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    How To use Reverb?

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    Question for yall... I think I use my EQ pretty well but something that I just dont understand is reverb..... like I know what the knobs and settings do but I just cant seem to find the right reverb for my voice it always sounds to like robotic or something to me i dont know what im doing wrong but I always either underuse or overuse reverb when I do use it..... if anybody can help point me in the right direction in that area it would be helpful..... I know its no magic dust I can sprinkle on my tracks to give it the right amount of reverb but like what is the reverb supposed to do what type of sound is it supposed to give the raw vocal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyre View Post
    I know its no magic dust I can sprinkle on my tracks


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    I don't know about everyone else, but I don't add reverb to my vocals alone. But I do add delay to them. The only reverb added is in the master out with other effects (reverb, eq, stereo effects, then multiband compressor) in Protools.

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    A reverb you can't hear is usually the best...

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    My best advice would be to listen to the instrument tracks first... If they have lots of reverb, then try to use only enough reverb to give the impression that the vocals were recorded in the same room...

    If there is very little reverb (maybe just some early reflections) then perhaps a nice room reverb or a tiny pinch of plate reverb (or hall, stage, or whatever it may be called) just to give the vocals some space and to make them sound like they belong with the recording...

    If you're room has good acoustics- try backing up a little bit from the mic to get a bit of "room sound" in your recording.

    I hate when people overload the vocals with reverb when the backing instruments are recorded dry--it sounds so "80's"
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    Oh yeah-- a mild delay also works if you're DAW's reverb uses too much CPU power...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mentalattica View Post
    A reverb you can't hear is usually the best...
    BLASPHEMY!!!!

    I wish i could implant a reverb chip in my ear. It would make the world sound so much better.
    These ARE the good old days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brothathatcares View Post
    I hate when people overload the vocals with reverb when the backing instruments are recorded dry--it sounds so "80's"
    ...this also is blasphemy and an abomination unto me.

    What irritates me the most is reverb/delay drenched guitars and dry dead drums. *insert barfing smiley here*
    These ARE the good old days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mentalattica View Post
    A reverb you can't hear is usually the best...
    +1.....reverb on vocals should be heard when music stops on a vocal run. or just enough to hear at the end of a word.
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