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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Full 'surround' reverb?

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Mar 25th, 2018 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Before I spend hours playing in Audacity, I wondered if anybody had a quick explanation for how to get a full 'all the way across both ears' reverb for vocals.
Do I need to duplicate the track, add reverb and minimize the original signal? And push it to the left, then repeat for the right?
Or is there a better way?

Bruce's "I'm on Fire" is a good example.

I'm on Fire

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Mar 25th, 2018 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've only just recently (like a couple days ago) downloaded Audacity (mainly to use for post mix analytics, editing, mp3 ripping, etc). I don't know it's capabilities other than I see it can import most of the plugins I use in Pro Tools.

There really is no one way to achieve the sound and often the pursuit of one cool sound leads to the discovery of another. The Bruce track has a lot of reverb, so whatever your approach the mix between dry signal and wet will have a judicious of the latter. In application I buss out a mono signal from my vocal track into a stereo reverb buss. Applying a stereo width plug like bx solo can get it even bigger.

Maybe someone with more familiarity with Audacity can chime in.

(edited to add)

I always mix with effects running real time (as opposed to printing them to a track), but that doesn't mean it can't/shouldn't be done. You could try 2 reverbs panned full left/right and add a different pre-delay on one, or even drag the track x-milliseconds on the time line for a more dramatic effect. You could also use a blend of reverb and delay. One thing I have done lately is to eq the reverb signal with the low end and high end rolled off. It gives you a lot more definition between signal and effect.

Abbey Road reverb tutorial Youtube

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 09:24 AM, Mar 25th, 2018)

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Mar 25th, 2018 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds like a pretty standard plateish verb run straight up the middle.

The stereo movement is the instrumental panning.


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Mar 29th, 2018 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yea it's a bit hard to tell. Sometimes in the days of old they would have three plates and pan one left, right and center. You could get some stereo this way. But Rev could be right about what you are hearing.

Fortunately in plugin world, most plate plugins are actually stereo in one instance so you get width.



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Apr 4th, 2018 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Roland used to have a rack unit that did a 3D reverb.
I think it was something like the R700 or like that.
They weren't cheap and were studio grade effects.
Like I said, I'm not sure of the model number but that unit was amazing and was very sought after.
You could control each field of sound and its presence and was used a lot for recording and live applications.
See if you can locate one and check the specs out.

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