Music Technology – Reverb
Sounds bounce off the surfaces of any space, or off objects within a space, repeatedly,gradually dying out until they are inaudible. The bouncing soundwaves result in areflection pattern, more commonly known as a reverberation (or reverb). The earlypart of a reverb consists of a number of discrete reflections that you can clearly discernbefore the diffuse reverb tail builds up. These
are essential to howyou perceive the space of a room. All information about the size and shape of a roomthat the human ear can discern is contained in these early reflections. As a rule, a widerearly-reflection spacing is interpreted by the brain as a larger space.The first form of reverb used in music production was actually a special room with hardsurfaces (called an echo chamber). It was used to add echoes to the signal. Mechanicaldevices, including plates and springs, were used to add reverberation to the output of musical instruments and microphones.Digital recording introduced digital reverb effects, which consist of thousands of delaysof varying lengths and intensities.