Have you ever thrown a reverb on a snare drum and thought it sounded too big in the mix or washed out? Dialling in a tasteful sounding reverb that also sounds purposeful on individual drum channels can be challenging, especially on snare channels as lengthy reverb tails on snares can often cause the entire mix to sound muddy. Pre-delay is an extremely useful option to reach for if you find yourself wrestling with a reverb as it helps to make tracks, such as snare drums, sound more present in a mix which in turns helps to add clarity to a mix.
Pre-delay effectively inserts an amount of time between the sound of the original signal and reverb. If a value of 0 is set on a pre delay then there will be no time separating the original signal and the reverb. Pre-delays are commonly set in milliseconds and there are many reverb plug-ins that enable us to sync the pre-delay timings to a host’s bmp, which is a useful feature to have if you are working with instruments that were recorded to a click.
In this free video tutorial we use LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven reverb to show you how a pre-delay works along with a basic drum mixing application in which pre-delay works very well.
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What Is Seventh Heaven?
Seventh Heaven is an unofficial recreation of the Bricasti M7, featuring 30 of the finest Bricasti M7’s reverbs available at your fingertips in a simple to use native convolution reverb plug-in. A selection of the best halls, plates, chambers, rooms, spaces and ambiences accessed through a single dial makes it incredibly quick and easy for you to find a beautiful reverb for any track from drums, to vocals to orchestral ensembles.
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