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Noisy EBS Dynaverb?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Brad Maestas, Nov 30, 2006.


  1. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    I just got a Dynaverb from Rudy's. They were out of sealed stock so I got the floor unit that I auditioned. At the store I didn't really notice any noise because the cab I was playing through had its tweeter down or completely off. When I got home I did a comparison between it and my Holy Grail. Switched off, the EBS is expectedly quiet. When I engage it and don't play, there's a grainy noise akin to dusty vinyl. As I begin to play louder and louder on the bass, the noise is relegated to the backround but it's still there. The noise floor of the Holy Grail OTOH is much better with no audible artifacts with the pedal engaged. I'm beginning to lean on my return/exchange policy. What do you think?
     
  2. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    SF Bay Area
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  3. Hi vBT6lover,

    I had the very same problem with my Dynaverb(s!). Returned the first one after I encountered the same HF hissing problem you described, and had a replacement unit, only to encounter the very same hiss again! Gave up in the end, and substituted the Dynaverb with a Boss RV5 stomp pedal, which does the job for me, minus any hiss.

    Also, I had an intermittent power dropout problem on both Dynaverb units, i.e, the unit failed to come 'ON' after repeated depressing of the 'ON/OFF' button. The blue LED light only momentarily flashed each time I depressed the 'ON/OFF' button, but the unit never turned 'ON'.

    Don't get me wrong, I think the EBS Dynaverb sounds great in the rare instances when it worked without the hiss or when it managed to get switched 'ON'. But, its (un)reliability just precludes it in my signal chain from now on.

    :mad:

    Kind regards,
    Beebebop,
    Beijing.
     
  4. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    I bought a used DynaVerb and had the same problem. It only makes this noise when running on batteries. I run the unit with an EBS power supply and a power all connector for a bunch of pedals.
     
  5. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Line 6 Verbzilla. Love mine. I mostly use 63 Spring reverb and Octo, which is awesome.
     
  6. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I dont like any of the Line 6 pedals, I think that they're junk. I'm not a fan of non-MIJ/K Silver-screw Boss pedals. The Dynaverb is getting bad reviews. My board is EHX free and I'm happy to keep it that way (again, junk). Are there any other options for stomp box reverb?
     
  7. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Tech 21, for the elitist like you. Heaven forbid you find something affordable that you like. Maybe tech 21 can raise the price just for you.
     
  8. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Now now. There's nothing wrong with elitism. I believe it is the superior position. (Gosh, I love puns.)

    Thanks for the recommendation.
     
  9. Did I miss the pun? And if you're really fussy about reverb you should try to check out the Soldano Space Box. Not exactly a stompbox, but it sounds better than anything I've tried outside of a vintage guitar amp. I don't ever really find myself wanting to use reverb in a bass setting personally. Maybe if you do more ambient type stuff in a more sparce setting it would make more sense. You also may want to try the upcoming Eventide stompbox that should be out this year.
     
  10. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I really learned some things from this thread. Thanks.
     
  11. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    The Eventide pedals should be great, also on that Soldano I think it comes in purple tolex which is just another reason to get it.

    I completely understand Toasted's opinion as there is a big jump between the lower priced reverbs and the ones just mentioned.

    There is that T-Rex Room Mate but thats pretty expensive. I'm not a fan of EHX or the Line 6 Stuff with various problems with both, the EBS stuff I've found average over the years as I've generally found stuff thats better quite easily.
     
  12. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Purple tolex is always a reason.
     
  13. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I hold out high hopes for the Tech 21 verb coming out soon. I suspect that the T-Rex will not live up to its price.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Especially with your experience of the Bass Squeeze.
     
  15. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
    i'm looking forward to the new tech21 pedals, as well. they haven't let me down yet in the quality department, and their prices have always been fair (in my book).
     
  16. G.Bisson

    G.Bisson

    Feb 26, 2009
    Virginia
    I'll revive this zombie thread while doing research on the DynaVerb.

    haven't had any hiss problems with mine, been using it on a power supply. But I am having a problem with the footswitch like beebebop mentioned. It will turn off then it wont turn back on again. Press the switch on and off a few times then it works again. Usually it cycles on/off two times before reactivating. Fortunately it is in a effects loop so I never have to press the footswitch on the pedal. Every time I power it down by turning off the power strip. When I turn the power strip back on the pedal comes on like it was before and it never screws up doing this. Almost forget about this problem, I've been using it regulary 3 times a week but haven't stepped on the footswitch is many months. :smug:
     
  17. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks for chiming in. No harm in reviving an old thread. My DynaVerb has been sitting around unused since my last post! :eek: I never bought a dedicated power supply or the proper tip for my PS break-out chain so haven't tried the power supply approach. Seems fishy though. Battery power is supposed to provide a lower noise floor, not a higher one! My old 1st-gen Octabass is rock solid. Wonder what's up with these newer ones? Weird. :meh:
     

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