Two reverbs

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by tommyd, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. tommyd

    tommyd Guest

    I've read about a lot of people liking to use two separate reverbs when mixing. Usually one shorter one to thicken up individual tracks, and a longer one to give a sense of depth and/or cohesiveness(sp?) to a number of tracks.

    I'm gonna give that a try. I've got two a fairly decent Lexicon(MPX 1 I believe), and the other reverb is on my Tascam 2488. Not a great reverb, but not too bad if used sparingly. I'm getting a lot of natural reverb from the room and some parallel compression with the room mics.

    Which unit do you think I should devote to which reverb? Use the better Lexicon for the smaller reverb to just thicken up some tracks, or use the Lexicon for the bigger reverb to give some depth?

    And while we're on the subject, what about pre-delay? Any pre-delay on the short reverb?

    Thanks for your input.
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    I can sometimes use 3-4 separate reverbs and 2-3 separate delay units on one mix. It just depends.

    The Lexicon is likely to be much better at the long reverb than whatever is in the Tascam. As far as the pre delay, I usually like a longer pre delay in long reverb for things like vocals. For short reverb, it just depends on what the source is and what I'm trying to do within the framework of the song and arrangement.

    Tweak it and all the other parameters to see what you like and don't like. That's what I do...
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    layering reverbs can certainly be a whole lot of fun! Just remember less is more and add a lot of contrast between the different types. I find it a lot more fun to deal with the separate hardware units as opposed to trying to accomplish the same thingwithin software.

    Remy Ann David
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