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How do you make a gated reverb?

By: Aparna KulkarniUpdated: March 24, 2021


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To create that effect authentically, send the drums to a reverb with a medium room preset selected. Now route the output of that reverb through a stereo noise gate (or patch a stereo noise gate into the reverb's return channels) and set an instant attack and pretty much instant release.

Just so, what is non linear reverb?

Linear Reverb. A perfect example of non-linear verb is a gated verb. The tail abruptly stops after a certain amount of time(or decay). A linear verb will have a tail that decays smoothly until it is gone. Non-linear is more of an effect verb, while linear is more natural sounding(unless its overdone).

Additionally, how does gated reverb work?

Gated reverb or gated ambience is an audio processing technique that combines strong reverb and a noise gate. The effect is often associated with the sound of 1980s popular music. Unlike many reverberation or delay effects, the gated reverb effect does not try to emulate any kind of reverb that occurs in nature.

What is an audio gate?

A noise gate or gate is an electronic device or software that is used to control the volume of an audio signal. Comparable to a compressor, which attenuates signals above a threshold, such as loud attacks from the start of musical notes, noise gates attenuate signals that register below the threshold.

How do you make a 80s snare sound?

10 tips to create the perfect 80s snares
  1. Start with some typical samples.
  2. Capture fatter snare drums for a typical 80s vibe.
  3. Use gated digital reverb.
  4. Process the sound heavily before it is sent to the reverb.
  5. Use parallel compression.
  6. Add a gated white noise on top of the snare sound.
  7. More claps.
  8. Layer various reverbs together.


Why does 80s music sound so good?

At the start of the 1980s a lot of pop and rock bands were able to take advantage of cheaper, more reliable and more portable synthesizers than had previously been available, which meant that particular sound was able to gain a stronger foothold.

Who invented gated reverb?

The effect is often associated with the sound of 1980s popular music. It was developed in 1979 by engineer Hugh Padgham and producer Steve Lillywhite while working with the artists XTC, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins at Townhouse Studios, and is most famously demonstrated in Collins' 1981 single "In the Air Tonight".

Why do 80s songs sound echoey?

Largely it's the production techniques. In the 80s reverb was king. Heavily reverbed snare drums were very common. Talking of drums the drum machines used at the time were often analogue, especially in the early part of the decades, which gives 80s electronic drum sounds a very distinctive sound.

How was gated reverb discovered?

Phil Collins used gated reverb extensively, both in his solo work as well as working with other artists. Padgham discovered the sound accidentally when he opened an overhead mic, intended to be used as a talkback channel, above Collins's drum set when the pair were working on the track.

Why does all 80s music sound the same?

Recorded music from the same era tends to sound alike for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the desire of performers and record labels (not to mention movie directors) to piggyback on the sound of recent commercially successful songs. The phenomenon is certainly not limited to the 1980s.

How was Reverb first produced?

The earliest artificial reverb effects were created by simply outputting recordings - made in acoustically deadened rooms - through a loudspeaker placed within a reverberant space, and capturing the resulting sound.