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Best plugin for reverb

Post by twotoedsloth »

Hello,

I'm wondering what reverb you folks are using nowadays. The best I've heard was the Wizoo W2, but it is long discontinued. I like the Harrison GVerb+ but it only works in Mixbus. I am using the Sonnox reverb, and I'm reasonably happy with it, but I'm still looking... I used to like the waves renaissance reverb, but lately I find it too "grainy" if you will. I'm willing to splash out for the right reverb. I thought that the Lexicon plugin would do it for me, but seems to rob the source of it's punchiness, so I let the demo expire. Do you think that Altiverb is the one to get? Or should I buy a Universal Audio processor to run their Lexicon emulations?

Many thanks for your thoughts,

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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by Martin Walker »

Surely it depends on what sort of reverb you're after?

Comparing algorithmic reverbs such as the now aging Wave Renaissance with Altiverb is a bit of a non-starter (and I've liked and used both in my time).

Altiverb is perfect if you need the sound of very realistic acoustic spaces, especially those sampled from real world locations. These might be your first choice for classical or other acoustic-based music such as folk.

However, if you're into rock you'll probably also want to include the sound of plate reverbs (not so 'realistic', but often perfect for snare and vocal sounds for instance), while if your taste strays to electronic/synth music then the sky's the limit as far as reverb sounds go, and a more versatile algorithmic reverb will probably be more appropriate (part of the secret of Lexicon reverbs is their built-in chorus FX on the tail - not a real world parameter, but a great way to add richness and movement).

Personally I use 2C-Audio's versatile Aether for my algorithmic reverb needs, Altiverb if I'm after realistic acoustic spaces, and PSP's 2445 for plate reverb sounds.

It's very much a personal choice though.

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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by awjoe »

I can see why someone would have different reverbs in their toolkit, but for a while now I've used Fabfilter Pro-R exclusively. It sounds great, tweaks great, looks great. I'm pretty undemanding, though. My studio is to a pro studio as my kitchen is to Jaime Oliver's. Not as fancy, in other words, but good stuff comes out of it.
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

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https://lexiconpro.com/en/products/pcm- ... -in-bundle

This sounds the best to me.

These reverbs are alive. They sound and do different things depending on the program material. Honestly, I don't know how to describe easily how they respond to the source material, but just like a real space, the space and the sound interact in a natural and attractive way.

These reverbs are also very musical. Even if you add too much, it still sounds pleasant and musical.

The controls are complex, but it has a very long list of presets to show you how to start in the right place.

Some of the controls are unique and only exist here.

I can't really go back from this.
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by Bob Bickerton »

It very much depends on the application. For classical music, I use the Seventh Heaven (https://www.liquidsonics.com/software/s ... 3eb2c69a18) which emulates the Briscasti M7, the hardware version of which is commonly used for classical music applications.

My favourite all-rounder would be the UAD Lexicon 224 plug-in, which I think actually uses the original code and I mostly prefer it to the 480.

For weird and wonderful I may reach for the Eventide Blackhole!

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Re: Best plugin for reverb

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You'll get as many recommendations as posters :D
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by Arpangel »

EpicVerb, the best for me, in plug-in form.
I’ve also got VintageVerb, and Supermassive, also very good.
But ultimately, I wouldn’t use any of these, if I wanted to add a bit of hall or room to an acoustic session, the Lexicon LXP1 has one of the most realistic small rooms I’ve ever heard, regardless of price, it’s great for percussion, and my lowly Midiverb 2 is my first choice for a medium hall.
Depends what you’re recording, it’s purely down to that, and taste.
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by Music Wolf »

resistorman wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 6:08 am You'll get as many recommendations as posters :D

Very much this.
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by blinddrew »

I currently tend to wander between Waves Trueverb, Inspired Acoustics Inspirata Lite and Clearmountain's Spaces for 'real spaces' reverbs and then SoundToys Little Plate and RX labs LX480 (free version) for spot effects.
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by James Perrett »

As I tend to transfer projects between computers and often revisit projects many years later I stick with the reverbs I've used for years. So that means Epicverb for algorithmic reverbs (and it is now available as a 64 bit plug-in) and Reaverb for convolution reverbs.

I've also found Reaverb's impulse generator to be very useful. Its default settings just happen to have a very similar sound to The Wedgwood Rooms in Southsea which was one of my regular live recording venues.
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by cooneyblue »

I like the convolution revers in Ableton. There is a max for live one, and also the hybrid reverb (which is a nice combination of algorithmic and convolution reverb)
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Re: Best plugin for reverb

Post by ConcertinaChap »

My most used reverb is 2c Breeze. They have one preset in particular called "Give a little space" and that's just what it does. Much of my recording is of unaccompanied voices or acoustic instruments and a little space is all I want a lot of of the time. So I agree, there's no best reverb and I guess you'll get a different reply from just about everybody here. There's so many different rquirements and different tastes ...

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