I know it\'s a lame question, but it is very big mystery for me: How do you, people, get good spaceous results with reverbs like Lexicon MPX-500, Zoom 1202 etc.? I especially mean \"release\" time problem.. For example - with MPX or Zoom used, wet-dry balace 50/50 - I set release times for instruments (in GS Editor) (Strings, woodwinds, perc., etc.) to, let\'s say, 0.2 sec. The releases of tones sound OK, but all sound too muddy and over-reverbed, just like a \"cheap\" digital reverb, just reverb which absolutely destroys the clearness of instrument tones, but at least, there is a solid space feeling. But this is the only way to have at least some space-feeling.
If I change the wet-dry balance to lower for \"wet\", then the clearness of sound is of course better, but the music lost hall-feeling and sounds almost dry and thin. When I lower release times (in 50/50 reverb), then the spaciousness is better and better, instruments sound more and more clear, but... The tones begin upleasantly cut-off. For exaple I set release times in GS Edit to 0.05 sec, and then all the music sounds way better and more spacious, live, almost as I\'d like it to sound, but - the terrible thing is, that there are these brutal cut-offs which sound, of course, very very unpleasant. Strange thing - the only thing I can do to remove these cut-offs is increasing release time of instruments, but then - as I told - the tone transitions sound OK, cut-offs are away, but the overall sound lose its spaciousness, the instruments begin sound very muddy. So what to do?
There are two possibilites - muddy, not clear sound, but at least - decent space feeling and realtive \"OK-so-so\" sound, but nothing really good, or - very nice space feeling, very clear sound of instruments, but terrible cut-off of the tones.. This cut-off can be reduced by somenting like \"over-legato\" playing on keyboard, and especially with solo instruments with fast attacks it is sometimes almost unnoticeable, so the result is sometimes good, but in general, it\'s not usable. And some compromise between both cases also doesn\'t help - the result is then, that the cut offs are not so bad, but of course also the clearness of sound is not so good, etc. I just don\'t understand what to do to get nice spaceous sound - I don\'t mean necessary hall-feeling, but at least spacious sound, without being thin thanks to too dry recording - but with very clear sound and not destroyed release etc. with verb, as I described.
For example - I\'m able to achieve decent sound with some music - it sounds clear, relatively rich etc., but the problem is, that it is very very dry, and also thin because of it. Not bad at all, but sounds as if all the players are standing in front of you - and that\'s not too good especially with choirs, strings, etc. The releases of tones, clearness, and all is OK, but extremly dry (with only a little reverb). But when I want to add space - then the reverb destroys clearness of tones, begins sound muddy etc. In many recordings for example of Thomas_J or Simon Ravn I hear perfect clearness of sound and release times (no cut offs) but also together with great spaciousness! How is that possible if these reverb untis make - good spaciousness, good clearness but terrible cut offs thanks to low release times (0.05 for example) - or - no cut offs, good release sound , decent spaciousness, but dirty sound, not clear, thanks to higher release times mixed with verb, lost of instruments detail - just like cheap digital hall.
But Thomas\', Simon\'s and others\' recordings sound just like if they would be dry (with such nice clearness and detail, no cut offs etc.), but are having also great space feeling, as if they would be recorded with some miracle(?) reverb setting which add space but also doesn\'t destroy the clearness of tones. But I heard Thomas, Simons and the others uses Zoom, MPX-500 and similar reverbs, so I am really out of any idea.. How is possible to achieve such sound with reverb? I mean spaceous, but sharp, clear-sounding as if it would be dry or what.. and not \"destroyed\" by reverb.. I tried to use also some soft reverbs like Renaissance or Acoustic Mirror, but the result was even worse. I tried all settings, I am helpless. Or simple question - I have decent recording, properly sounding, but very dry - how to add space to it?? I mean really only space and not classic unpleasant coloring of tones by reverb. I would really really appreciate any expert advice on it. I would like to be able to add space to dry music, but I want space and not muddy reverb with dirty coloring of tones and releases between notes. And in many recordings I heard here there is space with detailed sound and not muddy reverb.. Sorry for the lenght, this topic is maybe a bit naive, but it\'s really important for me to learn something deeply about this. Thanks..