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I've had the True Spring for about a year now. Years ago I jumped to real tubes and springs very early in my surf journey, however, I have always kept an obligatory 'just in case' reverb pedal. The Catalinbread Topanga was that pedal for several years. For whatever it is worth to you, I listed and sold the Topanga the day I plugged in and played the Source Audio True Spring.
The True Spring was good right out of the box, although I don't know why they didn't load one of the 3 pre-sets with the engine that gave birth to the stand alone pedal?!?!?! That would have made it really good right out of the box. You have to use the Neuro app to load that engine.
The Venrtris Outboard and Ventris True Spring engines are much better than the mfg burned in 'Tank'. However, even those have too much made up artifact and effect going on for my taste, especially when playing just the pedal without the band.
I spent a good bit if time yesterday tube and tank rolling with my G-Spring, which inspired me to see how much I could improve on Source Audio's Outboard engine settings. Thankfully, the Neuro editor gives quite a bit of control without being overwhelming.
For anyone interested in checking them out, I've published 2 versions to the Neuro/Source Audio Community today:
NOS 6G15 Finely tuned and as close as possible to my Gomez G-Spring for my main tone and natural decay.
NOS 6G15, brighter top end Finely tuned and as close as possible to my Gomez G-Spring for my main tone and natural decay, with a touch more top end and slightly reduced bass on the reverb.
I've arrived at these settings A/B'ing it with my Gomez G-Spring through my Surfer w/ 15" tone ring cabinet. I have to imagine my configuration of the pedal would be a little different if playing through a Blackface style amp, or any other style amp for that matter. Hopefully that doesn't make a massive difference, and these are usable more broadly. And if it does, well, you do have the knobs on the pedal that can be tweaked, and anyone can further edit the deeper settings in Neuro.
This is as close as I could get after a fair number of cycles A/B'ing with my tank. It sounds pretty good to me, however, like all digital emulations of '6G15 Outboard Reverb', it is not the same as the real thing. That especially shows when you are trying to get the infamous palm muted drip. The adjustments I tried that push the drip further and closer made for too many other trade-offs that sounded, well, like exaggerated outboard reverb. Like anything in the emulation realm, you're gonna give up something!
Of course reverb is like a good beer or fine wine; one's amazing is another's swill, so there is that.
I would be curious to hear any feedback if you try these patches.
Of course, if you're writing to tell me it's , well, you are welcome to create and post your taste in reverb too.
Cheers to a surfier 2021, y'all!
El Mirage @ ReverbNation
Last edited: Jan 10, 2021 17:03:59