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If you have a convolution reverb you must read on.
Space designer in Logic Pro and Revenance in Cubase are both convolution reverbs. This means that they can load an impulse response (IR) and build the reverb properties upon that. Once you have done that you can treat the audio with that impulse response.
This means anywhere we can record a hand clap or a click from a clicker (see below) we are able to convert the IR from that recording to emulate the venue reverb properties.
Once the IR has been loaded you can still tweak a number of settings, these can include a delay or a starting point at which point you want the reverb to begin operating after the audio is played.
When recording in any space be it wood, canyon or even a cave, we can vary the recording by how close to the source we place our microphone. We can also affect the recording by the choice of microphone which also will colour our sound.
Every room will have its own IR including the one where we have recorded our vocal or guitar. It is helpful to understand that our choice of location for recordings of voice and guitar will have can be critical. It is better to have no reverb in our recording area rather than a bad reverb as it becomes increasingly difficult to remove reverbs once they have been recorded along with the performance, and to be clear I mean the vocal or guitar etc.
Some studios rooms will have a live area and a “not so live” area. The choice of furnishings and surfaces will absorb or reflect audio. These reflections are what makes our reverb impulse responses so useful. The convolution reverb ingeniously incorporates those responses and thereby recreates the ambiance from the original space.
So start making your own recordings, avenues and alleyways, city squares and subways. Be creative and apply your own unique reverbs space to your next project. Seek permission in museums or public places and be prepared to add a link to them as a thank you.
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