Korneff Audio is bringing back the budget digital reverbs of the late 80s with the Micro Digital Reverberator plug-in. Get your fix of Microverb goodness in your DAW for less than 20 bucks.
Korneff Audio Micro Digital Reverberator
Despite their limitations, the Alesis Microverb and Midiverb budget effect processors have been studio staples ever since their introduction in the late 80s. Studios all across the world happily use them alongside much more expensive reverbs, and they’ve made their way onto countless hit records. Korneff Audio has set out to recreate this iconic sound in the Micro Digital Reverberator plug-in.
Just like the originals, the Micro Digital Reverberator sports a very simple GUI with just a few controls. You can choose from two machines. Machine 1 is modeled after the original Microverb and offers a choice of 16 presets via its rotary selector. Machine 2 emulates a later unit and offers 55 presets, which are accessible via the keypad and up/down keys.
Their simplicity is a big part of what made the originals so useable: Just pick a preset, dial in the desired amount of reverb and you’re good to go. So the MDR is all about quick results, too. Besides the preset selector, all you get is controls for the dry and wet levels and a pre-delay knob.
But if you’d like a bit more tweakability, there’s something for you, too. Like Korneff Audio’s other plug-ins Talkback Limiter, Pawn Shop Comp and Amplified Instrument Processor, the Micro Digital Reverberator can be “opened up” to reveal a bunch of additional controls. Here, you can tweak the damping and stereo width and apply a low pass filter. You also get access to oversampling, hardware accelerationand GUI zoom.
The original hardware units were famous for delivering instant results and sounding just right most of the time, despite their low price tags. There’s much to love about simple, inexpensive things that just work, and it looks like the Korneff Audio MDR is just that.
Price and compatibility
The Korneff Audio Micro Digital Reverberator is now available for an introductory price of USD 19.99. The regular price will be USD 29.99.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.7 or higher or Windows 7 or higher in VST3, AU and AAX formats (64 bit). You’ll need a free iLok account for activation.