Join Alex U. Case for an in-depth discussion in this video Hearing space in the mix, part of Foundations of Audio: Reverb.
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Pop and rock tunes might tempt us to have a very dry view of effects.…But many productions like this track by Midatlantic called Shine invites some simulation of actual space.…(music playing)…Let's zoom in a bit, focusing on the lead vocal and the background vocals.…
There are two complementary reverb effects here that we should pay attention to.…Take a listen to the reverb treatments on the lead vocal and the background vocals as…I play the end of verse 1 into chorus 1. Let's listen first to the background vocals.…(music playing)…The production goal here is to make sure there's an emotional lift in the chorus, that the sincere…sentiment--it's a love song--is supported sonically.…
So we give these background vocals polish and airiness and sweetness by way of a reverb…set to a large bright hall, replacing the tight close-miked harmonies in a lush space.…(music playing)…The rest of the tracks in this mix avoid such rich treatment, sticking to the expected alternative…rock vibe of being forward, in your face, and relatively dry.…
These techniques can be practiced with the free Get in the Mix sessions, currently available for Pro Tools and Logic Pro.
- What is reverb?
- Understanding how acoustic reverb works in rooms
- Working with the signal flow, effects loops, and available CPU resources
- Understanding core parameters, like reverb time and pre-delay
- Simulating space
- Creating nonlinear reverb
- Building pre-delay effects
- Using reverse reverb
- Using convolution correctly