Radio Shack Realistic Electronic Reverb 32-1110

Radio Shack Realistic Electronic Reverb 32-1110

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The Rat Shack Reverb is a killer noise tool. Great for creating feedback loops. Has 4 sliders one each for Microphone (Volume), Delay, Repeat, and Depth. It also has 1/4" input and output and an RCA in and out. Officially known as Realistic Electronic Reverb

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User Reviews of the Radio Shack Realistic Electronic Reverb 32-1110

  • Submitted by burnn_out! from Roseville, MI (66 points) on Nov 24, 2010
  • not going to say much, as its mostly already been said. just an awesome dirt cheap versitle noise device. looking for an awesome echo/ delay look elsewhere. looking for a lo-fi feedbacking echo device its right here.
  • Good Points: good build versitile cheap
  • Bad Points: shit... get real, this things rocks for expeirmental and noise.
  • Price Paid: US$25.00
  • Purchased At: da bayz of E
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  • Submitted by nikukeisatsu from Minneapolis, MN (48 points) on Oct 5, 2010
  • I found this at a pawn shop, apparently modded by the previous user to serve as a Voicebox. However, it still sounds like straight up reverb/delay to me, so I will comment on this pedal from that angle. This pedal provides adequate reverb for mad cheap. It obviously lacks the versatility of some of the nicer reverb racks/pedals out there, but it is a steal and adds enough to be worth it.
  • Good Points: functional reverb at a reasonable price additional in/out options are nice
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  • Price Paid: US$25.00
  • Purchased At: pawn shop
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  • Submitted by AQ from Saint Louis, MO (52 points) on Nov 21, 2009
  • I love this little box. By far my secret weapon. Just plug the rca in/out into a loop and you have an instant noise synth that still has a free normal in/out. I love the great crackly sounds it makes pluging a contact mic into it, the added layers of drones it gives by pulgging in a synth and ridding the input fader, and the lo-fi mess it does to vocals is awesome! On it's own it's not much, but does give a nice lo-fi smear to vocals or tape loops. Using the rca's in a loop is where it really shines though. I buy every one of these I see and can see it being seen as an "analog classic" in the future.
  • Good Points: cheap, fun, versatile, bendable.
  • Bad Points: none
  • Price Paid: US$5.00
  • Purchased At: goodwill
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  • Submitted by Drew from Bellport, NY (10 points) on Jan 9, 2009
  • Used one of these all through the 90's with TRJ. Still pull it out sometimes. For guitar it works great as a distortion when used in line with a few other pedals, maybe a wah. Just let the guitar feed back and move the sliders. Also good for distorting vocals with an almost slapback type sound. Don't expect to use this as a standard clean reverb or delay. Much better as a distortion/noisemaker.
  • Good Points: Cheap and old.
  • Bad Points: No bypass.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At: radio shack
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  • Submitted by Gary from Brisbane (10 points) on Jun 7, 2008
  • I was given this in exchange for another effects unit. I found it was too harsh and 'electronic' sounding for guitar BUT when I used with a microphone and played blues harp through it WOW. It is just perfect to get that harsh attack-laden sound that is just right for blues harp & vocals.
  • Good Points: Lightweight; runs off batteries or center negative 9v ac adapter. Line & mic inputs/outputs. Cheap to buy from what I have read on this web site.
  • Bad Points: Power switch is kinda loose so I never move it from the ON position.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At:
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  • Submitted by jkndrkn from Gainesville, FL (34 points) on Apr 11, 2007
  • I was somewhat disappointed with my unit. Other than a short, lo-fi reverb effect and a bit of gain, this unit did little either processing a signal source, mic feedback, or a feedback loop.
  • Good Points: Cheaply found on ebay. Looks wonderfully primitive.
  • Bad Points: Perhaps my unit was defective? This unit was fairly uninteresting.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At: ebay.com
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  • Submitted by Dog from Long Beach, CA (6 points) on Jan 5, 2007
  • I have one and it is everything everyone has said and less. But -- here's the kicker -- there's a PLUG-IN simulation as part of the Audio Damage plug set (US)... so if I could have held off for twenty years I could have spent more and been able to use this crucial piece of gear on multiple tracks at once without strapping it on a buss...
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  • Price Paid: US$40.00
  • Purchased At:
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  • Submitted by Charles from Asheville, NC (14 points) on Jul 12, 2006
  • This thing is dubtastic. It is harsh. I am going to mod mine for feedback.
  • Good Points: Very noisy. Cheap.
  • Bad Points: Could stand to have quarter inch line in and out.
  • Price Paid: US$12.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by sclr from Portland, OR (220 points) on Jul 28, 2005
  • not much i can add to what has already been said. i was super stoked to find one cheap at goodwill. its badass!
  • Good Points: thing is f@#*ing nuts!
  • Bad Points: its flimsy and i could see it breaking very easily.
  • Price Paid: US$3.00
  • Purchased At: goodwill
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  • Submitted by tapesss from Brooksville, FL (344 points) on Apr 6, 2005
  • Like everyone has said, this thing is great as a feedback loop. You get all kinds of nasty synth and noise tones out of it, it's like a crazy mini-synth in the palm of your hand. The reverb is terrible, like others have said, but you can play with the sliders and fuck up your sounds. These things are really cheap, i'd suggest picking one up.
  • Good Points: crazy tones, all kinds of self oscillation fun.
  • Bad Points: case feels sort of flimsy
  • Price Paid: US$10.00
  • Purchased At: eBay
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  • Submitted by Jacob from Davis, CA (6 points) on Jan 25, 2005
  • This thing is my secret weapon. Definetly a horrible "real" reverb sound but as a noisemaker it is incredible. Great as a distortion maker if the microphone gain is cranked. Great for making outer space/ufo sounds by changing the delay setting in a delay loop. I have a second one that is older, in a stereo console, not the black box, that is a gain monster too but the signal is much cleaner. I use it as an initial preamp for my contact mics...
  • Good Points: Great unique sounding noises. Cheap.
  • Bad Points: can't think of any unless you are really trying to use this for reverb.
  • Price Paid: US$10.00
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  • Submitted by Brandon from Collinsville, IL (100 points) on Jun 4, 2004
  • The actual reverb effect for these things absolutely blows, but when you throw it in a feedback loop they are the dog's bollocks. You'll definately surprise yourself by the sounds that you do get out of it, and the sounds that you know it made once but never can get it to do again. I have 2 of the damned things, and it would appear that these things sound and behave entirely different from unit to unit.
  • Good Points: tons of fun to fuck around with in feedback loops. Each one of these sounds different from one and other
  • Bad Points: No goddamned bypass feature. Total crap when used as a regular reverb device
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At: pawn shop, and ebay
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  • Submitted by Sco from brisbane (2 points) on Apr 15, 2004
  • The feedback loops in this unit are so much fun to play with, great fun just to hook up old drum machine to
  • Good Points: line out to mic in and the pleasure's all yours
  • Bad Points: as said before little men keep changing everything around inside
  • Price Paid: US$5.00
  • Purchased At: charity shop in australia
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  • Submitted by Sage from Rockville, MD (14 points) on Apr 11, 2004
  • i think this thing is strange its seen used quite often and sounds great used in a clean analogue signal but can get quite messy with distortion and hard to control. the sound is very clean i swear the circuits in side are being changed around on me spies are working on it as we speak its freaky dont ask
  • Good Points: its psycho and cheap
  • Bad Points: hard to find
  • Price Paid: US$15.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by Mike from Rochester, NY (306 points) on Jan 20, 2004
  • I used to own 2 of these way back in the day!!! For the late 80's, this unit was THE thing for reverb. The four sliders were great for tweaking and you could find numerous sounds all at the slide of a finger! It's a bit out-dated by today's standards, but is still fun to play with 'old school'!! A lot of potential/space for circuit-benders too. Pick one up if you find one cheap (like a lot of these fellow post-ers did!!)
  • Good Points: decent construction, 4 easy sliders, numerous variations of sound,probably can find one cheap because effect geeks won't be clamoring all over them (it's OUR little secret!!)
  • Bad Points: -definitely a table-top unit (mine shattered when it fell off an amp) -uses 6 AA batteries -slider handles seem to come off easy -discontinued product (shame on you, Radio Shack!!)
  • Price Paid: US$20.00
  • Purchased At: Radio Shack
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  • Submitted by nkondi from Portland, OR (594 points) on May 3, 2003
  • what can i say that hasnt been said. deffinately their best product...it was strange to find soo much to do with this when remembering who made it, which impressed me enough to buy another. good feedback loop, good reverb...
  • Good Points: sometimes cheap...
  • Bad Points: ...and sometimes the price is driven up...
  • Price Paid: US$15.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by spit + smudge from Savannah, GA (214 points) on Mar 17, 2003
  • Nice and cheap. As the others have said, a definate sleeper in a field of all effects pedals. The sounds you can get out of this simple beast is amazing..and the distortion it gets when the 'mic' level goes too high is grand.
  • Good Points: Cheap, light and SMALL. sliders are a definate plus. Does have a set of 1/4" input/output and a pair of RCA input/output.
  • Bad Points: Poor construction, had to shave some plastic off the on/off/batt test switch for it to properly go through the 3 settings. Have to use 1/4->rca adapter to utilizer the other in/out on the unit
  • Price Paid: US$11.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by Brad from Cleveland, OH (8 points) on Jan 19, 2003
  • Great Analog delay unit. Very old school dub/reggae sounding. I use it on an aux send on my mixer, than return it to an open channel, then use the return channel's aux send to get the feedback loop going. I use the mic i/o. Turning up the mic fader gives a really nice and smooth distortion. Get a feedback loop going and mess around with the faders, record it and you'll have some interesting noise.
  • Good Points: Great analog delay very inexpensive good distortion if you overload the mic inputs
  • Bad Points: Takes 6 AA batteries, unless you buy the power supply. Line inputs are RCA i/o
  • Price Paid: US$10.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by Phil from Seattle, WA (78 points) on May 26, 2002
  • This is the deal a great analog delay diguised as a Reverb! It is a genuine BBD analog delay grab one if you haven't already. If you have get another!
  • Good Points: cheap analog BBD delay.
  • Bad Points: RCA jacks.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At: friend
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  • Submitted by Ben from United States (250 points) on Mar 22, 2002
  • A true hidden treasure. No one would ever think this thing would be such a great sound source. I got it as a cheap reverb unit for live purposes, but then when I used it to feedback into itself, I realized this thing is a much more important part of my set-up. You can really coax a lot of different sounds out of this. I have a few ways I like to add this into my main set-up, but don't want to give away any 'trade secrets'.
  • Good Points: see review -- ultimate versatility and usefulness as a sound source
  • Bad Points: none
  • Price Paid: US$20.00
  • Purchased At: eBay
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  • Submitted by Jonathan from Greencastle, IN (6 points) on Aug 15, 2001
  • I bought this unit a number of years ago--have no idea when RS stopped manufacturing it. It works great for creating simple flanging effects--just set the repeat low; while varying the delay in the lower range slide the depth from bottum to top (0 to 10)--slide controls are perfect for maximum control! Also great for creating feedback loops (as Tim noted) and slap-back.
  • Good Points: all four controls (Mic; Delay; Repeat; Depth) are slide controls.
  • Bad Points: Delay could be longer, but at the price I bought it--I'm not complaining...though there is only one 1/4" output--you can use the line out simultaneously with the 1/4" mic out...
  • Price Paid: US$3.00
  • Purchased At: goodwill
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  • Submitted by Tim from San Francisco, CA (42 points) on Jun 25, 2001
  • Great for creating feedback loops. plug the in cord of your effects chain to the mic out jack and out cord of your effects chain in to the mic in jack, then plug a single rca cord into the line out and put a 1/4" plug adaptor at the other end and you are ready to go. You can modulate the feedback using the four sliders and your chain of effects pedals... Rat shack stopped selling these awhile ago, but they are readily available on eBay and at garage sales.
  • Good Points: Delay, Repeat, and Depth controls are sliders.
  • Bad Points: only one 1/4" output, delay time is pretty short....
  • Price Paid: US$39.00
  • Purchased At: Radio Shack
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