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This installment of Foundations of Audio explains one of the most essential ingredients in audio mixing, reverb—the time it takes for sound to bounce, echo, and decay during a live performance or recording. Reverb gives a natural richness to your recordings, which is possible to reproduce. Producer and audio engineer Alex U. Case covers the acoustic, mechanical, and digital means for creating reverb, and charts the parameters (room size, density, etc.) you'll need to know to take advantage of the original recording space and enhance it in post. He then shows how to simulate reverb digitally with effects, adding timbre, texture, and contrast, and improve the sound of your mixes with a sense of space and depth.
These techniques can be practiced with the free Get in the Mix sessions, currently available for Pro Tools and Logic Pro.
This course digs into reverb, how it works, the many ways we use it, and the strategies and musical motivations behind everything we do with it. We cover the basics, but we get to dig into more advanced applications too. Effective use of reverb is essential to getting your productions to sound professional. We break the process down step by step so that all these effects are easily understood. I'll demonstrate some approaches and then you'll get the chance to do it yourself. I designed this course to be accessible to everyone at all levels of audio experience, but rest assured, if you're new to this you will not be left behind, and if you have some experience, I'm confident you'll see in here some new ways to think about reverb.
All viewers will find it quite helpful to have some basic working knowledge of a digital audio workstation. If you need a refresher on the basics of digital audio recording, mixing, and signal flow, you may want to check out the essential training course appropriate for your digital audio workstation in the lynda.com online training library. reverb processing spans the gamut, from blatantly unmissable, to very nearly inaudible, and all applications of reverb are made more meaningful when you have the chance to listen carefully to low-level information in the audio signal.
So you'll get more out of this course if you listen to the many audio examples on the most revealing, highest-quality system you have access to. Ideally, you'll experience this course on a computer in a recording studio, hooked up to a great monitoring system, in a carefully designed room. If not, consider connecting the audio outs of your computer to a good home stereo for listening. If headphones are your best option, that's okay just try to get your hands on a great set.
Monitoring on laptop speakers or listening via the built-in speaker on your mobile device simply won't give you the chance to hear the full beauty, capability, and creative possibilities for the effects we demonstrate. Sure, you can listen to my voice on any old system, but when it comes time for audio, hook up to the best system you have available, you'll learn the concepts discussed here more quickly, your mixes will be better for it. Okay, let's get started.
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