bucketEER: Free 16 Delay Line Experimental Reverb for Windows

In memory of Minazo: bucket lover, iconic animal superstar, Web meme, elephant seal among elephant seals. Daz Diamond is back with another wacky, experimental effect. When we last joined Daz, he was sharing strange and wonderful granular, delay, and sidechain effects. Now, he’s been thinking about buckets (as in brigades, as in sets of delay lines combined to form a reverb). He writes: Hi Peter, I’m at it again, and have just put out bucketEER MK I – a stereo reverb/delay fx inspired by bucket-brigade style machinery – simple, quite primitive, and surpirisingly good sounding – also interesting for unusual …

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Reverbs from the Next Room, Metal Tanks, European Cars, Woods, More

AudioEase’s Altiverb remains the king of the convolution reverbs, providing highly realistic recreations of reverberations and other sounds by digitally combining your source with a recorded impulse. Lately, they’ve been going mad for impulse response recordings, the samples that drive the convolutoin process. The original Altiverb was infamous for its creation not only of soaring churches and halls, but the back of a Ford Transit van and a toilet. Ah, you say, but I don’t want a Ford Transit van. I want a Ford Ka — no, wait, make that a Peugot Partner. And I don’t want the sound of …

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Musikmesse: IK Goes Oldskool with High-end Reverbs

New-fangled convolution reverbs may be capable of perfectly reproducing real audio spaces, but what if you want a classic reverb sound? IK has launched Classik Studio Reverb (CSR-1) with just that need in mind. Four models cover hall/room, ambience, plate, and inverse reverbs. And if you're the kind of person who gets uneasy when "90s nostalgia clubs" open, get ready for this: we're now modeling digital reverbs. (Digital emulation of . . . digital?) The plugs look gorgeous and have an endless slew of sonic controls, with high-quality DSP, a customizable modulation matrix, parameter morphing, built-in LFOs and filtering. This …

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Altiverb Convolution Reverb Released

This isn't just a reverb plug-in. This is a hugely tricked-out ultimate convolution reverb with all the stops pulled. Altiverb first popularized the use of sampled spaces for software reverbs via a digital technique called convolution. As I reported here, Altiverb 5 brings plenty of new features, including new controls for where your audio is 'heard onstage,' four band reverb EQ for controlling separate frequencies of your sound, and CPU controls so you don't max out your processor. Mac OS X Only with support for every format: HTDM / RTS / AudioSuite (Digidesign), MAS (MOTU), and, of course, VST and …

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Previewing Altiverb 5 Convolution Reverb

Sure, it's fun playing around with convolution reverbs like Apple Logic's Space Designer, but if you really want ultimate flexibility and realistic space modeling, you need Altiverb. It was the first software plugin to feature convolution, and with upcoming version 5, there's no question it's the Rolls Royce of reverb. Check it out: Multichannel IRs and waveform preview, with 3D time/frequency plot Preview sounds Triple band damping and absurd number of gains and delay controls plus 2-band parametric EQ Virtual placement of sound source Altiverb site still features lots of great IR samples for real-world spaces; huge included library CPU …

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Echo Chambers, from Mayan to Modern

There's just something about an echo chamber, magical spaces that have the power to transform sound. An article in Nature (discussed at collision detection some weeks ago and more recently at aptly-named blog Echo Generation with anecdotal evidence) Mayans may have built the El Castillo pyramid with specific audio-filtering capabilities. Echoes can sound like chirping birds and falling rain. The Mayans may have been performing aural imaging along with visual effects created naturally be the space. For modern echo chamber creation, look no further than UK media artist Chris O'Shea's Echo Chamber (via near near future), where glitchy electronic sounds …

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Online Reverb: Feed Your Audio Through a Real Tank

Ever routed audio a few feet to an outboard effects processor? How about routing your audio all the way to Oberhausen, Germany? Thanks to the online Tank-FX (link in German), you can. A server feeds your audio sample into the tank and records it with a pair of Rode NT-5s, adding a nice, natural reverb tail of a few seconds, created by the actual acoustics of this steam locomotive tank. You can then download the result. (via Dave's Imaginary Sound Space, which has an extended discussion) Of course, thanks to the magic of convolution, you could get the same effect …

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