Audio Production Basics: Reverb

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Today I’m going to walk you through the basics of Reverb which, if you’re a beginner is a good place to get started.

Reverb on its own can be wonderful but in a dense mix, especially in the context of hard rock or metal, it’s kind of the enemy.

Generally, I don’t use a lot of reverb at all, I’ll put some on the drums and occasionally on vocals but not normally.

If you missed last week’s Templates video please watch it here: Metal Mix Templates Video.– It shows how I bus my groups together to control multiple faders.

The reason we add reverb is to give it a little depth and space, especially when we don’t have a big room to work with. Please make sure you’re very sparing with it and don’t overdo it. In a dense mix reverb is the enemy.

No reverb on the bass guitar. No reverb on a rhythm guitar. MAYBE on acoustic guitars here and there, depending on the song. If you start throwing in tons of reverb you lose definition and your stuff just gets lost in a sea of echoes.

About the Author:

Greetings, I'm Glenn Fricker, engineer here at Spectre Sound Studios. I love making records, and after doing it for sixteen years, I want to pass on what I've learned. Featuring tutorials on how to record guitar, bass, real drums and vocals. There's reviews and demos of tube amps, amp sims, drums, mics, preamps, outboard gear, and plugin effects. Everything you've wanted to learn about recording Hard Rock & Heavy Metal can be found right here on my channel! I also respond to your comments & questions: The best make it into the SMG Viewer's Comments series of videos. Loads of fun, lots of laughs. Thanks for reading!

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