August 22, 2016

The 5 Best Reverb Techniques (Plugins and Hardware Explained Part – 4)

Reverb mixing plugins and analog hardware units are a staple in all serious home studios up to commercial studios. Having a few tonal options is a wise choice when it comes to reverb. In this final part of the five best reverb techniques series, we are going to cover some amazing plugins and hardware that should make your wish list! If you have been tuning in since article 1 of this series, you will know that we aren’t aiming to be a “traditional” source for music production and audio engineering perspectives. The Continuum brand is striving to be something “different” perhaps even something a bit more “abstract” while simultaneously covering foundational themes for audio engineering. We believe that music production comes down to two vital concepts: 1. Understanding the foundation of audio engineering tools. 2. Understanding the emotional and more abstract side of these devices so the application of the tools can render sonic and emotional experience for the listener. […]
August 16, 2016

The 5 Best Reverb Techniques (Emotional And Abstract Perspectives – Part 3)

Room, plate, hall, spring and convolution verbs should occupy 1-3 sends in the DAW. The selection and use of these reverbs should vary from project to project based on the needs of the song. Many audio engineers and music producers use template-based workflows while others prefer a more “free form” and creative approach to routing with sends for time-based effects such as reverb. No workflow is better than another, and all workflows with sends and time-based effect use should be tailored to render the desired results needed to bring a song to its full sonic potential. Articles 1 and 2 cover the foundation for reverb types, the benefits, and the drawbacks when overused. It is encouraged you take a moment to read these articles even if you are a seasoned music producer. It never hurts to refresh your creative palette of ideas with some reading and knowledge gathering. Part 1: Room and Plate Reverbs Part 2: Hall, Spring, and […]
August 13, 2016
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The 5 Best Reverb Techniques (A Foundational Guide To Halls Springs and Convolution – Part 2)

The five best reverb techniques require an understanding of the types of reverb as well as the function of each reverb within the mix. Article 1 in this series covered room and plate reverb. These are the two most common reverbs used in music productions. This article will cover hall, spring, and convolution reverbs. Many audio engineers prefer the sound of a hall reverb compared to a plate reverb, but this is all based on personal taste. Convolution reverbs, on the other hand, are gaining popularity with modern music producers because these tools offer powerful impulse responses which contribute to sonic benefits in the mix while deepening the emotional landscape. Though reverb adoption is always subjective and based on genre, workflow, and personal preference, it never hurts to have a few quality plugins which can dabble in all reverb types. We are going to cover hardware and software reverb in article four. Room and plate reverb is fantastic for adding […]
August 8, 2016

The 5 Best Reverb Techniques (A Foundational Guide To Rooms and Plates – Part 1)

Reverb is all about deepening the emotion of a song. The rule of thumb is either: Use no reverb, or use just enough to feel. The best use of reverb is to be delicate with it and keep it hidden. A bulletproof test to see if the reverb is being used proportionally in the mix is to: 1. Mute the reverb returns. 2. Let your ears gauge if you “miss the reverb” when the returns are in mute. 3. Unmute the reverb sends. 4. Turn down the reverb level, so it is barely audible in the mix. 5. Set the fader to a level that is: Felt, not heard, and missed when muted. Reverb can either make a mix sound “deep and wide” or “cluttered and washy” to the point where the mix feels like it is drowning. Before throwing reverb on a source, stem, bus, or mix, it is imperative to know what type and how to use. The […]