Best Reverb VST Plugins of 2017 [GUIDE]

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Best Reverb VST Plugins


Variety of Sound Epicverb

Epicverb by Variety of SoundWhy would VoS even call its plug-in epic when most of its releases are clearly amazing.

Epicverb emulates those classic rack reverb effects used for recording.

You have a hall, plate, two room styles, a reflex and echo FX reverb template. I typically use this for my drums and vocal recordings.

A word to the wise though, this is highly transparent and virtually characterless.


Smartelectronix/Magnus Ambience

Smartelectronix Magnus AmbienceThe best thing about this reverb plug-in is that it’s a free vst plugin! Well, sort of.

Most plug-ins nowadays are “donationware”, meaning you have to donate to get the version with a GUI.

Pretty useful for drums once again because it can stretch your percussive sounds without sounding much like a reverb but still making sure everything is smooth.

I can’t believe I donated about $2 for something that sounds like a $100.


AudioEase Altiverb 7

AudioEase Altiverb 7It looks simple with its huge Reverb Time knob, a brightness knob, EQ damping and another time control.

But it’s not about the ability to control your reverb effects, but rather the quality of the reverb upon first hear.

Using algorithms creating impulse responses (IR) that creates more realistic acoustic spaces and studio hardware, you can bring this anywhere in your computer. If you have $550 that is.


SIR Audio Tools SIR2

SIR Audio Tools SIR2Complicated convolution reverbs are plentiful. But all of them are expensive because well, their algorithms are extremely powerful and lifelike to begin with.

It still has all the flavors of the original SIR1. But with the HDIR package, it’s a must to have with your reverb arsenal.

SIR2’s HDIR includes a realistic Church, Recording Studio, Jazz Chamber or Theatre reverb emulation, which truthfully sounds very, very realistic.


Liquidsonics Reverberate Core and 2

Start off with a light CPU load and go all the way. As a true-stereo hybrid convolution reverb, advanced signal processing technology allows you to get some pretty amaLiquidsonics Reverberate Core 2zing reverbs.

Great post-convolution effects, I may add. The ability to apply delays and chorus in the impulse responses allows you more creative freedom with your reverbs.

Let’s put it this way. You have a favorite reverb rack effects. You can emulate it on both versions.


Apple Space Designer Convolution Reverb

Apple Space Designer Convolution ReverbApple’s own plethora of creative music software includes this little gem.

The Space Designer recreates some realistic locations and they’re quite convincing. But the thing is, it allows you to create your own impulse responses. I know it’s a long shot, but I tried it myself.

The best part is that you can save them or add your own IRs. Wow.


LiquidSonics Reverberate LE

LiquidSonics Reverberate LEBeing an LE, It’s freeware. But if you can make a donation of any value, you should because I did.

The LiquidWorks Reverberate LE is a stereo convolution reverb with ZERO latency.

A GPU version allows you to use your video card as a memory bank to reduce CPU load. This allows you to maximize the double oversampled impulse-response EQ for maximum control!


SIR Audio Tools SIR1

SIR Audio Tools SIR1The original freeware reverb always had a knack for finding the right sound for your samples.

To be honest, regardless of your samples, this free reverb maximizes your CPU while delivering a crisp, clear sound that you could hear from a paid reverb plug-in.

Perhaps the only difference between SIR1 and 2 is the HDIR package of SIR2. The package contains five realistic reverb environments.


2C Audio Aether

2C Audio AetherAs an algorithmic reverb, it’s groovy, electronic and sleek in appearance.

But don’t be deceived, it’s also very difficult to understand if you don’t get the way its parameters affect the tone.

If you’re one to experiment with settings, you’ll be rewarded with great sound quality and a powerful mixing and sound design tool at your arsenal.


Eventide Blackhole

Eventide BlackholeEventide is a company well-known for creating some weird and unusual room ambiences, which include an ambience of something that is immensely infinite and something that is atomically small.

These are useful for sound designers, and maybe others who are adventurous in their pursuit of sound creation and arrangement.

As appropriate as the controls read, Gravity is a control that allows you to create a reverb that becomes something else when you add more reverb tail and have more than infinite feedback. That is just the start.


Waves Audio Renaissance Reverb

Waves Audio Renaissance ReverbThis is fairly simple to use if you just need some space for your instruments and vocals. But if you need something a bit more in-depth, this is also the plug-in for that.

While it may be a bit expensive for its price, it’s powerful for its damping capabilities and the ability to equalize your IRs effectively.


Waves Audio TrueVerb

Waves Audio TrueVerbThis reverb is by far realistic sounding despite the high CPU hit it takes. But because of its realism, many find the Trueverb difficult to use.

If you’re a bit used to simplified IRs and digital reverbs, it’s going to be difficult to find the sound you’re looking for with Trueverb.

But I guarantee you the sound you want is here and your efforts to learn will pay off.


Waves Audio IR1

Waves Audio IR1As an impulse response reverb, this Waves offering will surely eat through your processor. But if you could use it as effective as you can, the IR1’s convolution reverb engine allows you access ot the best realistic ambience space in your own digital studio.

It’s said to have been recorded with Parma University’s Professor Angelo Farina, a sound scientist with an IR collection method to reduce noise contamination and harmonic distortion. And yes, his efforts and everyone else’s pays off.


ValhallaDSP Room and Shimmer

ValhallaDSP Room & SchimmerWhile both are algorithm-based digital reverbs, ValhallaDSP Room and Shimmer each have no graphic display that oscillates your reverb. Instead, engineers focus on the sound.

As for the sound, both defeat the simplistic GUI as you could add gated reverbs for percussions and have four algorithms to help you compare everything. All for the price of $50. Wow.


Audio Damage EOS

Audio Damage EOSIt looks like someone’s idea of making drawings as a GUI rather than emulating the sleek, shiny metal or carbon of brand new gear.

As an algorithmic digital reverb, you get an infinite control to send your pianist to the moon.

Another thing is that it emulates vintage gear, which makes it imperative for those looking for a vintage sound in their tracks.


Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plugin Bundle

Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plugin BundleLexicon is well-known for the its reverb hardware. The PCM NRP from Lexicon can be expensive at $2000, but it has those legendary Lexicon units such as the PCM96.

You might only want to bother buying the package if you’re like those who just need presets instead of experimentation.


ArtsAcoustic Reverb

ArtsAcoustic ReverbIf you’re tired of your ol’ built-in reverb plug-in in your DAW, you might find the perfect sound by using the ArtsAcoustic Reverb.

It’s an algorithmic reverb complete with decay, attack, predelay, density, diffusion, room size, modulation and filters.

You also have more than five room types to choose from. Add to this an extremely user-friendly interface and you’ve got yourself a sweet deal.


WaveArts MasterVerb5

WaveArts MasterVerb5The fifth iteration of Wave Art’s MasterVerb is part of the Power Suite 5. It’s a comprehensive package that emulates a channel strip.

MasterVerb 5 is a lovely cherry on top of a cake package that has some awesome plate sounds that I find useful all the time with my studio’s snare drum.

The suite costs just about $500. But you get everything! How about that?


Softube TSAR-1

Softube TSAR-1Softube is always great when it comes to emulating vintage equipment. But for an algorithmic reverb with limited options.

While being true-stereo, the algorithm uses four reverb engines. You can guess that this can become hell for your CPU. But the pay-off is simply amazing!


112 dB Redline Reverb

112 dB Redline ReverbIt simple design and easy-to-understand controls make it a favorite among new engineers who love their reverb sound.

The best thing about it is it has a high-quality sound and is quite intuitive in a way. Just load it up and play.

Maybe they just need to hire a new GUI designer because the parameters can sometimes read fuzzy.


IK Multimedia Classik Studio Reverb

IK Multimedia Classik Studio ReverbThis suite of classic reverbs can be very expensive. To be honest, a friend of mine owns this suite and I only got to try.

Why so expensive?

It’s focused towards beginners who want to learn until they become professional.

Does it stop there? No, the quality of the controls is ultimately satisfying for professionals needing a bit more tweaking with their reverb.


D16 Toraverb

D16 ToraverbAgain, a simple-design algorithm reverb that does not need a graphical display to function the best way possible. While beginners will complain about this plug-in, a bit of exploration will give you that hi-fi digital reverb sound you need.

As a bonus, it is sleek, powerful and will remind you of those classic 70s hi-fi systems.


2CAudio B2

2CAudio B2My only trouble with this plug-in is the lack of tempo sync. Some guitarists I’ve recorded wanted to use the tempo sync on their tracks. Unfortunately, they can’t.

However, if you are satisfied with it, you have two powerful reverb engines (that eat up loads of CPU power), saturators and limiters to help you create the best possible reverb sound possible.


2C Audio Breeze

2C Audio BreezeIt looks simple and suspiciously like the digital interface of the PCM96 from Lexicon’s bundle, but it uses less CPU and allows an automatic level matching algorithm to create some powerful filters and effects.

It’s a bit pricey at $150. But if your money can cut it, this is the best option for you.


Molecular Bytes Atomic Reverb

Molecular Bytes Atomic ReverbAtomic Reverb uses a realistic approach in its algorithm. Instead of using fixed impulse responses, the reverb focuses on creating reflections and customizing their characteristics and density.

However, you can bet your CPU will take a beating with this one.

But can your reverb create a minutes-long reverb tail?

I don’t think so!


Minimal System Instruments Dreamscape

Minimal System Instruments DreamscapeA musical reverb can be any type of reverb. But it takes months or even years of experimentation to make your reverb sound as musical as you want it to be.

It also varies on the instrument to make it sound as musical as you’d want it to be.

Here’s a space generator that sounds musical on almost any kind of instrument. Also, another thing is low CPU hit. Yes, you’re welcome.


Exponential Audio Phoenix Verb

Exponential Audio Phoenix VerbWhile it might look like it has limited options, the tradeoff is in the sound.

Exponential Audio has the experienced team who developed the original Lexicon PCM Native Bundle in their arsenal and they’ve just created its rival, the PhoenixVerb.

Realistic spatial design with lots of transparency await anybody who would use this little plug-in!


HOFA Plugins IQ-Reverb

HOFA Plugins IQ-ReverbThis convolution reverb, while a bit expensive, also loads very slowly.

Well, that’s because it’s capable of importing external IRs with lots of useful presets if you’re just about to find out what you really need from it.

Also, the impulses are named depending on what you’d think they’d sound. Ambi Snare, for example, really sounds like it adds an invisible room to the instrument while Small Rock gives you some tight, micro-room reverb for any type of instrument it could suit.


Waves Audio H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb

Waves Audio H-Reverb Hybrid ReverbYou want the sound and clarity of algorithmic reverbs while having the long, natural reverb tails of analog reverb racks.

Now you have a great level of control over the two. You could add some convolution reverb settings while adding some powerful artificial controls over them. Wow.


Melda Production MMultiband Convolution

Melda Production MMultiband ConvolutionYou just want to add some reverb on your top end and not the rest of the body.

Sure, some reverb plug-in’s stock EQ can do that for you. But what if you could do this quickly and quietly while ensuring the transparency of your recording throughout the reverb hit to the tail?

That’s where you get Melda Production’s insane MMultiband Convolution. You also get a realistic sounding reverb along the way with such flexible controls.


Native Instruments Reverb Classics

Native Instruments Reverb ClassicsYou know what they say; you can never beat the classics! True, to be honest. This is the primary reason most audio software developers are keen on recreating vintage equipment.

An additional twist is the fact that classic equipment can be very fragile.

NI is one of those companies who aim to recreate some awesome warm and classic-sounding reverbs. Lexicon is well known for the PCM bundle, which were based from their decades-old equipment.

NI’s convolution reverbs are based on Lexicon’s own machines, and let me tell you their convolution reverbs, which have very fine modulation controls and high-quality reverb tails, are worth the price.


Protools Stock D-Verb

Protools Stock D-VerbWhen we say stock, it’s supposed to sound bad. But if you’ve got a DAW named ProTools, well, you’ve got something more than just a stock reverb. D-verb is one of these reverb plug-ins that come with the DAW.

A real-time reverb effct based on an algorithm that simulates different types of realistic environments or classic reverbs, you could then use diffusion to simulate the right space.

Of course, it comes with its own troubles, particularly when you can just use some little tweaks to simulate your intended environment sound rather than make it realistic.

PSP SpringBox

PSP SpringBoxPSP Audioware brings price and quality the best way possible with its SpringBox.

I don’t know if they based it on anything but in my ears they sound like quality Fender spring reverbs, classic ones, to be exact.

I found this particularly useful with snare drums, if you need an added thud with a bit of EQ. Reduce decay time and voila! A perfect sounding snare. The reverb tail is great for most vocal tracks, to be precise.


Softube Spring Reverb

Softube Spring ReverbSoftube’s Tube-tech based spring reverb is something I found perfect for acoustic guitars, namely adding the sheen on the end.

It’s also a great-sounding sound effect reverb through its little “shake” feature. you can shape the sound and create a tube simulation. It sounds really thick too.


Sonnox Oxford Reverb

Sonnox Oxford ReverbAs part of the Sony Oxford 6 package, it’s a bit expensive. But expensive sometimes equals a lighter CPU load despite its powerful algorithmic qualities.

If you’re in a hurry, the preset pack is quite powerful, to be honest.

If you need a specific sound, a simple interface that quickly changes the characteristic of your reverb helps you dial a powerful and useful environment within minutes.


TAL Reverb-II

TAL Reverb-IIWhile we’ve known them for emulating Korg synthesizers, TAL’s reverb offering is nothing short of stellar.

While it’s a digital delay, the ability to shelve your reverb sound as well as the dampening is extremely reliable. This is particularly useful for any audio situation in my opinion.


UAD EMT250

UAD EMT250Ah, Universal Audio. They’re almost always the perfect choice for any audio engineer.

This time, they’ve emulated the world’s first digital reverb unit in 1976; the EMT 250 Electronic Reverberator.

The German company’s classic invention is now digitized with UAD’s help.

And they have recreated it faithfully. However, it might not be as much as you need it. It’s a vintage reverb, no doubt. The terms ‘vintage’ and ‘classic’ should be taken with caution namely because of their powerful characteristic.

But then, if it works for you, then it’s perfect!


ValhallaDSP VintageVerb

ValhallaDSP VintageVerbVintageVerb is a promise that was kept intact by the quality and sheer usefulness of its sound.

While many say it works depending on your audio situation, the price should make it appear that you have a spare key in your room, in my proverbial way of speaking that is.

Again, with the term ‘vintage’ applied right here, it’s easy to get a sound if you’re hungry for some nostalgic 70s, 80s or even alternative 90s-era reverb environment sounds.

It is based off Lexicon’s own hardware set of reverbs in the past.


Final Words

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