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• Try this, put the dry signal into the normal channel, the reverb
signal into the vibrato channel, the vibrato only affecting the
reverb signal makes a very real sounding echo, which you can
adjust in different ways. You can actually adjust the controls on
both the amp(speed and intensity) and the Reverbamate to
simulate decay, interval, etc. It’s really wild!
One channel Hook-up
For those using a one channel two input amp, here are some tips to get
the most from the Reverbamate.
Please read the following precautions
regarding the operation of this unit.
Never attempt to use this device in wet locations.
Use only the supplied AC power adaptor with this unit.
Refer all servicing to qualified personnel.
Make sure source instrument is properly grounded.
Read and follow all operating instructions.
The Reverbamate’s unique design allows users of two
channel amps or two input one channel amps to achieve a
very classic tube reverb sound without the bulk and expense
those units entail.
Read on to get important and useful information to get the
most out of your Reverbamate.
• Adjust the amp for the desired direct sound first, then add the
degree of Dwell depending on how “wet” you want the effect. Once
you have those set, bring up the output level on the Reverbamate
to match the strenght of the direct sound from the amp. Level
matching of the two signals is the most important issue to be
aware of. Don’t expect the reverb signal to have that “in your
face” impact that the direct signal has, using your volume
control on your guitar to roll off the direct signal will help the
reverb compete at the amp. Best advice is to experiment using all
the controls at hand.
• This is more of a waring than a tip, but, don’t try to Y-cable the
two outputs from the Reverbamate into one input of the amp. You
will get a horrible feedback loop that could smoke your amp
speaker in a hurry.
First lets get familar with the operation and controls of the
The Reverbamate is powered by two nine volt batteries or the included
AC adaptor. The adaptor is a 12 volt AC/500 ma power supply
transformer, and is the only one that can be used with the Reverbamate.
Many gigging musicians will order an extra at the time of purchase as a
Although the Reverbamate is engineered to be stable within reason, it
will “crash” when dropped, kicked, or thrown around. Please handle the
unit as you would a fine microphone or other precision instrument. It is
best to use the Reverbamate on a stable surface, away from the amp it is
used with to prevent possible acoustic feedback.
The Reverbamate is made for high impedance instrument sources,
guitars, accordians, HI-Z microphones etc. Line level sources such as
tape outputs and preamp outs could potentially overdrive the inputs and
cause damage. It is recomended that if attempting to use the Reverbamate
in this mannor, make sure there is a gain control on the source device so
that the output signal can be controlled before the Reverbamate’s input.
Reverbamate delivers to the amplifier via the reverb output jack.
Using these two controls along with the controls on the amp, there is a
wide variety of reverb sounds that can be achieved in the two channel
hook-up configuration. Using the one channel hook-up configuration,
there is still alot you can do by adjusting the amp and the Reverbamate
for the optimal effect so as to still get the desired guitar tone from the
Here are some hot tips from the creator of the Reverbamate.
Two channel hook-up
• Try starting at a medium setting for both the Dwell and the Level
controls, at about the 9 o’clock position for both. Set the amp’s
channel volume for the Reverbamate to that of the guitar
channels volume. The tone controls vary on amps, some have just
Tone, others have treble, mid, bass etc. with presence and all
manor of other options. Here is the bottom line, there is little
low freqency content in the reverb signal, so adding alot of bass
or low mid will not change the sound significantly. It will take
the edge off the signal, make for a more rounded, subtle tone.You
may even want to cut the bass back so that any hum from that
channel is minimized, awarding the reverb signal with a clear
unobtrusive sound stage. Remember, when using the
Reverbamate in a two channel tube amp, you’ll want to get all the
goodness that tube channel has to offer, so let the amp do most of
the amplifying of the signal, this will give the reverb a glossy
sound great for blues and jazz. Just don’t over do it.
• The Reverbamate works great with a overdrive pedal in front of
it too! Be aware that there is a whole lot more gain going into the
unit with a pedal, start off at low safe settings on both controls.
Depending on whether you want reverberated distortion or just
dry distortion, you can also put the pedal after the Reverbamate.
• Here is another cool thing you can do with an old vintage two
channel amp. With the Reverbamate hooked up with the reverb
output going into the normal channel and the guitar signal into
the vibrato channel, switching the vibrato on with the gives a
very wild sound due to the fact that the vibrato only affects the
dry signal, so you get reverb on the dry signal without the
vibrato effect.
• Using any other adaptor can and will destroy the unit
and of course void the warranty.
It is best to plug the adaptor’s mini jack into the unit before plugging it
into the AC wall outlet. This eliminates any arcing that could occur if
plugging into the mini jack after AC voltage is applied to the adaptor.
Battery operation automatically switches in when the unit is not
operating on AC power. To turn the unit off when operating under battery
power, unplug both plugs from the output jacks. These jacks double as
switches to turn the batteries off. So, by glancing at the unit, one can
instantly tell if the unit is on or off if the adaptor is not in use. When the
AC adaptor is being used, unplugging the plugs from the outputs has no
effect. The unit will still be on. Batteries do not have to be in the unit
for the unit to operate on AC power. 9 volt Alkiline batteries are
recommended. Batteries are not supplied with the Reverbamate. Avoid
switching from one power source to another when the amp volume is
turned up, as there is a significant “pop” when the relay switches.
The Reverbamate ultilizes a small relay to accomplish the switching
function. For maximum reliability, unplug the AC adaptor when the unit
will not be in use for more than 4 hours or so.
Just make sure the batteries are turned off also.(see above).
Under normal use conditions, one can expect the Reverbamate to operate
under battery power for about 10 hours or more. It is also a good idea to
carry fresh battery spares.
To install new batteries, turn the unit over and lay it on a cushioned
surface, so as not to mess up it’s pretty face. Locate the six philips head
screws holding on the bottom cover. Once these are removed, place the
cover aside. The batteries are secured by spring clip holders. Remove
the old batteries first, before attempting to remove the battery
connector. Snap the battery connectors on the new battery then carefully
slide the battery into the holders with the connector toward the inside
and the leads up, starting with the edge of the battery first, this makes
opening of the clips easier. The battery will pop into place. Take care not
to stress nearby wiring. Replace the bottom cover.
Hooking up the Reverbamate
To use the Reverbamate you will need three guitar cables. Run one cable
There are some amps that use a parallel effects loop with level control,
this would be a safe condition for the Reverbamate, as long as the levels
were turned down as a starting point.
So whether you are a guitarist, accordianist, or blues harpist, or
whatever, you are sure to find the Reverbamate something you can’t live
without. It’s high quality construction, precision engineering and of
course it’s lucious reverb effect, is sure to inspire your music for
years to come.
The Reverbamate is covered by a One (1) year limited warranty.
Vanamps will repair or replace any unit deemed by us to have failed or
proved to be defective under normal operating conditions. Warranty
repairs will only be granted with pre authorization by VanAmps by
calling (763)529-1206 and obtaining a return authorization
number. The unit must be accompanied by a copy of the retailer’s sales
receipt issued at the time of purchase. Owner is responsible for
returning the unit insured to VanAmps. VanAmps will provide return
The Reverbamate’s serial number can be located on the bottom of the
unit and also stamped into the underside of the top near the batteries on
the inside of the unit.
by VanAmps
Model ASR-1
Owner’s Manual
from the guitar to the input of the Reverbamate. The other two are used
to run from the outputs of the Reverbamate to the inputs of the
amplifier. See diagrams below.
The Reverbamate has two outputs on it’s back panel. With a two channel
amp that has dedicated controls for both channels, one channel can be
used for the Reverbamate’s direct output and the other for the
Reverbamate’s reverb output. This combined with the controls on the
Reverbamate makes it possible to tailor the sound of the reverb effect
through the amp. When using a one channel amp with two inputs, use the
controls on the Reverbamate to balance the reverb signal with the direct
Reverb In/Out
The switch cuts the reverb effect, it does not turn the unit on/off.
AUX Jack
The AUX footswitch jack is there so that a user of a tremolo/vibrato or
other grounding type switching function on the amp can be ultilized
without the need for yet another pedal. The Fender® vintage amp users
will find this most useful. Owners using the Reverbamate on other makes
of amps will need to find out if the function they want to switch is
compatable with this type of switching. Some vintage amps have an RCA
type jack for the tremolo switching, so use of a 1/4” female to RCA
male audio adaptor is needed when using a standard guitar cord.
There are only two controls on the top panel of the Reverbamate.
Dwell- This controls the gain the dry signal has that feeds the reverb
circuit, i. e. how hard the springs in the reverb pan are driven.
Output Level- This controls the level of the reverb signal that the
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