Introduction to Reverb

In by phoenixgreen

An introduction to Reverb and Room Acoustics


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finition: “Reverberation is the persistence of sound in a particular space after the original sound is removed. …”

Sound engineers have experimented with room ambiance since the beginning of sound recording. There are lots of characteristics that make up the qualities of a room from the shape to what is placed in it from reflective surfaces to obsorbant surfaces.

 

Reverb Q&A:

[wpspoiler name=”What is reverb?” ]

Possible Responses: The ambient qualities of a room, these qualities can be emulated by using various alga rhythms

[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name=”How can the shape of a room or its objects change the sound characteristics?” ]

Possible Responses: A room with hard surfaces doesn’t reduce the high frequencies as much a room with absorbent surfaces this gives the appearance of a room with less ambient noise.

[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name=”Can room ambience be reduced or controlled, if so how?” ]

Possible Responses: Yes. 1) by close micing, 2) adding acoustic treatment

[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name=”What is the difference between reverb and delay?” ]

Possible Responses: The time from the original signal to the time of the repeated signal can be considerably long when using delay

[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name=”What was the approach for the first deliberate way of capturing reverb? ” ]

Possible Responses: The musician would be placed in various room to see which room best suited the performance

[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name=”What are the limitations of this approach?” ]

Possible Responses: Everything had to be done in the same room, no editing, not very flexible, extremely expensive

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The Development of Reverb from the 1900’s

  • Room Ambiants / Reverb
  • Reverb / Echo Chambers
  • Plate Reverb,
  • Spring Reverb,
  • Gated Reverb,
  • Digital Reverb,
  • Convolution Reverb,