TENS has been physically modeled
after the range of high end studio spring
reverberation units introduced by a famous Austrian
company from the early 1970s to early 1980s. As
opposed to classic spring reverbs found in guitar
amps, these units were based on the company's own
patented proprietary design principle, which allowed
various connected spring elements of different
lengths and wire diameter to vibrate inside a small
isolated space. The spring elements were manipulated
in various ways, e.g. by etching the wire surface
and deforming individual turns of the coil wire
resulting in a highly diffused, and very dense
reverb, that didn't expose the boing/chirping
artifacts associated with spring reverbs and brought
it much closer to the sound of plate reverbs. This
range of reverbs is praised for its incredibly deep,
organic, complex, rich, smooth and floating
character. In terms of sound (but of course not technically)
it can been seen as the missing link between classic
spring and plate reverbs. A very unique beast
To extend the sonic possibilities of the originals, TENS offers:
Brief history of the units, TENS was modelled
It all started in 1972 with the release of the BX20. With the size of a fridge it still had a much smaller footprint than the available plate reverbs at that time.
In 1975 the BX10 followed. It was designed to be a portable version, where the carry handle could be used to lock the tanks for transport. It had a much smaller footprint than its predecessor.
By the end of the 1970s the 3u rackmount version BX5 has been released. It was the most affordable model of the BX line.
1982 saw the release of the BX25 model. This incarnation of the BX range managed to increase the spring length by about 20%, while reducing the enclosure size by about 60% compared to the BX20 model. the BX25 included an inbuilt delay, which was intended to be used as a pre-delay for the reverb. The BX15 had been released the same year. It was built upon the BX10, and offered more selectable decay times and stepped controls for the EQ section of the unit.
TENS is available in the following formats (all included in a single license):
Windows 8 or higher (64bit): VST, VST3, AAX Native for ProTools® 11 or higher
macOS 10.11 or higher: AU, VST, VST3, AAX Native for ProTools® 11 or higher
* All third party trademarks, brands, products references are trademarks of their respective owners. The use of these trademarks is only referential and only used to describe the products, that have been studied and modelled during the the process of creating TENS using Klanghelm's own modelling techniques. Klanghelm is in no way affiliated, endorsed or sponsored by any of the mentioned third parties.
Here are various audio examples of TENS in