Fuse Audio Labs has announced the release of a free effect plugin based on a rare ’60s-vintage spring reverb originally built for the BBC.

VREV-666 brings back the typically rich, bouncy, and unpredictable vibes of a true electro-mechanical reverb in an authentic-sounding way.

Valuing character above realism, sending any signal through VREV-666’s springs always results in something vibrant and charismatic, adding edginess to vocals, dirty ambience to synth, gritty room to guitar and bass, or finishing textures to any instrument… it’s all in there.

Though the original hardware features a single effect gain control, VREV-666 adds an effect mix stage, a predelay of up to 150 ms, and a tone EQ that attenuates the pronounced resonance of the spring system in the bass range, while a musical effect limiter built around a light bulb helps to tame peaks that would otherwise cause chirping overloads inside the spring tank.

“When it comes to ambience, spring reverb is the ultimate playground for creative endeavors — and VREV-666 delivers.” So says Fuse Audio Labs CEO Reimund Dratwa, duly concluding thus: “While the few available hardware units remain much cherished gems inside the studios of spirited artists and producers, we’re delighted to make the original vintage character of this juicy reverb available for everybody’s DAW absolutely for free.”

VREV-666 is available for Windows and Mac in VST/VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats to anyone with an account on the Fuse Audio Labs website (also free).

Additionally, Fuse Audio Labs is offering 50% off all plugins until July 15th, 2021 (12pm CET), as part of a Summer Sale. Use coupon code SUMMER21 at the checkout to get the discount.