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Using Exponential Audio Reverbs in Music Production

by Geoff Manchester, iZotope Product Specialist April 3, 2019

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Exponential Audio Reverbs

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In the video below, learn how to use reverb plug-ins from Exponential Audio, the newest member of the iZotope family, for music production. Discover how to enhance the elements of a mix using time-based effects like reverb, chorusing, delay, and more.

NIMBUS

Like most of Exponential Audio's plugins, NIMBUS has loads of presets to help get you started, but if you already have an idea of what you're looking for, try searching for keywords on the left with the little magnifying glass to help narrow down what you're after. And in no-time, you've narrowed down your relevant presets.

Exponential Audio's NIMBUS UI

Pro tip:

If you’re wondering what the parameters do across any of Exponential Audio’s plug-ins, turn on the tool-tips and hover over any parameter for an explanation of its functionality.

Exponential Audio's R4 UI

R4

R4 is the more fully featured successor to R2, another beloved reverb from Exponential Audio. Think of R4 as a character reverb which has a reverb engine that affects the dry signal in a more pronounced, colorful and musical way. NIMBUS on the other hand, offers a more clean, transparent and natural reverb.

One of R4’s most exciting features is the freeze module, which freezes the reverb tail indefinitely when you engage it over some audio. This can open up exciting sound design possibilities, allowing you to create rich, expansive soundscapes. When you turn up the ‘mix’ parameter, you should hear only the frozen reflections and the dry audio.

Send and return reverbs

Using a send and return system for reverbs is far more common, and CPU efficient, a setup than placing the reverb direction on the track as an insert.

Exponential Audio’s tools are renowned for their CPU efficiency. There’s even a function in every plug-in called the processing threshold, which allows you to set the audio level below which processing stops. In other words, the Exponential Audio plug-in monitors its own activity and will shut itself off when it’s not busy. When the audio starts again, so does the plug-in—without losing a sample.

Exponential Audio's Excalibur UI

Excalibur

Excalibur is a multi-effects plug-in that features delays, flangers, resonators, distorters, pitch shifters and all sorts of other effects—even bit reduction to model old analog hardware processors. It’s a deep sonic playground, but you don’t have to do it all yourself: there are over 500 presets waiting for you.

Conclusion

This concludes our brief overview of Exponential Audio’s tools in a music production context. As you can see, from NIMBUS to Excalibur, these tools shine as a playpen for mixing engineers and sound designers looking to add an unparalleled sense of depth and space to their next session.

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