The Reverse Reverb Effect is when you take the reverb tail of a vocal sample and reverse it. Doing so, creates a cool rising effect that’s similar to reversing a cymbal crash. You can use it to spice up your build-ups and breakdowns.
Take a listen to the Reverse Reverb Effect in action:
It’s simple but effective.
Step 1 – Load in your vocal sample.
We took a sample from Pop Vox. Be sure to check it out if you’re on the hunt for quality vocal samples.
Step 2 – Add some Reverb.
Choose a Reverb with a long decay to it. We selected the preset Long Tail.
Step 3 – Freeze your audio track.
Right click on your audio clip and choose Freeze Track.
Step 4 – Create a new audio track.
After creating a new track, copy your frozen vocal sample onto it.
You’ll see that Ableton automatically creates two clips – the actual vocal sample and the reverb tail.
Step 5 – Consolidate the two clips.
Highlight both clips and hit command + J to consolidate them. Then click on your Sample editor to reverse your new audio file.
Step 6 – Trim out the reversed tail.
Typically, you only want the majority of your reversed tail. You can delete the rest of the clip.
Step 7 – Position your reversed tail.
We decided to move our reversed tail to the beginning of our vocal sample, which creates a nice build going into the vox.
Little things like this can give your productions a big boost of character. They also show attention to detail. Spice up your tracks with a gnarly reversed reverb effect!
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