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RevivalDRIVE Compact


Dial Your Dream Tube Amp Tone Into Any Rig

GB £315 | US $385| AU $575 | EU €369

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The RevivalDRIVE Compact takes the unique circuit design of our groundbreaking RevivalDRIVE and condenses it into a smaller, more pedalboard-friendly package.

Housing a complete valve amp-style signal path, recreated in all-analogue electronics, the RevivalDRIVE features a streamlined set of controls that make it easier than ever to dial in a wide range of stunningly realistic valve amp tones.

Compact Overdrive, Big Amp Tone!

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Just like its bigger brother, the RevivalDRIVE Compact is all about real amp overdrive. By replicating the way a real valve amp behaves at circuit level, the RevivalDRIVE Compact delivers stunningly realistic tone, feel and dynamic response, ranging from clean to fully cranked.

With a built-in blend control to mix your clean and overdriven signals and a powerful Post-Drive EQ that shapes the pedal’s output to suit the amp you’re using, this is one compact pedal that leaves all other amp-in-a-box effects in its shadow.

Real Valve Amp Sound & Response

Inside the RevivalDRIVE Compact, we’ve recreated every stage of a valve amp’s signal path using all-analogue components, with discrete transistor-based circuitry standing in for the valves themselves.

The pedal’s simplified controls directly shape key properties of this simulated amp circuit. By adjusting things like preamp voicing, break-up characteristics and low-frequency distortion, you can get straight to the key factors that govern great amp tone.

RevivalDRIVE Compact Front View Overdrive Pedal Drive Origin Effects Vintage Amp Tone

Fewer Controls, Tons Of Flexibility

RevivalDRIVE Compact Front View Overdrive Pedal Drive Origin Effects Vintage Amp Tone

In the designing the RevivalDRIVE Compact, we worked hard to distil the complex functionality of the original pedal into an intuitive set of controls while still retaining as much range as possible.

The brand-new Highs control takes the original pedal’s three distinct preamp voicing modes and maps them onto a single, continuous knob that offers a wealth of new in-between settings.

We also redesigned the Blend knob to simultaneously back off the gain as you mix in your clean tone, ensuring pleasing, musical results throughout the control’s travel.

Powerful Post-Drive EQ

While most overdrives will work well with some amps and less well with others, the RevivalDRIVE Compact’s built-in Post-Drive EQ lets you tailor the output of the pedal to work with just about any amp, as well as flat-response power amps, mixers and recording interfaces.

The Post-Drive EQ means you don’t have to compromise your preferred clean settings just because your overdrive sounds too harsh or too woolly. Simply set your amp how you like it, then adjust the RevivalDRIVE Compact’s proprietary EQ filter until it sounds right.

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RevivalDRIVE vs RevivalDRIVE Compact

With the RevivalDRIVE Compact, we wanted to pack everything players loved about the RevivalDRIVE into a slimmed-down pedal with a simpler set of controls.

To achieve this, we opted for a single channel in place of the original’s separate Valve and Silicon Rectifier channels, with newly designed rectifier circuitry voiced midway between a solid-state rectifier and a GZ34 rectifier valve. We also decided to leave out additional features like the switchable mid-range boost and the Ghost control, which uses significant extra circuitry (including a simulated mains power supply) to recreate the “ghost note” effect produced when cranking certain vintage amps.

If you want these extra features, switchable channels and more detailed control over things like dry signal level and output EQ, then the RevivalDRIVE is the one for you, with the option of the Custom front-panel EQ for precision tone-matching when running into more obscure amps.

But if you just want to get to the same unparalleled overdrive sounds, and you want to get there fast, that’s exactly what we built the RevivalDRIVE Compact to do!

RevivalDRIVE Compact Front View Overdrive Pedal Drive Origin Effects Vintage Amp Tone

Additional information

Weight620 g
Dimensions142 × 66 × 59 mm

2 reviews for RevivalDRIVE Compact

  1. Martin Luckhurst

    This pedal is absolutely phenomenal. It is unlike any overdrive pedal I have ever used.

  2. Peter Foulk

    Unbelievably good!
    When the original Revival Drive was released, I knew it wasn’t right for me. Too much tweakabilitywhich would ultimately lead to option paralysis. The thing is, it sounded so good, I just had to have one. I bought it, loved it, but eventually sold it on because of its complexity. I resisted the compact when it was first released… I don’t really know why. It is absolutely sensational! Although it is a vastly reduced feature set from the big version, I believe it is tonally superior… or at least it’s really hard to dial in a bad tone (unlike the big brother).
    The tones you can get out of this are hugely versatile and sound and feel like an authentic tube amp. I dare you to find a better OD.
    Resistance is futile!

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