theElevators Posted October 11, 2022 Share Posted October 11, 2022 I have been wondering, what is everybody's opinion on having reverb in your chain, when playing live? I, like many people on here, am constantly reviewing my sounds, and tweaking things. I am mostly happy with my sounds, however, there are some times when I am playing small venues, or really small spaces (e.g. somebody's house), where my mix sounds pretty dry on the recording. I know that some pro bands go to the extent of having the sound guy mix the wet signal to the main signal to taste. I am not there yet :P I have (pretty dry) presets, compared to all the soundscape U2-type of stuff some people are into. I mostly use reverb for the spring reverb BOING! sound, and almost never for ambiance. The reverb that I do have for ambiance is minimal, so that it has some "air" in my sound. I mostly rely on a simple ping-pong delay to give myself some 3-D stereo mix. As a result, I have a lot of definition to my notes, which is good. I reviewed a 1000-person warehouse-type venue footage and the small private house gig--every note was audible, and distinguishable on people's cellphone recordings. I could hear every delay repeat also rather clearly, it was all very defined. So, should I try to experiment with reverb? I don't want to be in a situation where my very defined sound gets swallowed up by a wave of reverb. I've seen some bands that unfortunately sound just like that -- you hear they are doing something, but can barely make out what the hell they are playing. In my band, I replaced a guitarist who was heavily into surf music. Their early live recordings sounded excellent, but rather washy. The live recordings were direct in, plus some crowd noise. So, it's fair to say that there was a lot more reverb than I'd typically use. He used a lot of "predelay" reverb tricks, where the reverb kicks in 1/2 second after the note is played.... Anyway... thoughts, what works/doesn't work? Any pro tips? thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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