Spring reverb pedals are used for creating a very specific reverb sound effect and provide a very better quality of sound. The spring reverb pedals are used in many musical instruments like guitars now first let us know what is reverb and after that, we will talk about what this is used for.
What is reverb?
Reverberation is an effect, which makes us feel the echo of the sound and makes the sound better and very sweet to listen. It is created when sound waves from any sound source reflect off surfaces in a room and then causing a large number of reflections to reach your ear and they are so close together that you cannot interpret them as individual waves.
Where reverb pedal is used
In the past or in early days the reverb pedal was used in recordings by placing microphones to capture the natural sound of the room you were in such as a large recording studio or recording room echo ridden basement for a more effective effect.
In the guitars, the reverb pedals are used create a natural mimic reverb and to create a sense of depth and a very good space in your guitar tone Without a reverb effect your guitar tone is like very dry which sound like it is too unnatural as reverb exists in natural places.
There are two types of reverb pedals one is Plate reverb and other is Spring reverb.
A plate reverb makes an early method of generating or creating a reverb effect with a long delay without the use of a very large room this method depends on hanging a thin sheet of metal under very high tension in a room. A transformer is then used to direct the audio into a plate in contact with the microphone. This is resulting in a very clear, and deep effect of sound and clean bright and long.
Plate reverbs are used across all the genres of music as for their clean sound allows them to mix with other instruments very well.
Spring reverb pedals are cheaper from the plate reverbs and are mostly built into the guitar amplifiers. This way a spring reverb works very similar to plate reverb. A sound is projected in the spring coils, and the vibration of the springs is captured with a contact microphone. In the case of amps with the prebuilt spring reverbs, there is no need to capture the sound of the spring reverb with microphones. As you is just adding the sound of a spring reverb into the overall sound coming out of the amplifiers.
Spring reverbs are generally used as an individual instrument instead of groups of instruments or for an entire mix as it does have a very good characteristic you can hear this iconic twang tone in many of the rockabilly tunes.
In guitars, spring reverb is used to give a very better, a clean bright, and a relaxing sound.