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Origin Effects’ RevivalDrive is “the first overdrive of its kind, ever”

The UK’s Origin Effects - famed for its top-notch compressors - has announced its first ever overdrive - and “the first overdrive of its kind, ever”, the RevivalDrive.

Origin is bigging up the fact that the circuit houses a complete valve amp-style signal path using all-analogue electronics, resulting in a wide range of accurate replications of British and American amp tones, from clean to fully cranked.

That signal chain boasts a preamp, phase inverter, power amp and rectifier stages, but also a synthesised mains power signal and a speaker-emulating reactive load, promising to deliver “true amp-like overdrive, power amp sag and the characteristic ‘ghost tones’ generated when cranking certain vintage amps”.

A host of EQ features allow the pedal to adjust to different amps, too, while a RevivalDrive Custom option offers additional front-panel controls and a secondary EQ.

The RevivalDrive ($549/£469) and RevivalDrive Custom ($659/£569) are available from the end of April. A footswitch will also be available. See Origin Effects for more info.

Features include:

Solid-state and valve-styled rectifier channels
Dual Class-A preamp stages
Phase inverter and push-pull power amp stages
Built-in reactive speaker load
Fully variable mid boost
Unique Ghost control
Dry Blend control for parallel drive effects
Re-Amp EQ controls

RevivalDRIVE CUSTOM only:
Additional amp-matching filter/EQ controls
Optional two-button Revival Footswitch:
Override Dry Blend control
Activate mid boost

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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