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The Press Desk 14th September 2018 09:27 PM

Ten Most Popular Reverb Plug-Ins Right Now
 
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Ten Most Popular Reverb Plug-Ins Right Now

Next to EQs and compressors, reverb is probably the most critical tool used in our craft and perhaps the most commonly used effect in music and post production. Fortunately we have an abundance of excellent plug-ins for this application, and no shortage of discussions about them in the forums, so we dug through them to find out the ten most popular reverbs right now. In alphabetical order:

All the plug-ins on our list are available as AAX, AU and VST formats for Mac and Windows.


 Nimbus

Exponential Audio Nimbus

Exponential Audio plug-ins are the brainchild of former Lexicon designer Michael Carnes, so it comes as no surprise that they are highly popular and considered by this community to be amongst the best. Nimbus is one of his most recent efforts, and like his previous tools it's a reverb of the highest order, with a clean sound aimed at delivering realism, and it's also equipped with plenty of tweakability to fit into any mix situation. Be sure to also check out Exponential's R4 plug-in, which presents a different character with the same overall finesse.



 Pro-R

FabFilter Pro-R

For years we have all longed and craved for the boffins at FabFilter to make a reverb plug-in, and we finally had our wish granted in 2016 with the fabulous Pro-R. As expected, it takes the innovative approach that is a company trademark and applied it to a reverb. The results are nothing less than spectacular, with Pro-R showcasing extensive flexibility, stunning sound quality and FabFilter’s highly intuitive interface that makes it a breeze to use. A must-try for all fans of the brand and reverb aficionados in general.



 PCM Native Reverb Bundle

Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle

It is safe to say that the PCM Bundle is a bona-fide classic at this point, and the “Lexicon sound” continues to enthuse this community as much today as it did 15 years ago (when it was only available in hardware!). This bundle has aged well, holding its spot against the latest releases and honouring the Lexicon legacy, but as of 2018 it raises a couple of questions: computing power has increased substantially since its introduction near a decade ago, so why not unite the six reverbs into a single reverb-monolith to simplify and delight us? And when, if ever will Lexicon release a new reverb? It’s been a while since this was new kid on the block...



 Seventh Heaven Professional

LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven Professional

LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven Professional fulfills, at least to some extent, the dream of having the industry-acclaimed Briscati M7 reverb sound on a plug-in. This coveted hardware presents a tall ordeal for emulations, and to obtain maximum fidelity LiquidSonics developed a new technology called Fusion IR that takes hardware sampling techniques to the next level with spectacular sound quality. Short on cash? Get the Lite version of Seventh Heaven for a fraction of the price - it omits a few features but the core sound is the same.



 VSR S24

Relab VSR S24

After the highly successful LX480 plug-in, widely acclaimed as the best emulation of the iconic Lexicon 480L available at the time, Relab set its sights on another highly coveted hardware reverb: the TC System 6000, a staple for both music and post production. The VSR S24 not only closely follows the VSS6.1 algorithm from the famed unit but it seizes the opportunity to extend and expand, introducing features that are not present in the original reverb and most importantly, it brings another excellent option to our reverberation palette.



 VerbSuite Classics

Slate Digital VerbSuite Classics

Crafted by LiquidSonics with the same 'Fusion IR' technology that made Seventh Heaven possible, the Slate Digital Verbsuite Classics brings a true compendium of reverbs to your DAW with milestones from EMT, Eventide, AMS, TC, Quantec, Lexicon and others. If that wasn’t enough the list keeps growing - since the original release we've seen two expansions released including the sought after Lexicon 224XL - and given the flexibility of the approach to this product there’s no indication that they will be the last.



 VSS3 Stereo Source Reverb

TC Electronic VSS3 Stereo Source Reverb

For a long time if you wanted the famous VSS3 algorithm in your DAW you needed to either run Pro Tools HD with Accel cards or buy a TC PowerCore PCI or FireWire box, but with the demise of the external DSP-powered platform and the new MUSIC GROUP ownership TC Electronic has finally made it available as a native plug-in for all. Known for its classy sound and extensive flexibility, the VSS3 was one of the most desired plug-ins of the late PowerCore catalog and this release makes everyone happy: old users who thought they'd lost it can enjoy one of their favourite tools all over again without the outdated hardware and newcomers can access one fabulous reverb plug-in at a great price.



 Valhalla Plate

ValhallaDSP Valhalla Plate

After the immensely popular Shimmer, Room and Vintage Verb (VVV) plug-ins ValhallaDSP delivers another fine reverb. Plate, as with its brand-siblings, brings many different plate reverb modes to cover the core aspects of those imposing physical devices and once again it comes with the slick NASA-inspired interface and at the very inviting price of only fifty dollars to boot. Now that we have a superb plate, can we ask for a Valhalla Spring next?



 H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb

Waves Audio H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb

The plug-in development game moves fast, but the veteran plug-in creators at Waves proved their mettle once again with the uniquely interesting H-Reverb. Combining new Finite Impulse Response (FIR) innovations and their lauded analog circuit modelling technologies, this is a rich-sounding reverb that can take on classic sounds while also opening up the possibilities for new sonic territory. Packed with features that include many sound shaping options and surround sound support, H-Reverb is a strong contender that keeps Waves as relevant as ever.



 ADAPTIVERB

Zynaptiq ADAPTIVERB

Zynaptiq is synonymous with groundbreaking tech that keeps pushing the boundaries of what is possible with audio DSP every time they release a new plug-in. Adaptiverb is another bold proposition, packing their latest developments in what they called “Harmonic Tracking Resynthesis” and this time it’s even aided by 'artificial intelligence' to create what is arguably the most advanced reverb of the day. Unsurprisingly, that comes with a significant computational cost and it can all but the most powerful DAW computers struggle a bit, but according to our members one can rest assured that it will be worth it as Adaptiverb's sonics are nothing short of spectacular.


Some notes:

• Our list shows an interesting combination of different reverb types, from recreations of vintage units to unexplored other-worldly spaces and basically everything in between. It also shows a good mixture of algorithmic and impulse response-based techniques. Let's take a moment and praise all these fine developers for their incredible talents - we are spoiled for choice!

• There’s no shortage of great reverbs and we inevitably had to leave out some great plug-ins, so honourable mentions go to the Eventide Blackhole, PSP Audioware 2445 and Acon Digital Verberate. The Universal Audio reverbs and the latest plate model from Acustica Audio are also worth looking at as they are gaining recent buzz from our membership.

• For more on reverb plug-ins visit our Music Computers forum.

radiospace 23rd November 2018 10:23 AM

No UAD because they require DSP or you really think they don't make the cut?

My most-used reverb plug-ins right now:

UAD AKG spring reverb
UAD EMT 140
Waves Abbey Road plates
Waves Abbey Road chambers
UAD Ocean Way

virtualaudio 25th November 2018 06:44 AM

I have the TC VSS3 & Lexicon PCM Bundle; they are both outstanding. It's definitely time Lexicon combined the reverb algorithms into a single interface instead of forcing one to choose a plugin to start with, but the set has held up very well despite vigorous competition.
With a UAD system on hand, I favor the Lexicon 224, the EMT Plate 140 and the wonderful AKG BX20 spring reverb, which I think is a standout.
Though not big on most Waves products, their Abbey Roads Chambers plugin is very nice.
I've been tempted by the Waves Hybrid Reverb, but don't see it filling a gap in my collection; if anyone has more insight?
I love the reverbs in Eventide's Anthology XI; my only complaint is that they haven't ported to VST3 yet.
I tried the Relab 480 with the Slate bundle demo; it seemed to sound good, but no presets were installed on my system; having used a set of great impulses with Voxengo's Pristine Space a while back, I missed being able to choose 'Wine Cellar or 'Buckram' or the oil can sounds, etc.
Just two or three days ago UAD released a port of the Lexicon 480, so Relab, Exponential & Valhalla are about to get a run for their money with UAD platform owners. I haven't tried it, but after reading all the comments, the only complaints were the lack of virtual 'converters' like they included win the 224; apparently that would have pushed the CPU usage too high. Otherwise, it's supposed to be a direct port from the original.
Another personal favorite is the East West Spaces II, though they still haven't included all the nice Lexicon Impulses for the standalone plugin, which seems backward to me. The instrument specific true stereo IRs are taken at various angles for maximum realism - and it shows. They are appropriate when using their Sample Libraries and Play engine (along with well recorded live instruments that need full realistic ambiance), but I'd rarely use 'Overhead Expander or '10W-50' on a violin or Erhu or whatever. Still, the included plugin presets are excellent and the new version is both more efficient and more flexible.
Lately I've used either the new Eventide Room 2016, the TC VSS3, Spaces II or a Lexicon PCM for most 'natural tasks' and the Eventide Blackhole for more wild ambient soundscapes. The VSS3 and Room 2016 both have 'Distance parameters to place instruments in the sound-stage without a lot of extra effort.
Another gem, IMO, is the bx_room, which has a tight room sound (occasionally bordering on nasty) perfect for rock drums & heavy guitars.
As much as I've tried, I can't bring myself to use the Softube Tsar 1 reverb; it has that Yamaha Verb sound my friends & I used to joke about (their popular unit from the late 80s) - that clean, almost cold 'pop' verb you hear on Whitney Houston records of the period. The UAD RMX16 is also a bit cold but it has an interesting motion that make it nice for a few applications.
My go to units:
VSS3
UAD Lexicon 224 (and likely 480)
Eventide 2016 (the new one)
East West Space II
Lexicon PCM
Waves Abbey Road Chambers
UAD AKG BX20 Spring Reverb
UAD EMT 140
Eventide Blackhole
Eventide UltraReverb

I'd love to try all the other plugins mentioned; I don't doubt they are pretty much all great.

sramsay 28th November 2018 05:16 AM

When I first tried out Pro-R, it didn't blow me away. Now, unless I'm looking for a very specific sound (old springs and plates, for example), it's pretty much all I use. I just find it a lot easier to dial in what I want than almost anything else, and it's good at being subtle. I will admit, though, that I haven't shelled out for the Lexicon bundle and I've never tried Nimbus.

Chevron 28th November 2018 12:32 PM

Don't normally critique these things but no Altiverb on the list?

sramsay 28th November 2018 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Chevron (Post 13657843)
Don't normally critique these things but no Altiverb on the list?

Yeah, I noticed that too. Maybe this is meant to be restricted to algorithmic reverbs? If I want convolution, that's the only thing I ever bother with.

I don't actually mess around much with the stuff based on IRs from equipment, but that's probably more a matter of habit than anything else.

radiospace 3rd December 2018 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by virtualaudio (Post 13651389)
I have the TC VSS3 & Lexicon PCM Bundle; they are both outstanding.

VSS3 used to be my go-to, much loved, reverb, in Powercore days. Coincidentally I just sent an email to TC Electronic support trying to figure out how to crossgrade from my Powercore VSS3 to the native version. (It's been so long I don't have any handy proof of ownership etc.).

I am demoing a bunch of Waves stuff right now. One of them is the Manny Marroquin reverb. I usually loathe this kind of celebrity-branded, cheesy interface stuff that Waves does, but dang this thing sounded amazing on the track I tried it on. Hate the purple so much that it leaves me on the fence (only half joking), but I guess the lesson is to just listen in context and prepare to be wowed.

XAXAU 4th December 2018 10:42 PM

I find that anything not UAD is too metallic for my taste. Can´t seem to get rid of it! Only hardware reverb I´ve had was a Eventide Space and that was very metallic as well!

chrisdee 5th December 2018 10:48 AM

+1 for Seventh Heaven.

But Eventide SP2016 should be on top of this list. Sounds so good.

nightchef 6th December 2018 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by chrisdee (Post 13670420)
+1 for Seventh Heaven.

But Eventide SP2016 should be on top of this list. Sounds so good.

+1

If Liquid Sonics would get rid of the dongle requirement, I'd have Seventh Heaven in, like, an hour. It's lovely, nicely priced (at least for the non-Pro version, which is very capable) and would make a great complement to SP2016. But the dongle is a non-starter for me and, I'm sure, many users.

JoshuaE 6th December 2018 05:49 PM

The UAD stuff is my favorite, but I often find myself going back to 'ol trusty Sonnox Reverb. Of all the companies who have been around for a long time, their plugins have stood the test of time.

radiospace 8th December 2018 05:00 AM

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Originally Posted by JoshuaE (Post 13672722)
The UAD stuff is my favorite, but I often find myself going back to 'ol trusty Sonnox Reverb. Of all the companies who have been around for a long time, their plugins have stood the test of time.

I haven't used Sonnox's reverb, but the ones I own (Inflator, Limiter, and a couple of others) are still great...imo.

lou latch 14th December 2018 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by nightchef (Post 13672496)
If Liquid Sonics would get rid of the dongle requirement, I'd have Seventh Heaven in, like, an hour...
... But the dongle is a non-starter for me and, I'm sure, many users.

Absolutely! I won't register anything more to my iLok, I had so much hassle with these thingies (their software management) over the years. I only Plug it in when I have to use Pro Tools.

Sorry for off topic, but i'm hoping liquid sonics is reading and at some point considering to add a second option.

Bryce 14th December 2018 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by nightchef (Post 13672496)
+1

If Liquid Sonics would get rid of the dongle requirement, I'd have Seventh Heaven in, like, an hour. It's lovely, nicely priced (at least for the non-Pro version, which is very capable) and would make a great complement to SP2016. But the dongle is a non-starter for me and, I'm sure, many users.

Well then, I have good news. From Liquidsonics Knowledge Base on their web site:

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Seventh Heaven and Seventh Heaven Professional support iLok Cloud as of version v1.3 for licenses purchased from 8 December 2018.
dB

nightchef 15th December 2018 06:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Bryce (Post 13686843)
Well then, I have good news. From Liquidsonics Knowledge Base on their web site:



dB

That's nice, but not good enough. I don't want my ability to use my plugins to be dependent on any object or set of conditions external to my computer itself, whether that's a dongle or an internet connection. I want my license to be on my computer, and transferable to another computer when and if I choose to do so. That doesn't seem like a lot to ask, and lots of software companies have no trouble providing it. I'll keep patronizing them.

Bryce 15th December 2018 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by nightchef (Post 13687443)
That's nice, but not good enough. I don't want my ability to use my plugins to be dependent on any object or set of conditions external to my computer itself, whether that's a dongle or an internet connection. I want my license to be on my computer, and transferable to another computer when and if I choose to do so. That doesn't seem like a lot to ask, and lots of software companies have no trouble providing it. I'll keep patronizing them.

Drag - you’re missing out on a killer ‘verb.

Reverb Foundry’s HD Cart will authorize to two separate machines at the same time.

dB

xmein 15th December 2018 08:05 AM

Relab Reverbs and TC electronic. Thats IT.

nightchef 15th December 2018 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Bryce (Post 13687490)
Drag - you’re missing out on a killer ‘verb.

I prefer to think of it as them missing out on my killer cash. freshflowe

Thanks, though -- the cloud option is a definite improvement and worth knowing about.

bgood 15th December 2018 05:42 PM

The Lex plugs still sound killer... I’m digging UBK’s Gold Plate... The UAD stuff... Waves Abbey Road Plates... Slate... Waves H Verb... Softube’s stuff still holds up... The IK Multimedia’s reverb suite sounds killer when I remember to use it... I think it was coded by the Relab dev back in the day.

Oh, and whatever your DAW comes with

In other words, throw a stone.

dickiefunk 16th December 2018 12:10 AM

After seeing this list come out I tried the demo for Waves H-Reverb and I really liked it and ended up buying it. I also love Acons Verberate.
One reverb that’s seriously impressed me is LiquidSonics Illusion. This wasn’t available when this list was compiled but it is possibly the smoothest and most natural reverb I’ve heard to date.

Danielbest1 16th December 2018 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by dickiefunk (Post 13688557)
After seeing this list come out I tried the demo for Waves H-Reverb and I really liked it and ended up buying it. I also love Acons Verberate.
One reverb that’s seriously impressed me is LiquidSonics Illusion. This wasn’t available when this list was compiled but it is possibly the smoothest and most natural reverb I’ve heard to date.

More natural than SHP?

dickiefunk 16th December 2018 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Danielbest1 (Post 13688921)
More natural than SHP?

I haven’t demoed Seventh Heaven Pro because of the copyright setup.

currentstatus 16th December 2018 02:55 PM

I feel the need for a new reverb plugin my pocket is itching although only a small budget.. but I think it's a choice between:

- Seventh Heaven
- Valhalla Plate

I have a Bricasti M7 so I would like to hear/compare this plugin version, I'm using the M7 less these days as I'm almost all ITB "may sell" also have the controller plugin. However, the V Plate I've heard a lot about so may give it a whirl.. does anybody have any thoughts on the V Plate.

nightchef 16th December 2018 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by currentstatus (Post 13689252)
I feel the need for a new reverb plugin my pocket is itching although only a small budget.. but I think it's a choice between:

- Seventh Heaven
- Valhalla Plate

I have a Bricasti M7 so I would like to hear/compare this plugin version, I'm using the M7 less these days as I'm almost all ITB "may sell" also have the controller plugin. However, the V Plate I've heard a lot about so may give it a whirl.. does anybody have any thoughts on the V Plate.

Valhalla Plate is a great plug -- very versatile despite nominally being "just a plate reverb", because it provides a dozen distinct algorithms (named after, though not really modeled after, different metals) with different characteristics involving attack, color, stereo imaging, etc. Some of the algorithms are more faithful to physical plates, some lean more toward chambers. Sean Costello explains it all in a great series of blog posts on the Valhalla site.

Valhalla Plate shines on anything percussive -- drums, percussion, piano, some acoustic guitar tracks -- and on many vocals and vocal-like (e.g. sax) tracks. And like all Valhalla plugs it has a nice library of presets, a clean, usable interface, no-hassle installation and authorization, and a very reasonable CPU hit.

I've only demoed Seventh Heaven, but I remember it as being gorgeous, with a natural, mixable character and a lot of subtlety in the tails.

You really can't go wrong with either, though since I believe Seventh Heaven was developed specifically to emulate the Bricasti, if you're looking for an ITB M7 substitute that might be a logical first choice.

currentstatus 16th December 2018 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by nightchef (Post 13689412)
Valhalla Plate is a great plug -- very versatile despite nominally being "just a plate reverb", because it provides a dozen distinct algorithms (named after, though not really modeled after, different metals) with different characteristics involving attack, color, stereo imaging, etc. Some of the algorithms are more faithful to physical plates, some lean more toward chambers. Sean Costello explains it all in a great series of blog posts on the Valhalla site.

Valhalla Plate shines on anything percussive -- drums, percussion, piano, some acoustic guitar tracks -- and on many vocals and vocal-like (e.g. sax) tracks. And like all Valhalla plugs it has a nice library of presets, a clean, usable interface, no-hassle installation and authorization, and a very reasonable CPU hit.

I've only demoed Seventh Heaven, but I remember it as being gorgeous, with a natural, mixable character and a lot of subtlety in the tails.

You really can't go wrong with either, though since I believe Seventh Heaven was developed specifically to emulate the Bricasti, if you're looking for an ITB M7 substitute that might be a logical first choice.

Perfect! Thanks for the nudge.. I'll be buying V Plate later today and I think along with 7th Heaven because I'm very intrigued to hear a comparison with my M7.. plus you only live once “and need something over Christmas”.. :)

The V Room may also be something to look into with a demo any thoughts on that although it’s pitched more as a convolution rev.. that right?

Danielbest1 16th December 2018 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by currentstatus (Post 13689517)
Perfect! Thanks for the nudge.. I'll be buying V Plate later today and I think along with 7th Heaven because I'm very intrigued to hear a comparison with my M7.. plus you only live once “and need something over Christmas”.. :)

The V Room may also be something to look into with a demo any thoughts on that although it’s pitched more as a convolution rev.. that right?

Maybe you should try SH before you buy. Then you can share your findings too.

Daniel.

currentstatus 16th December 2018 10:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Danielbest1 (Post 13689787)
Maybe you should try SH before you buy. Then you can share your findings too.

Daniel.

Do you own a Bricasti Daniel.. or plan to buy one.

Danielbest1 17th December 2018 06:50 AM

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Originally Posted by currentstatus (Post 13689824)
Do you own a Bricasti Daniel.. or plan to buy one.

Hi!,

I've bought too many plugins and decided to think 10 times before buying another one, so i wanted to help a fellow in that regard:) (difficult to do in BF and the end of the year! just fell with Soothe and Kazrog True Iron but nothing else xD).

I was thinking about buying a Bricasti, but already own a 480L, PCM70 and PCM80, so i feel am covered in the V2 "vibey style" algos from the M7.

Maybe i'll think again when there's ready the V3 M7, with super realistics algos, right now i feel too lazy to buy a V2 and then make the upgrade to V3 by myself.

Wonder if there's much difference between V1 M7 algos vs SH or another realistic ITB reverb.

Best regards,
Daniel.

brockorama 17th December 2018 07:00 AM

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Originally Posted by nightchef (Post 13672496)
+1

If Liquid Sonics would get rid of the dongle requirement, I'd have Seventh Heaven in, like, an hour. It's lovely, nicely priced (at least for the non-Pro version, which is very capable) and would make a great complement to SP2016. But the dongle is a non-starter for me and, I'm sure, many users.

Their last post was about testing iLok cloud support, so looks hopeful.

currentstatus 17th December 2018 10:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danielbest1 (Post 13690333)
Hi!,

I've bought too many plugins and decided to think 10 times before buying another one, so i wanted to help a fellow in that regard:) (difficult to do in BF and the end of the year! just fell with Soothe and Kazrog True Iron but nothing else xD).

I was thinking about buying a Bricasti, but already own a 480L, PCM70 and PCM80, so i feel am covered in the V2 "vibey style" algos from the M7.

Maybe i'll think again when there's ready the V3 M7, with super realistics algos, right now i feel too lazy to buy a V2 and then make the upgrade to V3 by myself.

Wonder if there's much difference between V1 M7 algos vs SH or another realistic ITB reverb.

Best regards,
Daniel.

Hi Daniel

True Iron looks interesting just took a look at that, well priced.

Looks like you have a nice selection of outboard, agree you have the real deal there which many of the M7 v1/v2 presets are developed to emulate. I find the v2 presets are brighter more dynamic than the v1 which I use for acoustic recordings like classical guitar and softer vocals. Otherwise I mainly recall v2 presets and adjust.

Yes very much looking forward to v3 although it's taking it's time.

Going to take the plunge today and get the 7th Heaven.. should keep me occupied over crimbo..