Producers of all stripes are notoriously picky about the sounds in their productions. Lay people take one listen to a rough mix and rave about the sound, while the producer grumbles about the quality of the snare drum, or the EQ of the vocals during the bridge. Reverb is no exception and probably draws some of the most critical attention from producers.
Reverb is one of the most ubiquitous effects applied to recordings, outside of EQ and compression. Even if you’re not trying to recreate a spacious sound, adding a little reverb helps to glue your mix together. The added color of any amount of reverb can be disastrous or the perfect finishing touch to your recording.
From vintage spring and plate reverbs to more recent plug-in reverbs, you find a variety of reverb mechanics and modeling algorithms, each with a particular flavor. Some might be workhorses with the flexibility and quality to cover many different situations and others might serve one specific function. Many producers find themselves accumulating a quiver of reverbs to choose from.
Gathering that quiver doesn’t have to be difficult, or expensive. This guide to free reverbs at Bedroom Producers Blog has a number of options to widen your sonic palette.
This post is short on words, and long on downloads. The Bedroom Producers Blog is a great place for any producer to start looking for free VST or Audio Units downloads of any kind. Head on over to get your fill of DAW plug-ins.