Monday, April 5, 2010
The Secret Of The Abbey Road Reverb
Regardless of whether the reverb was from one of Abbey Road's fine chambers or one of their plates, the secret is in the high and low-pass filters placed on the reverb send. These were set to roll-off everything below 600Hz and above 10kHz, since physical reverb tends to have trouble with low and very high end frequencies. A lot of low end on the verb tends to muddy everything up as well, with no audible benefits.
While there might have been a real necessity to use a bandpass filter set to those frequencies back in the day, rolling off everything below 600Hz and above 10kHz still works well today regardless of what kind of verb that you're using, whether it's a piece of hardware or in-the-box. Be sure to put the filter on the send before it hits the reverb though, since it will sound quite a bit different if placed in the return path (not as good, in my opinion.)
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