In honor of the recent release of Slate Digital’s VerbSuite Classics reverb plugin, today’s column will focus on a few of my personal favorite reverbs.
Slate Digital VerbSuite Classics
The newest addition to my reverb collection is currently the one I’m most excited about. Slate’s VSC features eight classic digital reverbs that have been staples in studios all over the world for the last 40 years. It features LiquidSonics proprietary Fusion IR processing, which accurately reproduces the sounds of the original classic reverbs that we all know and love. Included models are the EMT 250, Sony Dre 2000, Lexicon 480, RMX16, Bricasti M7, TC6000, and Eventide 2016.
VSC is available as a download for $199, but you should probably do yourself a favor and subscribe to Slate’s Everything Bundle for $14.99 a month and utilize all of the other wonderful tools that they have to offer.
Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates
Another recently-released reverb that I really love is the Abbey Road Reverb Plates plugin from Waves. Four different models of EMT 140 plates, dating back to the 1950s, from the legendary studio responsible for all-time classics by the likes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. What more could you want?
Another Waves reverb that I really enjoy is TrueVerb. TrueVerb gives you three separate mix controls for direct signal, early reflections, and reverb signals. There are also handy visualizations that can help you gauge room size and EQ. Other perameters you can adjust include dimension, distance, balance, decay time, pre delay, and density
Audio Ease Altiverb 7
Audio Ease’s Altiverb 7 is a convolution reverb, which means that it utilizes high-quality samples to emulate real spaces. Altiverb 7 includes tons of emulations, from the cockpit of a jumbo jet to the Sydney Opera House. Also, Altiverb sends users monthly updates with new impulse responses, so your options will continue to expand.
Softube Spring Reverb
Softube’s Spring Reverb plugin is an affordable option that you can get some great sounds out of. It emulates the spring reverb commonly found in guitar amps, and I find that it lends itself to guitars very well. In fact, I typically will record my guitars dry (no reverb) and add the Spring Reverb in after the fact.
About the Author:
Rob Dobson is an LA-based musician, composer, and engineer, as well as Press & Content Coordinator at Westlake Pro. He earned a BA in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he spent his spare time experimenting with recording techniques and obsessing over liner notes to his favorite records. In addition to several years working as a recording engineer, Rob has experience with sound design, voiceover work, and live sound. Rob spends as much of his time in the studio as possible, composes music for film and television, plays guitar and bass as a session musician, and leads a rock band called Big Air.