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Plug-in Tips- Waves TrueVerb

Waves TrueVerb

Written by Cruz, chief engineer of Jungle AE studios.
Waves TrueVerb is by far my most used and favorite reverb plug-in of all time. It is a workhorse. It’s NY Plate setting offers a classic EMT sound while not taking up a lot of processing power. I’ll add this plug-in on background vocal tracks. It’s reverb sound sends the vocals far enough back in space without having that overbearing effect most reverbs have. You may not even notice the reverb on the vocals while the music is playing, but it’s subtle enough to separate it from the main vocals so the main vocals take focus over the background vocals. For Hip Hop, I’ll use the TrueVerb on adlibs of thought-provoking songs. It helps to add the element of that your conscious is speaking to you from within your own head. I’ll adjust the amount of reverb I want to hear by lowering the direct sound fader. The less direct sound, then the more reverb you hear. It’s like a wet/dry but it works in opposite fashion as most reverb plug-ins, with lowering the fader being more wet as opposed to dry. Now this reverb isn’t always the best for singers to record with, that’s why I don’t have it as part of my recording template. It’s not as flexible in terms of type of sounds you get when used on vocals, but it is very helpful on instruments. This is my go to when you just need a slight touch of reverb on any sound source. The cathedral or large concert setting works great on synths and strings. People have often wondered how I’ve gotten synths to sound like real strings, well one of the plug-ins I use is the TrueVerb. The Large Concert setting really helps to create that atmosphere of an orchestral hall. The TrueVerb is a workhorse reverb as the SM57 is a workhorse microphone. I highly suggest this plug-in for reverbs as it’s one of the few reverbs that is subtle enough to not consciously notice but effects enough to create space in your mix.

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Waves TrueVerb @ Sweetwater.com

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Plug-in Tips- Waves Renaissance Reverb

Waves Renaissance Reverb

Written by Cruz, chief engineer of Jungle AE studios.
The Waves Renaissance Reverb is the final plug-in on my vocal aux track in my Pro Tools recording template. I have it set on the preset called Big Warm Plate under the plates category. It offers what it sounds like, a big warm reverb. It reminds me of a more dense version of the big EMT plates I used to use at Webster University’s Studio A. Those EMT plates were giant boxes with giant plate inside of them to create the reverb. I typically have the reverb setting high but the wet/dry at 8%. Depending on the feel of the song, I’ll increase the wetness of the RVerb. Type of rap songs that have increased wetness (%8-20%) would include deep/thought-provoking, dark storytelling, old school boom bap (early 90s), QB Hip Hop (Mobb Deep, Kool G. Rap, Cormega & Nas). For all the other rap songs, I’d leave the wetness at 3%-8%. This is also a good reverb setting for singers to record with. Singers usually like to record with reverb; psychologically it makes them sound more pleasant in their ears, which then brings them more confident. If a singer has more confidence and conviction in their performance, then the recording will be much stronger… which means less auto-tune and less melodyne! Yes I enjoy the natural over the unnatural… unless you’re going for the Chief Keef/Future/T-Pain effect of course. I digress. I rarely go through any of the other presets in the RVerb, the Big Warm Plate is sufficient. If I need a different type of reverb sound, I will resort to the default settings and play with the wetness setting from there. If you need a flexible and easy to use reverb that has a different sound from stock reverbs in most DAWs, this is the perfect one!

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Waves Renaissance Reverb @ Sweetwater.com

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