Using Reverb to Put an Instrument in its Own Space

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There are so many ways you can use reverb in electronic dance music.  Most people people think of reverb as an “effect” but it’s really much more than that.  It can literally mean the difference between a flat, lifeless mix and a full, rich, professional sounding one if you use it right.  

In this video you’ll learn how to use reverb to put an instrument in its own space and make it sound as if it was coming from somewhere else.  Not only will this technique make instruments sit better in a busy mix, it will also add a touch of interest and tickle your senses. 

The nice thing about this technique is that you can get really creative with it.  Try using the reverb as the first plugin in the effects chain and then follow up with other effects like filters, phasers, or flangers.  Go crazy with it and see what you come up with.

For example, you can tweak your reverb settings to send an instrument way back in the mix.  Or you can make something sound like it was coming from the room next door.  There are so many things you can do with it.

But that’s just the thing.  How do you use reverb right in electronic music?  Sometimes things aren’t meant to sound natural.  But that’s a good thing.  Because it means you have no rules to follow.  You can use it to glue your entire track together, make things sound larger than life, add width; you can even use it like an interesting delay if you add enough pre-delay.  It’s amazing how much power one reverb plugin can have and how much of a difference it can make to the quality of your mixes. 

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