Audio Reverb
Types, Tips and Tutorial

Audio Reverb is another effect that is often used in recordings. If you listen to modern recordings most use some type of reverb.

 Lexicon MX200 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor

Reverb is the characteristic of any room and is the effect of sound bouncing off the walls, floor and ceiling. Thereflections will depend on the size of the room and type of material the walls, floors and ceilings are made of.

Small rooms have reflections that start and end quick and larger rooms have slower start and end times. It takes longer for the sound to hit the wall and return to the source if the wall is farther away.

The reverb effect allows you to place the instrument in the front or back of the mix.

Very small amounts of reverb can bring out the best of a performance, to much reverb can make it sound unprofessional.


Types of reverb

  • Wet
  • Dry
  • Delay
  • Room Size
  • Diffusion
  • High/Low Cut

 

Reverb Tips

  1. Try using reverb on just a select few instruments rather then the whole mix. Use reverb on the snare drum rather then the whole drum set.
  2.  Place each instrument in the mix position front or back by using different types of reverb. Try putting the dry on one side and the wet on the other side.
  3. Use short reverb with fast decay to place the vocals in the front of the mix.
  4. A slap-back echo can fatten vocals using repeats spaced close together.
  5. Try panning the delay back and forth between the left and right stereo field.

These are a few reverb tips to get you started but
the reverb tutorial which is coming soon will give more in depth information.

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