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    A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    I've been sequencing for a long time now but have just been using MIDI instruments. Reverb was no problem with MIDI because you could dial it in as CC#91. Now that I'm using GPO and samples, reverb has become a little bit of a mystery.

    I am using a Mac with DP4.12 and almost have to use the AUMatrix reverb. I have created an aux track and assigned the AUMatrix reverb to it and also created a Master track which the reverb goes to for output purposes.

    My instruments are panned correctly, but the reverb applied does not seem to locate them from "front to back" as reverb was designed to do. What am I doing wrong?

    When I listen to Francesco's work, his instruments seem to be heard equally well across the stereo field in both ears, but, at the same time seem to be placed correctly on the symphonic stage.

    Wondering.........

    John

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    It would seem some reverbs are better at recreating the stereo field than others. I know absolutely nothing about the one you are using, but this sounds familiar. Anyway, why don't you try repanning the individual tracks output in the mixing channels. You'll still get the proper stereo field, but maybe better placement in the symphonic stage.

    Of course, I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    You might want to try another reverb plugin. Freeverb sounds good and might give better results that the AUMatrix, this is the link to download it:

    http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com...unit-1.0.2.dmg

    To install it put the file called Freeverb.component into /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/

    When you use reverb make sure the sound is not too wet, add some dry to see how it sounds.
    Aaron Clark, C/C++, J2EE, Flash, Perl and PHP programming.
    Logic Pro 7.0.1, G5 1800x2, 3 Gig ram, GPO and GOS lite.
    My site: http://www.clarkaudio.com
    Where I work now: http://www.blinex.com/

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIX_GURU
    You might want to try another reverb plugin. Freeverb sounds good and might give better results that the AUMatrix
    There is also now an Audio Unit version of the Ambience plug-in that ships as a VST with GPO. It doesn't have the pretty interface, just generic sliders, but it sounds great.

    http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/

    Also try this: if possible, group your instrument sections on different GPO instances, or bounce them down to stereo stems by section, then you can play around with different amounts of reverb and also different EQ or even gentle compression on the different sections, depending on the sound you're after...

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    Hi All:

    Thanks for responding. I am trying to get the AU Ambience Reverb from Gary, but we are having email problems. I cannot, after 5-10 tries, get to his email domain: Gary@Harps.com. So, I am trying other avenues at the present. He sent me a version of the Ambience Reverb but he says he may have sent the VST version. When I put it in its proper folder, I could not access it from the effects list (under Apple AU thingies).

    When I get the AU version I will try it. Anything has got to be better than the Matrix Reverb.

    Yes, I have mixed my tracks down to "Freeze" tracks in DP4 and then gone on from there to play with the reverb, but not much luck.

    What folder does that other downloaded reverb go into--effects folder? I'm using a Mac with DP4.

    Thanks for all of your responses.

    John

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    In your Hard Drive put the AU in /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/
    Aaron Clark, C/C++, J2EE, Flash, Perl and PHP programming.
    Logic Pro 7.0.1, G5 1800x2, 3 Gig ram, GPO and GOS lite.
    My site: http://www.clarkaudio.com
    Where I work now: http://www.blinex.com/

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    Download Ambience here:

    http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/
    Aaron Clark, C/C++, J2EE, Flash, Perl and PHP programming.
    Logic Pro 7.0.1, G5 1800x2, 3 Gig ram, GPO and GOS lite.
    My site: http://www.clarkaudio.com
    Where I work now: http://www.blinex.com/

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    OK here's what you do.
    Go to home depot and get yourself 50 feet of PVC piping 10" in diameter. Get yourself a couple of garage door springs and strech them inside the pipe the length of the pipe. Now put your speaker facing the inside on one opening, and your record mic facing inside at the other. Turn the volume up high, play back your tracks and it will reverb the heck out of you!

    Mans nuts grab 'em!
    Styxx

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    10" PVC might be OK for the low frequencies though I think some of the highs will be lost in there.
    Aaron Clark, C/C++, J2EE, Flash, Perl and PHP programming.
    Logic Pro 7.0.1, G5 1800x2, 3 Gig ram, GPO and GOS lite.
    My site: http://www.clarkaudio.com
    Where I work now: http://www.blinex.com/

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    Re: A Reverb Tutorial, Anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIX_GURU
    Download Ambience here:

    http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/
    Unix_Guru:

    When I downloaded AU Ambience Reverb from Magnus, I got two files: one was a .TAR named refer.php and the other was a folder named ambience-demo.

    What to do now? I thought it would come in Stuffit (.sit) form so I could open it and slip it into Lib/Audio/Plug-in/Component.

    John

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