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Smart Reverb by Sonible: A Showcase and Overview

Tutorial | Aug 10, 2020

In this video, I demonstrate Sonible's Smart Reverb plugin and show how it can be used to create custom tailored reverb for different instruments. I explore the different settings and show how to use it to create reverb tails and drones. I also provide a link to the website to try the 30-day trial version and encourage viewers to support my content by subscribing to my channel or becoming a member.

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Questions & Answers

Maybe you dont watch the video, here are some important takeaways:

What is the Sonible Smart Reverb plugin?

The Sonible Smart Reverb plugin is a reverb plugin created by the Austrian company Sonible. It is designed to allow users to create custom tailored reverb by adjusting its processing to the individual characteristics of the input material. It has a range of styles that can be navigated from scratch, as well as an X-Y pad to tweak the reverb to your desired sound. It also has a Mood Stage Envelope for changing decay times, stereo spread, and density.

How can I save money on the Bitvic Studio and its upgrade plan?

You can save money on the Bitvic Studio and its upgrade plan by using the link to the Bitvic Store and using the code provided on the webpage. This will give you a 10% discount on the regular price.

What are some of the features of the Sonible Smart Reverb plugin?

The features of the Sonible Smart Reverb plugin include a navigable range of styles from scratch, an X-Y pad to tweak the reverb to your desired sound, a Mood Stage Envelope for changing decay


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[00:00.000] If you want to save some money on Bitvic Studio and the upgrade plans and you want to support my channel and my content then go to my web page, use the link to the Bitvic Store, use my code and save 10% on the regular price.
[00:15.000] Welcome back to another video. Today it's about a smart reverb by Sonible, it's a company from Austria and they created this plugin to actually create rooms specifically for your input sound.
[00:36.000] I got this free license last Friday, so I tried this out over the weekend, I haven't much time, but this video is not really a review, it's more like kind of a show off at a thing where I want to show you what it does and how it sounds.
[00:53.000] That's just about the meta information about this video.
[00:57.000] So this is the website here, Sonible.com slash smart reverb and you can actually download a try version, it works for 30 days, so you can try and hear it for yourself, try it out and find out if it's something you can use in your daily production life.
[01:15.000] Smart reverb delivers custom tailored reverb by adjusting its processing to the individual characteristics of the input material and creates a navigable range of styles from scratch.
[01:29.000] That sounds pretty interesting, so switch to the Bitvic and inside Bitvic I have a piano sound.
[01:36.000] I think that's already room on this, maybe use up close, so the sounds pretty dry and then we add your smart reverb and you can resize the interface up to twice the size, which is nice.
[02:06.000] And then you have some kind of default room as the default in its setting and to create a special room for your input sound you have to press this analyze button here, you can see nothing happens, so you have to play a sound actually, so it listens to your input.
[02:26.000] And now it creates here a special room with a special character made for your input sound.
[02:38.000] And all it does is basically it changes the character of the reverb, it doesn't change here the reverb time, you can change this all the time.
[02:46.000] It only changes here this matrix basically. Again, then step in and use this X and Y pad to nudge it in some direction you want rich, natural, intimate or artificial.
[03:03.000] So maybe we make this reverb time a bit longer so we can hear how the reverb sounds, the reverb to the sounds.
[03:34.000] So when we, for instance, remove the tri-signal, only leave the wet signal and make a pretty short room, so maybe a small club or something.
[03:53.000] So all you hear now is basically only this plugin, there's no tri-signal, and then we have these three options with color and clarity, clarity is basically something like spectral balance,
[04:17.000] where you can remove some resonances in the post and this color which is some kind of a post EQ, where you can darken the sound or brighten the sound.
[04:32.000] And then you can use your de-freeze and the infinite option to make some kind of drones.
[04:50.000] So this goes on basically forever, and then you have this moody stage envelope where you can change decay times over time, the stereo spread and the density.
[05:12.000] And you have on the bottom here actually some kind of post EQ, or I think it's a pre-EQ actually, gain for the first filter band, I think it's a pre-EQ, I'm not sure about this, but you have some kind of EQ inside here at least.
[05:42.000] But I think where this plugin really shines in my opinion or in my short time of testing this is Trump sounds, because I have a lot of problems actually with reverbs on Trump sounds, because you get a lot of resonances when you have short reverb times, because of the feedback algorithm of most of these artificial reverbs.
[06:09.000] But here you can remove all the resonances, you get all the stereo information if you want.
[06:14.000] So let's go your completely dry, so maybe use your completely, yeah, just actually use this rim shot here and make this pretty short.
[06:33.000] So we have no tail whatsoever, so let's try and create a reverb tail of this rim shot here with this smart reverb.
[06:46.000] So first analyze.
[06:50.000] Okay, so now blend in the wet signal, maybe blend out the dry signal and make it intimate.
[07:20.000] So you can kind of create tails for pretty short sounds that sound believable.
[07:44.000] I think that's where I want to use this plugin most of the times to actually on percussion sounds.
[07:53.000] But maybe as you just saw on piano sounds, it also sounds nice and you can create nice drones.
[08:01.000] So I have to try this out more, but for now it's pretty interesting, it sounds weird and nice at the same time, I think.
[08:12.000] So maybe go to the website, give it a try, try it out for yourself and just download the tri version.
[08:22.000] So that's it for this video, I want to show you this plugin that came out today and yeah, that's it basically for this video.
[08:32.000] So from now on, there are also some membership options below all my videos here on YouTube, but also made a video about this recently.
[08:43.000] So you don't need actually to go to Patreon and subscribe there, you can also subscribe now on YouTube itself.
[08:51.000] So if you want to support my content and my videos, then maybe think about membership or subscription there, it's pretty helpful actually.
[09:01.000] Also, if you liked the video, then please leave a like, subscribe to the channel and thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.
[09:08.000] Bye.