Hi, I am Rasheeq Rayhan from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This lesson is for week 5 of Introduction To Music Production at Berklee College of Music. I will compare and contrast an algorithmic and convolution reverb as well as demonstrate the differences and the important features in both types of reverb.

Let us get done with the basic idea. So, what is “reverb”? Reverb is short for “reverberation”, which is basically what happens when a sound is “bounced” within a space, creating echoes. It is created when sound is produced in an enclosed space causing a large number of echoes to build up and then slowly decay as the sound is absorbed by the walls and air. This is most noticeable when the sound source stops but the reflections continue, decreasing in amplitude, until they can no longer be heard. For example, when you speak in a church and you hear remnants of your voice decaying after the initial sound was made.

Reverb is one kind of delay and a very important one. Aside from distortion no effect is probably more important to the electric guitar than reverb. From almost the instant that amplifiers were created, guitarists yearned to be able to duplicate the sound of their amps in a hall or large room.

Reverb is a complex plugin built from many. But with the advent of technological evolution.Reverb is frequently used in modern music recording to create a sense of space. When there’s a lot of reverb on a recording. decaying series of echoes. But instead of adjusting individual delay blocks. we say the recording is “wet” while an unprocessed. Phil Spector is famous for using a great deal of reverb on his “Wall of Sound” recordings. warmth. Digital processing now excels at simulating natural reverberation using various signal processing algorithms. simple reverberation algorithms use multiple feedback delay circuits to create a large. Early reverb simulators incorporated springs or large metal plates. we adjust parameters designed to represent how delays function in a real space. Most fine recording studios had their own large rooms dedicated to providing reverb. More advanced digital reverb generators can simulate the time and frequency domain responses of real rooms (based upon room dimensions. “vibe”. A speaker and microphone were placed in the room and the reverberated sound was recorded. absorption and other properties). many delay blocks. clean signal is called “dry”. it is now possible to “create” that reverb digitally inside the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or with reverb-pedals. and reduce harshness. Since reverberation is essentially caused by a very large number of echoes. .

Examples: Ø Apple GoldVerb Ø Variety of Sound EpicVerb . add pre-delay. Algorithmic Reverb 2. simulate a particular room size. It synthesizes a room’s characteristics by creating algorithms that generate a particular number of reflections. It is a mathematical representation.Based on the technology the reverb plugins use they are divided in two categories: 1. subject them to high-frequency damping. Algorithmic reverb creates a reverb from a formula like a synthesizer creates sound. Convolution Reverb 1. Algorithmic Reverb: It is your standard reverb plug-in.

Ø Eventide Blackhole Ø Lexicon PCM Native Reverb .

It is a sampled “snapshot” of a room’s decay characteristics by capturing the acoustics of a room using multiple microphones and producing an IR file for you. Examples: Ø Apple Space Designer Ø AudioEase Altiverb . Convolution Reverb: Convolution reverb uses real sound samples. recorded from real rooms (or modified but based on real recordings in some cases) known as “Impulse Responses”.2. It is kind of like the samplers as opposed to synthesizers. The reverb plug-in then filters your sound through this impulse response to generate a “believable organic tail” based on the characteristics of a real room.

impossible. or something like the body of an acoustic bass. the short answer is. Algorithmic reverb generates reverb sound strictly based on parameters you set in the DAW. both! Convolution reverb is more “literal. and so on—is difficult. but you have far more flexibility to edit the algorithm’s parameters. which type of reverb should you use? Well. . II.” Convolution reverb is more flexible in that you can load different impulses and obtain entirely different sounds—even impulses of tunnels. Unless you have a very good reverb plug-in. I recommend not using algorithmic reverb on your solo instruments. However. they often have a larger impact on CPU.” while algorithmic reverb is more “impressionistic. Since the effect process for convolution reverbs involves running filters over your signal and mixing that with another signal. damping. which is not the case for algorithmic reverbs.Ø Native Instruments Reflektor There are some important differences in these two technologies: I. it’s less flexible in other ways because changing individual parameters—decay time. or in some cases. Algorithmic reverb limits you to the chosen algorithm. So. It tries to generate the same thing as convolution reverb but because it is simulating the impulse responses (as opposed to the convolution case) it can tend to sound fake especially when isolated in a solo instrument case.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to discuss with me so we can learn together! Thank you for critiquing. Try different types of reverb. if you want to know more about my music. please visit my YouTube channel. and neither one is “wrong” unless it does not sound right in the context of your music.The choice of which reverb to use is invariably an artistic one. I hope you enjoyed the lesson as much as I enjoyed making it. Do you want to recreate the original recording environment? Then consider a convolution filter for “realism”.youtube. Each type of reverb has its own sound quality. Take Care and Happy Learning! *Word count: 998 . Do you want to add “character” to sampled instruments? Then you might want to go with the algorithmic reverb. Also. and it should be obvious which works best with your recordings. You need to experiment and determine what “sense of space” you want to create. J http://www.com/user/FrenzyPhrenesis Regards.

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