Preparing song for mixing.. how to deal with reverb?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by rasputin7095, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. rasputin7095

    rasputin7095 Guest

    Hi, the mixer wants wave files of all the instruments, but the problem is, they all go through the same reverb. This mix is not final, but a short demo for a label, so I won't go as far as making separate tracks for every instrument's reverb.

    Is this:

    track 1: snare + reverb
    track 2: hi hat + reverb
    track 3: synth + reverb

    same as this?

    track 1: snare
    track 2: hi hat
    track 3: synth
    track 4: reverb from all instruments

    I'm using P-Tools, rewired with Reason.
  2. Dave62

    Dave62 Guest

    Why not let the mix engineer add the reverb at mix?? If you hand them mono tracks with printed verb they will have no control over the level of verb you choose. If you put the reverb for all the instrements in one stereo pair you still will not have any control over the individual reverb balance.
    If you love your verbs sound then give him a mono source track and a stereo verb track for each instrument. Then there is complete control during mix but still using your verb sound.
  3. rasputin7095

    rasputin7095 Guest

    I was thinking of making separate reverb tracks for each instrument, but that would be a lot of real-time bouncing time, plus I'm not really sure how to make a separate verb track, cause it's all in sends to one verb unit.
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    so ??

    there was a time when all you have in the studio was one reverb.


    some of us old-timers wish we had just one decent reverb in the box as a plug
    I still don't think there is a plug that sounds as good as the old dedicated boxes

    perhaps having stereo reverb track for each instrument is the problem
    too many accoustic spaces for the one song

    just a thought
  5. rasputin7095

    rasputin7095 Guest

    the songs are already done and they sound good; my main issue is having it all sound the same when I bounce it to wave files. Someone told me that all tracks going through a reverb is not the same as every track going through a separate similar reverb.
  6. Bobby Yarrow

    Bobby Yarrow Guest

    Unless you used something really exotic, there's no way the mixer is going to use your reverb. I wouldn't even bother to print it. Just send the mono tracks, and if you feel like it 1 track of the whole reverb bus so the mixer can get the idea of what you're after.
  7. rasputin7095

    rasputin7095 Guest

    well, the reverbs I use aren't just for space; most of the music is electronic, so there are a lot of special effects associated with the reverb. I won't let him use any other reverb.
  8. djrr3k

    djrr3k Guest

    If you have lots of special effects, then send him a stereo wave of the reverb. Just take the actual drums off of the mix bus and bounce it. if you want individual verb tracks for each instrument, well then schedule yourself an open day, get some disk space and go to town.
  9. wwittman

    wwittman Active Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    If you really think the reverb is part of the sound to that degree.. I'd jump in with both feet and just bounce each sound WITH its reverb to a .wav file and he's stuck with it.

    but I am a bit confused... if you are only using ONE reverb, then really you're not tailoring it to each individual sound..
    why can't you simply describe the parameters to him and let him recreate it again as one overall reverb on his mix?
    Can't you make really good notes as to what you used and how you used it as a suggestion as to what he should try?

    If you SO don't trust him, why is he mixing your record? And why aren't you?
  10. rasputin7095

    rasputin7095 Guest

    actually, plans changed, I persuaded the artist to let me use a different mixer, so everything's cool now. This guy has pro tools, so that makes things easier
  11. perfectwave

    perfectwave Guest

    if your not using the reverbs to paint "panaramic space" and the reverb is just part of the dry sound then keep it mono becuase thats the root sound on that track your are recording. let the mix engineer paint the stereo field to your taste , if you want it dry then you can leave it mono dry, if you want it to be in a "room" and in a certain panaramic spot within that room , let the mix engineer handle that. obivously your recording was done in mono with one mic probably in a "dead" room, so if your going to add reverb it's going to be synthetic. The mix engineer should have the best equipment for that job.
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