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Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby DigitalMusicProduction » Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:49 pm

Hi

Should I be using a dry or wet reverb for a commercial recording? Music genre soundtracks solo Piano. I know its all about personal preference but at the same time I feel a dry reverb can sound a little plain and dull as opposed to a wet reverb bringing much more life to the music. My intention is to deliver the best sound output possible and not too over do it with such a wide reverb. Maybe a consensus opinion on what the majority of consumers would prefer would be helpful.

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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby blinddrew » Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:58 pm

My starting point would be to have a look at what the competition are doing, but personally I'd err towards the dry side, a nice sounding room perhaps. A customer can always add more reverb but it's much harder to remove it.
It might be worth considering making a completely dry copy (no reverb at all) available as well.
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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:14 pm

DigitalMusicProduction wrote:Should I be using a dry or wet reverb for a commercial recording?

The term 'dry' normally means 'no reverb'.

I presume you really mean short/ early reflections as opposed to long/ambient reverbs.

I know its all about personal preference...

It is. Exactly that.

I feel a dry reverb can sound a little plain and dull as opposed to a wet reverb bringing much more life to the music.

There you go. That's your preference.

Go for it.

Maybe a consensus opinion on what the majority of consumers would prefer would be helpful.

It's what YOU prefer that matters... but if you want an opinion you'll have to post some clips to audition with your different reverb options on a relevant typical piece of music.
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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:55 pm

Good suggestions from Drew and Hugh!

From your own thoughts I'd tend to go somewhere in the middle, not a small room, but an intimate acoustic that might also be used for a string quartet/chamber music, and not a concert hall acoustic where the piano might sound great with an accompanying orchestra but swamped on its own unless closely miked.


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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby The Elf » Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:01 pm

It's all about context. A slow, soft piano piece might enjoy a huge, soft reverb, and an up-tempo piece might need a short reverb to let it breath. Only you can decide; and that is truly your job as the producer - to decide *for* your audience.

There's no such thing as a 'dry reverb' - dry/wet relates to the 0-100% balance between direct source and reverb.
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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby MarkOne » Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:37 pm

I love that CHristian Henson of Spitfire Audio calls reverb ‘Splosh’ It’s such a descriptive way to think about reverb. Do you want loads of Splosh, or just a small amount?
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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby sound bites » Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:27 pm

Just a heads-up: PSP Pianoverb is a free plugin you could play around with. Certainly worth a try.
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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby Arpangel » Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:15 am

Depends on the music, but for most of what I would call "normal" straight ahead piano music, nothing extreme, I’d always go for the minimum reverb you can get away with, preferably, if possible, recording with microphones in a suitable space.
If you’ve got to use artificial reverb, then choose something that has a natural sound, that blends with the music, rather than sits on top of it, an Eventide Dense Reverb isn’t going to be the obvious choice, but maybe a TC Hall may fit the bill, but there are always surprises, I made a piano album of Classical/New Age piano recordings, and I used an Eventide Dense Reverb preset, it sounded just right, but it was barely there, just added a bit of space.
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Re: Piano Reverb For Commercial Recording ???

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:49 pm

Arpangel wrote:it was barely there, just added a bit of space.

Just the ticket!

That old advice about 'dial in the amount until you think it's about right, then back it off a bit' can work in so many cases. It's only when you then remove it that you realise that is WAS still audible and supporting your sounds, but without being obvious.


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