Retroverb Lancet as a Drum Synthesizer

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Over the last few decades, we have built up a strong tradition in designing and manufacturing spring reverb units. Probably, there’s a good chance that we have the most complete portfolio of this type of effect device.

For starters, we recommend the VSR 3.2, which provides a solid foundation. For more complex applications, the DSR-3 is might be the right choice. Equipped with two spring tanks, it is the perfect option for uncompromising stereo operation. Our tube-driven ReTubeVerb is aimed for lovers of warm and slightly compressed vintage sounds. Unfortunately, the latter isn’t available at the moment. And then there is Retroverb Lancet…

Analog Multieffects Unit

Retroverb Lancet is our most compact spring reverb unit, but also our most extraordinary. It features components normally found only in classic synthesizers only. These include a sophisticated multimode filter with lowpass, bandpass, and highpass settings, a VCA section, and a distinctive overdrive circuit.

To get the most out of the VCF and VCA, we have integrated several modulation sources into Retroverb Lancet: an LFO, an envelope generator, and an envelope follower. There’s also an input to which you can connect an expression pedal or a control voltage, such as from a modular system.

Crash, Boom, Bang

So far, we haven’t mentioned Retroverb Lancet’s spring tank, which produces wonderfully metallic vintage reverbs. We’ve also added a very unique feature to it: CRASH. With a simple keystroke, you can set the springs in motion. You can even trigger this feature externally with a gate signal.

Beat Machine

The interplay between its individual components opens up a huge range of applications for Retroverb Lancet. One rather unusual operation (at least for spring reverb units) is to produce sounds instead of processing them. In our video, we’ve created all the tones with Retroverb Lancet. Many of them were created using its self-resonating filter as an oscillator. The snare, on the other hand, comes directly from the springs, stimulated by CRASH.

Of course, there are specialized synthesizers for drum sounds (not to mention the DRM1 MKIV), but sometimes, a rattling spring can be just the spice your beat needs. We’re still amazed at the sonic potential of this little machine.

We hope you enjoy watching the video.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach