This article contains a selection of video tutorials that cover Reverb in music production - The Reverb Mixing Handbook. These tutorials are arranged in order of difficulty.
- Learn fundamental reverb lessons in mixing and music production.
- Gain a better understanding of Reverb and learn new creative reverb production methods that will greatly improve your mixes.
The eight video tutorials in this Reverb Mixing Handbook total to a viewing time of 1 hour 30 minutes and can all be viewed by either signing up to our $3.99 monthly subscription or 7-day free trial - which you can cancel anytime within those 7 days. (For more information about tutorial subscriptions please read the information at the bottom of this article)
Reverb Plug-in Basics
In this beginner's tutorial you will learn what reverb is, how to use reverb in a mix and what all the settings commonly found in a reverb do. Several different reverb are used in this tutorial as examples.
Mixing The Basics - Reverb
Learn the bread and butter of effects routing in Pro Tools in this beginner's reverb tutorial - How to setup a send via a bus to a reverb plug-in on an auxiliary track. This style of routing is considered the rule of thumb for all effects routing - master these steps by watching this video.
General Purpose Reverb Mixing
Using Reverb To Create Context For A Band
In this intermediate reverb tutorial you will learn how to glue a band together in a subtle way when mixing individual parts together that were originally recorded in different environments. Room reverbs are the trick here - watch to learn how to create "mix context" with reverb.
Creative Vocal Reverb
In this intermediate tutorial you will learn how to use reverb on a vocal. Learn how pre-delay in a reverb can focus a vocal and how the "less is more approach" can result in better mixes.
5 Ways To Create New Reverb Effects
In this intermediate tutorial you will learn how to use different effects routed before reverb plug-ins. Learn new creative and imaginative ways of using reverb in Pro Tools.
Creative Reverb Production
How To Create Space In Your Mixes With Reverb & Delay Ducking In Pro Tools
In this advanced tutorial you will learn how to set up reverb ducking. This is a very powerful production and mix technique that helps to focus instruments in a song while retaining reverb tails between notes and passages.
Many modern third-party reverb and delay plug-ins include this process - learn how to achieve reverb & delay ducking in Pro Tools without any extra software.
Reverbs and delays have a tendency to muddy up a mix. Ducking attenuates ambiences through instrument passages but preserves ambient impact when most needed between notes.
The benefits of understanding this technique will enable you to:
- Build powerful ambient lifts between notes.
- Carve out ambient space in your mixes.
- Use any reverb or delay plug-ins - not just third party plug-ins that include the ducking feature.
How To Set Up Pre Reverse Reverb & Delay Swell Effects Before Audio
In this advanced tutorial you will learn how to set up and create reverse reverb effects that swell before audio. This is a very cool production technique that also works well with delays.
How To Recreate In Pro Tools Tony Visconti's Famous Three Microphone Production Technique Used In Heroes By David Bowie
In this advanced tutorial you will learn how to recreate the famous Tony Visconti three microphone production technique used in the recording of David Bowie's Heroes. This is a reverb production technique like no other that makes great uses of dynamic tracks.
Traditionally this production technique requires three physical microphones, some hardware noise gates and a large recording space – You will learn how to recreate this in Pro Tools using plug-ins bundled with Pro Tools and one source track recorded with a single microphone.
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Third Party Reverb Plug-in Reviews
In this Pro Tools Expert review, Dan Cooper takes a look at a new one knob dereverberation plug-in called ERA-R by Accusonus.
In this review, Pro Tools Expert team member Peter Barter takes a look at the new reverb plug-in R4 from Exponential Audio. R4 is a new character reverb plug-in that expands on the concept and feature set of their previous release R2. Amongst the many new features in R4 are a powerful new EQ section, warmth and compression settings, reverb tail suppression and a really interesting reverb freeze function.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper gives a brief overview of Fog Convolver By AudioThing, watch to hear it in action and to find out what Dan thinks.
In part one of this review Pro Tools Expert team member Alan Sallabank takes a look at using Indoor by Audio Ease in stereo, what workflow to use and how the different modes affect the sound.
FabFilter Pro-R features the unmistakable GUI design and workflow aspects found in previous FabFilter plug-ins such as Pro-Q2 & Pro-C2. Watch the video to find out why Dan has awarded FabFilter Pro-R with a Pro Tools Expert Editor's Choice Award.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers takes a look at the new reverb plug in from Exponential Audio - Nimbus.
Nimbus is everything an algorithmic reverb should be. It's flexible, intuitive and excels at convincing room simulation but is capable of radical treatments suitable for sound design or pseudo delay effects. I've only begun to explore this plug in, you owe it to yourself to try this one. It's that good.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan Cooper takes a close look at a new reverb plug-in called ADAPTIVERB by Zynaptiq.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan Cooper takes a close look at UltraReverb By Eventide. UltraVerb is a very powerful reverb unit that includes EQ, Delay & Compression modules.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan Cooper takes a close look at Tverb by Eventide. Tverb is a reverb plug-in that recreates the vocal production technique used by Tony Visconti when Tony recorded David Bowie's lead vocal for Heroes.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan takes a close look at Blackhole by Eventide. Blackhole is a reverb plug-in that has a handful of stand out features. Watch the video to hear how it performs and to find out what Dan thinks.
Dan Cooper from Pro Tools Expert shows you around Reverberate 2.0 by LiquidSonics, a convolution reverb plug in that includes the new Fusion IR technology for Mac & Windows.
Russ takes a look and listen to the new UAD AKG BX 20 Spring Reverb Plug in from Universal Audio. He takes it for a spin on a track and asks are spring reverbs a thing of the past or still useful in modern music making?
In this extended show & tell review, team member Marcus Huyskens has takes an in depth look at the latest Reverb from Waves, H-Reverb. H-Reverb is the latest in waves' hybrid line, featuring a new 'finite Impulse Response reverberation technology'.
In this show & tell review, Mike revisits his beloved Exponential Audio R2 reverb plug-in. Watch and see how he get on.
Russ takes a look at the UAD RMX16 reverb plug-in - not any plug-in but created by AMS in association with Universal Audio. Does it really sound like the 80s classic that featured on thousands of top hit singles and albums? Russ gives a full show and tell on drums and guitars in this video review.
Russ takes a look at the new UVI Sparkverb and gives you a show and tell review.
Russ from Pro Tools Expert takes a look and listen to the new Ocean Way Studios plug-in from Universal Audio - see what he thinks here.