tubes. In all, users can program more than 15 elements and functions on each tube stage, with as many as 17 different preamp and power tube types to choose from.
ReValver Mk III also features a robust stomp-box and effects section including various types of chorus, distortion, wah, tremolo, compression, limiter, delay, octaver and much more. A new FFT-based convolution reverb allows for very complex and smooth reverbs, including sampled spring reverb, and allows users to import their own .WAV samples. Models of Peavey 6505, JSX, Classic, ValveKing and Triple XXX guitar amps are available in ReValver in software format.
At the recent Winter 2009 NAMM trade show, Peavey announced a forthcoming RTAS-compatible version of the software. ReValver MKIII owners will be able to download the new RTAS-compatible version free at Peavey.com in Q1 2009. For more information on ReValver, please visit www.peavey.com/products/revalver