Creating Reverse Delay and Reverb Effects in Record

One of my favourite methods to create special effects is to use reverse delays and reverbs. It's a great way to produce something a little unusual and enter the world of sound design.  

One of my favourite methods to create special effects is to use reverse delays and reverbs. This is a great way to produce something a little unusual and is a great way to enter the world of sound design. Even beginners can get in on the action here.


I'm using Propellerhead's Record for this tutorial but essentially you could use any DAW with the ability to play back audio that features delay and reverb effects plug-ins. So thats, well... just about every DAW on the planet!

01 - Choosing Some Audio to Process


First up you'll need to focus on a specific audio part to process. Here I am using a vocal clip as I find that these effects work very well with vocals. My part is in total isolation so everything is nice and clear but of course if you are working on a project you can complete this process on one part amongst many.

With your audio selected make sure it's solo'd and playing in total isolation. Now is a good time to check your audio for any faults, clicks, pops or overs. The last thing you need here are any imperfections being amplified by the processing... So make sure your audio is super clean.

The audio that we'll be treating is isolated

The audio that we'll be treating is isolated


The vocal we are going to process is isolated:



02 - Reversing the Audio


Next open your audio file in your DAW's audio editor. Record now features a more fully featured editor and has quite a few options for processing, one of which is the reverse function and this is exactly what we are after here!

The audio is reversed

The audio is reversed


Once the audio is reversed play it back to check everything is present and correct. Also double check your levels at this point and ensure that you are working with plenty of headroom, you're going to need it when the processing is applied.

Our reversed audio is ready

Our reversed audio is ready


The vocal is reversed:



03 - Applying the Reverb or Delay


For the purpose of this tutorial I have decided to show the effect with both delay and reverb, so I have set up two send / returns in Record's mixer. I have used Record's excellent RV7000 Advanced Reverb to produce a very large reverb and a dedicated delay based Combinator to pump out a tape Echo pre-set in the other.

The return effects are added

The return effects are added


The effects sends in Record's mixer

The effects sends in Record's mixer


The reversed audio with reverb added:



... And with stereo delay:



With these two effect set up I was able to send our reversed vocal to both of them. The effect we are getting is already pretty special as you can hear in the clips below. So far we are about half way through the process and have a few steps to go before we are done.

04 - Exporting Effect Only


We need to export the results of our processing, and there are really two ways to go about this. You can export the whole thing, in other words the audio and effect, or you can export just the effects. 

In this case I exported just the effects stream as I'm a firm believer that this method gives you much more control over the finished product and a more balanced sound in general. 

Record offers some really great features for exporting very specific parts of your mix (an area from which other DAWs could learn a thing or two!). Once you have accessed the '

Mo has been a professional in the music industry for around 15 years. He has released material with the world's leading record labels and also produces music for TV and Film. Mo is also a prolific writer and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Music Tech, Future Music and EQ magazine. There isn't a piece of music software tha... Read More

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Mk Music Records
Thanks I will try this one
Mojave
Neat!

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