Evolution of the (Super) Spring Theory reverb.

In late summer of 2014 we quietly released the Super Spring Theory… and then never made a real demo video. (We finally made one and you can watch it over there —>)

The seeds of change were planted mere months after completing the original Spring Theory in 2011. We just can’t remain content while making a pedal with only two knobs.  I mean look at all that  left over space! Sure there was some user feedback, but most of it was the obvious stuff. Can you add a trails switch? No problem. 100% wet option? You got it. How about a tone control? Easy!

The external changes and benefits of new features are obvious, but what you don’t see are the internal improvements. The original Spring Theory was simple with the DSP chip doing most of the heavy lifting. The analog portion of the pedal was just enough to get sound from the input to the output. This wasn’t an afterthought. Simplicity was the goal (and occasionally a virtue some accuse us of not appreciating.)

When time came for the next evolution I paid extra attention the analog mojo. The preamp was completely redesigned. The reverb send and return use Jfet amplifiers which perform similarly to vacuum tubes, but without requiring things like a 250 volt power supply or a not-so-pedalboard-friendly sized enclosure. These changes really brought new depth and dimension to the effect, especially on the spring setting.

Brandon with the Super Spring Theory set to spring reverb mode.

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By | 2016-11-05T22:19:12+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Demos, news|

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