The Reverse Reverb Effect

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:

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It’s simple but effective.

Getting started..

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.

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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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