Very interesting news from Native Instruments today! The company has just launched Reverb Classics – two algorithmic reverbs. What’s even more interesting is that they were developed together with Softube, the company that so far made my favorite sounding reverb – TSAR-1.
The REVERB CLASSICS faithfully recreate two renowned algorithmic reverb units that rose to prominence 1980s and 1990s. Each has been featured on countless studio recordings and is a standard effect in top studios around the world. The RC 24 provides a rich, dark, and instantly identifiable sound suitable for anything from subtle widening to dramatic sound design. The RC 48, while sharing some similarities, sounds richer, lush, and somewhat brighter by comparison.
I think it’s fair to assume that we’re talking about Lexicon reverbs here.
The RC 24 is inspired by one of the first digital studio reverbs to gain wide popularity in recording studios around the world. Featuring Large Hall, Small Hall, and Room reverb algorithms, the distinctive sound of 12-bit A/D converters provides a unique quality that cuts through dense mixes with a unique presence. The RC 24 is equally useful on acoustic and electronic sounds for adding rich dimension, texture, and space while still preserving the original harmonics of a sound. Pushed to extreme settings, it can be used as a creative sound design tool, transforming relatively simple sounds into metallic percussive textures, dense, drone-like pads, or anything in between.
The RC 48 delivers two hall algorithms inspired by a classic studio reverb heard on numerous gold and platinum recordings, as well as game, TV, and film soundtracks. The RC 48 delivers lush, musical reverb renowned for the depth it gives to vocals and acoustic instruments. A wide variety of versatile textures can be achieved through adjusting the Diffusion and Spread controls, while an additional Effect option on the Size fader allows users to create interesting new modulation effects. The Random Hall algorithm also features Spin and Wander controls, providing random movement with lively, natural tails.
I’m certainly a fan of the GUI here. Many reverbs suffer from too many controls. I realize that some people want this but I personally find myself drawn to reverbs with less parameters. I just get more creative with them.
Will be very interesting to see how these stack up to TSAR-1!
The Reverb Classics bundle is available at the NI Online Shop for $199 / €199. The individual effects are also available separately: RC 24 $149 / €149, RC 48 $149 / €149.