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.