Join Alex U. Case for an in-depth discussion in this video Strategically blurring and obscuring tracks, part of Foundations of Audio: Reverb.
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Artists often live on the edge, and musicians are no exception.…There is something to be said for music when it gets almost out of control, when it's on…the edge of what we can comprehend, what we can keep up with, what we can understand.…And so while reverb can be used to bring clarity and emphasis as discussed in the prior movie,…we sometimes deliberately use reverb for the opposite, to blur and obscure elements in a mix.…Putting too much reverb in a mix is a well-known and messy problem.…A lot of reverb on the snare can create a sustained rumbling mess that covers your entire…mix, making it hard to understand the vocals, hear the genius and the guitars and worse.…
So too much reverb is certainly a challenge, but a greater challenge for us as recording…engineers is to try sometimes when the music calls for it, to flirt with that limit of…what counts as too much.…There are times when the music wants to spiral out of control, and so there are times when…we allow our mix to get a little too reverberant, too messy to help enhance that feeling.…
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