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Automating Reverb Sends to Create Ambience Swells on Electric Guitar



Hey, what’s up, guys? David Glenn back for, and

Now, I’m kinda continuing on our celebration, so to speak, of releasing I’m going to bring a slew of free tutorials to you here on The Pro Audio Files YouTube channel.

This one isn’t going to be talking about drums, per se, but we’re going to take a look and continue on with effects sends. I was listening back to a previous tutorial that I recorded, and I was kind of annoyed with the volume of the effect, and I was just kind of showing and teaching it, but I want to kind of take a look at how I might actually mix with the effect that I use, the Gino-Hall, and these clean guitar sounds, so.

I’ve added a little bit of compression with VMR, you can see that here. We’ll take a listen to what we’re working with, and then I’ll show you what we might do in the mix.


Okay. So just some clean guitars, and then in the previous video, I had this unmuted and was demonstrating the Gino-Hall, which is the modulating reverb. Here’s what it sounds like with the Gino-Hall in to kind of get just a stale setting.

[guitars play]

Okay. It sounds okay. I really like the verb, but I think we could do better, so what I’m going to do is drop that down…

[electric guitars]

Okay. Then I’m going to go into automation mode, “Touch,” and we’re going to kind of ride that up. Now, when I’m doing the tutorial, the video is recording on my drive, as well as Pro Tools rocking a full mix session here, so it gets a little bit jumpy on me, but you’ll get the idea.

So here’s me attempting to ride this send.

[electric guitars play]

Okay, so you kind of get the point. It’s super jumpy, it’s not smooth at all, but if you experience CPU issues, you could always come in here and draw in some volume swells, like that, and do a couple of these real quick, and let’s take a listen to what that does to the track.

[electric guitars]

Pretty neat, right? So, another way to look at using your effects sends, get in and automate, ride some of that sound up to create some sustain and ambience in some guitars or a vocal. All kinds of things you can do with this. I hope you enjoyed this. Don’t forget to check out, and, all of the stuff over at

I say that a lot, but whenever I’m struggling or I’m trying to figure out how to do something, all of the time, I’m going to The Pro Audio Files. Just hit a quick search, more often than not, you’re going to find exactly what you need, and tons more to come. Thanks again. David of


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David Glenn is a producer/engineer/musician based out of Orlando, FL. Credits include: Pablo Villatoro, Blanca Callahan (Group 1 Crew), Aimee Allen, and more. Learn more and get in touch at
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