Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and using backwards reverb in a DAW, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing.
Backwards reverb can create a really awesome, ghostly effect. …You get the tail of the reverb going in the wrong direction, swooping in before a …sound enters a song. You hear that on stuff like Led …Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, all the weird stuff in the middle. …It's spooky, it's crazy, you hear it in ghost movies and stuff. …It's the, the voice from beyond, whispering to somebody in the present day. …Now back in the old days, we did that on tape. …We'd take a reel of tape like this. (SOUND) We'd flip it over.…
(SOUND) We would take the track that we wanted to send the reverb, which is now …playing in reverse. Send that to the reverb unit, record a …couple of tracks of reverb back on the tape, then we take our tapes off the tape …deck, flip them over, play them it the normal direction. …At that point, the reverb would precede like, say, the vocal and swoop up into …the vocal sound. That's how we got backwards reverb. …Now, in the computer, it's a little bit different.…
The first thing you need to do is to go into the song, grab the item that you …
Want more music production secrets? Check out Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
- Understanding the mix room acoustics
- Cutting frequencies
- Prepping vocal takes
- Drum mixing
- Gating audio for noise elimination or for creative purposes
- Creating and using backwards reverb in a DAW
- Re-amping guitars, bass, vocals, and more