Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Compact review

The Origin Effects family welcomes a new arrival with a smaller and more affordable version of a classic drive

Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Compact review
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

Making the RevivalDRIVE experience more accessible, the Compact offers a practical route to get some authentic-sounding vintage amp tones and overdrive that’s entirely in tune with the sound of your own amp into your rig. One to try!


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    Compact size.

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    Easy to set up.

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    More affordable.

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    Authentically amp-like sounds.

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    Dry knob lets you blend just what you need with your own sound.


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    There are fewer parameters, hence less tonal subtlety than the original version, but this is designed to fit a different niche.

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Origin Effects’ RevivalDRIVE Custom pedal was something of a revelation to us when we reviewed it in issue 434. Here was a superbly engineered analogue drive pedal that we concluded felt and sounded like playing through a sorted vintage amp, with an ability to mimic several different ones.

To allow all the nuanced adjustment of parameters that it was capable of, though, the pedal was absolutely covered with knobs and switches, and its eye-watering price ($649, £559 for the Custom version) although justified, must have put it out of reach of many potential users. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.