djfm1983 2012-09-15 19:15

Timing Reverbs to a track.

Hey guys just thought I'd fill you guys in on something that has had a positive effect on my mixing, timing the reverb(s) to the track. I've been reading "the audio engineers handbook" and in chapter 6 it talks about timing your reverb to your track. Here's something it says...
"Reverbs work better when timed to the tempo of the track. "- page 45
There's more info about how to do this in the book so pick it up if your interested in learning more but I will fill you I'm on something I've been doing to help me with timing the reverb to the tempo. I've been logging on to http://nickfever.com/delay-calculator/ inputting the bpm of the track I'm working on and it'll generate timings you can apply to your reverb. For example if my track is at 90bpm it'll generate this...

Delay Calculator Notes

1/1: 2,667ms 1/2: 1,333ms 1/4: 667ms 1/8: 333ms 1/16: 167ms 1/32: 83ms 1/64: 42ms 1/128: 21ms

Delay Calculator Triplets

1/1: 1,779ms 1/2: 889ms 1/4: 445ms 1/8: 222ms 1/16: 111ms 1/32: 56ms 1/64: 28ms 1/128: 14ms

Delay Calculator – Reverb Calculator

Reverb and Delay Calculator Enter Beats per Minute (BPM) 90 Calculate reverb and delay times

Delay Calculator Results:

Delay Calculator Dotted

1/1: 4,000ms 1/2: 2,000ms 1/4: 1,000ms 1/8: 500ms 1/16: 250ms 1/32: 125ms 1/64: 63ms 1/128: 31ms

1,000 milliseconds (ms) = 1 second.

I'll input a ms that's on the graph into the reverb time and see if I like how it sounds and I'll change it until I find out where I like it. The website also talks about how you can use the ms numbers and apply it to the pre delay. Guys this is definitely something worth checking out and applying into your production techniques. I've been doing this for quite some time and with great results. I was in the mood today to share this info with the forum members today. I hope you guys enjoy this post.

 Dave909 2012-09-15 20:20

That's indeed something to think about. Will try that out. Thanks!

 djfm1983 2012-09-15 20:25

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 Originally Posted by Dave909 (Post 1137654) That's indeed something to think about. Will try that out. Thanks!
My pleasure, I love sharing tips that have really helped me out. I do this now for every track I'm working on (timing
the reverbs to the track). The things I learn reading this book (the audio engineers handbook) are great!

 electricfusion 2012-09-15 20:42

Thanks dude! Bookmarked for future use :)

 lilgeez 2012-09-15 22:51

Good stuff!!!

 dboomer 2012-09-16 06:44

You can just read these numbers of the screen on the DDL-1 delay by toggling back and forth between steps and milliseconds. Each step equals a 16th note (or an 1/8th note triplet if you switch it)

 Upright 2012-09-16 07:20

I do this with delays....never thought about doing it with Reverb. Good stuff. Thanks. :)

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 Originally Posted by dboomer (Post 1137982) You can just read these numbers of the screen on the DDL-1 delay by toggling back and forth between steps and milliseconds. Each step equals a 16th note (or an 1/8th note triplet if you switch it)

Yup....this is totally true. If you change the DDL-1 from 'Step' to 'Milliseconds' you can get the millisecond amount for the current step amount.

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