Does EastWest's new collection of impulse responses take reverb to the final frontier?
In some quarters, convolution reverb is written off as being flat and sterile, and there are those who say that the engaging qualities of an acoustic space or plate can never be fully recreated by an impulse response. EastWest's original Spaces plug-in, released back in 2011, sought to counter this perception through a new approach to 'sampling' rooms. Rather than capture his impulses using measurement mics through an ultra-transparent input chain, engineer Nick Phoenix employed high-class vintage studio gear bristling with valves and transformers. Spaces also pioneered what EastWest call 'instrument specific' impulse responses, whereby speakers are carefully...
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