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Reverb Explained

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Working with a Single Space

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    Tutorial 1

    Space, The Final Frontier

    6:30

    Learn what the basic parameters found on most reverb plug-ins do, and how they relate to emulating the characteristics of a natural space.

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    Tutorial 2

    Dry Run

    5:23

    Listen to a completely 'dry' (no reverb) rough mix, and see how to set up sends across all the tracks at once. This send will arrive at a common effects return track that will host a reverb plug-in, accessible in discreet amounts from every track in the session.

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    Tutorial 3

    A Common Space

    14:12

    Explore the D-Verb interface and see how a single reverb instance can be used to unify an entire mix by situating all the elements in a common space.

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    Tutorial 4

    AIR Reverb & Early Reflections

    10:30

    Discover the AIR Reverb interface, and see ways of blending together the early reflections portion of the signal with the reverb tail.

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    Tutorial 5

    Front to Back

    8:47

    Learn how to use pre fader sends as a means of controlling the dry/wet mix on instruments within a single space, and how unique pre delay and early reflections can also be used to enhance the positioning within the virtual space.

Working with Drums

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    Tutorial 6

    Creating a Drum Room

    12:03

    Learn how to set up an additional drum bus with a very short reverb that can be used to emulate the characteristics of a drum booth or small drum room.

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    Tutorial 7

    Bus Stop

    7:45

    Explore ways of re-routing and creatively coloring the snare drum send before it reaches the reverb.

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    Tutorial 8

    Snare Shifting

    7:48

    See how creating a duplicate and processed snare drum file is used for some creative reverb routing.

Working with Vocals and Guitars

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    Tutorial 9

    Convolution Reverb & Waves IR-1

    13:45

    Learn about convolution reverbs and impulse responses, and how to control their shape and tonal characteristics in the Waves IR-1 plug-in.

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    Tutorial 10

    Vocal Ambience

    5:17

    Watch as we replace our reference vocal sends on the vocal tracks with a new bus assignment, and set up a short vocal ambience with a third party impulse response file.

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    Tutorial 11

    Lead Vocal Preverb Processing

    8:24

    Explore ways of processing the lead vocal before it arrives at the reverb. Using a delay between the dry and wet signal effectively establishes a unique pre-delay, separate from the other signals reaching the shared reverb.

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    Tutorial 12

    Dual Reverb Strategies

    9:31

    See how to run two independent reverbs in series, as well as parallel, to establish a complex space. A post reverb compressor is great to create a swelling effect where the reverb is ducked as the dry signal is playing, and swells back up in the empty spaces.

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    Tutorial 13

    Pre & Post Gate Effects

    10:06

    Stretch your mind with some ideas on how to gate signal either before or after arriving at a reverb return. And see how to combine a delay and gate together to create a reverb only echo gate effect.

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    Tutorial 14

    DelayVerb

    6:12

    The real world doesnt always demand in your face reverbs. See an example of how to combine some of the techniques discussed in the previous videos to create subtle tight vocal reverbs that help the parts sit well in the mix.

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    Tutorial 15

    Working with Mono Reverbs

    4:57

    We often associate stereo reverbs with a big stereo field. Mono sends on mono tracks going to mono reverbs are another tool in your reverb arsenal. Panning dry and wet signals to opposite sides of the stereo field can create a different and interesting type of stereo image.

Reverb FX

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    Tutorial 16

    Creating Moving Reverse Reverb

    6:16

    Watch as a reverse reverb file is created by applying a 100% wet reverb to a reversed dry file and then reversed back. Then add movement by panning to one side and sending to a reverb panned to the opposite side.

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    Tutorial 17

    CabinetVerb

    4:33

    See how an amp cabinet simulator plug-in called the Torpedo PI-101 is used to color the send of a guitar picking part as it is routed to the drum room reverb.

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    Tutorial 18

    Reverb Combinations

    7:26

    The remaining guitars are treated with different combinations of the existing reverbs; and the remainder of the sounds are sent to the main vocal reverb for ambience and continuity.

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    Tutorial 19

    Long Reverb FX

    9:38

    Reverb is also useful for spot effects at specific locations rather than throughout. See how to create some interesting long reverb hits to accent the drum groove.

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    Tutorial 20

    In Your Space

    5:58

    Automation is another method of bringing spot reverb effects in and out of the mix. Watch as we draw some rhythmic tempo synced send automation to create a pumping and swelling effect with the beat.

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    Tutorial 21

    Fade Out & Fade Away

    5:56

    Learn how to set up and automate a reverb send while fading out the main volume, to create the impression of the sound fading into the distance as it is fading out.

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    Tutorial 22

    Review & Final Mix

    18:09

    Recap and summary of the key points discussed throughout this series. After some final tweaking, listen to a complete run through of the final mix.

Reverb is perhaps the most misunderstood /misused effect in the mixer's toolbox today. In this timeless series, DAW superman Eli Krantzberg reveals everything you need to know about this mysterious effect and how to apply it to the most popular instruments in your productions.

Eli starts with a great overview of reverb in general, then breaks down the different sections found in the most common reverb plug-ins. He then shows you practical applications such as reverb on drums, vocals, guitars and even as special effects. He wraps up the series with some great tips on using automation to enhance your reverb effects.

Furthermore, the series is designed so that the information can be applied to any reverb plug-in, so you can start using what you learned immediately.

Let's face it, reverb is probably the most used effect in your DAW. Watch Eli and master this highly complex and important effect. Get "Reverb Explained" today.

ish 102
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Great. to the point.

I finally got the concepts

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Studio One

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groovemeister
Submitted 1 month ago

I learned a LOT - thank you

I really reccomend this video. Might be a steep learning curve for the absolute beginner. Eli is a great teacher, he reveals a lot (a lot more than most big name producers) and his examples are allways relevant and musical.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist

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Mario
Submitted 3 months ago

Another great tutorial by the legen, Mr Krantzberg

Great tutorial on reverb because you learn both the basic principles of reverb as well as practical application on real tracks and real mix.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Hobbyist

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tsm28
Submitted 5 months ago

Reverb Explained

I really enjoyed this series. It taught me how to use reverb to shape the space of a mix. Highly recommended for those seeking to learn the same. Audio and visual quality are superb.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician

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Cowboydan
Submitted 9 months ago

Very well explained.

One of the few Reverb videos that finally explain everything you need to know. Fantastic.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Hobbyist

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Reverb Explained is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great. to the point. I finally got the concepts
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I learned a LOT - thank you I really reccomend this video. Might be a steep learning curve for the absolute beginner. Eli is a great teacher, he reveals a lot (a lot more than most big name producers) and his examples are allways relevant and musical.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another great tutorial by the legen, Mr Krantzberg Great tutorial on reverb because you learn both the basic principles of reverb as well as practical application on real tracks and real mix.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Reverb Explained I really enjoyed this series. It taught me how to use reverb to shape the space of a mix. Highly recommended for those seeking to learn the same. Audio and visual quality are superb.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well explained. One of the few Reverb videos that finally explain everything you need to know. Fantastic.
Date published: 2016-07-10