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Creative Reverb Processing

 

Sending sounds to a reverb is a great way to add depth and space to your mix.  Beyond the basic reverb parameters, there are plenty of ways we can process and shape our reverb to make it mix and groove with the track.


First off, an often overlooked technique is post-EQ’ing your reverb. It is important to EQ your reverb to make it mix with the rest of the song. EQ your reverb as you would any other track in your mix. Another trick is to automate the volume level of your reverb. This can be useful to help build or release tension in your music.

 


Sidechaining is another way to craft your reverbs. Sidechaining your reverb to your kick will help give it a rhythmic pumping effect. Also, side-chaining your reverb to your main synth will duck the reverb so the synth can hit harder, and fill in the space while the synth isn’t playing. Lastly, muting your return reverbs when the synths are not playing will help leave space for other elements of the track