I have never had much luck with effects, I always end up leaving them off as they tend to cloud the mix and not add a nice ambiance.
On 80's style metal albums such as, Accepts "Balls to the wall" Judas Priest "Screaming for vengeance" I hear some ambiance or like "Room".
Every time I try to add reverbs or delays to distorted guitars, it always ends up a mess. I track in a very small room, it's well treated but lacks any sort of good room sound, with all the bass trapping and various treatment, the room is for the most part dead sounding.
Could somebody shed some light onto what I should be doing, proper use of reverbs, such as settings for pre-delays, room size, diffusions... It's all so complicated and the reverbs come with so many different settings it's downright confusing..
Were the above mentioned albums recorded in large rooms? Taking advantage of natural room reflections? This is what I would like to achieve, Natural sounding guitars and vocals, instead of obvious processed and fake sounding.
Thank you all!