All posts tagged “Reverb”
The RV7000 is a high quality stereo reverb that’s all about embedding your sound in rich, sophisticated reverb. Regardless if you want the sound of a concert hall, a retro spring reverb or a cramped closet – RV7000 can handle it. In this tutorial we’ll take a closer look at its features and what it can do to your music.
In this Reason Sound Design video Mattias shows you a couple of ways you can use the sends and returns in Reason and do a bit more than meets the eye! Do quick and easy parallel processing, make your mixes cleaner and open up new creative possibilities with these tips.
By Ernie Rideout
Of all the tools we talk about in the Tools for Mixing articles here at Record U, reverb is unique in that it’s particularly well suited to make it easy for you to create clear mixes that give each part its own sonic space.
Reverb derives its uniqueness from the very direct and predictable effect it has on any listener. Since we humans have binaural hearing, we can distinguish differences in the time between our perception of a sound in one ear and our perception of the same sound in our other ear. It’s not a big distance from ear to ear, but it’s enough to give our brains all they need to know to immediately place the location of a sound in the environment around us.
Similarly, our brains differentiate between the direct sound coming from a source and the reflections of the same sound that reach our ears after having bounced off of the floor, ceiling, walls, or other objects in the environment. By evaluating the differences in these echoes, our brains create an image accounting for the distances between the sound source, any reflective surfaces, and our own ears.
The good news for you: It’s super easy to make your mixes clearer and more appealing by using this physiological phenomenon to your advantage. And you don’t even need to know physiology or physics! We’ll show you how to use reverb to create mixes that bring out the parts you want to emphasize, while avoiding common pitfalls that can lead to muddiness.
Once Upon a Time In Sweden…
When the distinguished gentlemen of Propellerhead Software set out to create a new reverb unit for Reason, their goal was to be able to stand up and say: “This is one of the best software reverbs on this planet”. They just wouldn’t rest until RV7000 compared favorably to the crème-de-la-crème hardware units on the market. And to all intents and purposes, they succeeded.
Now, it is particularly crucial that a reverb unit is really, really good; unlike other more overtly synthetic, alien sounding devices in Reason, RV7000 needs to convincingly emulate something that we experience in natural environments every day. Consequently, RV7000 has a harder job than any other device in Reason. And what a bang-up job it does!