UVI has announced Sparkverb, a surround-capable 64-bit processing reverb pulled from the VI Darklight IIx. Below are some details from the press release.
At the core of this glorious GUI is the Decay Editor, a frequency-based spectrum editor for speedily sculpting and refining reverbs. Adjust decay globally and across multiple bands with LO DECAY and HI DECAY time multipliers and associated CROSSOVER and Cut settings across a single canvas — an entirely new way to work with reverb! Roam freely wherever your creative muse might take you!
All other controls are arranged clearly and accordingly labelled: variable DENSITY settings (to affect the number of internal delays — from sparse echoes to dense reflection patterns), advanced DIFFUSION algorithms (allowing percussive material to reach sufficiently high short- time echo density), tuneable MODULATION (for pitch accuracy regardless of scale), A/B comparison (making fine-tuning a painless process), and much more besides. Be it simple or complex, dialling in a reverb has never been so speedy!
The GUI looks pretty nice to be honest. Big and uncluttered.
Those needing a more managed mode of exploration need look no further than the trailblazing Preset Voyager — voila! What’s it all about, though? At startup, Sparkverb creates a two-dimensional array of all available presets. Toggling from the main display (Decay Editor) to the Preset Voyager displays all Factory Presets and User Presets in an eye-catching cloud-like arrangement according to their similarity and conveniently colour-codes them based on their category. Cleverly, click-dragging in the cloud changes the current reverb setting by interpolating between the parameters of the adjacent presets — perfect for quickly creating new presets while watching controls update in real time to see what’s happening. Here the possibilities for redefining reverb spaces are quite literally limitless!
Regardless of which mode you are working in, Mutate and Randomize functions are always accessible, applying small and large random changes respectively. Discover new sounds and find inspiration instantly with next to no effort — except peeling back your ears! Better still, parameter locks are available on each and every control here, making these fast-track functions even more useful. Experiment within prescribed boundaries such as a fixed MIX (dry/wet) amount or (stereo/surround) WIDTH to seek out exciting variations that work well for a specific need.
UVI brags about incredible low CPU usage, apparently thanks to their proprietary Parametric FDN Engine upon which Sparkverb is built. This might seem like good news but it seriously makes me question the quality of the sound. No, higher CPU hit doesn’t mean better sound, but reverbs are notorious for high CPU usage for a reason. Well, I’m not going to judge Sparkverb until I hear it, just makes me wonder.
Sparkverb is available to purchase in Mac OS (AAX, AU, MAS, RTAS, VST) and Windows (AAX, RTAS, VST) compatible formats as a direct download for $199.00 or physical boxed product for $199.00 (plus $29.00 shipping) from UVI’s online Store.