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PSP PianoVerb – Piano Strings Reverb

PSP PianoVerb is not a general purpose Reverb plugin (which emulates real spaces environment such as hall, room etc.). Actually, I don’t know about any other Reverb plugin that will give you similar sound.
PianoVerb reproduces special kind of reverberation originally provided by piano strings. It’s an original idea – It generates reverberation using twelve string operators with adjustable damping and decay time. Each of them is tuned to a particular note starting from A(55Hz) to a G#(103.8Hz). The PSP PianoVerb string system can be transposed which, if transposed lower, produces a bigger and less resonant sound similar to traditional reverbs, while in turn transposing to higher octaves produces a very bright harp-like effect.

It does sound lovely for piano instruments as well as clav, harpsichord or some keyboard sounds. Maybe even guitars. It’s really unique reverb, developed by one of the most respected companies, definitely worth having in your arsenal.

Download: PSP PianoVerb

LiquidSonics Reverberate LE

LiquidSonics Reverberate LE is a free,convolution reverb unit. While Reverberate LE is a smaller brother of commercial product, it’s still fully usable. My personal feeling is that I like Reverberate LE a lot (actually it’s one of my favourites). Compared to other convolution reverb units it’s pretty low CPU hungry. Default presets (impulse responses in Wav, Aiff, Flac formats are supported) sound good enough to realise how powerful convolution reverb can be if you power it with good impulse responses.

“In audio signal processing, convolution reverb is a process for digitally simulating the reverberation of a physical or virtual space. It is based on the mathematical convolution operation, and uses a pre-recorded audio sample of the impulse response of the space being modelled. To apply the reverberation effect, the impulse-response recording is first stored in a digital signal-processing system. This is then convolved with the incoming audio signal to be processed.”

Well, I guess I made a mistake. It’s not freeware but … charityware. If you like this plugin, feel free to donate to the Cancer Research UK.

The example below presents, first the dry example and then wet with Cathedral preset

Download: LiquidSonics Reverberate LE

MVerb – freeware Reverb plugin

MVerb is a freeware Reverb unit created by Martin Eastwood. It’s a C++ written plugin so the CPU consumption is low. I tested it a little bit and it sounds very nice – produces similar, “warm” sound as Jeroen Breebart’s Omniverb. It’s worth mentioning that source code is available via GPL license so if you know C++, feel free to improve it even further 🙂 MVerb is also available for Mac users.

Short example (probably too much reverb – my studio monitors fried 😉 First dry example then with MVerb )

Download: martineastwood.com

TAL Reverb II – free stereo plate reverb

It took me one year to add another reverb plugin 😉 TAL Reverb II is a free, stereo plate reverb vst effect. What does plate reverb mean ? Well, it’s a … simulation of a simulation 🙂

A plate reverb system uses an electromechanical transducer, similar to the driver in a loudspeaker, to create vibration in a large plate of sheet metal. A pickup captures the vibrations as they bounce across the plate, and the result is output as an audio signal. (wikipedia)

It’s quite similar in principle to shaking a piece of sheet metal to simulate thunder 🙂 Plate reverbs have usually clean, bright, quite metallic sound and are suited (mostly) for vocal parts or percussion sounds.

Update: There is newer version – TAL Reverb III available.

TAL Reverb III in action by bjporter

Download: Togu Audio Line Reverb II / III

Omniverb – free reverb vst plugin

It’s been a long time since I’ve added some free vst effect. It’s time to fill that gap. Omniverb, created by Jeroen Breebaart, is a free reverb plugin with separate control of the reverberation time, echo density, room size, and early reflections. It can also be used as a gated reverb. There are 11 presets avaiable – I like “default hall” and “large hall” the most.

Omniverb was awarded ‘best free vst plugin’ by Computer Music in June 2008 and I’m not surprised. It just sounds very good 🙂 Mp3 preview shows dry part first, then wet.

Download: Jeroenbreebaart.com – Omniverb

Kjaerhus Classic Reverb

Kjaerhus Classic Reverb is a nice and smooth reverb that does a good job on almost any instrument. It can be adjusted to sound like most any acoustic space, ranging from a small shower to a large concert hall. With the “Hi-Damping” control, it is possible to change the sound from bright and sibilant to a more natural / warmer sound.

Download: Kjaerhus Classic Reverb [Link Dead]

DaSample GlaceVerb

DaSample GlaceVerb is another reverb plug-in presented on Vst Cafe. It’s Dasample’s first attempt to implement its works on Residual Vector Modulation (RVM) in a VST plug-in. RVM is a proprietary algorithm developed to calculate the deformations, the vibrations and the acoustic response of surfaces and materials.

Imagine a big orchestra playing in a giant box built with thin metal sheets. As the panels are not very rigid, the box will vibrate according to the energy of music and produce an audible spectral deformation. RVM algorithm is able to simulate such deformations and vibrations and apply them to the original signal.

Features:
* Residual Vector Modulation (RVM) reverberation engine.
* Reverberation time : up to 20s.
* Improved reflections algorithms for more natural sounding.
* Surface parameters (Texture, Absorption, Reflection).
* Density control (from Flat to Extreme reverberation).
* Size, Bass, Dry and Wet quick access controls.
* Very easy to use and ultra functional interface with large LCD screen.
* All functions and controls are fully automatable.

I have to admit, I like GlaceVerb a lot as well as other 130 000 ppl who downloaded it from DaSample website 🙂 I like it’s sweet sound and presets. I don’t need to spend endless hours tweaking my reverb because 64 presets included in GlaceVerb are actually usable 🙂

Here’s the mp3 demo (first is dry sound, then with some reverbs):


Download:
http://www.dasample.com | Mirror

Bootsy epicVerb

epicVerb is a reverb device that aims at both: Tight small rooms and ambiences well suited to modern drum and vocal productions up to large “epic” halls as known from high quality outboard gear. This reverbs sound ranges from rather concrete or even edgy up to smooth, transparent and artifact free reverb tails. It is designed for maximum flexibility and usability and to take place as a true high quality stereo main reverb.

EpicVerb features two different sounding reverberation modes and 6 different stereo early reflection models. There are some standard reverb controls like time, damp, pre-delay as well as reverb tail modulation and detailed control over very first reflections as an option. It offers different reverb time handling for high and low frequencies as well as a musical sounding EQ section containing two “BootEQ” equalizers and additional high- and lowpass filtering.

Plug-in specification
* PC / VST compatible
* SSE and Assembler optimized sound engine
* State-of-the-art digital signal processing
* Smooth reverb tail processing without any ringing or metallic sounding artifacts
* Different reverb and early reflection modes for maximum flexibility

Since epicVerb release, it has quickly became both the best sounding and the most flexible free reverb available (the other one is SIR1 Impulse Response Reverb). If your DAW lacks some good reverb plugin or you just need a change, then you should try epicVerb. It sounds as good as some commercial plugins.

Download: http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/

SIR1 Reverb

SIR1 is a reverb device that works with “impulse-responses”. Impulse-responses are generated by recording short broadband signals and their corresponding room-reflections. What you get contains the information needed to reproduce the same room with other signal.

What’s the idea behind SIR reverb ? You load ‘impulses’ (usually wav recordings) of any reverb, that was captured (real world places or from hardware) and the plugin recreates it for you to use on your own material. So quality generally depends on the original reverb source/recording.

SIR1 reverb is free while it’s bigger brother – SIR2 costs 125 EUR.

Download: http://www.knufinke.de/sir/sir1.html