Plate Reverb

The History of Plate Reverb   Back in 1957 EMT, a pioneering German company invented and build the first plate reverb called EMT 140. This model had very large proportions (8ft * 4ft) and weighed more than a quarter of a ton. These original units were quite large...

Hall Reverb

Discrete Echoes   Reverb actually represents a large number of discrete echoes. They are caused by sound bouncing off of every conceivable solid surface and then mushing together as the thousands of echo’s return to the listener. A reverb processor is a...

Chamber Reverb

Echo Chamber   The first reverb effects created for recordings used real physical space as a natural echo chamber. A loudspeaker would play the sound, and then a microphone would pick it up again, including the effects of reverb. Echo Chambers have been an...

Overdrive

Distortion confusion   ”Overdrive” is a gain-based effect which people often mistake as a distortion effect. It’s pretty hard to draw the line between the two, especially when it comes to guitar effect pedals. One of the simplest ways to...
Making Synth Stabs

Making Synth Stabs

INTRODUCTION   Here is a neat patch that is very simple but fine-tuned. Good quality patches are usually so because their parameter settings were dialed to “sweet-spots” by a trained ear rather than set to coarse values that seem to work in a similar...