Several ways to creatively use Reverb. Perfect for Trance-like riffs
Long Filtered Reverb
This one is great for vocal riffs or trance lead riffs. Works well on melodies.
- Put a very long reverb on the sound in the track. Make it longer than you usually would use.
- Send the output of the track to a Return Track.
- Put on the Return Track an AutoFilter (Resonant Filter)
- Program the AutoFilter to move slightly automatically
Layering Multiple Effects with Reverb
This one can be used to add some alternative background sound to beats or other instruments.
- Put a reverb on a Return Track to which you will send your sound
- Put a delay on which an LFO slightly moves the filter of the delay.
- In Ableton Live use a Simple Delay and put in front the Max for Live Audio Effect LFO.amxd. Map the Frequency to the LFO
- Put a phaser or flanger after the delay
- Put an AutoFilter to filter out the bassy notes by using a low-pass filter
Alternatively render the Return Track to audio and put it as audio track next to your original sound and mix it in. Apply some gentle compression to make the dynamics of that reverbed sound louder.
Something that can be used as ambient sound is to put the size, decay of the reverb to its full maximum, like if the reverb is kept frozen.
Then send some of your track’s sound to the Frozen Reverb Return Track to create some atmosphere.
Put some additional effects after the frozen reverb for some extra creativity.
If you bounce the frozen reverb you can create a new Synth Pad sound from it. Put some effects on it like phaser or tremolo to make it a new sound.
Create a Rhythmix Gated Reverb
For some groovy reverb in a track to add a bit of “schwungg”.
- Put a Compressor after the Reverb
- Sidechain it with input a basic Kickdrum for example (4 x 4 kickdrum)
- This will duck the reverb on every beat and create a rhytmic reverb
Dynamic Reverb Return
Heavy reverbs with long decay time and size can sound amazing but difficult in a mix.
- Process a vocal with heavy reverb
- Insert a sidechain compressor after the reverb and feed its input with the vocal.
- The reverb will now duck when the vocal is playing and come back when there is space.