We break down our favourite reverb effects, covering everything from cutting-edge digital hardware to lo-fi analogue options.
It’s almost impossible to escape from reverb in the real world. Every space his its own unique acoustic character, and every sound we hear is shaped to some extent by our surroundings.
When we start to think of reverb from a production perspective, things get a little more complex. Artificial reverb – that is to say, added deliberately during or after recording rather than occurring naturally within the original performance – has been one of the fundamental tools of producers and recording engineers for well over half a century.
Numerous approaches have been tried in that time, from echo chambers to mechanical devices through to analogue circuits and on, of course, to digital hardware and computer software. As producers working in the 21st century, we’re lucky enough to be able to take our pick from hundreds of options. Each type of reverb unit has its own merits, its own character and its own impact on the way your music sounds.
Join us as we run through nine of our favourites – a varied selection which covers every base from the slickest, most realistic ambiences through to rough, lo-fi approaches.