Through the first part of the series Reverb topic, Maybe You have already known the most essential role of Reverb effection for mixing is mounted instruments, putting them into a unified space.
But, there’s a new question: “How to select a suitable space for the music (or sound)”?
To answer this question, we not only need to know each of the technical information on Reverb that revolves around creative vision must be clear: We want to bring the listener feeling? Want to figure out the space they do?
Near, far, narrow, wide, wild, unreal …
Space acts on feelings, emotions of the listener. Understand the work of Reverb mode, you will be more informed decisions to choose appropriate space of the music (or a specific sound) to effect a deliberate way to their emotions.
The regime Reverb (Room Mode)
When opening any Reverb plugin does and browse the Presets section, you will find the popular mode of Reverb work as Room, Hall, Chamber, Plate, Spring or Impulse Response (referred to as IR). Of these, 2 mode is Spring and Impulse Response end rarer.
Why are they so divided? For each space has a different acoustic properties. The feeling when playing acoustic guitar in the bedroom and the main bearing and play guitar at the theater center absolutely “concerned”.
The type space with separate acoustic properties are divided into groups called Room Mode. 1 Room Mode that corresponds to a specific form of space that you put your mix in.
Want to mix sounds like playing in theaters? Choose Hall.
Want to mix sounds like playing in the living room or studio? Select Room.
you may find it easy to understand?
Note the MIX: Have some free Reverb plugin (eg Freeverb 2) does not allow you to select preset modes work as on the net just as the parameters “confusing”. Rest assured, you will find them easy to understand even after reading this article.
In fact, when the mixing, we would not insert into the entire Drums Kit Reverb as the example below, only insert one or several factors such as (Snare, Toms, Overhead …). However, to help you better visualize, I inserted straight into the entire Drums Kit Reverb and Reverb to the volume of relatively large.
Audio files will be shown next divided into two parts: the first half is sound without rear half Reverb and Reverb.
– Rooms Reverb
The name says it all. Regime Room reconstruct the space of a small room with a relatively low ceiling. This space can be a living room, bedroom, or even recording studio … bathroom.
The sound of that space is not large as the theater auditorium. However, if you want a bit more space and depth to the instrument, Room is something you should think about first.
This mode is particularly suitable for solo classical music or music less rustic, close. Example: Water Fall album of Sara K.
– Halls Reverb
This is the Reverb mode for most large space and also abused (a lack of understanding) the most novice user by mixing.
Please remember, Hall dominated regime sounds like instrument is played in a large space not meant as musical hear “immense”, “greater” than.
Compared Room, Hall recreates the sound much more reflective thereby overall sound sounds deeper, sweeter. If the user is not careful, this is the “kill” your mixes fast!
MIX advice: Be careful with the preset under the regime Hall. There are ways to make voices heard deeper, thicker without Reverb muddy piles. For several years, I only use regime Hall (Reverb Time is always decent considering I cut away with preset) for only one album: Original Soundtrack Game of 7554.
– Reverb Chamber
This type of Reverb actually first invented in 1947 by Bill Putnam (founder of Universal Audio) and use the album “Peg o ‘My Heart” by The Harmonicats.
Book a speaker to play sound source in a room with sound reflectors. Set to 1 in the same room microphone to record sound reflections accompanying original audio. So you’ve got Reverb Chamber.
Invent this rudimentary sounds proved extremely useful because it can help you recreate a big space but had little initial reflection sound (as opposed caller first)!
This mean? Chamber regime has helped further hearing instrument, as in a large space with few negative reflex easy opaque initial capital and “colored” mixes more. Too great!
I often use the Chamber Reverb Reverb Time sized with about 1,7s. You can see the space created by the Chamber akin Room mode, but no sound short rear reflector instrumentals (to the sound Snare).
– Plate Reverb
In 1957 Elektro-Mess-Technik (EMT) – a German company – was invented EMT 140 – equipment Plate Reverb sound for the first in the world. Today, we may use high quality simulations of this device with its plugin EMT 140 Universal Audio UAD effects run on cards without spending a few thousand dollars to buy the original hardware.
This type of Reverb mechanical (mechanical reverb) created not intended reconstruct any particular space. To put it simply, Plate Reverb generated by the large metal plate vibrate charged according to audio / music from one transducer (transducer has essentially speaker) installed directly into their heart. One or more Pickup mounted on it (usually on the edge) will withdraw the vibration generated from the metal plate.
The results we obtained what? A sound rich, warm in a room like Reverb nature but has a very unique sound. This is due to vibration of metal very fast, therefore, created a lot Plate Reverb Early Reflection (reflection original sound) and thicker than other natural Reverb.
MIX Tip: As amazing acoustic properties, the Plate Reverb should be used with Drums (especially Snare) and for thickening Guitar sound, creating depth but not muddy the mix due to Reverb Time Halls long as Reverb.
– Spring Reverb
Invented in the ’50s and into the’ 60s vogue, mechanisms of action of Spring Reverb Plate Reverb similar but instead of sheet metal … charged by springs. The reason is simple: Springs occupies less space than the plate!
Thus, Spring Reverb is very common in guitar amplifiers. These amplifiers Fender guitar and Hammond organ Early Spring Reverb are built. Even, Spring Reverb can still find a lot of guitar amplifiers or less level today.
Spring Reverb sound characteristic hear ringing, metallic substances such as swing and let go quickly from one springs.
Although much associated with this guitar, but do not be afraid to mix applications with different types of Reverb.
MIX Tip: To simulate the Reverb in a long and narrow tunnel, Spring Reverb is a very interesting option. Do not believe, you can make such a tunnel (even the pedestrian tunnel in Hanoi at uncrowded, quiet) and flip “tach” 1 play it out.
– Impulse Response (often referred to as IR)
Concrete materials space, the actual room, even nature sounds of a certain device into your mix. That is the simplest description of the Impulse Response.
With Reverb Impulse Response applications, you can recreate an ultra realistic way a particular space from space … space in your mouth, your bathroom to the concert hall’s most popular presented as the Sydney Opera House in just 1 click.
Even the sound of a few thousand dollars Equalizer devices are reproduced accurately on your computer by Impulse Response.
To explain the Impulse Response, I need a longer article. Within the introduction of Reverb, you just need to understand the above is.
To use Impulse Response as Reverb (often saved as .WAV files or .IR), you need a support Reverb Impulse Response (often called Convolution Reverb). Space Designer Logic, Freeverb3 (free), Waves IR1 …
The biggest disadvantage of using Impule Response is consuming CPU. Therefore, if the configuration is not strong enough, you will hardly run simultaneous multiple use Impulse Response Reverb plugin.