SPRINGBOARD

ECHO-VERB

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This pedal is discontinued. Please check our dealers or our Reverb store for any remaining stock.

The SPRINGBOARD yields lush and springy verb soundscapes from the BTDR-3H brick. This reverb is not created via DSP algorithms, but rather a patented network of delays with interwoven feedback paths that creates its own reverb category. We added two feedback controls to tailor both the length and tonal structure of the reverb trail. With the active EQ section, the SPRINGBOARD can go from bright to brooding.

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How It Works

Features

Tech Specs

Story

SPRINGBOARD BLOCK DIAGRAM

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FEATURES & CONSTRUCTION

TrueSoft  Bypass

Low Noise Op Amp

Extended Headroom

DualMode Switching

We combine durable true bypass relay switching with an effect-side FET switch for pure and smooth switching.

A modern, high-speed op amp was chosen for its low-noise and high-fidelity properties.

A simple voltage inverter circuit was used to effectively turn 9V into 18V. More voltage means more headroom & bigger tone.

DualMode Switching can convert the footswitch into momentary operation.

To use, wait 5 seconds, then press the sequence tap+tap+hold until LED flashes.

USA Made PCBs

Our circuit boards are made in the USA by Advanced Circuits (large PCB runs) or OSH Park (small PCB runs).

Analog Dry Path

100% analog circuitry was employed in the dry signal path. Your tone is preserved, with zero digital harshness.

All VFE Pedals are built with these quality components and features:

 

- Rugged diecast aluminum enclosures

- TrueSoft + DualMode true bypass switching

- Industrial-grade Carling switches & Neutrik audio jacks

- Alpha pots soldered directly to PCB

- 5% WIMA film capacitors & 1% metal film resistors

- Cardas Audio ultra-pure, eutectic silver solder

- P3 system phantom-power compatible

- Built by hand in Puyallup, WA, USA

- 1 year warranty on parts & labor

DIMENSIONS:

Enclosure dimensions: 2.37"W x 4.37"L x 1.16"H  (60 x 111 x 29mm)

With knobs & jacks: 2.6"W x 4.4"L x 2.1"H  (66 x 111 x 53mm)

 

POWER:

Standard 2.1mm, negative-tip 9V to 15V power supply or 9V battery.

 

INPUT IMPEDANCE:

Up to 500K-ohm (varies based on pre-gain)

 

CURRENT DRAW:

~80ma continous

+30ma surge for 4ms during on/off switching

BY THE NUMBERS:

18 RESISTORS

22 CAPACITORS
1 INDUCTOR

2 TRANSISTORS

5 DIODES

1 OP AMP

4 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
9 POTENTIOMETERS
2 SWITCHES

3 JACKS
2 CIRCUIT BOARDS

1 BTDR-3H REVERB BRICK

HOW THE SPRINGBOARD CAME TO BE

THE STORY

I have been getting requests to make a reverb for years. My response has always been "Reverbs require DSP programming, and I'm not a programmer".

 

When Belton released their newest BTDR-3H reverb brick, built entirely on discrete delay chips arranged in a patented summing and feedback network, I knew I finally had the missing piece to building a VFE reverb. I experimented with all the extremes of what the brick could do - and what it couldn't do - and found a way to pack everything I discovered inside our compact, standard series casing.

 

While the sound of the BTDR-3H brick is "spring-y", it's not a spring reverb. By utilizing a new method to create reverberation, it's created a new category of sounds. The Springboard lets you push and pull this new reverb types to every extreme, while still giving control over the sublest nuances of its soundscape."

-- Peter Rutter, founder of VFE Pedals --