february 2020

Expansive EQ- and drive-shaping capabilities meet studio-level precision. The PG Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Compact review.

 
 

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Pros:
Extraordinary build quality. Super thoughtful design and execution. Lots of range and nuance in individual controls. Splendid, powerful EQ.

Cons:
Costs nearly as much as the gold brick its construction evokes.

Street:
$385

Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE
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