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How To
Use Reverb And Delay


Reverb and delay aren’t the latest, greatest things in the audio world, but their versatility and the level of interest that they can bring to an audio track make them consistently popular. Using reverb and delay in the right ways can greatly enhance a track.


Adding Reverb


Adding automated reverb is the easiest way to go when adding this effect to your track. You’ll need to find a good quality plug-in to work with and add it to your DAW. There are many sites which offer really awesome free VST plugins, so it is best to experiment with some of these first. Add your reverb to a group/bus track and customize it to suit your tastes. If the sound is too muddy and indistinct, you can reduce the low frequencies. A high pass filter can be used to minimize this, as well.
Reverb effects are added through the send control on the synth’s FX track. Add a horizontal automation curve that spans from 0 to the maximum level you want and test it to make sure that the effect is right. When you’re finished setting this up, the sound will become more heavily laden with reverb as it plays. This creates plenty of room for experimentation and can create a wall of reverb that can work with vocal tracks, guitar tracks and most anything else.


Playing with the Groove


Selectively adding reverb to given percussion hits can make a track far more interesting. To do this, add reverb to selected hits within a track. For example, to add a bit of sonic texture to an upbeat or a downbeat, reverb can be added to the snare. To use this technique, keep your reverb times in the middle range.


Reversing the Sound


Reverse reverb is one of the most well-known effects out there. This involves creating a copy of your desired sound, putting that on another track and reversing it. The reverb plugin is added to the track and then the result is sent to a third track and reversed again. Equalize the levels so that the end result is one where the effected sound gradually crescendos to the level of the untouched audio. Reverb may be one of the older effects out there, but it’s still loaded with potential. With a good reverb plugin for your DAW, you can automate reverb effects that can widen out your sound and that can be used to create some of the most classic effects used in music. Experiment with the settings and remember that altering the delay or the reverb can change the end results significantly.




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