Originally Posted by rockman413
Altiverb and space designer are both IR based reverb. Why altiverb sounds a little bit darker than space designer? Using space designer my orchestra sounds more vividly and live. Maybe I didn't do it right in altiverb?
If you like Space designer, use it. Whatever works for you.
Altiverb is the best reverb when it comes to emulating real life spaces e.g. rooms, kitchens, car interiors, tunnels e.t.c. I cannot imagine doing my work in post without it.
However in music it is different. The one and the only rule in music is: if it sounds good, it sounds good. Nobody cares if reverb is too bright or compression is pumping, if the vocal is thin or the bass is distorting.
In your (music folks) language it should be kicking ass.
Its a whole another story in post.
Thus Altiverb is different and serves different goals. It's mainly designed to be natural, which is often perceived as dark by some people.
Same about mics BTW.
You may find Sennheiser MKH40/50/ 60 or even 80xx series sounding dark comparing to other ones. Nevertheless they are some of the most natural and flat sounding mics.
Also don't look at the graphics. There are many funky toys around these days. Try to work with em and listen first.
Also don't trust the user's story the vendors place on their web site.
For someone it works, for you it doesn't....this is what I started from. Didn't I?