This video, via Slenterende Beer, is a head-to-head comparison of how two reverbs sound with synths: the GFI System Specular Tempus and the Source Audio Ventris.
It’s not intended to be a comprehensive review, but a comparison of how the two devices sound using big, natural reverb settings with synths.
Here’s what they have to say about the video:
This is a quick comparison between the GFI System Specular Tempus and Source Audio Ventris.
I bought the Ventris to see if it could replace my Specular Reverb V2, but I also wanted to compare it to the Specular Tempus. The Tempus has all the reverb algorithms of the Specular Reverb plus some extra ones, and it also has 10+ delay algorithms.
This video is by no means an extensive review of the features of each of the pedals, there are plenty of videos on YouTube which offer just that. I thought it would be nice to hear the two side-by-side, so I tried to recreate the default algorithm on the Specular Reverb V2 (called “Spatium” on the Tempus) with the Ventris, using the “E-dome” setting. Here’s what’s in the demo:
00:00 – 01:45 : Volca Bass + Specular Tempus
01:45 – 03:50 : Volca Bass + Ventris
03:50 – 05:10 : Volca FM + Specular Tempus
05:10 – 06:30 : Volca FM + Ventris
Overall, the Ventris can sound much brighter (depending on the “Treble” setting) and its tone decays slower than the Specular. I think the modulation of the Specular gives it a more natural sound, but that’s something that can be tweaked in more detail on the Ventris – diffusion, modulation depth and rate, not all of which are available on the Specular Tempus – if I wanted to get closer.
I wasn’t too impressed with the extra things the Specular Tempus has to offer compared to the Specular Reverb V2 that I’ve owned for a year now. The additional reverb types are good, but in the end I just want that one huge ambient sound, and that’s already available on the Specular Reverb.
The delay algorithms to me all sound rather ‘synthetic’ – I’d rather get a delay pedal that sounds more natural. So I will return the Tempus, but I will not get rid of the Specular Reverb just yet. 🙂
As you may have seen on this channel, we also use the Strymon Big Sky. So, you’re probably wondering – which would I pick? For me that’s easy: the Big Sky. Nothing beats the Clouds mode, and the realistic reverb settings (room, hall, plate, etc.) all sound very natural. With the Ventris, I tend to think the realistic reverbs sound a bit metallic, or too clean, but from using them in jams I think that can add something very interesting to the overall sound.
If you’ve used one of these reverbs, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!