LX480 Elements Room
Room reverbs are closely related to both ambience and hall reverbs. All are designed to simulate the natural sound of acoustic spaces with the main difference between them is that rooms are smaller than halls, but a little longer and more “coloured” sounding than ambience.
Room reverbs tend to sound most like the normal ambiences we’re used to hearing in the real world on a day to day basis.
The purpose of a room reverb is to give a sense of ambience of a space in which the instrument or voice was recorded and can give tracks a natural color and liveliness.
They’re also one of the easiest reverbs to fit inconspicuously into a mix.
Room reverbs are great for vocals, guitars, pianos, drums — just about everything.
When used in moderation, these reverbs can add a sense of space to a track while keeping an intimate, in-person character.
The Room algorithm from Relab’s LX480 Essentials is a short room reverb designed to help place an instrument in its own space.
It is a full stereo room reverb algorithm that realistically mimics small acoustic spaces with a relatively short decay
Let’s hear an example of a room reverb where we try to create the feeling of being in the same room.
Here we have an acoustic guitar track, recorded fairly dry with only a little natural ambience from the room…
DRY ACOUSTIC EXAMPLE HERE: https://soundcloud.com/relabdevelopment/acoustic-guitar-dry
The reverb sound chosen for this tutorial is the “Large Wood Room” preset from the LX480 Essentials by Relab.
The LX480 Essentials room algorithm was designed to emulate coloured sounding spaces, in this case the sound of “wood” on the walls. The room algorithm is typically less noticeable than a Hall.
Let’s hear how it is used to effectively create a sense of space, without being overtly distinguishable.
Here is the guitar with the reverb preset applied.
WET ACOUSTIC EXAMPLE HERE: https://soundcloud.com/relabdevelopment/acoustic-guitar-small-ambience
A 70:30 mix of the reverb is chosen so that the room reverb is audible, while not being so high that it couldn’t realistically be used in a real-life mix.
In your own mixes, try “Large Wood Room” as a starting point for your guitars, drums, synths, loops – or anything sound that could benefit from the initmate sense of space created by a room.
As always, you can adjust the reverb time (RTM) to better suit the tempo or feel of your song or sound as you blend in the room reverb with the original signal.
You can also use the low frequency and high frequency cutoffs (LOF and HIF) to remove unwanted low end or high end from the reverb.
Getting a great room sound can be as simple as that.
With the LX480 Essentials, you can spend less time searching for sound and more time creating them.
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If you’re the type of engineer or producer that likes to dig a little deeper and wants to have a bit more control of your reverb, check out the LX480 Complete from Relab.
LX480 Complete is a fully-featured reverb plug-in and considered to be the most accurate recreations of the original 480L, including additional features and enhancements that meet the demands of the modern production workflow.
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