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Logic Pro X: Creating Shimmer Reverb

Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques
By Paul White

Create glassy, ambient 'shimmer' reverbs in Logic Pro X.

If you are mainly into mainstream pop or classic rock, it is possible that the term 'shimmer reverb' may not even have crossed your radar. For anyone who has the occasional dabble in ambient music, however, having access to one is pretty much essential, especially if you are a guitar player. There are several popular guitar pedals that can create a shimmer reverb effect, but what exactly is it — and can you get the same kind of effect using Logic's own plug-ins? The answer to the second of these questions is certainly 'yes': you can create a very usable shimmer effect in Logic Pro X using the stock plug-ins, and you can even take it one stage further and combine it with a slow‑attack dry sound to give more of a bowed‑string effect if you wish.

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Shimmer reverb is, at its simplest, a reverb tail that has been shifted up by an octave, although other intervals can also be useful on occasions, and sometimes the octave reverb is mixed with normal reverb. However, getting it to sound as smooth as the output from a high-end pedal requires more than just sticking a pitch‑shifter after your reverb plug-in. The better shimmer pedals may also add in some filtered delay with lots of feedback, EQ and even compression, so setting up a dedicated effects chain that you can save as a user preset is the way to go. If this is something that you think you might use a lot, you should also add it to your default song template.

The up side of creating the effect entirely in the plug-in domain is that there's no risk of disturbing the reverb tail when you come to edit what you have recorded. If you've ever used a pedal to add a long shimmer reverb you'll know that any subsequent editing can be quite tricky, and that you may sometimes have to add additional reverb to 'hide the joins'. But, for every up side there's a down side...

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