This Behringer RV600 Reverb Machine review was originally written by myself under the pseudonym punX on May 9, 2010 on my now defunct MusicGear-Reviews.com website.
German-based music instruments manufacturer Behringer has been producing affordable and for the most part, pretty good studio applications for years. Bizarrely, as long as I remember, this company has suffered from image issues but just over the past few years, Behringer is slowly winning new friends with its latest product series.
The Robin Hood of Effects Manufacturer
Of course, Behringer doesn’t have the cool factor of Electro Harmonix or similar guitar effects manufacturers, and I guess one factor is that most of Behringer products are so-called ‘clones,’ inexpensive versions of legendary or expensive units.
It certainly doesn’t quality for an award but the quality and affordable price tags of Behringer products is something that should justify a second look. Plus, and I won’t get too political here, I believe making exciting music is something that should be available to a wider audience. The price tags of some products are totally out of proportion and is making it difficult for the next generation of musicians producing their music. For those, Behringer could be hailed as the Robin Hood amongst the music instrument manufacturers.
In addition to the Behringer RV600 Reverb Machine, I own a few Behringer studio applications, such as the C-1 Condenser Mike, Guitar and Bass V-Amps, the Digital Delay, possibly a few other units I don’t remember right now. None of these have ever failed on me and I’m satisfied with the results I’m getting out of them.
The Behringer RV600 Reverb Machine is a Line6 Verbzilla clone
The Behringer RV600 Reverb Machine is a direct clone of the Line6 Verbzilla. With its metallic dark blue finish, the RV600 is easily the coolest looking pedal in the Behringer guitar effect pedal series. I somehow reminds of the 1970’s DeTomaso Pantera GTS muscle car – in more than one way (…).
Anyway, the RV-600’s enclosure is made out of very sturdy plastic that should survive any stage antics. I certainly know that a plastic enclosure won’t fill most guitarists with confidence, but I played this pedal a few times live and in terms of robustness it is up there with your Boss and Ibanez pedals.
The RV600 offers true stereo in and out and is the size of a Boss pedal. It has 5 knobs to adjust the wet/dry mix, reverb decay, -time, -tone and the preset selector knob to choose from its 11 reverb presets. Presets on offer include a ’63 Spring Reverb, Spring, Plate, Room, Chamber, Hall, Ducking, Space, Cave, Tile and Echo. Additionally a switch let’s you chose whether you like the reverb trails fading out after you disengage the effect.
The pedal can be powered by battery or more conveniently via an external 9vDC power supply.
Back to the Future with the RV600
The RV600 uses DSP technology and Behringer’s Real Sound Modelling (RSM) processor. Each of the 11 reverb presets sounds incredible authentic and is offering any reverb you could ask for; from tiled reverb for 50’s Rock ‘n Roll to its otherworldly Space preset, turning your guitar into a heavenly synth pads.
The quality of each preset would satisfy most reverb nuts. No matter what you’re after, if it’s adding a bit of depth and atmosphere to your tone or to use it in a more creative fashion to produce dramatic effects – the RV600 can do it all.
The Behringer RV600 is very easy to use and you should be up and running in no time.
Close to The Edge: Shimmer
I was especially taken by the Space preset. The Space preset is possibly the solution for legions of U2 fans trying to emulate The Edge’s expansive ‘shimmer’ effect. On the Verbzilla the preset is called Octo and produces a lush, harmonised, pitch-shifted reverb that turns your bedroom practice into ‘the great gig in the sky.’
Actually it can also make you feel like you’ve overdosed on sugar canes if you keep using it too often and it’s so sweet that you might end up using it all the time. Now that was a well-meant warning.
While the Irish guitar legend is using high quality and very expensive and rare studio rack gear to produce his trademark shimmer tone, you have it digitally modelled as preset #8 in your Reverb Machine.
I also enjoy playing the ducking reverb preset. Funnily enough I used it more on vocals than for the guitar. Ducking reverb suppresses the reverb to a threshold that you set before the reverb kicks in. This is great when you don’t want reverb to cloud while your playing but at the end of riff or phrase to come in.
The Tile preset gets you that 50’s RnR vibe; a tone used a lot in Rockabilly style playing, while the ’63 SP (spring Reverb) adds the classic spring reverb found in vintage Fender amps. A lot of players moan about their cheap spring reverbs built-in their amps – the ’63 Spring Reverb preset is your solution.
Reverb Machine or Verbzilla?
Of course, the RV600 Reverb Machine is a clone of the Line6 Verbzilla, and to say the 2 pedals are identical would be an understatement.
Sure, all the features on the RV600 can also be found on Line6’s Verbzilla, but I fail to see any logical reason to spend more money on the Line6 if you can have the same quality with the Reverb Machine. In fact Behringer demonstrates that you don’t have to charge inflated prices for great technology.
I owned the Verbzilla, but decided to sell it after testing the RV600. I actually sold the Verbzilla for more than I paid for the Behringer Reverb Machine new. In true Behringer fashion, the RV600 costs half the price of the Verbzilla. Add the 2 years manufacturer guarantee and it’s an absolute bargain. And it even turns out, I like the RV600 a little more.
I make no secret that I’m not much of a Line6 fan. Every Line6 product I owned came with small issues or failed on me at one point or another.
Take the Verbzilla and its Wet / Dry knob. When trying to fine tune and having full effect and almost no dry tone, the dry tone suddenly cuts off. Not so with the Behringer RV600, this and all other knobs allow very precise fine-tuning capabilities. Not trying to be stingy here, it just seems an important feature. Besides I never liked the flimsy Verbzilla knobs and due to its steel enclosure, the Verbzilla weighted quite a bit, too.
OK, I’m not here to diss the Verbzilla, only pointing out to fellow guitarists to take a second look at the Behringer. It’s a great unit that you can rely on and save money or use the extra cash to get another pedal for your guitar rig. I give the Behringer a 10/10 – that pedal is a winner.
Try one out today and share your experience with us below in the comments section. Also fire away any questions you might have regarding the Behringer RV600 Reverb Machine. Over and out for now.