Question on Reverb Eq

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by ThirdBird, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Can someone go into some different circumstances where you would make EQ changes to the Reverb bus/track?
  2. natural

    natural Active Member

    Reverbs are pretty good these days so they probably don't get tweeked as much. But once upon a time, verbs were a bit more limited in their scope, so a little eq could change the feeling of the 'room'.
    Now, if you're the experimental type, you can eq, compress, distort, flange etc the verb to create a special effect.
  3. emmapeel9

    emmapeel9 Active Member

    I think a usual reason for EQing the reverb is to stop it sounding to boomy by cutting low frequencies. A nice low cut at 100hz can help a bit, but it's ok to go up to 1Khz or more with the low cut if that is the sound you want.

    Reverb can be made dark or bright by EQing the bus which might help what you are after too.

    Reverb can sound messy if very wet so it is good to be able to control things a bit more with EQ.

  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    One of the most imitated electromechanical reverbs is the 1958 German designed EMT plate reverb. This particular contraption, included a huge high frequency preemphasis boost. This gave the plate reverb its sonic "sizzle". I'll frequently add a similar high frequency boost on the echo/reverb send, from my console, to my old Lexicon reverbs (PCM 60/70, LXP-1) since I find the "plate" setting to actually be lacking in that sizzle sound. I love that. You know it's a plate when it sizzles. I can even accomplish the same thing within software but it takes extra processing. That means, a few more clicks. Some folks hate that sizzle sound. But that's the sound of the plate and nothing else sounds like that. I miss my EMT's. But they don't travel well in the truck. LOL nothing like having to tune those suckers. "Pop Boing" DAMMIT!

    Cooking up the good reverbs
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. music293

    music293 Active Member

    I would add that you generally don't want low frequencies in long delays and high frequencies on short delays...

    Blend to taste, naturally.
  6. AudioGeezer

    AudioGeezer Active Member

    I sometimes like to eq the send into the reverb. I sometimes like to de-ess the send into the reverb. I sometimes like to compress the send into the reverb. I sometimes like to eq the reverb return. I sometimes like to send an aux from the delay return set to pre into the reverb and not return the delay to the stereo bus.

    I like having a dark verb that I like to call the floor. I like to have a bright reverb that I like to call the ceiling. I like to think of reverbs as not only creating a front to back illusion but also a top to bottom illusion.

    I could be kidding myself but for me it helps to mix in metaphors
  7. music293

    music293 Active Member

    AudioGeezer I don't know if you meant for your post to sound hilarious, but I thought it was! I don't know, maybe I'm a little crazy. All good tips though.

    I like the one about the delay return reverb, I'm going to have to try that!
    I also agree with the floor/ceiling metaphor.

  8. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Sidechaining a delay w/EQ to a reverb is a nice effect. You bring both signals back to their own bus and use the pan and the levels to create all kinds of space on things. Its a nice guitar setup.
  9. AudioGeezer

    AudioGeezer Active Member

    Sound is hilarious.

  10. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    AudioGeezer LOL! I like that little song you sang. Yeah, what you said I didn't think to mention. I guess I have old geezerley synapses?

    Dave I never thought about that? Probably didn't help that I didn't wire any of my side chain patches on my limiters that can? Probably because I had De-Essers & High Frequency limiters? Duh. Maybe there wasn't enough holes in the 20+ patch bays I have? Wait let me go count the holes, one at a time. I'll be done by Tuesday.

    901-902-903-904-905-906-907-908... Don't rush me. 909-910....
  11. AudioGeezer

    AudioGeezer Active Member

    Military-X x 48
    TT X x 96

    shouldn't take that long......

  12. sweeterstudios

    sweeterstudios Active Member

    Eqing reverbs is used to bring out certain qualities in the instruments and vocals. Bringing out 1-5khz with bring out some clarity and add some brightness. Adding some low frequencies in the 100-250Hz range will add some warmth to the reverb sound.

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