The Five Most Used Reverb Types Explained
Reverb is an effect that is used in almost any track. But still, a lot of producers don’t know what types of reverb can be used. And more importantly, how to use them. After reading this blog post, you are an expert in the basic types of reverb around, and how to use them. Let’s begin!
Most reverb plugins let you choose the type of room of the reverb. Basically that means which kind of atmosphere the reverb is trying to emulate. The most common reverb types are Hall Reverb, Chamber Reverb, Arena/Stadium Reverb, Plate Reverb and Room Reverb. Let’s look at each reverb type one by one. You’ll learn what the type of reverb is trying to emulate and on what kind of instrument you can use the reverb the best. Let’s begin!
A hall reverb is trying to emulate a concert hall. In most cases, a concert hall where classical music is being played. Most of the time, they have a dark sound with not a lot of high frequencies. Also, they know to have a great sounding long decay. You can make your string sections sound massive with a Hall Reverb. You should be very cautious on using too much Hall Reverb tough. When using too much Reverb, it can really mess up your mix and sometimes even distort the mix. That’s why I recommend really tweaking the settings of the Hall reverb if you decide to use it.
Chamber Reverb is a lot similar to Hall Reverb. The difference being is that the Chamber Reverb tries to have very clear high frequencies into the sound. Also, a Chamber Reverb is made to not mess up the mix like a Hall Reverb can do. Like the Hall Reverb, long decays sound great, but be sure to not overdo it. Again, too much reverb can mess up your mix, even tough it is made to do not. Chamber reverb can be applied to also sorts of instruments, but I recommend staying in the acoustic area. Chamber reverb will sound great on guitars, strings, and even drums.
Room reverb is made to emulate a small room in most cases. It gives the effect of a small studio, basically. It is probably the most unprocessed type of reverb at this list, as Room Reverb is not a Reverb to really sound special. The long decays don’t sound that great. And it is best used if you want some thickness on your drum sounds. Also, Room Reverb can help your Top Leads in EDM productions to sound more full.
Plate Reverb is a Reverb that does not try to mimic a space, unlike the other types of Reverb mentioned at this list. The plate reverb, and this is not a joke, emulates a metal plate in a box. That gives an interesting decay. In the decay of a Plate Reverb, you’ll hear the high frequencies first, and then the low frequencies. A great use for the Plate Reverb is to use it on a vocal. It can really thicken up the vocals if they sound too thin.
The name leaves nothing to guess anymore. An arena reverb (or stadium reverb, these names are interchangeable) tries to emulate an Arena. An Arena reverb is great to use on super saw leads and background pads because you can make something sound huge without using too much reverb in the mix. Al tough the decay can sound really nice, you don’t need it. The character of the reverb alone can already be enough.
In this article, we looked at the most used types of reverb. Later, in an other article, we will look at some lesser known, but probably more interesting kind of reverb. For now, you know the five most used reverb, and when to use them yourself. Have fun producing!