TankDriver™ Using & Applications

The Tank Driver is super easy to use. Connect the output from your recording system or mic preamp to the tank driver using the balanced line level XLR input on the Workhorse or other 500 series rack. Using a ¼" to RCA cable, connect the send jack to your spring reverb in your amp. These are usually connected via an RCA connecter. Using a second RCA to ¼" cable, take the output from your spring reverb and bring it back to the Tank Driver RECV jack. You then need to take the output from the Tank Driver and send it to your audio system so that you can hear it. If you have a Workhorse, you can also turn on the appropriate slot and audition the effect using the headphones. Complete details on using the Tank Driver and making connections to and from your 500 series rack can be found in the manual (PDF download).

The Tank Driver has internal buffers and circuitry that will unbalance the signal and set the impedance so that it produces an optimal signal for a spring reverb. In other words, you do not have to worry about much other than setting the controls.

Begin by turning the BLEND control all the way counter-clockwise (7:00 o'clock) and set the Shimmer and Boom to the 12:00 o'clock mid way position. Turn on the track or start talking into a microphone. Then, begin rotating the blend control until you get a reasonable mix. If you find that the reverb level is low, try pressing the drive switch. This increases the output from the Tank Driver going to the reverb tank.

Next, to adjust the tone… you can now add a bit more high end using the shimmer control, or the boom knob for bass. It is that easy!

Omni Insert

Those that are equipped with a Workhorse can also benefit by using the Omniport as a second insert point to maybe patch the Tan Driver into a remote patch bay. The on-off switch also enables you to turn on or off the effect so that you can compare the wet and dry signal if need be.