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How To Reverse Reverb Logic Pro X

Reverse reverb is an extremely powerful production technique that can be used in any genre

May 15, 2021

Reverse Reverb Origins Remain A Mystery

We can't discuss Reverse Reverb without first talking about reversing audio. Ever since musicians and producers figured out how to reverse audio, it's been a mainstay effect in many genres. The earliest uses date back to the 1950's and slowly caught on. With the advent of digital sampling and recording, reversing audio continued to become more and more common. It was only a matter of time until producers and mix engineers began expounding on the idea. This gave way to reverse reverb and even reversed delays.

The inventor and exact origins of Reverse Reverb remain a bit murky. While we don’t know exactly how it came about, it’s become a widely used technique over the years.

What is Reverse Reverb?

Basically, you apply reverb to a reversed section of audio. That's how it's typically done. This requires chopping the audio, reversing it, then adding the reverb to that reversed audio. The last step is to reverse the wet audio one last time. In Logic X however, you can skip a couple of the steps by using some cool features in Space Designer. 

How and When to Use Reverse Reverb?

The most common use of Reverse Reverb is to help transition from one section of your song to another, or to introduce a new instrument or sound.

 

It’s frequently used on vocals, where the technique is applied to the first word or syllable of a vocal passage as a build-up.

Reverse reverb is a great way to build anticipation of a big “drop,” like in EDM. It preps the listener for what’s to come, and is a fun way to add some movement and excitement to a mix.

The second reason would be to make your music stand out from the crowd. LoFi effects aren't as common in other genres as the are in Hip Hop right now. You can use this to your advantage. Maybe spicing up a piano in a Pop ballad or applying to tape flutter to electric guitars in your Future Bass track will add some powerful ear candy that will catch any listener's ear.

Reversed Vocal Effect

Reverse Reverb In Logic X 

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to reverse reverb in Logic X Space Designer. This technique gives you a little more control over the final sound and it allows you to speed up the process because you don't have to cut, reverse, bounce, add reverb, bounce, and reverse. 

1.) Chop the section of the audio you want to  apply the reverse reverb to. If it's a vocal track, usually taking the first word or two of the start of the phrase will work. 

2.) Open up Space Designer on the track you want to apply the reverse reverb effect too

3.) Find a preset you like or make your own. Then hit the reverse button. Set the reverb to 100% wet. 

4.) Bounce that file in place. Then add reverb again. Line up the end of your reverse reverb with the start of the nect section of the song. 

5.) That's pretty much it!

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