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Old 2012-03-14, 00:26
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Creating the Classic Reverse Reverb Effect in Reason


OK, first of all, I know there are already many tutorials available on this subject, but I haven't seen any as simple as this and with a workflow as similar to analog tape. My process doesn't require exporting and re-importing any audio, and because of this it doesn't require any re-alignment of the effect after it's imported. It also allows you to quickly try different settings on the reverb/delay to see how they sound in context.

I've been meaning to create this tutorial since Reason 6.0 came out, and just assumed that others were already doing it this way. But each new tutorial I've seen still doesn't make it as simple as it could be, IMO. In the end, the results are exactly the same, so consider this as just one approach among many for you to try and see how it works for you!

Since I originally learned how to create this effect using analog tape, I naturally wanted a solution that resembled that process as closely as possible. I hope I've succeeded. On to the tutorial…



There are basically only three steps to create this classic effect, whether you're using analog tape or using Reason.

1) reverse the source audio (flip the tape backwards)
2) record reverb/delay to new tracks
3) reverse the recorded reverb/delay track (flip the tape back forwards).

The result is that ONLY the reverb/delay is backwards, and it lines up perfectly with the original audio (as with tape).
Here's a video that demonstrates the process using Reason 6.0.

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Old 2012-03-14, 00:53
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Isn't there already a reverse reverb patch?
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Old 2012-03-14, 01:12
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Isn't there already a reverse reverb patch?
Sure, but it's impossible for it to come BEFORE the audio that you run through it (so you have to move the audio ahead in the time line to use it). Plus, you can't use different reverb algorithms like hall and plate, or do reverse delay like with this classic technique. :-)
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Old 2012-03-14, 01:15
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Not to mention you can stack other effects in a different ways on top of a recorded reverb - maybe a little alligating?
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Old 2012-03-14, 01:23
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Not to mention you can stack other effects in a different ways on top of a recorded reverb - maybe a little alligating?
That's a great idea. I also thought about combining the reverse delay with reverse reverb, either simple layering or adding reverse reverb to a reverse delay track! :-)
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Old 2012-03-14, 01:35
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Classic effect indeed.
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Ah hah - this is really cool now. I wasn't following the purpose after a general perusing until this re:

BTW Giles - your leveler rerack.. I love it. I use it direct signal chain (and/or) as well as on the send buss of pretty much every sound that is in a mix now. Right down to the way the GUI interface is set up, its so.. logical and straight-forward. Also, the hard look-ahead function button isnt a DSP hog at all even when i have it on a ton of tracks (drums/vocal/bass/mid-highs/you name it). I tested it vs. the steinberg RE-2A, which seems to advertise a similar purpose (and I run a steinberg UR22 interface so no bias against steinberg), but the sound quality emitted from your product is hands down better. Plus your product offers much better sonic contouring capability imho. Anyway not to rant, but I am very happy with my purchase. Thanks for making the production process in reason simpler and more enjoyable.
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This is an effect that every time I hear it I want to try it in Reason and then forget about it, I should remember now, thanks for posting this
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i know! try it on vocals - one shots, stutters, and even like crecscendoing parts of your tracks.. had mixed success hehe.
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Old 2012-03-14, 01:23
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Very nice & thank you Giles , really like the reveres delay, I'm right in to anything that use's the
" KISS " method

Love Holly's vocal & that track
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