Loop+ came across this article on Reverb by Kermit V. Gray at KVG Laboratories. The post lists some useful reverb settings you can use as starting points to dial in the perfect reverb in your own tracks.


• makes the instruments sound like the are actually in a room.
• makes the recording sound like a group of instruments performing together.
• adds a sense of space or ambiance to a recording.
• subtly sets a mood or creates a feeling that the recording wouldn’t have otherwise.
• recreates the natural acoustic sounds that the brain uses to work out what environment it is in.

Reverb affects the perception of distance. Think of your instruments as they would be placed in a real room. Adding more reverb makes the instrument sound further away. Using less reverb makes the instrument sound closer. Long, deep reverbs make sounds appear further away than small, light reverbs. Put less reverb on instruments you want close up and more on further away items. To emphasise a sound, turn its reverb down to bring it forward. In the initial setting of the reverb, establish the distance perspective of all instruments in the mix. This can help you place instruments in layers within the mix.


• DRUMS: Plate / Rev Time 1-2.5 sec / Predelay 20-25 ms

• GUITAR: Small Room or Plate / Rev Time 1-4 sec / Predelay 15-50 ms

• VOCALS: Small Hall or Plate / Rev Time 1.5-4 sec / Predelay 20-70 ms

•VIOLIN: Small Hall or Plate / Rev Time 1-2.5 sec / Predelay 20-80 ms• PIANO: Large Hall / Rev Time 2-4 sec / Predelay 20-50 ms

I have only included a small proportion of the article but to view the whole pdf follow this link