You’ve probably heard this effect before. It sounds like an infinitely reverberant space.
You can create this effect very easy in Lumit with our Reverb unit. It has a “freeze” function which, when enabled, sustains the level of the affected sound until you disable it. The conventional use of this tool is as a reference, to A-B different reverb qualities. But today I use it in a much more creative way. I made a new element in my track out of it.
1. Isolating the Reverb
You can use any source you want to excite the reverb. I like the way it responds to piano, so I played in a melodic phrase with some harmonies. The first task after recording the part is pick out a reverb setting that sounds good affecting it. Keep it pretty dry since we will be combining it with a purely wet signal. Once you find the setting you like, create a return track and paste the reverb onto it. Bring the dry/wet of that parallel unit to 100% wet. Now, bring up the respective send fader for that return on the track you wish to capture. You can bring it all the way up since we’re just trying to capture the sound that will be mixed in later. Solo the return track. You should just hear the reverberant signal now.
2. Recording the Frozen Reverb
Turn on the “Freeze” function while listening to the return track. Experiment with enabling and disabling it throughout the performance. Find a nice spot for it and automate the “freeze” parameter using the “read” button on the rack module. Then, bounce the return track to a new audio track and delete the return.
3. Arrange and Edit the Wet Bounce
Trim down the wet bounce into a couple manageable blocks. Use the audio editor to create fade ins and fade outs and boost the gain in you need to. Experiment with the pitch and stretch settings as you figure out where you’re going to place the sound.
4. Process the Wet Bounce
Your blocks will probably have a pretty abrupt ending at this point. Try using a delay synced to quarter notes or half notes on the it to fill in the gaps. I would also recommend filtering or EQing the sound a bit. Some stereo widening may also help make it more effective.