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Friday, February 26, 2010

Reverb tips

Here we will explain on how to effectively use reverb in your mixes.
Reverb is a powerful tool that can fill gaps but it should be used with care as not to completely drown out other instruments in your mix.


Rather than trying to make everything in your mix in the same acoustic environment, why not use a couple of really diverse reverbs to add some strange depth to your track? A dry forward vocal works nicely with a 'drowned' string section or a small bright room setting on your drums.


Try automating return levels so that the reverb comes and goes in different sections of your tune. By tweaking the aux send levels during your mix you can add splashes of reverb on the fly to add interest to snares or vocal parts. (midi sync to a midi controller for bonus points & control).

Take your time

Spend time choosing or trying out different reverb vsts & styles, Different tunes need different sounds, Dont stick with the same fx in all your tracks.

preverb tricks

Reverse reverb is an old trick, where you can hear a vocal before a singer comes in, or a snare before it plays, This is in some vsts as "pre-verb".
I think this was originally invented by Jimmy Page on "Dazed & Confused".


A combination of reverbs on things can be good. A short setting for the snap snare with a longer bright plate reverb can turn a lame snare into a more live sound.
Thus giving it way more size.

Reverse reverb

Reverse a sample, add reverb, then reverse your sample complete with reverb back around the right way
again. This way, the reverb trail leads up into the sample, instead of trailing away from it. This opens new doors for panning fx you might want to add & automate.

Reverb and bass

Usually, bass and reverb don't mix too well, unless you're specifically after a crappy sound. I'd avoid it with your bass notes.

Some good Reverb VSTS are Izotope Ozone 4 and Voxengo Pristine space, Worth checking out.

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