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Introducing: Understanding Algorithmic Reverb

Hi everyone! This is Eric Tarr.

I’ve put together this video for you all about algorithmic reverb. Have you ever wondered how artificial reverberation is created?

As part of this video, I’m going to take you back to the history of reverb, and look at different designs, including the echo chamber, mechanical reverb — like springs and plates — which will lead us to different types of digital reverberation, including hardware and software forms.

There are really two categories of digital reverb to know about. One is convolution reverb, and the other one is called algorithmic reverb, which is the main focus of this video.

I’m going to show you some famous and popular examples of the algorithms that can be used to create digital reverb. We’ll look at one in particular called the Schroeder reverb.


Then what we’ll do is open up a Digital Audio Workstation and create a session where we design our own customized algorithm for creating digital reverb, using nothing more than the regular tools that are at our disposal as audio engineers.

For me, there are really two purposes to this video. The first purpose is to give you all an idea about the concept of what algorithmic reverb is all about.

The second purpose is to give you a better understanding of how to use the tools. How to use the plug-ins that are based on algorithmic reverb.

To give you a better idea, if you’re changing the reverb time, what is that actually affecting in the algorithm? Or if you change the diffusion knob on a reverb, what is that actually doing to the underlying algorithm that’s simulating reverberation?

So please check it out. I really think there’s something in here for everyone.


Eric Tarr

Eric Tarr

Eric Tarr is a musician, audio engineer, and producer based in Nashville, TN. Currently, he is a Professor of Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University.

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