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With so many virtual instruments, DI’d guitars, or close mics in dry rooms a sense of space is being lost. Mike Hillier finds the reverb tools in Pro Tools to bring back the room


Reverb is one of the most creative tools available to you as a mix engineer. From simple room sounds, to long evolving modulated halls, short gated drums to exotic reversed effects, reverb is one of the areas that can define a mix. Used well, reverb can be almost invisible or it can be one of the primary elements of the mix. With so many songs now being recorded in small project studios, where the natural room acoustics are far from ideal, and therefore reduced wherever possible, where guitars are often recorded with a DI and then re-amped with an amp simulator, and where dry virtual instruments and synthesizers form a large portion of the instrumentation, it is of enormous importance to be able to use reverb effectively, and to have a selection of different styles available to you.


In Pro Tools 2018 there are seven different reverb plug-in options, from the classic D-Verb, to the three AIR reverb effects, Avid Space and the Avid Black Spring and Studio Reverb plug-ins, it can be easy to feel spoilt for choice, especially as many plug-ins duplicate the sounds of others. In this tutorial we will walk through some of the options available for adding reverb to a guitar signal, recorded straight in through the line out on our Audio Kitchen The Big Trees amp head. This is a 2.5W amp head that’s ideally suited for recording and re-amping, as well as capable of being used as a preamp pedal before a larger amp.

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Though it was only a few issues ago that we contemplated the future of music, we came to the realisation that the future is now! With more effects at our disposal than ever before, we tour the modern arsenal of plug-in effects, tools and software that you might not even realise existed! Elsewhere, we speak to the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff about his production and DJing ethos, and join Detroit-based artist Klayton, whose love of 80s electronic and metal bands has borne many fruitful projects, not to mention an amazing studio. We put Hans Zimmer Strings to the test, as well as a slew of new pieces of gear and software in our expanded reviews section. Additionally, there’s 4 new tutorials for Live, Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools, brand-new tips, retrospectives and our Essential Guide series draws to a close with a 101 to recording. We hope you enjoy the issue!