Community Tip - Using Vocal Cue Mix Reverb

09-30-2013 10:00 AM

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from Todd McKernan…
Most singers want a little bit of reverb in their cue mix. The problem lies in what makes a good reverb for a cue mix. To the “ungineers” of this world, reverb is reverb. But the right balance can make a big impact on the performance. Comfort is key. A long reverb can have a very negative and distracting impacting on the mental cues a singing uses to instantly correct their pitch. So I figured shorter was better. I had an epiphany where I have most of my epiphanies… in the shower. The answer? The shower!
Most singers love singing in the shower. The acoustics are bright, short, packed with energy, and they don’t smear the image like long ones will. This is an environment they’re used to singing in. It feels comfortable to them. So if you can recreate that in their mix, you’re much more likely to get a better performance out of them. I personally like to use the Sonnox Oxford Reverb for this task, because its a wonderful sounding reverb, it actually already had a few presets for bathrooms, and its not very CPU hungry like a convolution would be.
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