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recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

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ghettosynth
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Postby ghettosynth; Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:51 am Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

robojam wrote:Agreed on Spacemaster (although it's only 'free' if you already own Reaktor), and a few other UL reverbs if you search the UL (can't think of the names of any off the top of my head).


Of course. I woke up at 4:30AM because I feel asleep with the heat turned off and a window open. I should know better than posting before I've had coffee on a bad nights sleep.

But, free notwithstanding, for ambient music, Reaktor is probably one of the best investments that you can make.
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Rah
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Postby Rah; Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:59 am Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

I use space360 a lot

http://www.kvraudio.com/product/space360-by-cytosonic

May not be the best, but I like it
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do_androids_dream
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926 posts since 26 Oct, 2007, from UK

Postby do_androids_dream; Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:43 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

There's loads of good free reverbs out there. As you're doing ambient, which isn't exactly accurate room emulation or realistic sounding spaces, just experiment. Stack a few different reverbs, send them through each other, pan one hard left, a different one hard right and send them through a buss with a completely different reverb on it. I've found some really interesting combinations of reverbs on my ambient travels...

Good free reverbs:

Omniverb - kind of grainy sounding - lovely character and has modulation that can sound nice and thick.
Classic Reverb - again, on the grainy side but has a different character to omniverb.
Voxengo Old Skool Verb - A special reverb that sounds quite unique - quite 'dirty' but at the same time thick and metallic/shimmery (to my ears!)
Mverb and DX Reverb Lite by Anwida - both smoother than the aforementioned.
Hibiki from Freeverb3 - True stereo, can be made to sound very wide and create big sounding spaces. Has a kind of 'dark' character.

All of these are useful for ambient imo - experimentation is the key :)
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Anti-Logic
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Postby Anti-Logic; Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:44 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

I'm quite fond too of Lisc-verb when it comes to freeware reverbs.

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http://www.saltline.co.uk/liscverb.html

Only 32-bit though.
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MFXxx
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Postby MFXxx; Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:50 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

Delay and Reverb NastyDLA – A classic chorus echo device with tape-delay simulation

epicVerb – Digital reverberation simulator

http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/vst-effects/
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pluginboutique Ambience Reverb

http://www.pluginboutique.com/product/17-Reverb/426-Ambience
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http://music.tutsplus.com/articles/15-totally-free-reverb-plug-ins-that-rock--audio-35
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Personally ValhallaVerb and 2CAudio B2 - not free but damn mighty fine or go the whole hog and get 2CAudio
2CAudio - The Perfect Storm
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Tricky-Loops
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Postby Tricky-Loops; Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:52 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

If I ever fell in love with a free reverb, then it's Glaceverb! :love:

http://dasample.com/products/glaceverb
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Diego_C
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280 posts since 29 Dec, 2011, from Europe

Postby Diego_C; Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:14 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

+1 for

Lisc-verb
Ambience
Glaceverb
Reflex
Freeverb
and many Reaktor reverb effects from the community library to check out (if you own Reaktor)

and I may add among many others:
Mverb
NBM Studioverb

for short but good ambience
RoomMachine844
Outdoorverb

all mostly 32 bit
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bailees7irish
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2566 posts since 30 Mar, 2007, from virginia, US

Postby bailees7irish; Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:29 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

Tricky-Loops wrote:If I ever fell in love with a free reverb, then it's Glaceverb! :love:

http://dasample.com/products/glaceverb
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Great sound, I just wish the controls weren't so fiddly. :dog:
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ccDuckett
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199 posts since 14 Jun, 2011, from Earth

Postby ccDuckett; Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:10 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

One good piece of donationware that I don't see mentioned often is
Rhythm Lab's Mo'Verb: http://www.rhythm-lab.com/plugins/mo_verb
the stereo image controls are a nice feature.

Surprised to see no mention of TAL's reverbs; I seem to use TAL-Reverb-II the
most out of the three.

I loved Gregjazz's Cinematic Reverb (especially for unsubtle ambient bigness), but ended up having too many stability issues- since OP is on XP, this may not be a problem.

For other "more ambient-dedicated and less general-use" reverbs there's
xoxos' Waterverb and HomeGrownSound's SoundScaper II.

Also agree heartily with previous replies- SIR, Ambience, GlaceVerb, Reflex Free, Abstract Chamber, Freeverb(s), LiscVerb, etc. are all quite good with their own strengths.

Swiss-army-reverb Space 360 (when behaving) is amazing (especially automated).

If more links are needed for what I've mentioned other than Mo'Verb, I'll edit the post to include them, but they're not hard to find.

Can't help but mention a little trick: if looking to add some retro flavor, try adding
a little spring reverb before your main plate/hall/etc. reverb; just don't forget
all the freeware spring reverbs are mono, so some routing twidgetry might be required if preserving the stereo image prior to the reverb(s) is wanted..


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Postby metamorphosis; Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:34 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

SIR1 + any of the Bricasti Reverb impulses (you can find them tons of places)
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Anti-Logic
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Postby Anti-Logic; Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:10 am Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

Oh there's also KR-Reverb FS (but read below):

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http://vst4free.com/free_vst.php?plugin=KR-Reverb_FS&id=584

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I like it but I have had problems with storing the presents in Reaper, if I use it in a project and re-open the project it's back to the default patch."
<-- I had the same issue in FL Studio back in the day constantly which made me ditch it sadly enough. :neutral:

So perhaps not a worthy recommendation for this thread and for all-around use, but the sound it gave I will never forget, probably the best I have ever heard coming out of a plugin freeware or not.
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core
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Postby core; Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:33 am Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

I use Ambience a lot, and also epicVerb.
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Anti-Logic
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Postby Anti-Logic; Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:44 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

As mentioned before...

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^^ This one! :borg:


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^^ But this one def aswell!


Seriously can't go wrong with SD what concerns this sort of plugins, even beats payware in a lot of aspects.
eidenk
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Postby eidenk; Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:24 pm Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

Xhip Reverb
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do_androids_dream
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Postby do_androids_dream; Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:36 am Re: recap: best free reverbs for ambient music

lol, I knew we would end up with a list of every free reverb out there! The moral being... you can use ANY reverb for ambient music.
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