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What ways are available to adjust the level of reverb and how are they different?

When you are seeking for more or less reverb in a given setting, that can be seen physically as if you were moving in the space to be closer or further compared to the sound sources. You can also stay in your place and shut out reverberant sound by focusing your ears to the sound source, and you can change the environment around you to get more or less reflections. All of these are possible in INSPIRATA, too. To sum it up, here are the typical ways to adjust the level or reverberation:

Method

Description

Takeaway

Mixing Processed and Unprocessed

This is the simplest way to gradually mix the reverb with unprocessed sound. This is also a typical setup when you are using INSPIRATA as a Send Effect.

  • Your unprocessed dry sound will make up for the direct sound in your reverb, and it will be untouched, so the attenuation of high frequencies in your direct sound will not happen as you move further back in the room.

  • In this mode of operation, don’t forget to turn off the Direct Sound in INSPIRATA to avoid two direct sounds interfering with each other (one coming from your Dry signal path and another coming from INSPIRATA).

  • It may be difficult to achieve a natural sounding result as chances that you match a physically correct setting is low. To get a good result, you need to find out manually a proper panning setup for your dry sound, a realistic gain and the necessary high-frequency filtering matching the physical orientation and distance in the room. If you seek the most realistic result, let INSPIRATA do this for you automatically.

Adjusting the Direct / Reverberant ratio

As you increase the gain of the Direct sound you will get a closer perspective.

  • Use this tool to balance the level of reverb in a certain given position in the room, without altering the spatial impression of your reverb or the coloration of your direct sound.

  • Use it in 100% wet mode to let INSPIRATA handle the direct sound for you automatically.

Move close to the source on the map.

The most realistic way to set up your desired sound source and listening perspective.

  • Use this tool to set up the reverb completely automatically and realistically with all the panning, gain and filtering details automatically taken care of.

  • Use it in 100% wet mode to let INSPIRATA handle the direct sound for you automatically.

Change the decay time

As you reduce the decay time your room becomes virtually more damped and in a more damped room you feel closer to the sound source.

  • You can always change the reverberation (or decay) time to adjust distance. Increase the decay time to feel in a larger room more distant to the sound source or decrease it to feel closer.

  • Use it in 100% wet mode to let INSPIRATA handle the direct sound for you automatically.

Adjust directivity towards the sound source

As you move away from omnidirectional or figure-of-8 patterns and focus on the sound source, you begin to spatially shut out room sound making you feel closer to the source.

  • Use this to achieve a more subtle effect affecting the spatial impression also: focus your directivity towards the sound source to shut out more reverb.