#1October 18th, 2010 · 01:11 PM
38 threads / 11 songs
278 posts
Canada
Awesome Reverb (or other) VSTs
I'd like to get your opinions on what the best VSTs are for reverb, compression, limiting, ETC.

I'm looking to get a Reverb VST that has a similar sound to this: http://forum.bandamp.com/Audio_Review/5096.html.

Right now I use the Kjaerhus Audio Classic Reverb (you can get the whole Kjaerhus VST series with limiters and compressors, filters etc here: http://www.acoustica.com/plugins/vst-directx.htm).  I'm looking for something that sounds a bit smoother.  I want a spacey reverb.

Anyways,  thanks guys!
#2October 18th, 2010 · 01:12 PM
38 threads / 11 songs
278 posts
Canada
This is my favorite Limiter, because it's so simple: http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1727.html

TLs Pocket Limiter VST
#3October 19th, 2010 · 02:38 AM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,348 posts
United Kingdom
I used a combination of Stage reverb on my yamaha workstation and cathedral reverb in FL on this track to create a spacey reverb.
http://forum.bandamp.com/Audio_Review/8214.html
EDIT**
This one is supposed to be pretty good for compression and limiting
http://www.ikmultimedia.com/t-racks/features/

Ask Marino, he has tried a few
#4October 19th, 2010 · 01:29 PM
340 threads / 59 songs
4,344 posts
United Kingdom
Hey cool links....I have SOO many vsts, too many, but I'm still going to try out that little limiter....it's hosted somewhere else, there are more free vsts http://hem.bredband.net/tbtaudio/archive/archive.htm
#5October 19th, 2010 · 01:42 PM
38 threads / 11 songs
278 posts
Canada
oh cool, more stuff from the same guys, thanks for that link Kings

it's just such a simple little limiter, you don't need to adjust any settings which make it handy, just crank the knee up and boost the gain, my friends!
#6October 20th, 2010 · 10:11 AM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,348 posts
United Kingdom
Out of all the gear I've got I found the limiter on Adobe Audition 1.5 the best.

A) You can preview what it sounds like, hence even 1% increase in gain can effect the overall sound, what you don't want to do is crank it right up, it saturates the sound and you can't hear all the instruments. As a guide depending on how well you have recorded your tracks, don't raise the gain by more than 6db's, assuming you have already normalised the volume generally use increase by about 3db, having said that if you have a song which dynamics are extreme, so say you have very quite parts and very loud parts, the limiter will increase the quite parts defeating the object of the song. I'm mastering our collaboration song 'Mother' at the moment, a good example of change in dynamics. So warning 'USE A HARD LIMITER WITH CAUTION'. Last tip The limiter is the last effect you do when mastering, it should only be used on the overall mix.
B) It does not change the sound, I've found others do.
C) It's very easy to use
#7October 20th, 2010 · 10:44 AM
371 threads / 187 songs
3,348 posts
United Kingdom
Talking about reverb, I've got something called symphonic reverb on my workstation, does exactly that, so great for orchestral sounds or even acoustic guitar. I think there are others with similar names.

If you want a warmer sound, which I think is what you mean by smother, try a tube compressor or sometimes called vintage compressor.

I use a tube preamp for all my mic recordings & Bass guitar, you can also change the impedance, this makes it sound more open or put otherwise more sensitive, again this is great for acoustic guitar, it pics up all the subtle tones. Plus it has a feature that boosts the tube, excellent for stringed instruments.
#8February 10th, 2011 · 06:57 PM
49 threads / 42 songs
493 posts
United Kingdom
In my opinion, the best reverb you will ever find (and not by a small margin) is a convolution reverb like Altiverb.

Altiverb sounds truly spectacular, and although it's a lot of CPU usage the authenticity is worth it.
#9February 11th, 2011 · 12:03 AM
155 threads / 29 songs
1,936 posts
United States of America
DaveUK wrote…
In my opinion, the best reverb you will ever find (and not by a small margin) is a convolution reverb like Altiverb.

Altiverb sounds truly spectacular, and although it's a lot of CPU usage the authenticity is worth it.

+1 on this.   I like altiverb too.   I heard that eventide and TC electronics both have real good reverb packages.
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