You know the sound you’re looking for. You want the wailing of your guitar to sound like it’s coming from deep within a cave. Or perhaps you want it to sound like it’s descending from the craggy peaks of a distant mountain. Maybe your synth sounds great, has a nice, crispy tone, but it just needs a bit more space to it…a more ambient touch. And those drums, they’re sound beefy and powerful, but your snare is lacking that roominess of an 80’s Phil Collins snare smash – it just doesn’t have enough of a voice to it beyond a crisp hit. So what are you to do? You can start by investing in a reverb VST, or conducting some research to figure out what the best reverb VST option is without having to pay a single dime. The purpose of a reverb VST is to place an instrument (or voice) into an imaginary space or environment. Remember how I mentioned wailing guitar solos raining down from on high off the tops of a craggy mountain peak? That’s precisely what reverbs are doing – taking the recorded audio and applying a certain number of effects to redistribute the audio in a sonic fashion similar to having been performed in a particular environment or setting.
Read on for a few of the best reverb VST’s available today! Some are freeware while others will run you approximately $50 or hundred dollars. At the very end of the article I will talk about the more expensive options( but amazing plug-ins) such as Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plugin Bundle and Reverb classics that is part of the komplete bundle.
The Best Reverb VST
As I tend to mention in every “Best” article here at Psyrox.net, there is no BEST of anything. But I am of the belief that personal bests can be found – as in, this is the best reverb VST for me! So bear in mind, these recommendations are no better or worse than any of the reverb virtual instruments I am not including within the article – these are just a handful of reverb virtual instruments that are quality and worthy of time and / or monetary investment.
The Tal Reverb II is a freeware reverb plugin available for both the PC and Mac operating systems. Many even claim it is the best free reverb plugin available, hands down! But again – this is all up to personal choice. Definitely give it a shot, for as I commonly say, for the price of free it’s definitely worth it. Tal Reverb II has the benefit of being easy to pick up, with clearly labeled knobs for customization and a list of great presets to get you started.
The 2CAudio Breeze is another option on the other side of the spectrum. This one will run you $150, and is available on both the PC and Mac operating systems. The layout is a beauty to behold, modern and easy to read, good for both newbies and advanced music engineers with years of experience. This algorithmic reverb plugin is great for high quality reverb, given it is within your budget.
Having said all that about the 2CAudio Breeze, their third reverb plugin is even better! The 2cAudio B2 is a bit more of an investment, running a cool $250, but the twin reverb engine utilized just offers more versatility. Get all you need out of it from subtle ambience to psychotic, thickly distorted spaciness. The sky is truly the limit with the 2CAudio plugin B2 – if you’re willing to invest in the software.
Another good choice to run with as far as reverb plugins, EAReverb (available for both Mac and PC operating systems) will give you the means to create an organic, lush reverb – all to your own specifications. Tweak the parameters and essentially build a room or space of your own from scratch. Mimic the large depths of a cavern, or mimic the tinny reverb of a small rehearsal space. If this is the sort of plugin you’re looking for, be ready to drop around $165 for this excellent plugin.
Redline Reverb is yet another algorithmic stereo reverb plugin, and is available for both the Windows and Mac operating systems. The product comes stock with 112 factory presets, so if you’re looking to apply some reverb fast instead of doing hours of sound design and tweaking…because face it, some of us got ALBUMS to drop….this might be the perfect plugin for you – if you can move past the $149 price tag. This plugin’s purpose isn’t to recreate realistic sounding rooms. Rather, it is designed so you can build your own reverb from scratch, which can prove very otherworldly and lush when applied in just the right fashion.
Looking to spend a bit less than $150 – $250, but still hesitant to rely on just freeware for your plugins cache? Perhaps Valhalla Room is what you’re looking for! Valhalla Room is a common favorite due to it’s affordability – at just $50 it’s far less than a lot of competing companies reverb plugins. From small rooms to large cathedrals and recording chambers, Valhalla Room has a diverse sound palette for you to experiment with. The true stero aspect of this plugin affords an aura of realism to the affair, making the reverb sound lush and organic.
But let’s move past these expensive plugins and mention a few more freeware plugins for good measure. Another great freeware virtual instrument you should consider looking into for reverb purposes is Ambience. Many argue Ambience easily stands up to the commercially released plugins with steep price tags. For a free plugin, truly Ambience offers it’s users a deep editing capabilities. You’ll get lost tweaking sounds for hours if you’re not careful.
To wrap things up, I’m going to touch upon yet another freeware VST, the epicVerb. Don’t underestimate epicVerb due to it’s price tag of free, it is quite a competent reverb plugin! Many producers use this as their go-to reverb effect for vocals, and others for their drums. This plugin offers 6 separate stereo models, giving it a sonic diversity that can be used in a variety of different music applications. Don’t count out epicVerb, it’s certainly worth trying for free!
If you really want to spend big bucks for some of the top Reverb Plugins on the market there are two options for you. The first option is to Purchase Native instruments reverb classics. This reverb plug-in is known for its very popular hall reverbs the RC 24 and RC 48. In my opinion it is one of the most intuitive interfaces that I have come across.
- Native instruments reverb classics can be found in the Komplete ultimate bundle which is most likely the most complete VST set that is currently on the market. You are looking for other things besides reverb VTS’s this might be the best option for you in terms of quantity of a wide variety of sounds. Check out the fantastic reviews they get from current users at Amazon!
The other option is to go for the largest reverb VST plugin that is on the market currently. The plug-in that I am talking about is called the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plugin Bundle. This bundle comes with seven fantastic reverbs including; chamber, concert hall, room, random hall, hall, plate and a vintage plate. If you have the money to spend I highly suggest that you check this out!
- Although it is very expensive it gets fantastic reviews but everyone who is use it. Check out the current pricing right now.
These are but 10 reverb VST’s to choose from. I’ve spoke of 3 freeware plugins and 7 you’ll need a budget of around $50 – $1000, depending on which you choose. But don’t let your research end here, to check out some of the audio samples of these fine virtual instruments and grab the demos yourself! Or skip the demos and go straight for the freeware. In any case, happy producing!