Get­ting ex­per­i­men­tal with Con­vo­lu­tion Re­verb Pro


Live’s Max-pow­ered con­vo­lu­tion tool lets us ex­per­i­ment with im­pulse re­sponses. Let’s get cre­ative… Con­vo­lu­tion re­verb uses Im­pulse Re­sponse (IR) files as a ba­sis for sim­u­lat­ing the qual­i­ties of a real space. IRs take the form of au­dio record­ings, usu­ally a sim­ple sound like a sine wave cap­tured in a re­ver­ber­ant space. Live’s Con­vo­lu­tion Re­verb Pro lets users im­port their own au­dio files to act as IRs. This makes it pos­si­ble to cap­ture and im­port the re­verb sound of your favourite stu­dio, club, cave, street, etc. We can also get ex­per­i­men­tal by load­ing in non-tra­di­tional IR au­dio files, which can cre­ate more out-there re­verb tails and in­ter­est­ing ef­fects. In our demo Project, we’re us­ing re­sam­pled au­dio to cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing re­verb ef­fect. Let’s look at three other ex­am­ples of ex­per­i­men­tal IR sources that can cre­ate cool re­sults…

A sam­ple of pure white noise from an ana­logue synth can make an in­ter­est­ing IR. Add this one over drums and per­cus­sion for a re­verb with a slightly ‘fizzy’ qual­ity.

The sound of bub­bling wa­ter can add a re­ally unique tone to sounds – al­most like a for­mant fil­ter. This can be a good way to cre­ate weird per­cus­sion.

A record­ing of bird­song can cre­ate a re­verb with an odd, al­most cho­ral qual­ity. Try this over pads for ex­tra tex­ture.

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