By the early 21st century, you’d have been forgiven for assuming that the emergence of high quality software reverb options would soon render digital hardware virtually obsolete. After all, if we could run reverb plugins in our DAWs then why did we need to spend so much money on pro reverb hardware any more, right?
The story didn’t turn out to be quite so simple. Although it’s undeniably true that the majority of producers now turn to a reverb plugin first whenever they’re looking to add artificial ambience, the hardware reverb hasn’t completely died out. Released in 2007, the Bricasti Model 7 is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t completely dismiss the idea of dedicated digital reverb hardware just yet.
Designed from the ground up with the intention of recreating reverb in a more realistic way than other digital options, the M7 represents a completely contemporary approach to digital signal processing. While convolution reverbs and algorithmic designs both have their advantages, the M7 really provides the best of both worlds: as clean, clear and realistic as the best convolution reverbs while simultaneously as flexible and editable as any algorithm-based unit.
you’d have been forgiven for assuming that the emergence of high quality software reverb options would soon render digital hardware virtually obsolete
If you want to get an idea of what makes the M7 so special, load Samplicity’s impulse responses in your chosen convolution reverb plugin for a taster. Be warned that they certainly don’t come close to the magic of the real thing, but they give you a reasonable idea what to expect in terms of crystal clear, wholly realistic ambience. A £3,000 hardware reverb unit might seem like an extravagance in the era of plugins, but the Bricasti Model 7 shows why you shouldn’t dismiss the idea entirely.