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This page has lots of information, video, and audio files from the ReAnimator version1

Our new site above has information on the new ReAnimator 2.2


Below is Information on the Version 1 ReAnimator which was a limited time offer and no longer available. see above for new ReAnimator information

The Mad Science Lab ReAnimator will be available in several versions. The classic 1.3 version (Unit #5) is shown above.

For a limited time available in blue or red.

In the movies section below you can see the ReAnimator in action.

Above Unit #3(Red) and Unit #5 (blue)

limited run of 10 units in 2010 with Redwood side panels

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ReAnimator Classic

The ReAnimator Classic version (Above Unit #3 Red) is based on several years of research. The ReAnimator is designed to be intuitively easy to operate, yet yield a large range of varying effects. The interface is laid out such that real time dramatic changes in sound are easily accomplished. This allows musicians to easily change effects live while performing or improvising.

Think 7 Effects at your fingertips

The Reanimator is best understood as 7 independent effects that are combined to create a unique audio processing environment.

1. -> Input Sonic Deconstruction  

The audio input to the ReAnimator is first processed by the Sonic Deconstruction section.

This section can add subtle to heavy distortion. Sonic deconstruction separates audio into three frequency chunks and then applies math stuff to make them slightly exaggerated around certain coefficients….basically allowing varying control of the distortion with 4 CONTROLS.

The TYPE knob near the inputs selects one of 7 presets for the sonic deconstruction effect. The first three are mild (Clean-Warm-Warmer) The last 4 get more extreme (Bassy-Toasty-Munchy-Krunch)

The AMOUNT slider controls how much clean signal (slider all the way down = all clean) versus filtered and distorted signal. (slider all the way up = all filtered and distorted)

The LO and HI knobs above the AMOUNT slider add additional distortion in the hi frequencies and in the lo frequencies.

This is not an imitation of tube distortion, it is a unique way to add subtle to mild variations to the signal input.  A proper line level signal is needed to produce distortion.  It is not an all mangling massive distortion or a lo-fi bit munching distortion. It’s kinda’ like white fluffy bread with a nice light brown toasty crunch…yumm. (see audio and video examples)

2 & 3-> Time Control (2 Delays)  

This section adds delay to the signal. The delay time is adjusted by setting the bpm desired using the Delay Time knob.The range is 60-150 bpm with an additional long mode of 30 bpm. (30bpm = 2 seconds for the first delay and 4 seconds for the second delay)

The Delay 1 slider mixes in audio that is delayed one beat from the original. The Delay 2 slider mixes in audio that is delayed 2 beats from the original.

For example when set to 60 bpm.

Delay 1 is one second delayed version of the input.

Delay 2 is a two second delayed version of the input.

The sliders control how much of the delayed signal is mixed with the original signal. If the sliders are all the way down, no delay is mixed with the signal.

4 & 5-> Space Control (2 Reverb's)  

The Reverb 1 and 2 sliders add reverb to the audio signal.

Reverb 1 is a medium size room with less brightness.

Reverb 2 is a larger room with more high end sparkle

The two Reverbs can be blended to taste.

The sliders control how much of the reverb signal is mixed with the original signal. If the sliders are all the way down, no reverb is mixed with the signal.

6 & 7 Frequency Manipulation (2 filters)  

This section has a left and a right 4 pole low pass filter with resonance.

Freq1 knob controls the filter cut off of the low pass filter (variable from 100Hz to 24000Hz)

Rez1 knob controls the amount of resonance added to the signal at the cut off frequency.(variable from 0 to 98) Freq1 =Left and Freq2 =right in stereo

This filter is designed to be similar to a classic 4-pole analog filter with not as much loss in signal when adding resonance. The filter does not resonate at low frequencies like a classic analog filter.

Also, like an analog filter high resonance settings can be irritating to the ear

And lastly, a stereo volume control  

The volume control sets the volume of audio going out the left and right Out jacks.

The switch to the left turns on and off the ReAnimator. A blue LED in the switch indicates power.


The second stereo output is called Out-no filter. This is a stereo output without the filter section or the volume control. This allows you to send 2 stereo tracks to a live mixer or recording console. Each set of Outputs are completely independent.

A large 4 row by 20 character LCD allows for real time continuous display of all sliders and knobs, except the volume control.

The LCD* knob adjusts the viewing angle of the LCD.

Example Movies


You tube video page

you tube videos are much smaller size and stream easily

but mp4files below have better audio


Guitar demo with Unit#3 (mp4 format 20 Mb)

The ReAnimator is used to process a guitar signal in a Line 6 amp effects loop


Basic Demo of Functions with Unit #5 (mp4 format 30 Mb)

A very basic demo showing how each effect works on the ReAnimator Unit # 5 blue


Example Audio mp3 files

all mp3 files use filters and effects only from the ReAnimator and are recorded live with no overdubs

nocturnal.mp3 A Silicon Breakdown live studio mix with Units 1, 3 and 5 all at the same time

Unit 1 source Emu Xl-7, Unit 3 source Dave Smith Poly Evolver, Unit 5 JoMox Xbase 09

synchronous.mp3 Another short Silicon Breakdown live studio mix with Units # 3 and #5.

Unit 3 source Emu Xl-7 and Unit 5 source is JoMox Xbase 09


Above the silkscreen for the Red ReAnimator

Above the silkscreen for the Blue ReAnimator

LCD Screen of the ReAnimator

Top Row - Type of Sonic Deconstruction, Lo Amount, Hi Amount, Total Amount

2nd Row - Delay Time in bpm's, Delay 1 Amount, Delay 2 Amount

3rd Row - Reverb 1 Amount, Reverb 2 Amount

4th Row - Low Pass Filter1 Frequency in Hertz, Resonance Amount,

LPF2 Frequency in Hertz, Resonance Amount


dimensions: 20.5" Wide 15" deep and 8 inches high

weight: 15 pounds

A/D and D/A 24 bit 48000

rugged Switchcraft 1/4" jacks

quality Bourns rotary potentiometers

All audio cables are Mogami

Beautiful Blue NewHaven LCD 4 lines x 20 characters

Stereo audio in, Main stereo audio out, 2nd stereo out without filter and volume

all audio jacks are 1/4 inch line level (1-2 volts peak to peak)


The ReAnimator uses some of the latest technology to achieve professional audio quality results. At the heart of the ReAnimator is a 32 bit Sharc DSP processor from Analog Devices. This is amazing chip has the power to do large amounts of processing in real time with amazing fidelity. A 32 bit PIC processor is used to read the sliders and communicate to the Sharc chip and the LCD.

This page has lots of information, video, and audio files from the ReAnimator version1

Our new site above has information on the new ReAnimator 2.2