Lesson 59

Reverb

Reverb is like sugar, a little bit can make almost anything better, but too much will wreck the whole thing. It is one of the most used effects in the industry. It can make practically anything simply sound better, but it’s important not to overuse it, or else it will make everything sound simply worse.
As explained in lesson 1.17 on room treatment, if you are mixing in a small room, the room itself will have a lot of natural reverb, so as you add reverb into your mix, you won’t even hear it until it surpasses the room reverb. So just keep that in mind, cause too much reverb kills a song, but just the right amount adds sweetness.

Let’s take a look at the controls and how you would use these in various situations. 

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When mixing, I like to have a couple of different reverbs on aux busses. My primary one will have a lot of predelay, and a fair bit of length. My secondary will have a very short predelay, and also a short tail off. 

There’s a big difference in the quality of reverbs. Higher quality reverbs are much more cpu intensive, and will often use dedicated external processing.
As explained in lesson 1.1, my intro, I can only give positive recognition of brands and products, but I want you to hear how some reverbs sound better than others. So, I will play some different reverbs for you to hear that different algorithms sound different, but I can’t tell you what reverb each one is.