One of the things I really like about the Riverside Multistage Drive is its extremely wide range of harmonically complex drive sounds. Because of Riverside’s multistage topology, it goes well beyond simple overdrive pedal territory. Riverside can be truly thought of as an “amp in a box” pedal. Not only can you achieve subtle overdrives, you can get rich saturated distortions, and a full range of tones you’d find in a great tube amplifier.
Couple Riverside with our Deco Tape Saturation & Doubletracker pedal, and those overdriven tones become even more spacious and wide. I’m a big fan of the Riverside/Deco combo, so I decided to spend a day creating some audio examples using this setup. In the video below, the signal path is simply Riverside » Deco » Strymon BigSky (speaker cab filter only, no reverb) » recording interface. Since I’m using BigSky’s cab emulation and not an amplifier, you can get a feel for the type of amp sounds possible with Riverside. And I’m using Deco as a tape-based swiss army knife—providing many types of tape flanging, tape chorusing, tape echo, and tape saturation.
Hope you dig the sounds. If you have any Riverside or Deco settings you’d like to share, please comment below. Thanks!
Riverside / Deco demo by Strymon noisemaking nerd Ethan Tufts (http://youtube.com/stateshirt).