Somewhere along the line I lost the importance of consistency; which I’m beginning to learn is extremely important for reverb. In my last two songs, I’ve been focusing on a Progressive-House style, which tends to lean on the usage of reverb for space. I’m not sure why, but I felt compelled to make things as complicated for myself as possible (hey, the more effects used the more impressed other producers will be, right?). Rather than choosing a handful (3 or 4) consistent reverbs, I opted to place a reverb on each track individually: more control right? Wrong.
With my latest experiments I’m attempting a more organized approach in which I choose a small set of reverbs and for a specific reason: consistent space. Each of those reverbs is a “send” that I can route multiple tracks through. That might be something like…
- Small Reverb (for bass)
- Medium Reverb (for plucks, counter-melodies, etc)
- Large Reverb (for pad elements, atmosphere)
This makes my reverb effects much more manageable. Rather than individually tweaking reverb for every individual track, I can route tracks through my small set of reverbs and control the reverb in one place, and quickly. Not only does this increase efficiency, but I believe it can increase my sonic consistency. At first, it seemed partially counter-intuitive because I thought to myself “but if the reverb isn’t applied to the sound directly then on to the master chain, it won’t sound the same if I route through a send.” Well, that’s just not true. Ultimately the reverberated sound gets added back to the mix and it’s as if the reverb were directly applied to the track anyway; it’s just the roundabout way.
Anyway, this is all very much a work-in-progress for me but it’s something that I recently learned and I want to directly apply to my in-progress projects to see if it helps.