Hall Reverb

A hall reverb is a kind of reverb processor. In turn, a reverb processor is a device that uses a customizable algorithm to turn a source sound into a reverberant version of that specific sound. Sound engineers usually set up basic configurations that mimic typical reverbs. Reverb involves a wide variety of echoes caused by sounds bouncing off of solid surfaces and then smashing together while returning to the listener’s ear. The most common types are halls, rooms, plates, ambiences, and chambers.

Hall reverbs are able to produce rich and warm sounds. Hence, they are usually the best option for adding a three-dimensional atmosphere to a mix. Producers frequently use hall reverbs to add depth without overpowering the front mix, as well as to fill out the back end of a particular mix. 

What Makes a Hall Reverb One?

Hall reverb mimics the reverberation effect of large hall spaces, such as theatres and large venues. The unique design of these spaces generates a great listening experience. In addition, they involve minimal echo, which in turn translates into a steady sound. Imagine it: the design of some venues specifically amplifies the low frequencies to enhance the sounds produced by large orchestras. In brief, hall reverb helps you produce a particular sound that is beneficial especially in bow-shaped concert halls.

But Be Careful

Hall reverbs model large spaces. However, you can do more harm than good when you don’t use them appropriately. When the user applies too much hall reverb to a mix, for example, the long reverberations can distort the sound. Some reverb devices include a wide variety of options that produce quite peculiar tones that might even sound artificial.

Hall Reverb and Reverberation Time

Real hall spaces have a long reverberation time. Digital processors help control the depth and spaciousness of large spaces. They can also cut long reverberations that can create an undesired sound mix. Because of this, most modern digital reverb devices include a wide variety of modulation parameters that are capable of controlling size, distance, character, and space. It’s essential for users to set the modulation parameters in the right way in order to achieve a sense of richness and organic high quality to the music.