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Mic reverb effect questions

XHellChrisXHellChris Posts: 97Pro
Should I turn on the reverb for vocals during a band practice session in a jamming studio? If yes , how much of a reverb should I use? Any other settings or effects I should try too? Thanks!


  • blondiewalesblondiewales Posts: 481Pro
    So it's rehearsal? Yes, you'll usually want reverb.

    How much depends on a lot of things, but when the vocals sound a bit too washed out, that's when it's too much.
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 3,235Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Hi @XHellChris,

    I think that this is also a matter of personal taste. I prefer a short slap back delay to give the voice a little space to sit in. Reverb has sometimes the problem to smear up the sound a little bit. When I do recordings I prefer a dry sound without any effects.

  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,341Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    If you do use reverb, make sure you give it some pre-delay, so the initial part of the vocal is relatively unaffected, and the trail is affected. Makes the vocals more defined in the mix.
    Typically, I use a bit of delay with pre-delay to thicken it up, and I leave the reverb for the backup vocals to give them the illusion of distance in the mix.
    If you have a stereo PA, you can get more creative with this by panning the lead vocals 25% L and right, and the backup vocal further left or right or further on just one side.
    Gives you an overall bigger sound :+1:
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