Creating Space With Reverb and Delay. Soundtoys Echoboy, Oxford Reverb, Waves CLA76
Today I wanted to look at some effects stuff. I don’t really have a specific topic, but more or less I wanted to look at delays and reverbs and combining them and creating some cool sound design-y sound-scapey type stuff with some guitar tracks.
So let’s zoom in here and I have this guitar swell. It sounds like this.
And you get that really cool delayed hall reverb kind of sound. I’m going to show you how to build that.
But this is what it sounds like in the track.
Pretty cool, really aggressive industrial kind of sounding track. A lot of programmed drums and big guitars and whatnot.
So I was working on this and I thought I’d show you how to piece this effect.
So here is where we started. This is just the dry electric guitar sound.
Then soloed would probably help.
Right. Totally dry. I sent it to a hall, so it sounds like this now.
[guitar with hall reverb]
So you get some reverb tail on it. It gives it some space.
Then I send it to a quarter note delay via EchoBoy.
[guitar with quarter delay]
Right. And then we take the delay and we send that to the hall as well. So now, it sounds like this.
[guitar with hall reverb on delay]
So you get a lot more width, the tail gets a little more saturated. Just sounds a little more expansive maybe?
Okay. So as far as the delay plug-in goes, settings, this is EchoBoy. Made by a company called SoundToys. Make a lot of really cool stuff.
This is a — we’re in rhythm echo mode. I tap the tempo in here. It’s about 134ish. It’s not exact. It’s a quarter note delay, mix is fully wet. Feedback — a decent amount of feedback, so feedback is going to be the number of repeats you’re going to hear, and then we’ve got some low cuts, some hi-cuts, some filtering going on.
Then this is really cool because you can really adjust the shape of the repeats, which is nice. Number of beats, etcetera. Really cool plug-in. I like this a lot. That’s what EchoBoy is doing.
As far as the hall reverb goes, I’m using this Oxford Sonnox plug-in. This is an Equalizer section, so there is some filtering going on, some mids, and cutting out some lows. This is with the early reflections you’re doing. If you’re curious about the settings and want to grab a screenshot, you can do that. I’m not going to go through everything specifically though.
It’s a cool reverb. I’m into it so far. It’s treated me well so far. So basically we use the effect here.
Right. It kind of helps that section die out and connect it to this — I guess this would be like the bridge or the B section, but then it comes back, you get the same swell. I’ve got some volume automation on it though coming back into this sort of big out.
Right. But then I have this lead guitar part.
I threw it just on the tail end of that, so just this last lick.
[lead guitar with delay and reverb]
And the key to doing that is just coming in here to your automation. You know, the mute automation here on this send. Then — I usually start out with the send itself muted. So just mute it, leave it on, and then you can just take your highlight tool here, grab the section you want, and you’ve got a throw just on that one specific section, so all in all, it sounds like this.
Pretty cool stuff. You can apply this to vocals, like vocal throws, synths, all kinds of things. You can get really creative with effects routing. Like, you could put a phaser before the EchoBoy plug-in, or you could send this to a phaser if you really wanted to tweak it. Just to put more movement in there on the repeats. You could run distortion into it too, which I might do, I’m still working on this mix, so it’s not done yet.
But anyways, you can get really, really, really creative with effects, and I think you hear a lot of that on the radio too. You hear phasers and reverbs, and you hear distortion plug-ins and stuff on different sort of effects.
So get really creative, try some stuff, let me know what works for you, what doesn’t work for you. Like us on Facebook, like the video, subscribe to the channel if you haven’t subscribed already, we appreciate it. We appreciate all of the new subscribers. We’ve been doing pretty good lately. So tell your friends, do whatever you’re doing, because it’s working.
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