Reverb is a type of audio effect that can be used in many ways, both standard and experimental. In recent decades reverb effects started to incorporate other modulation choices, which can be extremely useful in creating something different and exciting. Check out the following tutorial and add a twist to your sound with the reverb effect.
Twist Your Sounds
We will begin as usual by opening a short sequence made previously in our SoundBridge: DAW. This sequence is containing some essential elements of the full mix, like drums, bassline, synth pad, and synth chords. Let us hear how it sounds first.
~Full Mix – Unprocessed
You have probably noticed the bouncing synth chord sequence that is repeating. This is where we will apply our reverb effect to make it more interesting. The reverb effect which we have chosen for this task goes by the name of Valhalla Shimmer. It is interesting since it offers pitch modulation as well as some other options. There are undoubtedly other products out there that are offering more-less same benefits, so feel free to explore further. Let’s start by adding a new instance of Valhalla Shimmer to the Synth Chord channel.
As you can see, Valhalla Shimmer possesses a pretty straight forward interface, which parameters we will cover in detail below.
At its core, ValhallaShimmer is a high-quality reverberator, designed to produce a smooth decay, that is both dense and colorless. There are several reverberation modes available, to allow the user to dial in reverb decays of different sizes, ranging from smaller rooms to vast ambiances.
- By adjusting the Feedback, Diffusion, and Size controls, the attack, sustain, and decay of the reverb signal can be fine-tuned.
- The modulation controls can produce subtle mode thickening, glistening string ensemble decays, and the distinctive random modulation of the older Lexicon hall algorithms.
- Two tone controls and the Color Mode selector allows you to adjust the timbre from bright and glistening to a more natural dark decay, similar to that produced by air absorption in large spaces.
- Also, ValhallaShimmer can pitch shift the feedback signal. There are five pitch shift modes available: Single, where the feedback is shifted up or down by the Shift value. Dual, where the feedback is shifted both up and down (in parallel) by the Shift value. SingleReverse, where each grain is reversed before it is pitch-shifted. This results in a smoother pitch shifting sound than the Single mode. DualReverse. Similar to the Dual mode, but with reversed grains, for a smoother pitch shifting sound
- Bypass, which turns off the pitch shifting (useful for “standard” reverb sounds)
Let’s start processing.
After a brief introduction, let us move to the processing of our synth chord sequence with Valhalla Shimmer.
As you can see from the picture below, we have automated the mix and shift parameters. With the shift parameter, you can gradually pitch-shift the reverb signal, giving it a unique sense of space and make it more full in the stereo image.
Let’s hear it first solo and then in full mix.
~Synth Chord – Processed with Valhalla Shimmer
~Full Mix – Synth Chord Processed with Valhalla Shimmer
Feel free to download the project here.