(only read first few pages of the thread)
EMT250 or EMT out there in general. UAD and Empty Room Systems. Never used the real thing, and don't really like any of the sampled EMT tails that are around.
Just hi end damp, lo end damp, tail time and predelay time. No fuzz, no headaches, no time wasted pondering on if it could be even better because of some parameters are contradicting without me knowing it.
Especially Empty Room Systems EMT250 got this quality about it that works similarly to early reflections; when I raise it up in volume I can hear that mono tracks get wider, but not really from the tail but .. some other closer addition to the sound. I set the EMT output amount it to where I just barely hear the 'widening effect' on a mono track, just enough to where a dry mono track detaches from being 'stuck on the wall', glued to bone dry mono. After that, the balance is just perfect - almost no matter what source it is. Can handle the metallic factor fairly well too.
Sometimes use the Sonnox Reverb for ultra clean close short vocals too. But it affects low end frequencies in a detrimental weird way.
For drums though, I tend to like short, dirty, bright SPX type with lots of diffusion. Cubase comes with this Roomworx reverb that can work wonders on drums, and Reaper - after I got on it - comes with a pretty aggressive reverb too, great for the same thing. Also got some samples of the Roland R-880 that works great for modern type reverbs too.
I feel reverbs needs to offer better user focus and outline, for example interconnecting parameters more. Reverb units are way too complicated, presumably just to offer "flexibility". Flexibility, if you got the wrong base sound, get another sound. Trying to tweak a wrong sound into submission is the "polishing a turd" method. Offering shitloads of parameters won't solve it.
I do understand advanced parameters and have spent half my life understanding the complexities of manipulating digital audio, even making some plugs of my own. I'm no fool, lazy, nor stranger to advanced schemas. But .. I just don't want to anymore, just don't have time for it, getting lost in theoretical patterns.
I need a reverb to be ... like a Roland Synthesizer. Pick a bass sound from it, and it just works; some simple editing sure, but the base sound just works. I don't want to make an entirely new sound/ambience almost from scratch every time I do a song or mix, and reverbs are so complicated, feel like I'm not on a Roland synth but rather a huge ancient modular synth.
Instead, I need it to work, as "right away" as possible. The EMT model is great for that. And ValhallaRoom is not too far off this either, in my opinion. I just prefer a slightly different color than it offers. But very nice work