Native Instruments RC-48 Reverb Classics! First Impressions

Hey, what’s up guys? I’ve got a plug-in review.

Native Instruments released a couple of new reverbs. I’m demoing them out. I thought I’d do a video and we’ll listen to them and decide if we like them or not.

This is just kind of a first impressions — there’s not really a full review. I’m not going to go into like — it’s not a lesson on reverbs or anything, we’re just going to take a listen to them and see what they sound like.

I’ve got it on an aux down here and we’re going to send some stuff to it. This is what my track sounds like.

[mix]

It’s really acoustic, really stripped down.

So let’s throw it on this acoustic guitar. This, I haven’t done anything to it. It’s on a small hall setting, and I’m using it as a send, and let’s check it out.

[mix]

Turn it up.

[mix]

Mute our vocals.

[acoustic guitar]

Alright, let’s just find some presets here. Small… Guitar Room. See what that sounds like.

[acoustic guitar]

Sounds really nice.

[acoustic guitar]

And the plug-in — it’s broken down pretty easy, which I love. Of course you have your spectrum. It’s broken down pretty easy, which I like. You have two algorithms, you’ve got hall, you’ve got random hall, we’re on presets right now, so some things are greyed out, but you have a wet and mix. If you want to use the mix side, you can use it as an insert and you can use the dry/wet control to sort of feather it in.

If you want to use it as a send like you’re doing, dump it on an aux, leave it on wet, use your send to dump more into it.

Below, your sort of spectrum metering here, you’ve got it split in half. You’ve got pre-delay, shape, and size, and as you mouse over these things, it’ll show you like, 18 milliseconds, zero, and shape.

As you move the shape lever up, it starts to get a little crazier. Let’s check that out.

[acoustic guitar]

So you can do a lot of stuff with sound design with these. Let’s check out spread.

[acoustic guitar]

It definitely gets wider, it definitely spreads.

Then of course you have bass and mid, and this isn’t really EQ things, it’s more of like reverb time on specific bands, and you have this crossover where you can really dial in sort of like where the bass and mid intersect I guess. As you bring these down, you get shorter delay times.

[acoustic guitar]

So you can get it really tighter sounding like that.

[acoustic guitar]

Things will just go on forever.

[acoustic guitar]

Bring these back down.

[acoustic guitar]

And then of course your high cut.

[acoustic guitar]

Bring this back up. You can select where you want a high pass at.

[acoustic guitar]

Let’s check out some other presets.

What do we have… So let’s do this. Medium, I’m going to put this on Pop Vocal and I’m going to come up here and take it off of my acoustic track, set it back to where it was, and let’s send some vocals over to it.

I’ve got this plug-in going and we’ll ditch the reverb there. And where are we at… RC-48. Bring this up. Let’s see what this sounds like with the vocal in.

[mix]

Alright, so bring the delay back out.

[mix]

And okay, so that’s pop vocal. You’ve got a — check out some other — large, string ensembles, we can just try a bright plate.

[mix]

I mean, the guys at SofTube did a great job with this. It sounds awesome.

What else do we have here… Small, we’ve got some Studio Ambience, so if you wanted to keep it — here’s Tight Vocals, let’s check that out.

[mix]

I really dig this reverb.

[mix]

Great presets already installed.

We could go through a couple more. And you guys can demo this as well off Native Instruments website. They’ve been making some great stuff lately. Again, they teamed up with SofTube, who makes — they make a ton of really awesome plug-ins themselves. Definitely check them out. They’re rockstar scientists over there.

Let’s check out Studio Aura.

[mix]

Great for really tight, intimate sounds, and then of course, we can do just some crazy sound effects here. Let’s check out what does a Spooky Plate sound like?

[mix]

Cake that in.

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Check out the pre-chorus.

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So anyways, I won’t take up a ton of your time. Really cool sounding reverbs. I’m pretty impressed. This stuff sounds awesome.

Demo them for yourself, check them out, let me know what you think. Let me know what reverbs your using. Are you using stock stuff, are you using Lexicon stuff, or are you using Bricaste hardware units if you’re baller enough to get your hands on those. Let me know.

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