Valhalla DSP VintageVerb

Valhalla DSP VintageVerb

VintageVerb is a postmodern reverb plugin, inspired by the classic hardware digital reverbs of the 1970s and 1980s.

It comes packed with 17 different reverb algorithms that emulate different spaces, 3 different color modes that produce various sonic artifacts & one of the most colorful user interfaces of any reverb plugin that I’ve used.

I use VintageVerb a ton in my productions. It sounds super smooth and it’s extremely helpful for when I’m trying to place sounds towards the back of my mix. In other words, it will make it feel like your sounds are coming from a distant land… reverb land!

Reverb Essentials

Mix = Adjust the mixture of the original signal with the reverberated signal

// Tip = Set to a lower value on lead sounds, but a much higher value for background sounds 

Decay = Adjust the reverb decay time for the mid frequencies

// Tip = Helps create the perception of room size & texture as a longer time here emulates a larger reflective space

// Tip = Use a gate to chop off reverb tails, or process your reverb on a separate track so you can give the reverb tails an audio haircut if the decay tail is running into other elements of your mix

Pre Delay = Adjust the amount of delay before we hear the reverb, AKA the time between the original sound & the early reflections of the reverb tail

// Tip = Further shape the perception of room size as a longer time here emulates a larger room, hence the delayed time it takes to the sound to travel and reflect back to our ears

17 Algorithms = Choose a specific type of reverb sound, emulating real life spaces & classic mechanical reverb plates of the past

// Tip = Each one of these algorithms produce a unique timbre as the nuances of the early reflections, echo density, stereo image, tonality and much more all differ

3 Color Modes = Adjust the type of sonic artifacts we wish to apply, mimicking a specific era of reverb technology

1970s = Produces a reduced bandwidth, giving us a downsampled, darker noise modulated sound

1980s = Produces a full bandwidth, brighter sound (still as noisy as the 1970s mode)

Now = Produces a full bandwith, bright and clean sound (colorless)

Presets = Quickly choose a type of reverb and explore and understand the impact of each parameter

// User Presets = You can click “Save as” to save your own presets

Damping

HighFreq = Adjust the frequency cutoff of the high frequency damping filter

// Tip = This can help tame the high end of your reverb so it fights less with the original sound

HighShelf = Adjust the steepness of the high frequency damping filter

// -24db = Maximum damping of high frequencies

// 0db = Bypass damping filter all together

BassMult = Scale the reverb decay time for bass frequencies relative to the decay parameter

// Tip = This can help make the sound feel even further away, emphasizing the low frequencies

BassFreq = Adjust the transition frequency at which BassMult takes effect

Shape

Size = Further adjust the relative room size of the reverb

// Higher Value = Room size is perceived to be larger, reverb sounding far away

// Lower Value = Room size is perceived to be smaller, reverb sound close by
Attack = Adjust the initial attack of the reverb decay (like predelay)

// Higher Value = Sound is perceived to be further away from us within the room/space

// Lower Value = Sound is perceived to be closer to us within the the room/space

Diffusion

Diffusion Controls = Adjust the amount of diffusion taking place in our simulated space, AKA how dense or closely together or far away the echoes are

// Tip = This helps further shape the texture of the room or space we are in and how the reflections will be bouncing off of the surfaces

Early Diffusion = Adjust the initial echo density

// Higher Value = Early Reflections are closer together, creating a more thick chaotic sound

// Lower Value = Early Reflections are noticeably distanced apart, creating a simple cleaner sound

Late Diffusion = Adjust the echo density throughout the later portion of the reverb tail

// Higher Value = Late reflections are closer together

// Lower Value = Late reflections are noticeably distanced apart

Modulation

Modulation Controls = Adjust the reverb modulation further shaping the chosen color mode

// Tip = Further shape the chorusing effect, giving us control over reflection timbre & pitch

Mod Rate = Adjust the rate of modulation within the reverb

Mod Depth = Adjust the intensity of modulation within the reverb

EQ

HighCut = Adjust or trim the high frequencies of the reverberated signal

LowCut = Adjust or trim the low frequencies of the reverberated signal

// Abbey Road Reverb Technique = Used on vocals where you cut the high & low end off of the reverberated signal, making the vocals sound extra rich & juicy around the 600 Hz to 10k range

Video

00:30 = Overview
01:16 = Reverb Essentials
04:49 = Damping
06:41 = Shape
07:49 = Diffusion
09:16 = Modulation
09:56 = EQ
11:08 = Presets

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