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how to feed a 5.1 reverb
Old 23rd January 2007
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how to feed a 5.1 reverb

How do you feed a 5.1 reverb? I don't understand teh concept of a 5.1 reverb.

Can you just place an instance of a reverb on each channel with the same settings?
Old 23rd January 2007
Lives for gear

Hi, the reason for a 5.1 reverb would be when you are mixing in surround (6 channels). Other then that, the reverb is pretty much the same. Meaning ways of 'feeding' etc ... and yes, you can have the same settings on all channels, but like a stereo reverb.

I just recently got into mixing 5.1 on a Protools HD system. Really is lots of fun
Old 23rd January 2007
Lives for gear

Originally Posted by JamieMB View Post
Can you just place an instance of a reverb on each channel with the same settings?
In the absence of a true hardware or software surround reverb, i.e. you just have stereo plugs, I would think about using two stereo reverbs, one for the front, and one for the rear. Stereo reverbs already have separation between sides, but it's separation that was put in by the designers, so it's what the reverb is supposed to sound like. You might want to adjust them differently for more sonic complexity. If you want an even RT for front and rear, you could only change the modulation parameters in one reverb, for instance increasing the mod depth and decreasing the mod speed, on just the rear instance. You may also want to adjust the pre-delays differently- I usually have a longer pre-delay on the rears.

Of course, you could use 5 (of the same) mono reverbs and change certain parameters in all of them, but that increases the tweeking time exponentially, and you might forget what you were going for.

I would leave the center channel out of the reverb scheme, again unless you have a true 5 channel reverb.
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