GATEVERB (Gated non-linear reverb)

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Post 13 Jul 2021


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A Non-linear reverb gives an extra burst of the energy to each hit and extends the feel of the rhythm and expressive dynamics in a perfomance.
This is a really powerful effect which creates something akin to envelope shaped reverberation.
When the verb decay is set to a small value, the gate closes and cuts off the tail using compression. Gated reverbs can punch up simple drum loops into energetic wave rhythms. Sometimes the incoming signal is even mutated into absolutely new sounds.

Non-linear reverb can also be used to great effect on guitar. Gate reverberation has been used by such musicians asJimi Hendrix, Madonna and Phill Collins to name just a few. The effect can be heard in many popular tracks from the 80s when gated reverb was used extensively by many producers on instruments and percussion and was an essential element of the ”Big Snare Sound”.

Non-linear reverberation can also be heard in many popular modern tracks. Listen to more experimental usage of it on beats and leads on The Chemical Brothers album "Dig Your Own Hole". For example, the drum-drones at the end of "Where Do I Began", leads from "Block Rocking Beats" and many more were created using this effect.

Make Gated or non-linear reverb effect a special part of your own creative sound.
The Time parameter is used to set the length of the reverberation tail before a hard-gated cutoff and compression are applied.
High Cut and Low Cut parameters help to control the frequency of the processed signal.

Try GATEVERB now on your drums, rhythms, loops, powerful leads and guitars.
Remember, whereas linear reverberation is more about natural decay, non-linear reverberation at first listen can seem unusable. Don’t give up though. Experiment and you will find out why musicians from the past and right up to present day find it a fantastic and interesting effect."

Gate reverb came about as a result of the of new "Listen Mic" feature included on SSL consoles. The circuit included a compressor and a gate to allow the talkback of the recording artists to be heard.

After playing around with the effect for a while Phil Collins used it to great success on a very famous song. Almost immediately after that the gate reverb effect became a defining sound which is now synonymous with many hit records from the 80s.

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Post 15 Jul 2021

Well I didn't want to add another reverb of course, but I trialed this and found it to sound very clean/good and directly started using it on some tracks where I really thought it immediately fit. Doesn't hurt that it's as easy and pretty to use as can be, so ya that's my bit. Plus, I'll never surpass any opportunity to buy T2O or any of the great reason devs a round of beers. Thank you and rock on mate!

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Post 16 Jul 2021

Yeah T2on really make great stuff. I’m happy that a lot of it goes well on guitar. :).

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