Five Unusual Reverb Types - And how to use them

In a previous blog I wrote about the five most used reverb types and how to use them (read it here) In this article I’ll give you five more reverb types that seem to get never any attention, but are really cool!

In the previous blog i talked about Hall Reverb, Chamber Reverb, Room Reverb, Plate Reverb and Arena/Stadium Reverb.  In this article I will talk about Shimmer, Bloom, Gated and Spring Reverb.

Shimmer Reverb

Personally I find this one of the coolest reverbs out there. Shimmer reverb basically works like a saturation. The shimmer adds frequencies to the reverb sound.  It was pioneered by Brian Eno. A famous record producer who collaborated with artists like David Bowie and U2.

Shimmer reverb can work great on lead sounds, because trough the ‘saturation’ the leads get more full.

Bloom Reverb

Bloom Reverb got its name trough Keith Barr. A bloom reverb is a reverb that hits fairly late. Effectivly, that means that when you decide to put a bloom reverb on sample/instrument, you’ll get a reverb that hits very late. This way your sample will sound ‘dry’ and later the reverb will hit. 


This effect is cool  to use on drums and arpeggios.

Gated Reverb

A Gated Reverb is a not really a reverb type. It is a type of processing a reverb. It is basically a side chained reverb. A gated reverb is a reverb that works great on techno kicks.

Spring Reverb

A spring reverb, similar to plate reverb, is based on the effect of a reflections in a box. Unlike the plate reverb that has a plate in its box, the spring reverb has strings in the box.

Spring reverb can work on anything you like, but beware that you don’t apply too much because it will sound too electronic.


In this article, we looked at the five unusual types of reverb. Which one are you try out?

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