When it comes to overdrive, nothing comes close to the sound of a vintage non-master-volume valve amp. So when we set out to design the RevivalDRIVE, we began by looking not at other pedals but at amps.
We listened to and analysed countless classic amps to figure what made them sound so good. Then we figured out how to reproduce not just one but all of those sounds in a pedal, with controls that would allow the player to precisely dial in each one – or to mix and match different elements to create something new.
With the Cali76 compressor, we took the sound and response of the legendary Urei 1176 studio compressor and reproduced it in a pedal, following the same analogue circuit topology but adapting the components to work in pedal format. We’ve applied exactly the same approach to the RevivalDRIVE.
Using all-analogue components and replacing the valves with discrete transistor-based circuitry, we’re recreated every stage of the signal path you’d find inside a vintage valve amp. This includes not only the preamp, phase inverter, power amp and rectifier stages, but also a synthesised mains power signal and a speaker-emulating reactive load.
Accurately emulating valve amp circuit behaviour is just the start. The RevivalDRIVE’s intuitive controls let you play around with different elements of this circuit, effectively redesigning the amp as you go.
Change the preamp voicing and “bright capacitor” values to explore a range of British and American amp flavours. Rein in the low end for a lean and defined overdrive or push the bass into brutal distortion. Fine-tune the overdrive’s response to your picking dynamics. Goose up your tone with a mid boost, adjusted to just the right frequency, or blend your dry and overdriven signals together.
One pedal, many amps, your tone!
Thanks to its unique design, the RevivalDRIVE is able to recreate aspects of real valve amp behaviour never previously captured in a pedal.
Valve and silicon rectifier channels let you experiment with different flavours of power amp sag, while the variable Ghost control recreates the “double tone” or “ghost note” effect encountered when cranking certain vintage amps, subtly thickening up solos.
Dual Class-A preamp stages offer realistic gain-staging and natural-sounding clipping, while the phase inverter and push-pull power amp stages provide a realistic tonal response, symmetrical harmonics, subtle crossover distortion and touch-sensitive drive characteristics.
Using a built-in reactive load, the pedal also models the interaction between a real valve output stage and a speaker cabinet, delivering amp-like feel and realistic harmonics.
We’ve built a range of EQ compensation features into the RevivalDRIVE to make sure it will sound great with whatever amp you’re using – even a flat-response power amp.
With most overdrives, the designers have voiced the pedal to work with their own favourite amp. If you happen to use something different, then you’re out of luck. You’re left with a sound that’s either too harsh or too muddy. Worse still, you can end up sacrificing the clean amp settings you want to use in order to accommodate the overdrive pedal.
With the RevivalDRIVE, there are no compromises.
*The optional front-panel filter controls take fine-tuning the pedal to the next level, with variable shelf and cut frequency controls and a fully adjustable secondary boost/cut EQ.
The RevivalDRIVE is packed with ingenious features and subtle touches designed to aid the player and increase flexibility.
A set of DIP switches at the rear allow you to turn the Valve Rectifier channel into a second Silicon Rectifier channel and toggle the simulated mains power supply between US and GB frequencies, altering the character of the ghost tones produced. When plugging into a flat-response power amp or PA, you can choose to make use of the RevivalDRIVE’s preamp-style tone-shaping even when the overdrive effect is bypassed.
Adding the optional footswitch (sold separately) lets you remotely trigger the fully variable mid boost to punch through the mix or override the Dry/O.D. blend control, instantly switching from a lower gain tone to full throttle.
In response to customer feedback, we have designed an affordable, add-on product to extend support to remote switching systems, whilst also expanding control to include the pedal’s onboard footswitch functions. For those using remote switching systems, you will need a specific accessory depending on the number of functions you intend to switch.
Players Have Been Praising the RevivalDRIVE
I had to drop you a note to say I got my Revival Drive last week, and it is just mind-blowingly amazing. Read more
As someone who suffers from option paralysis I was slightly scared it was going to be a bit too complicated to get to grips with, but actually, it’s really intuitive, thanks in no small part to the incredibly comprehensive instruction manual.
Cut a long story short, it’s bloody awesome, I’m blown away, it’s honestly the best sounding drive I’ve ever played through, and my fingers are totally shredded because I can’t stop playing…
Thanks again, wishing you continued success.
All the best,
I’ve been wanting to write you about my RevivalDrive Custom that I got a week ago today, but I’ve just been too busy playing with it, really.
Just to provide some context, I have an original 1955 Tweed Fender Deluxe 5D3 that I’ve always loved but had trouble controlling how loud it is once you get the tone right. So, I set out to get something similar but controllable out of the RevivalDrive. Read more
That led to me mostly experimenting with the valve rectifier side, and, yes, I noticed the led throbbing a bit. Very cool.
Turning off the negative feedback (more|pres) got me closer to my goal.
Ok, now the juice. The Ghost control brings back some very fond memories for me. I had a late 60’s 100watt Marshall in the early 70’s and I recognize the Ghosting sound. I frankly never thought I would hear it again, but I used to exploit it back then. You can get some really aggressive sounds with that.
Alright, so here I am with that background, and along comes the RevivalDrive. I can get the sounds of my favorite two amps quite nicely. And lots of other stuff, of course. And all at a volume level that I can control.
But wait, there’s more.
The thing I didn’t expect was the very flexible ability to mate up with the downstream amp. This is something unprecedented on a pedal as far as I know. With the bottom panel on the CUSTOM, I can really tweak the matching to the amp. This truly is a great fly-rig!
Please put me on the list for the bass version of the RevivalDrive. For the record, I’m a big Ampeg fan.
It goes beyond expectation, I just assumed you couldn’t get a pedal to do this, and that the only way to get these sounds was at volume with valves, so I never hoped that this would happen, and to go from not knowing about it 4 days ago to having one I’m just blown away! So its a dream I never had come true, truly musical! Read more
I used a Les Paul G0, a strat and a Tele last night running the pedal into a modded DRRI and didn’t really deviate beyond the sample settings and some of the settings that the guys used at the end of the Andertons TV video. This thing is a beast! Just so good!
All I can say is I spent over a year modding a Marshall JVM 205C and I was able to really improve it with all the mods that people did on the JVM forum before it closed down, and I thought I got it sounding pretty good compared to its stock feel and tone, The revival drive does a much better job of getting very musical versions of these classic Fender and Marshall amp sounds but with much more to offer, I will be selling the Marshall.
You guys are SICK! I’m blown away!
I gave up smoking several months ago, but I had to have a cigarette today! Read more
This is one of the best pieces of gear I’ve ever touched, seen or heard for the last 20 years since I started playing. The sound is so true and natural and the desired tone is shaping so easily I can’t believe it.
I’ll have some ale on You guys today, I thought it’s impossible to impress me after so many stuff I’ve tried, I was wrong..Best,
I’m stunned by the beauty of the tones from the RevivalDRIVE! Amazing woman tone, and note projection, even without mid boost. Ghost tone and more/pres controls…wow! Read more
I’m still exploring bright cap settings etc, and have yet to fully master the CUSTOM panel (Happy so far on reamp 1 into either Lazy J20 or J80). It’s so versatile in a thoroughly musical way.
I had given up on overdrive pedals (admittedly after trying only 3 or 4). This is completely different. And one I want to use now.
Anyway, thanks for making something so amazing.
All the best