March 30, 2016

Common Mistakes When Using Reverb

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Adding reverbs to your soundtrack is a basic effect you can use whenever you want to record and submit a good quality music. Recording industries around the world have been using this method ever since it was discovered. Thus, chambers as well as softwares such as plugins are commonly used in order to do reverberations.

Some who record tracks – especially beginners – tend to make mistakes whenever they use reverbs. This results in rejection from some recording companies and studios. In order to resolve this problem, along with avoiding all frustrations when editing your track, you have to learn these common mistakes along with the solutions needed to fix them.

Using a Big Ambiance

A saying usually goes: “the bigger, the better”. However, this is not often correct when using reverbs on your tracks. Some people tend to be using a lot of big space, and that can ruin the quality of the background lines and some subtle sounds, which is why this is often avoided by experts. Some beats tend to depend on fast rhythms and so as subtle ones as well. The usage of a smaller space when recording is much more preferable. If you want to achieve this, set things up in a smaller room.

Overusing of Reverb

There are times where using many reverbs is effective, however professionals can hear this and it will leave the impression that the track is too bad because you’ve covered all bits of it. Too much reverb can make your music really horrible and low-quality. Remember that you need to boost the quality of your own tracks, and not its reverb, which is why over-usage is not a good decision to make at all.

Leaving it On During the Record

Some may think that leaving the reverb on for the whole soundtrack is safe. However, it can make other people notice it in terms of speech intelligibility. This is especially obvious during the times where a backup singer is present. It can also cause the same problem when instruments are being stopped after a part of the recording. Always remember to time the way you turn the reverb on or off for you to find out when to use the said effect properly on the instrument and vocals.

Having no Reverb


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Let’s go back to basics. Reverb is needed when it comes to recordings in order to provide the right type of music that’s suitable as a soundtrack. Setting up the room right for reverb purposes can remove the need of reverb plugins when recording. If you never used this type of effect on your instruments, be sure to apply it at least on the vocals in order to make a good start. You might be in a scenario where you don’t have that much reverbs on your end, and the right room setup can do the trick. If so, you don’t need to force it.

Dealing with Reverb and Delay Issues

These two effects are often used together. In fact, you should never add up reverb whenever you’re not yet contented with your usage of delay. If you try to add up reverb before the delay, you will be wasting a lot of time since the track will tend to get messy that’s why it’s very vital to add up the delay first.

Utilizing Expensive Reverb

It might be a wise thing to say that the quality of an audio is better when the software and equipment used in recording and editing it are more expensive. However, in the case of reverbs, using expensive tool don’t provide the best quality. If you prefer saving money, then go for cheaper alternatives instead as it is enough to provide you a decent way to make your music effects.

These are the common mistakes that some beginners tend to do whenever they do reverbs on their recordings. It’s better if you keep them in mind so that you will not experience unnecessary trouble the next time you edit your track.

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