How to Use Reverbs Part 2 of 3: Halls

Hey guys, welcome back to another video here at MixNotes.

In this one, we’re going to continue with our video series on reverbs. We’re going to get into halls today on this one.

I’ve got a piano track here I played and it sounds a little something like this.

[piano]

Right. It’s got a little bit of plate-y stuff caked in it, but I’ll still be able to illustrate my point here.

I’ve got our three same reverbs. I’ve got a D-verb, I’ve got an R-Verb, and I’ve got a Lexicon PCM. That’s just to give you guys some perspective with these plug-ins and what you can really do with D-verb and R-Verb and Lexicon. A boutique kind of reverb plug-in versus a stock reverb plug-in and something a little in between.

So anyways. Let’s get into this.

What is a hall? What does it do? What does it sound like? If you’ve ever been in a recital hall, if you’ve ever been in an auditorium, if you’ve ever been in a big church, or even a small church, you probably know that the rooms are very tall, and that’s what these things do. They add height to your mix. They add height to your source sonically. That’s how I think of it.

If I want anything to be a little taller in the mix, like, pianos, I like to use this stuff on, or string sections, anything like that, you can use it in combination with other things to sort of mold that space.

But anyways. Let’s get into this thing. I’ve got a send here, pull up D-verb, and I’ve got it on this hall medium setting. A little bit of pre-delay, decay is about — we’ll stick it at 3 even, because we can, and let’s listen to it. Bypass it. I’ll start out with it off, and then we’ll kick it on.

I’m going to go to the bridge here, where the part gets a little more sparse. It may be easier for you to hear these things. Here we go.

[piano with D-verb]

So as you can see, we’re doing a little bit of filtering with some — you know, we’ve got the high filter cut at about 12kHz-ish. Then we’ve got a low pass filter on around 10, so knocking off some of that really airy top end-y stuff.

With halls, you want to kind of hear the top end a little bit. Then as always, you can — we’ll do this. Here’s what it sounds like — this is just the reverb track.

[reverb]

So there’s a little bit of low information that gets built up, but you can drop an EQ on it, and this is just a Digi seven-band EQ, the stock thing, high passing to about 200Hz or so.

[reverb with high pass]

So that really cleans a lot out and will kind of keep things from building up and getting muddy.

That’s D-verb. Let’s get into the R-Verb setting I’ve got here.

Again, medium hall type sound, and let’s just check it out. Take this EQ off.

[piano with R-Verb]

Not quite as subtle. Again, if we were just to solo the effect…

[reverb]

Then if we were to put the EQ in on it…

[reverb with high pass]

It’s a really nice one. I started out with the R-Verb. One of the first reverbs I ever bought. I don’t use it a ton any more, but it’s good to come back and listen to these things.

Then we’ve got our Lexicon. This one is — I’ve got it kind of set on a little more of a ridiculous side. It’s a cathedral. Then we’ll switch over to a smaller setting too, but here we go, here’s a Lexicon.

[piano with Lexicon]

Okay. Yeah, so that thing will ring forever.

Let’s check out a medium hall. Let’s put it on the standard medium hall setting.

Here we go. Start out with it turned off, and then we’ll bring it on and bypass it a bunch.

[piano, with and without Lexicon]

You get a lot more width out of these plug-ins. The Lexicon stuff I mean.

Let’s check out…

[reverb with and without EQ]

So you can hear how that low end kind of builds up.

And if we engage our EQ…

[reverb with EQ]

Tames that a little bit.

[piano with Lexicon]

Go to a different part of the song. Just do a lot of listening with this stuff.

So yeah, that’s it. That’s halls. They’re great if you want big, tall, open spaces, I think they’re awesome. I like to use them on strings, pianos, as well as other things as well.

I hope these videos are giving you a good sort of fundamental understanding of what reverbs are used for and how a lot of times, it’s sort of in the combination of these different sounds that you really sort of create spaces, you know. Using the rooms as we’ve talked about to sort of set things back from your face and using the halls to sort of create height.

Then as we talk about plates and chambers, you’ll hear the front to back relationship off the back wall.

So anyways, that’s my shpiel on halls, and we’ll see you in the third video, which we’ll put out probably early next week, and subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already, like the videos, share them with your friends, and we’ll see you next time.

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