November 20

Piano Recording Tutorial – Reverb

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My home studio is a small room. When I record in this room with two microphones directly above the soundboard, I get a very bare piano sound without much reverberation from the room. This sounds very different from a live performance in a concert hall. Personally I do like this clean and intimate sound, but just for some fun acoustic effect, say, if I want to create an effec of a piano performance in a concert hall, I can edit the “reverb” in the DAW.

There are two basic reverb types in a reverb plugin. The “convolution reverb” is basically a “preset” with reverb effects from a real space such as a cathedral, a football field, or a concert hall. There are usually quite a few convolusion reverbs to choose from in a reverb plugin.

The “algorithmic reverb” is an “artificial reverb”, with every reverb parameter being adjustable by the music producer.

Let’s hear some music samples to get a better understanding of these reverbs. The first music sample is the original recording without any reverb (click link to listen) —

NO REVERB

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 This is the “Concert Hall” preset (convolution reverb) in my DAW. And  this is what it sounds like —

CONCERT HALL REVERB

 

 

 

 

 

assignment5-2 Even though this reverb was sampled from an actual concert hall, I prefer a more subtle acoustic effect, so I did  some fine tuning and saved my setting as “custom concert hall”. This is the benefit of an algorithmic reverb — I can adjust the details any way I want. Now let’s have a listen —  

CUSTOM CONCERT HALL REVERB

Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Which version of the performance do you prefer? It’s fun to experiment different reverb settings to find the best “color” for your piano recordings.

 

 

 

 

 




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Posted November 20, 2013 by admin in category "home studio set up

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