[Can skip this post and go to the one below for what I think the bottom line is … ]
Hello - I am not understanding what/why I’m hearing with REVerence, but I’m pretty sure about what I’m hearing after scores of A/B tests - it seems to be making a vocal track softer. To be honest, I can’t quite tell if softer is the right word … maybe something like “more muffled”, or “not as bright” is more accurate, but it definitely is doing something to the track to make it sound “less” in some manner.
REVerence: As a send effect from a vocal track (100% wet) - LA Studio, predelay 100 msec, Autogain, all others are the default setting.
A/B Test Type #1 - REVerence bypass toggle on/off
- As expected, If I put the send at negative infinity, there is no difference in the sound when bypass is toggled.
- BUT, if I put the send even at a small amount, -20 for example, REVerence seems to lower the volume of the track (or, as above, something that I’m perceiving similar to that) compared to when it is bypassed.
A/B Test Type #2 - REVerence toggled with Reverb A
I thought maybe what I was hearing was normal reverb behavior (I’m a newb in many ways, this is one of my first “detailed critical listening” activities). So I brought up Reverb A, and found that at subjectively similar reverb levels, there was NO decrease in volume (or whatever it exactly was I was hearing). Here are the Reverb A settings (as an insert): Wet/Dry = 20/100, same 100 msec pre-delay, Hi Cut filter was -3dB, the Low Cut filter was -2dB. the room size was 76, and reverb time was 0.75 sec.
Finally, the vocal track itself is a combination of a dry track with it’s parallel compressed track. After the Reverb it is going to low levels of “Da Tube”, and then Cubase “Maximizer”. Oh, and there’s just a bit of Cubase de-esser on the return from the parallel compression, and on the dry track itself before it sends to the parallel compression.
Can anyone help me understand why REVerence seems to have that “less” or “lower volume” or “more muffled/not as bright” effect, where Reverb A doesn’t?
Thanks for any help!