How to Create a Reverse Reverb on Vocals

Hey, what’s up guys? In this video, I’m going to show you how to do reverse reverb on a vocal.
You can apply this technique to drums or guitars or anything really, but you know, commonly you may hear it on a vocal with that swell. I’m going to show you how to get it. We’re going to use a plate reverb, I’m going to show you some different options. So let’s get into it.

First off, here’s my vocal track, it sounds like this.

[vocals]

So completely dry.

First thing you want to do is duplicate that. Hit okay. Now we’ve got two of them, so mute the main one.

Sort of the pro way to do it is be selective about what you want to apply the effect to. So then you go to Slip mode, and highlight tool, then let’s dissect this thing a little bit.

[vocals]

So I’m going to take “Say goodbye.”

[vocals]

Here we go. Grab that.

[vocals]

Here we go.

[vocals]

We’ll take “Say hello,” and then “Doors.”

[vocals]

Alright. Trim up the front of this a bit.

[vocals]

Alright, cool. So we’ve got our selection made. Once you have that, then we’re going to take, as an insert, we’re not going to use the reverb as a send, we’re going to use it as an insert on the channel. I’m going to use a Lexicon, I’m going to use this Vintage Plate.

I like plates because they’re thick and there’s a lot of body to them. If you want a lighter sounding reverb, use a hall. You can also try chambers or anything with a lot of length on it.

So let’s get this going. I’m going to use a live — I’m going to use a bright plate.

Import my settings, pre-delay at zero, mix at 100%. Reverb time… I’m going to start around 1.6. Let’s see what that sounds like.

[vocal reverb]

Maybe lower it to about 1.5.

[vocal reverb]

At this point, we’re going to take that. I’m going to consolidate this. We’re going to Audio Suite, AVID, Reverse. Hit Render. It’s going to sound crazy.

[vocal reverb, reverse]

Pretty crazy.

Alright, so that’s that. Now I’m going to print this track. I’m going to do stereo, Audio track. I’m going to label it “reverse reverb.” Just to keep things organized. Inputs, 45-46, output, 45-46.

I’m going to print it and I’m going to let it go for awhile afterwards so we catch the tail end of that reverb.

[vocal reverb, reverse]

There you go. Now you can make this track right here, hide and make that one inactive, you don’t need it anymore. Take that out of record enable.

Then we’re going to reverse this again. So we’re going to flip it back. Reverse. Render.

Alright. So now I’ve got my hand tool, I’m going to zoom in here, and let’s line this thing up a little bit. So you’ve got to position it — and this is where you can kind of play with it to figure out what’s going to work best.

Going to make the waveform bigger so I can kind of see what’s going on. Alright, that looks good. Zoom out. Let’s hear what that sounds like. Unmute our main track, pull this down a little bit.

[vocals with reverse reverb]

There you go. You can clean it up a little bit with an EQ. I’m just going to use an H-EQ. So we’ll do some high passing, we’ll get some stuff out of the way. Duck a little around 500.

[vocals with reverse reverb, EQ’d]

Here’s with the EQ bypassed.

[vocals with reverse reverb]

It gets a little brighter if you get some of that junk out.

[vocals with reverse reverb, EQ’d]

There you go guys. That’s a reverse reverb. You can use this on all kinds of stuff. It doesn’t have to be vocals. That’s just sort of most commonly what you’ll hear it on kind of.

At this point, you can use a stereo imager, you can EQ this thing, you can put distortion on it, you can put a flanger on it, you could do anything you want. Be creative with it. See what works. Depending on your track, you can use this in rock, you can use it in pop, whatever. You know.

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