Types of Reverb:
You can watch a video that explains what is reverb and compares two types of Reverb: Algorithmic Reverb and Convolution Reverb.
What is Reverb?
– Reverb is a type of delay plugin that helps to give us a sense of space.
– Recordings in a studio are usually done in isolated rooms with as little noise and reverb as possible. Sometimes instruments are even recorded in different rooms. Later, we can use reverb plugins to add reverb to our mix, as if they were recorded in the same room, at the same time.
Algorithmic Reverb has many parameters that we can set and control. It gives us a lot of control in creating or own reverb. Because it isn’t a real recording of the sound of a room, it doesn’t sound as natural as convolution reverb. It is very useful when we want to be more creative with reverb.
Algorithmic Reverb: RVerb
RVerb is an Algorithmic Reverb plugin, by Waves.
It has two main components that we can control and listen to separately:
– the early reflections
– the diffuse reverb
The Early Reflections fader control the output of the early reflections.
Early Reflections are a set of short delays that we listen immediately after the signal is produced. They help to give us a sense of the size of the room. When they come earlier, the room seems smaller.
This image is a graphical display of the levels of the different parameters.
The spacing of the Early reflections is shown by the lines. It’s controlled in various ways. We can’t drag them, but we can control them with the Reverb Type. We can also control their output level.
The Reverb Tail is shown by the solid orange shape and is everything after the early reflections. The Tail is the most diffused part of the reverb.
Other Parameters of the plugin:
Reverb: controls the output of the reverb tail.
It also has a Reverb Damping Section and Reverb EQ Section, which are related to EQ.
Reverb Properties and Reverb Levels
RVerb has two main types of faders: Reverb Properties and Reverb Levels.
- Predelay: delays the start of the reverb.
- Time: controls the reverb decay time of the reverb tail. It’s related to the size of the room. It’s usually set under 2 seconds, except for big Orchestral Concert Rooms.
- Diffusion: is a balance control between the direct signal and the early reflections in order to feed the reverb tail. When it’s in the lowest level, the direct signal is feeding the reverb tail. When it’s in the highest level, the early reflections are feeding the reverb tail.
- Decay: makes the reverb tail behave in a non-linear way. If we leave it high, it is linear. If we leave it lower, it is more non-linear. A level of 3 is usually a good level to set.
Reverb Level Controls
Early Reflections: controls output level of the early reflections.
Reverb: controls the output level of the reverb tail.
Wet/Dry: balances the dry and the wet signals (early reflections and reverb tail). We can control the amount of direct signal (unprocessed) with a wet/dry fader.
Gain: controls gain, in dB.
You can read our post about Convolution Reverb:Convolution Reverb