Desmodus Versio is less of a room simulator and more of a synthetic tail generator which can take you to unusual places and it’s also the first module based upon Noise Engineering’s DSP platform.
It’s always going to be a bit different if it comes from the fevered minds of Noise Engineering. It doesn’t simulate those typical plate, room and hall reverbs instead it generates synthetic tails through the manipulation of 7 controls. All this really means is that it sounds amazingly unique and offers an unusual range of sound design possibilities. You can run from delays, through to all the lush reverbs you want and off into weird places of the unexpected.
The knob labels give you some idea of where you can push the DV. You have Blend for your dry/wet balance, Regen is your feedback tank from nothing to infinite with a curious side chain ducking effect, Size which is reverb time, Dense controls the distribution of delay times from distinct to smeared and Tone is a low and highpass filter. Index and Speed control an internal LFO which messes about with the parameters – it’s these two knobs that really puts the fun into reverb-fun-times.
You have a number of reverb styles to choose from that move from clean to saturation and other weird places.
The DSP platform side means that they will be releasing alternative firmwares for the DV to modify the features and functionality. It’s actually based upon the Electrosmith Daisy platform that we were introduced to at NAMM earlier in the year.
Desmodus Versio means vampire bat and in their usual awesome style Noise Engineering is donating a portion of each DV sold to Bat Conservation International – nice.
DV is available now for $345.