Join Dave Darlington for an in-depth discussion in this video Utilizing algorithmic reverb in R-Verb and TrueVerb, part of Waves Plug-ins: Mixing Techniques.
TrueVerb is Wave's oldest reverb plug-in, and was designed to be used inline to place the sound source onstage in an ambient field. Renaissance Verb is Wave's newer, beautiful sounding digital reverb, easy to use, with advanced flexibility and subtlety. TrueVerb was designed as an inline room simulator, which is why there are separate output faders for the direct, early reflections and reverb sound. The graphic displays are divided into two sections, the reverb, and the EQ.
In the reverb section, we see the usual parameters. The k time, or length, predelay and density. The room size represents the cubic volume of the space and can be controlled with a numeric box or the triangle on the graph. Notice two unusual parameters, distance and balance. These are usually linked with the link button. Distance refers to the placement of the input source from the audio, and balance is the ratio of early reflections to reverb. So the closer that the source would be, less reverb.
Both of these components are interconnected. In the EQ section, the high frequency shelf affects the input signal, while the early reflection absorption affects the early reflections only. The damping section affects the high and low frequency components of the reverb tail expressed in relationship to reverb time. The best way to learn TrueVerb is to load some presets and to listen to how the various parameters change the sound. TrueVerb's great on vocals, horns, pianos, anything that should be perceived as in a space. I find it particularly appealing on vocals.
Here is an example. Closer. Further. Notice how I'm EQing out some bottom and some top on the tail so the vocal still sits clearly. Let me switch here to show you some R verb. Renaissance reverb is a great sounding plugin with elegant, precise control over a number of useful preset algorithms. R verb displays a graph of the reverb in the center box. With the parameter control sliders on the lower left. The type of algorithm is chosen at the center top.
In addition to the basic room size, time, predelay and diffusion characteristics, we also have a decay control which can vary any type of reverb from linear to non linear or gated. At the upper left is the damping EQ section and in the upper right, is an overall output EQ. The best way to learn Rverb is to load a preset, adjust the reverb properties, then adjust the EQ and balance the outputs to see what each is doing. Here's an example of a hall, on a saxophone. I'll make the hall longer. More pre-delay.
And shorter. Here's an example of a reverse on a rim shot. The reverse reverb is best as a insert, but it also changes the time of the sound, in this case by 160 milliseconds. So I had to duplicate the track and move it 160 milliseconds forward from the original sound. So this would be the reverb, and then this would be the original sound. Let me take you through my thought process as I created this track. First, let me save my preset. So, get rid of this track and I'll do it again. So here's our original rimshot in the music.
I'm sending it to a little bit of a hall there, but I'll duplicate the track by pressing Shift + option + D and just duplicate the playlist. And then I'll insert a renaissance verb. And load my preset. This readout is telling me that the pre-delay is 160 milliseconds, so, I'm going to have to shift that by clicking Option + H, bringing up the dialogue box, 160 milliseconds. Now the reverse should be in time with the actual sound source. If we really exaggerate it. You get a pretty cool breathing effect on the snare.
So both TrueVerb and Rverb offer great sounding algorithmic reverbs with precise parameter control. Tweaking your reverb is as easy as moving a slider and listening. But you can also use 'em to create some pretty dramatic effects in your mix
- Tone shaping with the Renaissance EQ
- Notch filtering with the Q-Series EQs
- Controlling levels with the Renaissance Compressor
- Side chaining
- Utilizing algorithmic reverb in R-Verb and TrueVerb
- Modulating delay with MondoMod
- Adding crunch with amp simulation
- Sweetening the mix